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Self-Treatment: What is it and How Does it Work?

self medication

Self-treatment is the process where you help yourself in some way when dealing with a physical ailment. Another term for self-treatment is self-medication. You do this any time you take over-the-counter medication or treatment. While there is a spectrum of healthy and unhealthy self-treatment, for many people, self-treatment is their only or best option. And, …

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Workplace First Aid Training: Why and Where to Get It

Workplace First Aid Training

Whether first-aid training is required for your workplace by OSHA, or if you want to increase safety at your organization, workplace first-aid training is an excellent way to improve your fiscal bottom line and helps to cultivate healthier workplace culture. Having a workforce trained in first-aid will reduce the severity of any health emergencies, which …

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Building a Workplace Injury Prevention Program

Workplace Injury Prevention Program

As an employer, you know that your employees are your organization’s biggest asset. By building a workplace injury prevention program, employers protect their largest asset and optimize it as well. Study after study has shown that implementing a successful workplace injury prevention program often leads to higher productivity, greater work quality, reduced turnover, lower costs, …

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Functionally Optimized Massage vs. Physical Therapy for Workers

Functionally Optimized Massage vs. Physical Therapy for Workers

With the costs of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) mounting, many organizations are turning to physical therapy and functionally optimized massage to solve MSD’s before they start, and to help employees with MSDs recover faster and find relief sooner. The use of these treatments lowers overall healthcare costs, costs related to employee absence due to injury and …

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Pulmonary Function Tests for Workplace Airborne Hazards

Pulmonary Function Tests for Workplace Airborne Hazards

Pulmonary function tests are an essential part of worker safety in industries where they are exposed to irritating or harmful vapors, gases, fumes, or dust. OSHA regulations require spirometry, a type of pulmonary function test, for many industries with exposure to these harmful substances. In this article, we’ll discuss what pulmonary function tests are, what …

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Workplace Spirometry Test: What is It For and How to Prepare

Workplace Spirometry Test

Spirometry might sound like an intimidating word, but it is actually the most common type of pulmonary function or breathing test. Spirometry helps assess breathing patterns that identify pulmonary, or lung, disorders including asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and COPD. In this article, we’ll discuss what spirometry is, why spirometry is done, why it’s important …

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Workplace Hearing Test: What to Expect and How to Interpret the Results

Workplace Hearing Test: What to Expect and How to Interpret the Results

Do you think you might be experiencing hearing loss? Anyone can experience hearing loss and it often progresses very gradually, making it difficult to notice symptoms. Getting a baseline hearing test and following up every year is a good way to monitor for any changes in your hearing. In this article, we’ll discuss what a …

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Respirator Fit Testing: Why and Where to Get a Mask Fit Test

Respirator Fit Testing

Workplaces where employees are regularly exposed to hazardous materials will require their workers to use a facial respirator, which provides protection and filtration. This includes exposure to harmful dust, fumes, gases, and other dangerous substances. Respirators allow employees to breathe safely, by filtering out any potentially harmful materials. These masks also protect from infectious particles, …

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