What is an OSHA Recordable?

An OSHA recordable injury is an occupational injury or illness that requires medical treatment more than simple first aid and must be reported. Any medical treatment that goes beyond first aid meets the general recording criteria and is thus recordable. OSHA Recordable Criteria: Death Loss of consciousness Days away from work Restricted work Job transfers…

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Pre-employment physical for firefighters

Fire departments employment physicals for all applicants. Components of this evaluation include the following: Complete medical history Physical examination Blood tests: chemistries (SMA 20) Pulmonary function test Audiogram Vision screen Chest x-ray Urinalysis Back x-ray These employment physicals are performed by a contracted physician who makes a determination regarding medical clearance for fire-fighting duties and…

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Legionnaires and Other Workplace Infectious Diseases.

We have witnessed unsettling global developments in infectious diseases, such as antibiotic-resistant infections, the resurgence of almost eradicated diseases, increasingly nerve-wracking pandemics arising in East Asia, and an expansion of tropical diseases to the U.S. mainland. Not surprisingly, employers are being forced to deal with a variety of workplace infections and illnesses. All employers would be wise…

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Executives Must Plan for Unexpected Natural Events that Can Harm the Company.

CFOs and CEOS will be the ones held accountable if hurricanes, floods, wild fires and other natural disasters harm shareholder value. California wild fires pushing utility PG&E to bankruptcy and the devastation of Texas chemical plants and Puerto Rican pharmaceutical plants proves that businesses need “What-if” committees to evaluate even the effects of climate change…

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If I Could Turn Back Time: Can Employers Find a Way to Correct an Erroneous Accident or Injury Report to OSHA and Avoid an Inspection?

An accident happens at your workplace, and an employee is injured.  During the hectic response, incorrect information funnels its way up to the safety director or person charged with notifying OSHA of reportable injuries and accidents, and that person is told that it looks like the employee’s finger has been amputated or is admitted for…

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Why conduct Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)?

Periodic pulmonary function test (PFT) screening of individual workers can detect breathing problems or significant changes in lung function at an early stage so that hazardous workplace exposures can be identified and eliminated to prevent or reduce occupational lung disease. Equally important, surveillance can detect changes in lung function over time among groups of workers…

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What is Spirometry (Pulmonary Function Test)?

PFT plays an important role in an occupational respiratory health surveillance program. It can assist the health professional by determining if a worker demonstrates a specific pattern of respiratory impairment and can help to assess the effectiveness of measures implemented to protect the individual worker. In addition, results from defined groups of workers can be…

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Workplace HR and Safety Lessons from Movies: “Untouchable”

The first documentary on the fall of film mogul, Harvey Weinstein appeared at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This documentary and other recent movies can be used to remind employees and leaders on the causes and consequences of sex harassment and gender discrimination, as well as steps to prevent these troubling problems. Read more

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What are annual audiograms?

Employers must provide annual audiograms within 1 year of the baseline. It is important to test workers’ hearing annually to identify deterioration in their hearing ability as early as possible. This enables employers to initiate protective follow-up measures before hearing loss progresses. Employers must compare annual audiograms to baseline audiograms to determine whether the audiogram…

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