Each year in the United States, about 4,500 workers die from work-related injuries, and more than 50,000 die from work-related illnesses. More than 3 million suffer nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses; 2.8 million are treated in the emergency department; and 140,000 are hospitalized. The price tag to employers reaches $250 billion each year. Although employers have made progress in recent decades by reducing occupational injuries and illnesses and controlling their costs, there’s clearly more to do. And, getting it done may require a novel approach.
The 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says in 2013, more than half of the 46,000 deaths due to drug overdose in the U.S. were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.
The DEA calls prescription meds, particularly opioid painkillers, the No. 1 drug threat in the U.S. today.
Why? Because the number of people reporting current use of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) is more than those reporting use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA and PCP combined.
The national statistics on injuries and deaths from workplace slips, trips, and falls are disturbing…
One reason that falls are so common is that there are hazards everywhere. Employees can slip, trip, or fall in production areas, in offices, on stairwells, from ladders, off loading docks–and other places specific to your workplace…
The current PEL for the metal is 2.0 micrograms of respirable beryllium per cubic meter of air. The agency’s proposal would set the PEL at 0.2 µg/m3. An official notice of proposed rulemaking was published Aug. 7.
The National Weather Service has predicted that Louisiana’s August temperatures will be 20 to 40% above normal.
Prime Occupational Medicine would like to encourage you to prevent your workers from becoming the next statisics! Heat related illnesses are easily prevented if you and your employees know what steps to take:
Each year, more than 300 American workers die from silicosis, and thousands of new cases are diagnosed. Silicosis is the name given to incurable lung damage that occurs when workers inhale dusts that contain crystalline silica.
Silica comes in different forms, but crystalline silica is the type that causes scarring in the lungs. Crystalline silica is found in granite, sandstone, quartzite, and various other rocks and sand. Workers who inhale very small crystalline silica particles are at risk for silicosis.