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’Tis the Season for a Slice of Wellness Training

I’m sure you’ve heard that good nutrition is important to good health. But how? Well, good nutrition helps you in many important ways.  For example, eating healthy food helps to prevent diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight.  In order to get the nutrition you need every day Read More

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Workplace Injuries Trend Downward Over last Decade!

Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers (Ohio’s rate is 3.2).  The rate reported for 2012 continues the pattern of statistically significant declines that, with the exception of 2011, occurred annually for the Read More

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Private Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries on the Downtrend: Key Findings Revealed

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides annual information on the rate and number of work related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics. This year’s 2012 BLS report released last week indicates three million workers were injured on the job in 2012, resulting Read More

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5 Steps Employees Can Take to Improve Safety Performance and Prevent Accidents

If you can get your employees to take these five simple steps every day, you’re well on the way to improved safety performance and zero accidents. 1. Identify hazards: If employees don’t know what the hazards are—or could be—they can’t effectively protect against them. Employees therefore should: Think about the tasks they perform and what Read More

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Need to Make Your Workplace Safer?

Do you need upgraded or replaced equipment to improve safety?  The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has awarded more than $258,000 to support workplace safety.  BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer has announced nine safety intervention grants were awarded to employers just during the month of August!  The Safety-Intervention Grant Program assists Ohio employers in reducing Read More

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Is Your Workplace Injury a True Emergency?

When an accident happens at work, you know medical care is needed fast. But what if you’re not sure if it’s a true emergency?  While the answer is not always simple, knowing the difference between urgent care and emergency care and where to seek treatment could save a life in an emergency. For conditions that Read More

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New Regulations Impact Financial Incentives in Employer Wellness Programs

Wellness programs can be an effective way to reduce healthcare costs and minimize employee absence due to illness. To encourage participation, many companies offer incentives for participation in company sponsored wellness programs. Final regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) concerning the wellness programs have recently Read More

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Preventing Eye Injuries

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life.  However, each day about 2000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. In addition to common eye injuries, health care workers, laboratory staff, janitorial workers, animal handlers, and Read More

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American Medical Association Supports Disease Classification For Obesity

The American Medical Association officially endorsed recognizing obesity as a disease, a move member physicians hope will spur better reimbursement for treating overweight Americans and create better health outcomes. Doctors, meeting for the AMA’s annual meeting, said such an endorsement would lead to greater investments and potentially health insurance coverage specifically for a diagnosis that Read More

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Paid Sick Day Law Approved in New York City

New York City employers are reviewing their company policies and practices to ensure they meet the requirements of this new law because the New York City Council has voted to require employers to provide their workers with sick days. The legislation requires New York City private-sector employers, outside of the manufacturing industry, to provide paid Read More