Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn to assist a person from physical and health hazards. PPE could be considered a barrier between a hazard and the person, but safety guidelines and proper safety practices are the foundation of protection before PPE. Once the risks and information are understood on how to minimize harm and danger through compliant safety […]

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The Importance of the OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire / Overread in Respirator Fit Testing

by Melinda Fontaine, Occupational Medical Liaison, I & O Medical Centers Employees who work in environments where exposure to harmful contaminants or where oxygen-deficient air are a concern should wear respirators. However, respirators can make breathing more difficult and not everyone is able to wear a respirator. Some conditions that could prevent someone from using […]

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5 Lessons I Learned From a Tradesman

by Sara Schu, I & O Medical Centers I grew up in a small Virginia town where CEOs and millionaires were far and few between; instead, we had farmers and skilled laborer jobs. Coming from a community where a hard day’s work was the only way to survive, I have instilled within me admiration and […]

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Preventing Injuries in the Workplace by Using a Job Hazard Analysis

Sometimes employers may not feel that they can control the number of injuries in the workplace. However, there are tools that they may not realize are at their disposal to be two steps ahead of hazards and potential injuries. One such tool is the Job Hazard Analysis. This OSHA-endorsed approach to preventing injuries could ultimately save your company from […]

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Performance of Risk Mitigation in Excavations

John Parker Dir., Safety & Health/Risk Management – Vico Construction Corporation   Construction activities pose a plethora of challenges to many project stakeholders. From the design phase to contracting, insurance, legal, and statutory requirements, no one is immune from the inherent liability. Although each stakeholder has established responsibilities before the first shovelful of soil is overturned, […]

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Sleep Apnea Concerns In Commercial Drivers

In compliance with Department of Transportation, commercial drivers are required to carry an up-to-date medical card. This card is to be issued by a FMCSA provider. As a fully certified clinic we see over 20 drivers per day and receive lots of questions regarding the hot topic of BMI and Sleep Apnea testing for drivers. […]

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Occupational Exposure: Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a potentially fatal liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus.  This virus is spread by infected blood and other bodily fluids.  Adults who acquire Hep B may never fully recover, and remain chronically infected.  Due to the severity of the virus, OSHA requires any workers who could have an occupational exposure […]

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What to do if you’re Injured at Work (Infographic)

Workers Compensation Panel (FREE workplace signage) The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission requires employers to supply a panel of physicians allocated to provide medical treatment for work-related accidents. This panel must consist of a minimum of three physicians who are not in the same practice group or who do not otherwise  share a community of interest. On a daily […]

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