Health en CDC: More than 100 Million U.S. Adults Have Diabetes <div class="field-deck"> The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes greatly varies by region, race and age, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While the rate of new diabetes cases is steady, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a third of adults in the United States currently are living with diabetes or prediabetes.</p> <p>The National Diabetes Statistics Report found that as of 2015 30.3 million Americans are living with diagnosed diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if left untreated leads to diabetes within five years.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:44:00 +0000 56291 at Thinkstock CEO's Response to Mental Health Time-Off Request Draws Praise <div class="field-deck"> Madalyn Parker, Olark Live Chat web developer, requested two days off to work on her mental health. Company CEO Ben Congleton's response to her message has been shared thousands of times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Depression and mental health disorders rank in the top three most costly and most common issues among employees, costing employers more than $100 billion in lost productivity annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).</p> <p>Despite an estimated one in five adults having a diagnosed mental health condition, at least half of employers are not doing enough to consider worker health, according to a Randstad report.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:22:00 +0000 56161 at The Effects of Depression on Workers’ Compensation <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom line: depression</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Standards Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:01:00 +0000 56151 at Report: Job Insecurity Could Cause Employee Illness <div class="field-deck"> A Ball State University report analyzed National Health Interview Survey data to determine how health and job security are related. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Job-related stress is causing the American workforce to suffer from both physical and mental ailments, according to new research from Ball State University.</p> <p>The <em>Association of Job Insecurity with Health Risk Factors and Poorer Health</em> report, which was published in the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Community Health</em>,</a> indicates that heart disease, loss of sleep and psychological distress are common among employees who feel their jobs are not secure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:39:00 +0000 55921 at Thinkstock CDC Guide Provides Information for Work-Related Travel <div class="field-deck"> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its biennial Yellow Book that includes tips and recommendations for international travel. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What shots should a worker receive before traveling to Costa Rica or Africa? What is the latest infectious disease threat? &nbsp;What precautions should an employee take before leaving the country?</p> <p>These questions can be answered in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquo;s (CDC) latest edition of the <em>CDC Health Information for International Travel</em>, also known as the Yellow Book.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:34:00 +0000 55911 at Thinkstock No Easy A’s for States When It Comes to Safety <div class="field-deck"> A report from the National Safety Council determined that no state deserves an “A” for safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With accidental deaths at an all-time high, states must adopt stronger safety practices to combat the public health crisis, according to the National Safety Council (NSC) in its new report, The State of Safety.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0000 55801 at <p>More than half the country scored a &quot;D&quot; or lower in the National Safety Council&#39;s recent The State of Safety report.</p> Thinkstock Cal/OSHA: Workers Need Access to Fresh Water to Prevent Heat Illness <div class="field-deck"> Companies need to monitor employees and implement high heat procedures as temperatures rise, Cal/OSHA says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest and West United States in the past week have already played a factor in at least two deaths, according to news reports.</p> <p>Because of this, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers they must provide fresh water and encourage workers to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat illness.</p> <p>&quot;It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented,&quot; Dr. Michelle Jorden, Medical Examiner, Santa Clara County Coroner&rsquo;s Office in a statement to the press.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Environment Health Safety News Wellness Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:42:00 +0000 55791 at Thinkstock OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future <div class="field-byline"> John Ho </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee&rsquo;s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:49:00 +0000 55761 at <p>The ergonomics process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders.</p> Survey Findings Show Workers are Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies <div class="field-deck"> Survey findings from the American Heart Association show most employees feel they are not trained and unprepared should a cardiac emergency occur. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than 10,000 cases of cardiac arrests annually occur in the workplace.</p> <p>Does your workplace have access to CPR and first aid training? Does it have an&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">automated external defibrillator (AED) should a cardiac emergency occur?</span><br /> <br /> Two new surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that most U.S. employees are not prepared or trained to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:39:00 +0000 55731 at Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis <div class="field-deck"> On Dec. 13, 2015, Robert Skidmore died of Legionnaire's disease. The state attorney general alleges his death could have been avoided had state and local officials alerted the public and taken action to stop the spread of the disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Environment Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000 55621 at <p>Multiple Flint-area residents died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease in the time immediately following the switch from Detroit Water and Sewer Department to the Flint River. All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in relation to the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Mich. Skidmore died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease after many others had been diagnosed with the illness, yet no public outbreak notice had been issued.</p> Getty Images