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Workplace Health & Safety

Alberto J Caban-Martinez, Kevin J Moore, Tainya C Clarke, Evelyn P Davila, John D Clark, David J Lee, Lora E Fleming
The transient nature of construction work makes it difficult to conduct longitudinal worksite-based health promotion activities. As part of a workplace health assessment pilot study, we worked with a commercial lunch truck company to disseminate four types of health education materials including cancer screening, workplace injury prevention, fruit and vegetable consumption, and smoking cessation to construction workers purchasing food items from the truck during their job breaks. Two weeks following the worksite assessment, we followed up with these workers to ascertain their use of the health promotion materials...
April 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Hannah S Scott
Workplace bullying (WB) is an increasingly prevalent topic in the nursing literature. Recently, a new concept has been introduced into WB research to explain the motivations of WB instigators using elements of the Power-Control Wheel (PCW). Initially, this wheel was designed to assist intimate partner violence (IPV) targets/victims identify patterns of abuse and intervene with male batterers/instigators. Research examining IPV and victims/survivors of WB demonstrate that targets often share common abusive experiences, including intimidation, coercion and threats, isolation, and economic and emotional abuse...
March 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Marie-Anne S Rosemberg, Yang Li
This study explored the relationship between effort-reward imbalance (ERI) at work and work productivity among hotel housekeepers. A community-based approach was used to recruit 23 hotel housekeepers who completed the ERI and Work Performance Questionnaires. Work productivity was determined by combining self-report absenteeism and presenteeism. More than 40% of the participants reported high ERI (ERI >1). Also, 59.1% reported low work productivity. Interestingly, despite the individualized high reports of ERI and low work productivity, correlation analysis showed that high ERI was correlated with high presenteeism and work productivity as a whole...
March 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Susan A Randolph
Occupational and environmental health nurses can play a key role in the implementation of the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) <800> guidelines to protect the health and safety of all workers who handle hazardous drugs.
March 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Mercedia Stevenson White, Candace Burns, Helen Acree Conlon
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people 65 years of age or older living in the United States is projected to double by 2030 to 72 million adults, representing 20% of the total U.S. POPULATION: Evidence suggests that older Americans are working longer and spending more time on the job than their peers did in previous years. The increased number of older adults working longer is observed not only in the Unites States but also worldwide. There are numerous ramifications associated with the changing demographics and the expanding prevalence of an aging population in the workforce...
March 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Bryan Combs, Karen Heaton, Dheeraj Raju, D E Vance, W Karl Sieber
Long-haul truck drivers are significantly affected by musculoskeletal injuries with incidence rates 3.5 times higher than the national average. Yet, little is known about injuries that affect long-haul trucks drivers. In 2010, interviewers collected data from 1,265 long-haul truck drivers at 32 truck stops across the United States. These surveys were analyzed to describe all self-reported musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries to the arm (26.3%) and back (21.1%) were the two areas most reported in the survey. Musculoskeletal injuries were most often caused by falls (38...
March 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Myriam Jean Cadet
Occupational health nurses (OHNs) need to have adequate knowledge and skills to manage and educate individuals about smoking cessation.
June 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
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June 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
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May 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Rebecca Toothaker, Noreen Chikotas
This article, the first in a two-part series, reviews and examines the components of clinical nutrition. In Part 1, the authors introduce the concept of nutrition and the role it plays in supporting healthy employees, current guidelines, and recommendations for determining healthy eating and the nutritional component of carbohydrates. In Part 2, the components of fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water, and a resource guide are provided for the occupational health nurse to assist in the implementation of employee education in the area of healthy nutrition...
May 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Trever Gates
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April 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Jennan A Phillips
The majority of states now allow medical marijuana, and recent court decisions could influence workplace practice concerning its use.
April 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Ariel Leshchinsky
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs among workers across a wide spectrum of industries. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether annual hearing testing contributed to a change in employees' habits and awareness and aimed to evaluate the use of hearing protection at work and at home. Employees enrolled in a university's hearing conservation program (HCP) were anonymously surveyed regarding their hearing protection habits and awareness of noise exposures on and off the job using a Likert-type scale...
April 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Susan A Randolph
As the popularity of three-dimensional (3D) printers increases, more research will be conducted to evaluate the benefits and risks of this technology. Occupational health professionals should stay abreast of new recommendations to protect workers from exposure to 3D printer emissions.
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Patricia Pidge Gooch
In response to startling statistics in the increasing number of workplace violence (WPV) incidents against health care workers, California employers across the continuum of care are preparing their organizations to comply with California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CAL/OSHA) regulation SB 1299. This groundbreaking legislation requires hospitals and other health care settings to implement written strategic prevention plans and broaden the identification and reporting of incidents related to WPV...
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Minna Stolt, Maija Miikkola, Riitta Suhonen, Helena Leino-Kilpi
Nursing practice includes static standing and much walking causing strains to lower extremities. However, little is known about nurses' foot health and particularly their perceptions of their foot health. Therefore, in this study operating room nurses' perceptions of their foot health was investigated and promoting and hindering factors were identified. In total, 14 operating room nurses participated in in-depth interviews. The informants regarded foot health as part of general health and moreover a significant part of work well-being...
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Michael P Grant, Cassandra A Okechukwu, Karen Hopcia, Glorian Sorensen, Jack T Dennerlein
A dearth of practical resources is available for evaluating ergonomic risk factors in dynamic health care work environments. Of particular need are tools for inspecting patient care environments for hazards. The goal of this study was to describe the development and application of an inspection tool and a process for identifying hazards inherent in the modifiable aspects of the physical environment to reduce injury risk to hospital workers. Through an iterative and participatory process, the tool and inspection process were developed with three purposes in mind: (a) create a framework for the inspection of physical work environments and physical conditions of work associated with injury risk (hazards), (b) document the physical conditions, and (c) provide feedback to decision makers...
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Shirley S Y Ching, Grace Szeto, Godfrey Kin Bun Lai, Xiao Bin Lai, Ying Tung Chan, Kin Cheung
Little is known about how nursing assistants (NAs) perceive the nature of their work and how their work contributes to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). This qualitative study addressed these gaps. Twenty-four NAs with WMSDs working in four nursing homes participated in semistructured focus group interviews. Their WMSDs were not limited to the lower back but involved several body parts. The risk factors for WMSDs included physical, psychosocial, organizational, and personal factors as well as coworkers and clients...
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Sheryl Leary, Kimberly Weingart, Robert Topp, Jill Bormann
In this study, the authors determined the effect of a structured Internet-delivered Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) on burnout and stress of conscience (SOC), stress related to ambiguity from ethical or moral conflicts among health care workers (HCWs) within the Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System. A secondary purpose was to determine whether practicing meditation prior to the study combined with MRP affected burnout or SOC. The MRP teaches the mindful practices of repeating a mantram, slowing down, and one-pointed attention for managing stress...
March 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
Jesper Pihl-Thingvad, Lars P A Brandt, Lars L Andersen
This study investigated whether factors related to bodily contact between health care workers and patients were associated with patient-initiated violence. This cross-sectional study surveyed 496 Danish health care workers measuring patient-initiated violence, use of assistive devices, body mass index, physical exertion, frequency of patient transfers, psychosocial work environment, gender, age, and seniority. Associations were modeled using logistic regression analyses using patient-initiated violence as the outcome...
February 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
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