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Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

OSHA requires employers to administer annual medical clearances and an approved fit test to ensure their employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants. Annual testing is a 2-step process that entails respirator medical clearances and fit testing.

Revolutionizing Audiometric Testing Using Boothless Technology

Revolutionizing Audiometric Testing Using Boothless Technology

As with all areas of our life, technology continues to provide new methods for doing existing tasks and Audiometric testing is no stranger to these strides.  Previously we required a 40 foot trailer to provide the equipment and software necessary to do Audiometric testing.
Now, with our “Boothless” equipment, we’ve gone from a 40 foot trailer to a 21 inch rollaboard and a carry on bag.

2022 Respiratory Protection Week is September 6th – 9th

2022 Respiratory Protection Week is September 6th – 9th

Ensuring that employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants requires annual medical clearance and testing to meet OSHA standards. The EI Group’s Occupational Health team is here to help you as a one-stop option to fulfill your annual respirator protection commitments regarding respirator medical clearances and fit testing.

This Week Marks National Occupational Health Nurses (OHN) Week: April 3 – April 9

This Week Marks National Occupational Health Nurses (OHN) Week: April 3 – April 9

This week, April 3rd through the 9th, marks the annual Occupational Health Nurses Week (OHN) Week. This national observance serves to recognize and celebrate members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. Soon I will be coming up on my fourth decade as a medical professional. Throughout my career, I have worn many hats, but no hat  have I enjoyed donning more than that of  an “Occupational Health Nurse.” This profession has been enriching, rewarding and fun…and continues to be so.

Beyond the Ambulance: On-Site Paramedic Staffing

Beyond the Ambulance: On-Site Paramedic Staffing

The face of occupational health and safety is changing. Many manufacturing facilities have realized that having a paramedic on-site has many benefits. Paramedics today are stepping into the occupational healthh setting by staffing on-site clinics and providing medical care to employees, completing Job Hazard Analyses (JHA’s) and finding new and innovative ways to manage a safe work environment.

Be Thankful for Your Hearing This Thanksgiving

Be Thankful for Your Hearing This Thanksgiving

As we sit around the table with friends and family this Thanksgiving listening to the stories, laughter, and maybe even the occasional groan-worthy dad joke (“What is a turkey’s favorite dessert? …… peach gobbler!”), we should be thankful for our hearing. Hearing loss can make family gatherings frustrating and anxiety provoking for all people involved.

Nurse Practitioner Week – November 10-16, 2019

Nurse Practitioner Week – November 10-16, 2019

Occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNP) are also known as occupational and environmental health nurse practitioners or occupational health and family nurse practitioners. The focus of the OHNP is the prevention and treatment injuries or illnesses resulting from the work environment. The OHNP usually cares for patients/employees directly in an onsite employee health clinic.

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

njuries and accidents are bad for business.
Consider the consequences. First, operating costs immediately increase. Added expenses might come directly from adjustments to workers compensation rates or arrive in the form of regulatory fines levied by outside agencies. In addition, how much product was destroyed? What are the charges for repairs to the equipment and how long will operations be delayed?

Why Having an Onsite Occupational Health Nurse is Beneficial

Why Having an Onsite Occupational Health Nurse is Beneficial

Occupational health nursing is a specialty practice that provides a multitude of health and safety programs and services to a company’s employees. The practice of occupational health nursing focuses on promoting and restoring health, preventing illnesses and injuries, and protecting workers from work-related injuries and environmental exposures and hazards.

Introducing the Latest in Health and Safety Technology

Introducing the Latest in Health and Safety Technology

Every year, tech’s best and brightest converge on Las Vegas, Nevada to unveil the latest gadgets and gizmos available to the public. And this year was no exception. CES 2019 always has its share of fantastic TV and digital displays that always attract a crowd; but some of the more amazing devices are designed for user health and safety.

Problems with Non-Compliance?

Problems with Non-Compliance?

I am sure that your occupational health and safety programs always run smoothly, with never a hiccup.  No one questions the policies in place, your employees follow procedures to the “letter of the law” always do what they are supposed to, right?  Unfortunately, we all know this is certainly not always the case and as an occupational health consultant, I am often asked what should a company do about non-compliance.

Presenteeism and its Impact in the Workplace

Presenteeism and its Impact in the Workplace

Absenteeism is only one part of the problem when it comes to employee health. Presenteeism, or being on the job, but not working at full capacity also links to an impact on the direct and in-direct costs for an employer.

Protecting the Hearing-Impaired Worker

Protecting the Hearing-Impaired Worker

On average, 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace each year. To protect these workers from developing hearing loss due to these exposures, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires implementation of hearing conservation programs for individuals exposed to hazardous noise levels and requires companies to supply their employees with a suitable variety of hearing protectors.

Measuring the Value of Your Occupational Health Program

Measuring the Value of Your Occupational Health Program

“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It.” Management thinker, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Drucker means that you can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked. Successful occupational health programs deliver significant indirect and direct outcomes for both the employee and organization.

