In This Issue
Tool Time: Incident Cost Calculator
Incident Cost Calculator is a tool that helps employers to calculate the financial cost of an incident. It uses sample incident and injury scenarios to show the financial impact associated with an injury. It consists of various industrial and injury settings to help accurately estimate the cost. An industry can be selected from the menu or customized to include your own industry by manually entering values for the calculation of cost. Moving through the bar at the bottom of the screen allows the cost categories to be changed. The app also provides a video to guide users through the built-in features and links to related videos and resources. This app is currently only available for iOS devices.

For more information, visit the website or download the app on iTunes.
Integrating Functional Outcomes with Clinical Measures
Tuesday, July 24
12:00-1:30pm CDT

Each year, millions of American workers develop health problems that may temporarily or permanently remove them from the workforce. Although most are able to work again after a brief recovery period, in approximately 10% of cases, workers incur injuries or illnesses severe enough to lead to prolonged or permanent withdrawal from the workforce. For individuals, life disruptions caused by serious illness or injury are compounded by the economic impact of being out of work. Although workers’ compensation and other programs assist injured and ill workers, these programs do not fully cover economic loss and the health care costs brought on by functional impairment, nor can they begin to ameliorate the personal costs and burdens of significant life-disruptions.

By considering functional outcomes with Total Worker Health approaches in workplaces, organizations and occupational safety and health providers and practitioners may begin to better address the challenges faced by workers experiencing these injuries and illnesses. A preventive approach based in TWH concepts may help mitigate risk factors potentially affecting workers both on the job and at home.

Join NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) for a FREE webinar in which Dr. Kathryn Mueller and Dr. T. Warner Hudson will explore the benefits of integrating functional outcomes with clinical process measures as a basic approach to patient care in the US.

The speakers will also:

  • Discuss the broad challenges to our health care system that make a transition to this new approach imperative
  • Examine the connection between medical care and disability,
  • Review research supporting a functionally based approach to health care, and
  • Describe a basic path that will make possible a shift of the US health care system toward the integration of functional and clinical process measures for patients.

Featured Speakers:

Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Mueller is a Professor in the Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado. An expert in disability management, she also serves as the Medical Director for the Division of Workers Compensation in Colorado, where she has worked since 1992 to develop evidence based treatment guidelines which are used in this state and several others as a basis for care for work-related injuries. 

T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP

Dr. T. Warner Hudson is board-certified in Occupational Medicine as well as Family Practice. He is a certified Medical Review Officer, and has extensive knowledge of California workers’ compensation laws, occupational health regulations and guidelines and hospital epidemiology.

Total Worker Health Special Issue
It is now recognized that aspects of the workplace (scheduling, shift work, physically-demanding work, chemical exposures), not only increase the risk of injury and illness, but also impact health behaviors (smoking, physical activity) and health outcomes (sleep disorders and fatigue, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders). In turn, ill health and chronic conditions can affect performance at work, increasing risk for injury, absenteeism, and reduced productivity. In the past few decades, programs that expand the traditional focus of occupational safety and health to consider non-traditional work-related sources of health and well-being have been shown to be more effective than programs that address these issues separately.

This Total Worker Health approach has been recognized by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as a method for protecting the safety and health of workers, while also advancing the overall well-being of these workers by addressing the conditions of work.

This Special Issue is devoted to research “Advancing Worker Health and Safety” in the sense of Total Worker Health®. Please submit manuscripts by October 8, 2018.

Event Planner

August 9 SCC Safety Conference & Expo (IA)
August 15 Nebraska Safety Council Symposium
August 15-17 WELCOA Summit & Core Conference
August 19-22 Workers' Compensation Educational Conference
August 23-24 SHRM NE State Conference
August 26-30 Congress of the Intl. Ergonomics Assoc.
August 28 Working Well Conference (KS)
August 28-30 Farm Progress Show (IA)
August 30 Workplace Violence Course (NE)
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