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Dr. James Eitner
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Workplace Health (Overview)

Workplace health, or occupational health, is a field of study in which a person looks for dangers or diseases that can occur at the workplace, and then finds preventive measures and treatments for work-related diseases or injuries. Examples of work-related conditions are carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, chemical exposures, etc... A doctor of this specialty is an Occupational Health specialist, and usually has training as a primary care doctor.


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What are some key components of a workplace health program?

What are some key components of a workplace health program?

Very important: A good workplace health program (which I am assuming means industrial hygiene) is extremely important. The key components include awareness of hazards, education about the hazards, behavioral training to avoid or mitigate the hazards and effective planning for accidents. Your workplace safety officer would be a good resource to consult on this. ...Read more

Dr. James Eitner
92 doctors shared insights

Workplace Health (Overview)

Workplace health, or occupational health, is a field of study in which a person looks for dangers or diseases that can occur at the workplace, and then finds preventive measures and treatments for work-related diseases or injuries. Examples of work-related conditions are carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, chemical exposures, etc... A doctor of this specialty is an Occupational Health specialist, and usually has training as a primary care doctor.


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Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Health programs: Such programs have helped to control hypertension, obesity and dieting as well as cholesterol control other programs have cut down on work place accidents and auto accidents. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How does both drug and alcohol abuse affect workplace health and safety?

How does both drug and alcohol abuse affect workplace health and safety?

Multiple: Workers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs represent major safety concern at their workplace in that they are usually prone to injuries due to impaired attention and accuracy in performing their job. Also, they create unsafe and disruptive environment for their co-workers due to inadequate behavior and failure to comply with the job code. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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What are the different benefits of health and wellness programs in a workplace?

Many: There are many variations of the features in a health and wellness program provided by employers, but the main benefit is keeping employees healthier (and thus more productive.) absenteeism due to health issues is a significant cost to employers, besides the fact that it is not good to have health issues that could have been preventable. Utilize these programs to stay as healthy as possible. ...Read more

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What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

Move: Unless your workplace has an exercise facility, this can be difficult. Get up and walk as much as possible, take the stairs whenever given the chance. Take some time at lunch to get in a quick trip to the gym. Another good tip is to not snack on many of the goodies that often are around. Before you know it, the calories have added up! ...Read more

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What is the best health/exercise program to do in the workplace?

What is the best health/exercise program to do in the workplace?

A gym or walk: I have noticed that a lot of big corporations have now added a gym in the building. Employees can now work out before or after work or during lunch. Employers have noticed more productivity by those employees who work out. There is more blood flow to the brain so they are sharper on the job. If you work for a smalller company, a walk around the parking lot may help. Also, take the stairs! ...Read more

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Can workplace bullying is affect your health?

Can workplace bullying is affect your health?

Yes, maybe: You have to talk to a counselor who specializes in this to see if it is true in this case but it may be possible. ...Read more

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What steps could a workplace take to improve overall health and wellness?

What steps could a workplace take to improve overall health and wellness?

Incentive programs: I think that incentive programs like "biggest loser" weight loss challenges or a point system for the numbers of healthy activities you participate in can be great for encouraging wellness. We tend to be competitive so we can use this to help people set and achieve healthy goals in the workplace. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between the toes after shower or bath
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, i would like to know if there are guidelines i can put in place to minimiz

What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, i would like to know if there are guidelines i can put in place to minimiz

As : As you are starting a business, you will have to abide by all sanitary and safety regulations imposed by the government/regulatory bodies. Here are some basic safety rules surrounding sanitation/quality: 1. Practice good hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands before eating/drinking, after eating/drinking, upon entrace into the kitchen and prior to touching clean utensils, before touching food, upon exit of the kitchen. Establish 'moments' for handwashing consistently. For instance:"always wash hands before entering the kitchen." hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing infection. 2. Do not eat or drink in the kitchen/cooking area. This is a place of work. Raw foods are present and can contaminate the hands. Touching food and ingesting bacteria from raw food can cause food borne illness. Do not allow eating and drinking in the cooking area. 3. Label all containers with content and expiration dates. It is always best to label a container with the "throw away" date. 4. Empy trash cans everyday, unless they are empty. 5. Based on the space, establish a maximum amount of people that can work in the space at a time. Overcrowding can promote contamination or poor hand hygiene. 6. Create duty lists and logs which help you monitor refrigerator tempurature, environmental cleaning/disinfectant accountability, daily check of operating equipment and stocking of supplies. 7. Ensure a fire extinguisher is handy and that employees know how to use it. Also, ensure the employees have an exit route in case of a fire. Hope this is helpful. These are some of the quality guidelines used in the hospital setting. ...Read more

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How can you tell if workplace bullying is affecting your health?

How can you tell if workplace bullying is affecting your health?

If Worried: If you are concerned about something enough that you spend a lot of time thinking about it, then there is a risk to your emotional and physical health. If you are exposed to bullying do not think that you just have to put up with it. The situation will only change if it is addressed. ...Read more

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Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do something vigorous everyday
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Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
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Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
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Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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Is it normal to be hyper sensitive to noises in workplace enough that it does affect performance and mental health or should the person just move on?

Is it normal to be hyper sensitive to noises in workplace enough that it does affect performance and mental health or should the person just move on?

Is workplace safe?: It is not normal to have such hypersensitivity and ill-effects. Is there something about the workplace which is toxic? Do others have similar reactions? If this sensitivity is unique to you then your perceptions and reactions may be hyper-acute due to chemical imbalance. Seek a psychiatrist to help determine which medication can ease the symptoms or else it may follow you as you move on. ...Read more

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How can I promote a workplace wellness program as a new executive?

How can I promote a workplace wellness program as a new executive?

Workplace wellness: Bring up the topic with your co-workers and your bosses. Direct them to these websites: http://wellnessproposals.com/guide-to-worksite-wellness-programs/benefits-of-worksite-wellness-programs/ http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/workplacewellnessstudyfinal.pdf http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/workplacewellnessstudyfinal.pdf Then, consult with a physician whose practice is focused on wellness. ...Read more

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