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Health & Fitness

Occupational health experts stress prevention

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More than 4,400 U.S. workers died on the job last year, with millions more getting sick or injured, reports The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related illness in America, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

         Other workplace problems include cuts, broken bones, sprains, repetitive motion disorders, vision problems, breathing difficulties, and exposure to germs and other toxic substances.

Many workplace illnesses and injuries can be prevented, and employee productivity maintained, with good job safety and injury prevention practices. 

         Controlling the risks of physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards help maintain a safe and healthy environment.  Safety experts advise employers to create a healthy work area, which keeps employees well and working, and reduces accidents and workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits.

         In 1970, the government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for every U.S. worker.   According to the CDC, this Act “helped establish safety standards so no worker will suffer diminished health, functional capacity, or life expectancy as a result of their work experience.”

         But despite the best efforts, employees do get sick and hurt.  Plus, some occupations require periodic medical screening and monitoring.  Who takes care of them?

          Companies may contract with health care facilities to tend to their injured or sick employees.  They may offer wellness plans to keep employees healthy before problems arise. 

         Woodridge Clinic, with offices in Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard, treats employees injuries and sicknesses.  Its Occupational Health Services include employee drug testing, hearing and vision screening, plus other medical services to keep employees working, and complying with their companies’ health regulations.

         For more information, visit Woodridge Clinic at www.woodridgeclinic.com.

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