Wednesday, August 14, 2019

OHSA Safe + Sound Week

The Occupational Health and Safety Association (OHSA) hosts Safe + Sound Week each August to emphasize the importance of health and safety programs in the workplace. This year's observance falls on August 12-18th and the main emphasis for OSHA is: "Every workplace should have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards."

The benefits of a safety program include:

Prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses.

Helping workers stay engaged.

Reduced costs.

Increased worker productivity.

Ways to get involved in Safe + Sound Week:

Host a discussion with employees to find out what they want in safety program.

Attend a Safe + Sound event in your area. Find an event HERE.

Take time to evaluate your workplace for hazards.

See OSHA's tips on how to develop a health and safety program HERE.

Friday, June 7, 2019

National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has established the month of June as National Safety Month. According to the NSC "National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities".

Each week of National Safety Month has a different focus.

Week 1: Hazard Prevention

Week 2: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Week 3: Fatigue

Week 4: Impairment

A few ways to celebrate National Safety Month:

Post materials on social media, in a newsletter, or around the office.

Identify hazards where you live and work.

Encourage people to take the Safe at Work Pledge.

Invite a healthcare professional to speak to your organization about safety.

Mobile Medical Corporation believes that safety is a journey, not a destination. More info on National Safety Month. For free materials from the NSC to promote National Safety Month click HERE.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down

Each May, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) encourages employers to take time to discuss fall hazard awareness. The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction emphasizes that even though falls are the leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017, all of the deaths are preventable. OSHA defines safety stand-down as a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety and according to the National Safety Council " Tens of thousands of employers nationwide and more than a million workers participate in the annual Fall Safety Stand-Down."

Here are a few stand-down ideas:

Toolbox talk

Take a break to talk about fall risks

Safety walk through

Showing a safety video

Taking time to do safety training

Attend a stand-down event in your area

Anyone can participate in a stand-down! Even if there is not fall risk, it can also be an opportunity to talk about general company safety policy and discuss other hazards the job may face.

Resources:

OSHA's resources for employers and employees.

Regional event calendar.

Suggestions to prepare a successful stand-down.

CPWR Stop Construction Falls Website.

NIOSH Infographics.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Workforce Drug Positivity Hits 14 Year High in 2018

According to the annual Quest Diagnostics Workforce Drug Testing Index the rate of workforce drug positivity hit a fourteen-year high in 2018. In urine drug tests positives increased nearly five percent in both the safety sensitive workforce and general workforce. The largest percentage was seen in marijuana positives, where it increased in almost all workforce categories.For example in federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce, marijuana positives grew nearly five percent between 2017 and 2018 and nearly 24 percent since 2014.

"Our in-depth analysis shows that marijuana is not only present in our workforce, but use continues to increase," said Barry Sample, PhD, senior director, science and technology, Quest Diagnostics. "As marijuana policy changes, and employers consider strategies to protect their employees, customers and general public, employers should weigh the risks that drug use, including marijuana, poses to their business."

Additional trends include a decrease in heroin and cocaine positivity as well as decline in all opiate categories for the general U.S. workforce. There has also been a rise in urine specimens coming back "invalid" in attempts to cheat the test.

Another important trend to note is the increase in post-accident positive drug tests. Post-accident positivity in the general U.S. workforce climbed 9% year-over-year and 29% over five years. In the safety-sensitive workforce, positivity for post-accident testing saw a significant jump, seeing an 51 percent increase from 2017 to 2018 and a nearly 81 percent increase between 2014 and 2018. Overall, the post-accident positivity rate has seen annual increaseses since 2010.

"Increases in post-accident positivity among safety-sensitive workers should serve as a warning to employers that employee drug use may increase the risk of workforce accidents or injuries," said Kimberly Samano, PhD, scientific director, Quest Diagnostics. "Our analysis suggests that employers committed to creating a safe, drug-free work environment should incorporate strategies that monitor drug use above and beyond pre-employment drug screening."

To read the complete Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index click here. To view a map of the findings click here

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) has twenty-eight years of experience working with organized labor and contractor associations as a third party administrator of substance abuse programs. Our third party administration services include program development, a nationwide testing network, data management, 24/7 web access, random administration and more. Contact MMC today to learn more. 888-662-8358 or info@mobmed.com.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Every April the National Council and Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) organizes Alcohol Awareness Month as a way of increasing outreach and education for alcoholism and alcohol related issues. The theme for the month this year is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. To go along with this theme, the NCADD plans to fill the month local, state, and national events "aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcohol addiction, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives."

According to the NCADD, one in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence. While awareness of alcohol abuse continues to grow there is still a stigma and barriers to treatment. To help with this here are just a few ways to knowledge Alcohol Awareness Month:

Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.

Ask your doctors and nurses to put out alcohol awareness information in their office.

Host a community event where people can learn about local addiction resources, post on social media about alcohol awareness, or contact relevant organizations and have them add information about alcohol abuse to their websites or newsletters.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, call 1.800.622.2255. More from the NCADD.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

MMC On The Road

MMC will be attending the following events in the upcoming months. If you are attending one of these events come visit us to see what we have planned for 2019!

Cleveland Building Excellence and Craftsmanship Awards: Cleveland, OH. March 28th.

IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference: Washington, DC. April 4th-6th.