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Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

OSHA requires employers to administer annual medical clearances and an approved fit test to ensure their employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants. Annual testing is a 2-step process that entails respirator medical clearances and fit testing.

read more

Revolutionizing Audiometric Testing Using Boothless Technology

As with all areas of our life, technology continues to provide new methods for doing existing tasks and Audiometric testing is no stranger to these strides.  Previously we required a 40 foot trailer to provide the equipment and software necessary to do Audiometric testing.
Now, with our “Boothless” equipment, we’ve gone from a 40 foot trailer to a 21 inch rollaboard and a carry on bag.

read more

2022 Respiratory Protection Week is September 6th – 9th

Ensuring that employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants requires annual medical clearance and testing to meet OSHA standards. The EI Group’s Occupational Health team is here to help you as a one-stop option to fulfill your annual respirator protection commitments regarding respirator medical clearances and fit testing.

read more

This Week Marks National Occupational Health Nurses (OHN) Week: April 3 – April 9

This week, April 3rd through the 9th, marks the annual Occupational Health Nurses Week (OHN) Week. This national observance serves to recognize and celebrate members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. Soon I will be coming up on my fourth decade as a medical professional. Throughout my career, I have worn many hats, but no hat  have I enjoyed donning more than that of  an “Occupational Health Nurse.” This profession has been enriching, rewarding and fun…and continues to be so.

read more

Beyond the Ambulance: On-Site Paramedic Staffing

The face of occupational health and safety is changing. Many manufacturing facilities have realized that having a paramedic on-site has many benefits. Paramedics today are stepping into the occupational healthh setting by staffing on-site clinics and providing medical care to employees, completing Job Hazard Analyses (JHA’s) and finding new and innovative ways to manage a safe work environment.

read more

Be Thankful for Your Hearing This Thanksgiving

As we sit around the table with friends and family this Thanksgiving listening to the stories, laughter, and maybe even the occasional groan-worthy dad joke (“What is a turkey’s favorite dessert? …… peach gobbler!”), we should be thankful for our hearing. Hearing loss can make family gatherings frustrating and anxiety provoking for all people involved.

read more

Nurse Practitioner Week – November 10-16, 2019

Occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNP) are also known as occupational and environmental health nurse practitioners or occupational health and family nurse practitioners. The focus of the OHNP is the prevention and treatment injuries or illnesses resulting from the work environment. The OHNP usually cares for patients/employees directly in an onsite employee health clinic.

read more

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

njuries and accidents are bad for business.
Consider the consequences. First, operating costs immediately increase. Added expenses might come directly from adjustments to workers compensation rates or arrive in the form of regulatory fines levied by outside agencies. In addition, how much product was destroyed? What are the charges for repairs to the equipment and how long will operations be delayed?

read more

Why Having an Onsite Occupational Health Nurse is Beneficial

Occupational health nursing is a specialty practice that provides a multitude of health and safety programs and services to a company’s employees. The practice of occupational health nursing focuses on promoting and restoring health, preventing illnesses and injuries, and protecting workers from work-related injuries and environmental exposures and hazards.

read more

Introducing the Latest in Health and Safety Technology

Every year, tech’s best and brightest converge on Las Vegas, Nevada to unveil the latest gadgets and gizmos available to the public. And this year was no exception. CES 2019 always has its share of fantastic TV and digital displays that always attract a crowd; but some of the more amazing devices are designed for user health and safety.

read more

Problems with Non-Compliance?

I am sure that your occupational health and safety programs always run smoothly, with never a hiccup.  No one questions the policies in place, your employees follow procedures to the “letter of the law” always do what they are supposed to, right?  Unfortunately, we all know this is certainly not always the case and as an occupational health consultant, I am often asked what should a company do about non-compliance.

read more

Presenteeism and its Impact in the Workplace

Absenteeism is only one part of the problem when it comes to employee health. Presenteeism, or being on the job, but not working at full capacity also links to an impact on the direct and in-direct costs for an employer.

read more

Washing My Hands of This: Effective Handwashing Techniques

Clean hands can help prevent you from catching and spreading colds and flus.  Before the cold and flu season starts, let’s focus on our proper handwashing technique.  Handwashing includes 5 simple and effective steps that can keep you healthy and reduce the spread of colds and flus as well as other illnesses.

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Protecting the Hearing-Impaired Worker

On average, 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace each year. To protect these workers from developing hearing loss due to these exposures, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires implementation of hearing conservation programs for individuals exposed to hazardous noise levels and requires companies to supply their employees with a suitable variety of hearing protectors.

read more

Measuring the Value of Your Occupational Health Program

“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It.” Management thinker, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Drucker means that you can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked. Successful occupational health programs deliver significant indirect and direct outcomes for both the employee and organization.

read more

Why Your Clinic Should Switch to Insert Earphones

In a previous blog, a brief history was provided concerning the 30-year effort by hearing conservation professionals to obtain approval from OSHA in 2013 for the use of insert earphones rather than supra-aural headphones. For audiometric testing, Audiologists have used insert earphones in clinical practice for decades. Why should your clinic switch to using insert earphones?

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