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ACOEM Releases Guidance on Managing Workplace Fatigue
A workplace in which hazards are well-controlled, with an active culture of health and a supportive work environment, can enhance worker health and well-being, both on and off the job. Implementing a comprehensive fatigue risk management system could improve workplace safety and efficiency, according to a new guidance paper released by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Safety and productivity in the workplace are directly related to worker health, reports the paper, titled, “Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace.” A workplace may have chemical, physical...
Overcrowding in hospital wards increases andtidepressant use among personnel
Overcrowding in terms of high bed occupancy increases antidepressant use among hospital personnel, says recent research coordinated by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The study has just been published online in the high-quality American Journal of Psychiatry. "This study suggests that patient overcrowding increases mental disorders requiring medica-tion, such as depression, among employees", says special researcher Marianna Virtanen from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. "Risk for depression seems to increase after at least six months' patient overcrowding"...

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