NABTU Legislative Conference: Washington, DC. April 7th-10th.

NSC Northeast Conference and Expo: Pittsburgh, PA. May 1st-3rd.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutritional Month is celebrated during March. The focus of Nutrition Month is to encourage people to make better food choices and develop better habits. Good nutrition can help reduce risk of illness, increase energy levels, and more. Below are a few tips to get started with good nutrition.

1) Pre-pack your meals and snacks. This gives you healthy options when you get to work

2) Cook and eat at home when possible. This will give you control over preparation and cooking methods.

3) Drink Water. Water is the best way to quench thirst.

4) Eat more fruits and vegetables. The phrase "eat the rainbow" is one to live by. Fruits and vegetables will provide you with vitamins and minerals and most are low in calories.

5) Be aware of the different types of fats. Eat foods with healthy fats like fish and nuts. Limit foods with high saturated fats. Avoid foods with trans fat.

6) Combine good nutrition choices with moderate exercise.

When it comes to occupational health, workplace safety can begin at breakfast. According to the National Institutes of Health, people who skip out on a healthy breakfast are more tired and less focused throughout the day increasing the likelihood for on-the-job injuries. This shows that nutrition can have an impact on the job. What can employers do? Starting an employee wellness program or simply encouraging good nutrition habits can make an impact on workplace safety.

Contact MMC today to learn more about occupational healthcare services. 888-662-8358

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mobile Medical Corporation On-site Medical Services Supports M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center

In December, Mobile Medical Corporation's On-site Medical Services team at the Turner Facebook NAO (New Albany, Ohio) project site hosted a food and personal hygiene drive for the M.A.S.H Pantry and Resource Center based in Franklin County Ohio. Spearheaded by Janie Donnelly the lead Paramedic for the project and Paramedics Dave Moore and Alex Matthews. They were able to assist in the resource centers expansion into Delaware County, Ohio, by filling their shelves with the collected items and monetary gifts.

The drive was done in partnership with Turner Construction to raise awareness for the M.A.S.H Pantry and Resource center and support Mental Health Awareness Month in the construction trades. MMC's On-site Medical Services plans to continue to host M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center’s PEER Support Group Meetings for the workforce.

"(MMC and Turner's) generous support through the company 'food & personal hygiene drive' (monetary gifts to shop and elves that shopped) filled the shelves at our Delaware M.A.S.H. Pantry Grand opening/ Ribbon cutting. Since then, our doors have opened and we have started making a difference - 'One Veteran at a time'. Your gifts were a blessing," Amber Hudson, Founder and President M.A.S.H Pantry and resource center said.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) , a certified Women's Business Enterprise and a premier provider of workplace substance abuse testing and on-site medical services nationwide is proud to give back to the communities we work in.

M.A.S.H. PANTRY & RESOURCE CENTER IS AN INDEPENDENT 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT. They provide food, clothing, toiletries & hygiene products, as well as emotional and physical support and resources to Military Personnel, Veterans and First Responders throughout the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Area.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Heart Health Tips

February is the American Heart Month. The American Heart Association encourages spreading awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it. Here are some simple tips to help improve heart health.

1) Get Regular Health Screenings

It is important to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, and get diabetes screenings. If blood pressure is high it must be treated and blood pressure screens are recommended at least once every two years. Diabetes is a risk factor for contracting heart disease so you may want to go through a diabetes screening depending on your risk factors.

2) Don't Smoke or Use Tobacco- Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Avoiding smoke is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Smoking damages the walls of blood vessels that supply blood to your body and heart by reducing the amount of oxygen in your blood. According to the American Heart Association, "exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year. And nonsmokers who have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol have an even greater risk of developing heart disease when they’re exposed to secondhand smoke."

3) Make Heart Conscious Diet Choices

Choose healthy fats like like olive oil or avocados over trans fats like red meat or dairy products. Easy choices can include trying to eat one extra fruit or vegetable per day and taking time to read food labels to avoid trans fats.

4) Sleep

Seven to nine hours of sleep is recommended by most health professionals. According to the Mayo Clinic " People who don't get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression."

5) Practice Good Dental Hygiene

According the the Cleveland Clinic "Dental health is a good indication of overall health, including your heart, because those who have periodontal (gum) disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease." Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can help ward off these health risks.

6) Move

Moving can be as simple as taking a quick ten minute walk. Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Here are a few easy ways to keep moving throughout the day; park farther away from the office, take a few shorter walks throughout the day, standing when possible, taking the stairs, and doing tasks around the house like cleaning and gardening.

7) Breathe Deeply

Breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes throughout the day can help you relax and may help lower blood pressure.

More American Heart Month Resources can be found here.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Marijuana Use in Colorado

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational Marijuana back in November of 2012. Now that five years have passed, researchers have been able to start to compile data about the effects of recreational marijuana across the state. The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area released a report that looks at general use trends, the financial impact of legalization, as well as traffic and public health impact. Some statistics from the report include:

-15.9% of people were self-reported past-month marijuana users compared to the national average of 8.6%.

-People who visited a hospital due to marijuana use increased by 52% from 2012 to 2016.

-Traffic accidents related to marijuana use jumped from 11.43% in 2013 to 21.3% in 2017.

-Traffic deaths with drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased by 39% during the past four years, which equates to one person killed every 2 ½ days.

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