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NIOSH study examines long-haul trucker health
March 2014
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that U.S. long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to be obese compared t . . . more »
Featured resource: Workers singing the blues? Give them a little sunshine
February 2014
Spring is coming, but it's not here yet, and workers suffering from reduced exposure to natural light might be struggling to get there. Workers with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may hit a low point late in the winter season. And their symptoms--which can include anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and loss of energy--might affect their work performance. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Get on the road to health; Wellness tips for your truck drivers
December 2013
Truck drivers tend to have a higher rate of health problems than workers in many other industries. The job is sedentary and stressful, and workers who are on the road a lot may suffer from poor dietary habits. . . . more »
Health and wellness: Fewer children are vaccinated, more adults are at risk; Should you offer vaccinations to workers?
November 2013
In California, children entering kindergarten are required by law to show that they have received 14 different shots, immunizing them against nine diseases. . . . more »
Featured resource: Checklist for worker at-home holiday safety
November 2013
In 2011, off-the-job injuries and fatalities cost the country $563 billion and cost employers 235 million lost workdays, according to the National Safety Council. Encourage your workers to take safety home for the holidays by distributing this checklist. . . . more »
Study estimates the high costs of employees who smoke
August 2013
A study published in a recent issue of the journal Tobacco Control found that employers pay around $5,800 more each year to employ a worker who smokes, compared to a nonsmoking worker. Researchers fou . . . more »
Poll finds engaged employees are healthier employees
April 2013
A recent Gallup poll found that U.S. workers who are engaged in their work and workplace are more likely to report a healthier lifestyle than their counterparts who are not engaged or who are actively . . . more »
Low wages linked to high blood pressure
March 2013
A study recently published in the European Journal of Public Health—and partially funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)—found that low wages are . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample policy for seasonal and communicable diseases
COCA Online Exclusive January 2012
Each year in the United States, as many as one in five people fall victim to seasonal influenza. Twenty million will suffer some form of gastroenteritis (stomach illness).And more than a billion cases of "the common cold" strike each year--that's more than two colds apiece. Peak season for all of these illnesses typically hits in January and February. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Don't be shocked by anaphylaxis; Train workers to respond to life-threatening reactions
January 2013
Many people suffer from allergies. An unfortunate minority have allergies so severe that their reaction is a life-threatening condition called "anaphylaxis." . . . more »
ACOEM launches campaign against chronic disease among workers
December 2012
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has announced a new awareness-building campaign intended to help employers identify and respond to chronic diseases that commonl . . . more »
Hazard identification: CDC highlights 4 hazards for hotel housekeepers; Tips to keep custodial workers healthy
December 2012
More than 400,000 hotel housekeepers are at work in America today, and they're working harder than ever. Housekeepers are dealing with thicker, fluffier pillows and comforters, more layers of sheets, and ever-heavier linen carts. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Tips for busting your employees' holiday stress
COCA Online Exclusive November 2012
Fill in the blank: "It's the most ____________ time of the year." Did you say "wonderful"? Or did you, like many workers during the holidays, answer "stressful"? . . . more »
Study links job insecurity and worker wellness
November 2012
A study reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that workers who perceive that their jobs are not secure are more likely to rate themselves in poor health a . . . more »
Featured Resource: Workplace kitchen safety checklist
November 2012
The employee kitchen is often a hub of activity that has nothing to do with work--but can have plenty of risk to your workers' safety and health. Post this safety checklist in your kitchen to help employees avoid burns, cuts, and foodborne illnesses. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Checklist for cutting on-the-job cancer risk
COCA Online Exclusive October 2012
Do your workers worry about cancer? They can reduce their risk with this checklist addressing two common causes of cancer. . . . more »
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