Occupational Health & Safety

Are you using a certified collector for your drug screen?

The Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR 40) and general industry consensus has determined the need for a program providing collection personnel with the training to become proficient in urine specimen collection for drug testing in the workplace. Such a program will aim to ensure that the collection is performed in a professional and consistent…

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Five trends in wellness incentives

Employers want return of investment for their wellness programs. They want to know what incentive dollars are really being used for. Here are five trends to look for in wellness incentives. 1. Personalization of incentives The idea of incentivizing people to participate in wellness programs is one of the few to be embraced with equal…

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Job Stress Worsens Employees’ Health

A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine evaluated this among workers in the Detroit area, which was hit hard in the recent recession. Workers who believe their jobs are not secure are more likely to rate themselves in poor health and have increased symptoms of anxiety and…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 7 of 7

An Obligation to Address Conflict of Interest When competing interests interfere with clinical or scientific judgments, patients and public health may be harmed as a result. In order to prevent harm, occupational health practitioners have a duty to ensure ethical conduct regarding conflicts of interest by recognizing, acknowledging, and appropriately addressing any secondary interests that…

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Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards, 2018 Edition

While it is not comparable to David Letterman’s Top 10 lists, at a recent industry gathering, OSHA announced its annual top 10 violations for fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018).  For those who have followed these lists in past years, there is a substantial amount of overlap but also new standards…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 6 of 7

An Obligation to Advise and Report Occupational and environmental health professionals should communicate effectively and in a timely manner to an individual all significant observations about the health and health risk of that person and provide advice about interventions available to restore, sustain, and improve health or prevent illness. Occupational and environmental health professionals, while…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 5 of 7

An Obligation to Maintain Patient Confidentiality Occupational and environmental health professionals should keep confidential all individual medical, health promotion, and health screening information, only releasing such information with proper authorization when required by law, for overriding public health considerations, to other health care professionals according to accepted medical practice, to others at the request of…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 4 of 7

An Obligation to Maintain Professional Competence Occupational and environmental health professionals should maintain individual competence and expertise based on current scientific evidence and technical knowledge. They should remain knowledgeable and engage in life-long learning regarding work, work-related hazards, and the environments of those whom they serve, applying appropriate methods to eliminate or minimize risks and…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 3 of 7

An Obligation to Avoid Discrimination Occupational and environmental health professionals should build a relationship of trust and confidence with the people for whom they provide services. All people with whom occupational health professionals come in contact should be treated in an equitable manner, without any form of discrimination regarding age, sex, social status, ethnic background,…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 1 of 7

An Obligation to Enhance a Safe and Healthy Workplace Environment Occupational and environmental health professionals engaged in clinical practice have a primary responsibility to the health and safety of the individual in the workplace and the environment. Occupational and environmental health professionals should take affirmative measures to ensure that proper attention is given to the…

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