By Cedric Fernando, MD
As a practitioner in occupational health, Cedric Fernando, MD, focuses on a wide range of workplace-related illnesses and injuries. There is a great need for medical care in this field, since about 13 workers die each day on the job, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This represents a decrease of 65 percent in four decades.
As defined by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), maintaining occupational health involves identifying chemicals, physical factors, and other threats to safety and wellness on the job. Examples include metals such as mercury and lead and dangers from heavy machinery and electricity. Falls and electrocution demonstrate the need for greater attention to accident prevention.
OSHA offers many programs to teach workplace safety. The topics range from respiratory protection and hazardous materials to electrical standards and disaster response. OSHA also provides grants for nonprofits to devise their own curricula.
About the Author:
Cedric Fernando, MD, treats individuals with workers’ compensation needs, operates a drug-testing program, and facilitates occupational health programs for industries in Erwin, Tennessee.