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These articles on current health and safety topics for companies may be helpful for keeping your workplace safe and healthy.

Colorado’s medical marijuana laws leave employers in a cloud of smoke:  Different approaches by employers on accommodating medical marijuana use. Read article

Colorado legalizes marijuana; tips for employers: The passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado does not require employers to permit marijuana use. Read article

Medical Marijuana: Things for Employers to Consider: Pinnacol provides answers to common questions by employers about medical marijuana. Read article

OSHA Compliance: JJ Keller & Associates provides OSHA compliance information, training checklist, and more. Read article

Benefits of a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE):
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  • A functional capacity evaluation helps determine the ability of the patient to return to full duty, modified duty with accommodations, or inability to perform essential functions of the job.  The FCE can assist the physician in determining disability and impairment by providing range of motion measurements.
  • The FCE can assist the physician and insurance company in case closure.  The patient may need continued therapy such as PT or work hardening/conditioning, or retraining in another vocation.
  • The employer can benefit from an FCE in that the question can be answered as to whether or not the employee can perform the essential functions of the job and if the employer can reasonably accommodate the employee, e.g., in an alternative job classification.
  • If an attorney refers the patient, the FCE can provide objective data of the patient’s function as well as effort level.
  • The FCE can provide the patient with valuable information regarding his/her safe material handling capacity, postural tolerances and conditioning which can either assist or deter the patient from returning to their previous vocation.

OSHA Benefits for Small Businesses: OHSA encourages all businesses to establish safety and health programs and to find and fix hazards to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. This link provides OSHA resources specifically for small businesses. Read article

DOT Mandatory Direct Observation: Learn when direct observation is required for a drug test specimen collection. Read article

DOT Physicals: In anticipation of the upcoming DOT medical recommendation changes, Workwell has implemented a new scheduling process for DOT physicals. During scheduling, we will be asking drivers several health-related questions to help them be better prepared for information the medical provider will need in order to clear the driver for a DOT card. Learn more about the changes here. Read more

Work Restriction Information: This referenced material is an employer guide and further defines work restrictions as defined by health care providers.

  • Hospitality IndustrySedentary Work Lifting: 10 lbs. maximum with occasionally lifting and/or carrying of articles such as files and small tools.  No squatting, bending, climbing.  A sedentary job is defined, as one involving mainly sitting but a certain amount of walking/standing is necessary to carry out job duties.  (Occasionally is defined as less than 1-4 times per hour or up to 33% of the shift.)
  • Light Work Lifting: 20 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 10 lbs. No frequent squatting, bending, and climbing.  (Frequent is defined as more than 5-12 times per hour or 34%-66% of the shift.)
  • Medium Work Lifting: 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting, and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. (Frequent is defined as more than 5-12 times per hour or 34%-66% of the shift.)
  • Awkward lifting: Hands above the head or elbows above the shoulders or below the knees. Neck or back bent more than 30 degrees. Kneeling or squatting.
  • Forceful pinch: Pinching an object weighing 2 pounds (like the force needed to pinch half a ream of paper).
  • Forceful grip: Gripping an object weighing 10 pounds (like the force needed to clamp automobile jumper cables onto a battery).
  • Repetitive tasks: Repeating the same motion with the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands every few seconds.
  • Frequent tasks: More than 5-12 times per hour or 34%-66% of the shift.
  • Reaching away from body: Extended reach or work above shoulder height.

Pinnacol Assurance Annual Report 2012

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