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January 2017 Archives

Shift work and its impact on health

Many people in Oklahoma have work schedules that do not include typical nine-to-five days. Shift work, or work that is performed outside of regular working hours, usually requires them to alter their sleep schedule. Some shift workers must begin work before 6 a.m., and others must get all of their sleeping done during daylight hours.

High rate of musculoskeletal injuries in construction

Construction workers in Oklahoma and around the country are more vulnerable to injuries called work-related musculoskeletal disorders than workers in other industries according to a study that appeared in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. WMSDs are caused by overwork and overexposure to vibrations. Actions such as twisting, holding awkward positions and bending also contribute to this damage to joints, tendons, muscles and nerves.

Updated beryllium exposure standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tasked with regulating workplace standards in the United States. Oklahoma residents who work in the construction, shipyard or general industries may be interested in knowing that OSHA recently issued a final rule reducing the occupational exposure limits for beryllium. The agency claims that the rule will prevent 46 new cases of beryllium-related diseases and save the lives of 94 workers each year.

Suspension trauma following a fall

When Oklahoma employees are required to work at great heights, they are always at risk for falling. To prevent accidental falls, fall arrest personal protective equipment, which often include full-body harness systems, are used. While these systems can save a worker's life, they often leave users suspended, potentially leading to suspension trauma and orthostatic intolerance.

Smartphones could lower workplace repetitive injuries

Many Oklahoma residents use their smartphones to stay in touch with their friends, family members and acquaintances and browse the internet, but these devices can also be used to improve safety in the workplace. Modern smartphones contain high resolution cameras and powerful processors that can analyze video footage quickly and easily, and these features are being used to develop an application that could reduce the number of repetitive motion injuries suffered by American workers.

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