World Lung Cancer Day is August 1st, and is a time to recognize the importance of lung health. As the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, early detection and prevention around lung related diseases can be beneficial for timely treatment and support. Of the 200,000+ new lung cancer cases each year, as much as 15% are caused by occupational exposures to carcinogens, including asbestos.
By Jessica Larson, SolopreneurJournal.com
Although working from home used to seem like a dream for many, a quarantine that requires people to be stuck at home for months on end might seem more like a nightmare. No matter how much you love being at home (or love your work), staying in the same setting for days at a time without interacting with others can be mentally draining, to say the least. Add to that confinement and repetition another half-dozen or so stressors, and you’ve got a recipe for work-from-home burnout. Here’s a closer look at how being in quarantine can affect your mental health, and what you can do to avoid burnout.
July 16, 2020
By: Lisa Desai
Welcome to the newest edition of the Behavioral Health Q&A Column! VPPPA has partnered with experts at MindWise Innovations to present a monthly Q&A article addressing questions that members might be hesitant to ask about. These columns will address your questions about mental health, substance abuse, brain injuries, family issues and more. We will be posting a new column on the third Thursday of each month. To submit your own question for the experts click here.
Substance and alcohol misuse have been longstanding problems - especially in construction and related industries. A 2009 Rand corporation review found that workers who drink alcohol at least three times per week are more likely to experience onsite accidents. We know that during COVID19, the rates of overdose have increased on a monthly basis since March (Washington Post, July 2020).
By: Amara Lang, junior account manager, FEI Workforce Resilience
July 6, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on our world, our country, our workplaces, communities and ourselves. So far countless people have lost their lives and millions have lost their jobs and cannot pay their rent, mortgage or other bills. There’s no sugar coating it: Many of us are suffering.
By: Kevin Gardner
July 2, 2020
By now, you’ve heard the importance of being eco-friendly. Making changes like going paperless, recycling, and reducing energy consumption are essential for reducing your carbon footprint. Individuals and businesses alike should be striving to make more sustainable, green choices.
While eco-friendliness is essential for a healthier environment, going green does have some other enticing benefits. One such benefit is that it can increase the productivity of your employees. Here’s how.
On February 26–27, 2020, VPPPA members gathered on Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress about the importance of workplace safety and health. The VPP Act (S.904) grants VPP its own line item in OSHA’s budget. VPP is a small program with a big impact. Currently, the programs are funded through “Compliance Assistance—Federal,” alongside other cooperative initiatives. This legislation maintains the existing VPP process and ensures its continued success by codifying it and letting Congress control its funding directly. Safety knows no political party and it is vital to shine a light on successful government initiatives that promote a constructive and productive dialogue between labor, management and regulators. VPPPA members had the pleasure of interviewing Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. He has been an integral force in the push to codify the VPP Act for many years.
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