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Wellness: How much sleep do workers need? New guidelines issued
April 2015
Americans have a love/hate relationship with sleep. We need more sleep, but we sacrifice it to the most casual of temptations--like late-night television and Internet browsing. We value sleep but not as much as we value getting to work on time, getting our morning workouts in, or going to the midnight opening of a new movie. Sleep is essential to our health and our functioning; sleep is also an interruption of the essential activities of our day. . . . more »
Occupational noise: Now hear this! New research connects increased noise levels with increased injury risk
March 2015
Employers have long known that high levels of workplace noise pose a risk of noise-induced hearing loss for workers. Recent research has also linked chronic exposure to occupational noise with sleep disorders and poor job performance as well as increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and benign tumors along the vestibular cochlear nerve. Now there's even more bad news for employers with noisy operations. . . . more »
Return to work: Get workers back on the job with light-duty assignments
March 2015
Is your workforce ailing? Maybe one employee who's out hurt his back cleaning gutters at home, another went ahead and had that elective foot surgery she'd been putting off, and another is out on a workers' compensation claim after slipping in mud. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Too much sitting is bad--but so is too much standing! How to mix up the workday
March 2015
It's been all over the news in recent years: Americans sit too much, and it's killing us. We sit in our cars, we sit at the office, and we sit in front of our computers, television screens, video games, tablets, and phones--and while we're sitting, our metabolisms are changing. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Do your workers have a healthy heart? Teach them cardiac health basics
February 2015
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many factors can affect a person's cardiac health, including his or her weight and overall health status, genetic heritage, and behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking. . . . more »
Health and wellness: New study identifies 4 strategies that work for shift workers
January 2015
Shift work has been associated with a number of adverse health effects, from heart disease to cancer. Employers have tried many strategies to help shift workers stay safe, well rested, and healthy, but these strategies have fallen more into the "common sense" category than into the "scientifically validated best practices" category. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Tips for healthy air travel
COCA Online Exclusive November 2014
The holidays are a prime travel time for many American workers--our romantic notions of "home for the holidays" and "I'll be home for Christmas" are founded in a national holiday habit. But after the holidays, you'll want your workers back on the job in solid physical shape. Our air travel tips can help make sure they travel safely and arrive back in the workplace in good health this holiday season. . . . more »
Health and wellness: What does the obesity epidemic mean for workplace safety?
September 2014
It's no secret that California's workforce is becoming heavier. With more than half of the state's adults either overweight or obese, have you considered the impact of your workers' expanding waistlines on workplace safety? Keep reading for key issues to consider. . . . more »
Featured resource: A handy field sanitation checklist
September 2014
In 2008, Coronado Irrigation Services of Shafter (in Kern County) was cited for multiple violations of Cal/OSHA's field sanitation requirements, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 3457. The employer appealed the fines, citing financial hardship--and it took 6 years before the fines were at last reduced. . . . more »
Infectious diseases: Measles makes a comeback, and MERS comes on strong; Are your workers at risk?
August 2014
Between vaccinations and antibiotics, it seemed for a time that the United States was winning the battle against infectious childhood illnesses. That doesn't seem like such a sure thing these days, so employers need to take steps to protect workers from measles and other infectious diseases that are on the rise. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Relax! And more tips to prevent sprains, strains, and similar injuries
August 2014
If you had a lost workday incident in 2012, there's a very good chance it was caused by a sprain, strain, or tear. Injuries in that category accounted for 38 percent of total injury and illness cases requiring days away from work--and soreness or pain from nonspecified injuries made up another 15 percent of cases. Taken together, that's more than half of all lost workday incidents in the United States for 2012. . . . more »
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 »
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