This tool will help managers and employees gain a better understanding of the nature and complexity of handling situations and identify musculoskeletal disorder risks. It consists of five worksheets that can also help in targeting handling situations that need to be changed and in planning customized training in safe manual handling. Available at: http://tiny.cc/55xsjx
Kuijer et al. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014, 26:16
M Dolores Solé Gómez's insight:
This multidisciplinary evidence-based practice guideline gives clear criteria whether an employee is at risk for LBP while lifting and provides an easy-reference for (in)effective risk reduction measures based on scientific evidence, experience, and consensus among OSH experts and practitioners.
For example: Training on manual lifting, pre-employment medical exams and back belts are ineffective (A level evidence)
The HR Leadership Forum to Target Depression in the Workplace is guided by senior HR and corporate health and medical executives from major European employers alongside international organisations working on health, labour and employment issues. Together the Forum will recommend concrete tools and resources that will enable HR professionals:
Better manage depression in the workplaceIdentify and support employees at risk of depressionPromote good workplace mental health
The benefits of having a corporate wellness program go way beyond the immediate benefits, it can lead to less absenteeism and increased productivity. Check out the 5 infographics of the week on Employee Wellness.
NIOSH worked with several police departments with bicycle patrols to conduct reproductive health research. In these studies NIOSH did more than assess a problem; it also tested a solution and published recommendations.
M Dolores Solé Gómez's insight:
Potential health effects of prolonged bicycling in police bicycle patrol units. To consider as occupational risk in this and other professions.
An advisory group to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a report recommending and prioritizing chemicals, complex mixtures, occupational exposures, physical agents, biological agents, and lifestyle factors for IARC Monographs during 2015–2019.
NIOSH Launches Total Worker Health Affiliate Program Occupational Health and Safety "At NIOSH, we recognize the benefits of integrating traditional workplace safety and health programs with newer worker health promotion programs to achieve total...
The data showing a link between sitting and chronic disease has left occupational health and safety (OH&S) departments scratching their heads. On one hand OH&S boffins know that increased chronic disease means ...
The American Heart Association?s Worksite Wellness Kit encourages companies to give employees an excuse to get away from their desks. (A8: Start a walking program! Walking is the easiest way to start exercising, & add activity to the work day.
April 17, 2014—Harvard School of Public Health Report
"Poor diet is believed to be the single leading modifiable cause of poor health in the world. By 2020, it likely will contribute to about 75% of all deaths from such chronic diseases as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cancer.