Construction workers are at an increased risk for developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which is a painful and potentially disabling condition of the fingers, hands and arms.
Symptoms of HAVS include numbness, tingling and loss of nerve sensitivity, and can lead to the loss of strength and grip in the hands.
It’s been more than 10 years since the first case of West Nile Virus appeared in the United States, but it’s still a risk that affects outdoor workers during the summer months.
Transmitted by mosquitoes, West Nile Virus symptoms can range from as mild as a fever, to as severe as encephalitis or meningitis.
Most forms of heat illness can be avoided by following basic prevention guidelines. Even so, it's essential for athletes and coaches to know the warning signs of developing heat-related emergency and understand the level of severity of each condition. (see: Heat Illness - Symptoms and Severity)
Normally, our body temperature is regulated by sweating. A number of factors can limit the sweat response, including intense exercise in high temperatures or high humidity, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, illness, medications and alcohol. When anthlete develops a heat illness, it usually occurs after several hours of exertion and excessive sweating that leads, first to dehydration, and then to electrolyte imbalances.
The American Institute of Stress estimates that workplace stress costs U.S. businesses more than $300 billion each year due to absenteeism, employee turnover, medical costs and diminished productivity.
That means that reducing workplace stress not only helps your employees maintain happy and healthy lives, but it will help your business be more profitable and productive.
Did you know March 5-11 is National Sleep Awareness Week? Better sleep creates happier, healthier, more productive individuals.
We help our clients develop wellness programs with customizable employee communications like our Live Well, Work Well newsletter, which highlights topics like Simple Steps to Improve Sleep - available in English or Spanish.