Safety Plan

Consider the following scenario.

You are the safety and occupational health professional for your city’s health department. You received a call from a major food-distribution warehouse about some employees who are complaining of dizziness and feeling sick.

The scene is a very large warehouse; a significant portion is refrigerated. The illnesses are being reported from a refrigerated section (about 40 degrees F), where workers are blister packing food products on a production line. The warehouse has 20 loading docks, two railroad car lines that end directly inside the warehouse (in close proximity to the production area), a dozen or so gas powered forklifts, and no sensors or environmental monitors of any kind except those associated with the refrigeration systems.

The warehouse manager is cooperative, but he points out that he is in the middle of contract negotiations with the union. He is also very proud of the fact that they have special seals on the loading dock doors and throughout the warehouse to keep the cold in and the heat out.

You cannot identify any discernible odors other than the exhaust from the forklifts when they move by you. There are four women waiting for you in the break room complaining of dizziness and lightheadedness. They are all comparing and complaining about their symptoms. There are 14 employees who work in this area of the warehouse: 12 women and 2 men.

Instructions:

Based on the given scenario, develop a plan of action that includes how you would conduct the investigation, how you would identify possible sources of the problem, and your opinion on the likely source. BOS 3001, Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health Discuss the standards applicable to possible sources. Include several recommendations you would make to the manager to help solve the problem based on your research into documented best practices for similar situations. Note: You may make assumptions about the scenario in order to propose solutions (be certain to state your assumptions clearly).

Your Case Study must be four to six pages in length, double spaced. All sources used, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

 

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on  November 13, 2000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued extensive ergonomics rules that required virtually all employers to create programs to protect employees against repetitive stress disorders. On March 7, 2001, Congress overturned those rules. In your opinion, was this the right or wrong thing to do? Explain your answer and reasoning.

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Personality Theory Blog

Imagine that you have been asked to write a research-based blog post for a human resource management website.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word blog that includes the following:

  • Discuss one of the major personality theories and how this theory is used to conduct assessment.
  • Discuss what stood out to you about personality assessment practices.
  • Reflect on current research trends that utilize this information and how the interpretation of these findings may vary across cultures.
  • Create three insightful questions based on the readings that your audience may also be wondering, and provide responses from the research you have reviewed in relation to this topic.

Include at least three peer-reviewed sources in the blog post.

Format the citations in your blog post consistent with APA guidelines.

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Successful Implementation of Electronic Health Information Technology

Since the inception of the HITECH Act, health organizations have faced increased pressure to update their health information technology (HIT) resources. As discussed last week, many believe that the increased use of electronic health records and the quick and efficient communication afforded by HIT can lead to improved quality of patient care. Yet there are significant costs associated with implementing such systems. What can organizations do to ensure that the correct system is selected and that the system will be appropriate for those required to use it? Who should be involved in those decisions?

This week introduces the systems development life cycle and discusses how it can guide an organization through the complexities of adopting a new HIT system. In this Discussion, you are asked to consider the role of nurses in the SDLC process.

To prepare:

  • Review the steps of the systems development life cycle.
  • Think about your own organization, or one with which you are familiar, and the steps the organization goes through when purchasing and implementing a new HIT system.
  • Consider what a nurse could contribute to decisions made at each stage when planning for new health information technology. What might be the consequences of not involving nurses?
  • Reflect on your own experiences with your organization selecting and implementing new technology. As an end user, do you feel you had any input in the selection or and planning of the new HIT system?

Post on or before Day

  1. an analysis of the ramifications of an organization not involving nurses in each stage of the systems development life cycle (Feasibility, Analysis, Design, Implement, Test, & Maintain) when purchasing and implementing a new HIT system.
  2. Give specific examples of potential issues at each stage and how the inclusion of nurses could help avoid such issues.
  3. Use 2 course resources as references and 1 additional scholarly reference

 

Course Resources

  • McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2012). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge(2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

o   Chapter 12, “Systems Development Life Cycle: NI and Organizational Decision Making”

This chapter explains the systems development life cycle and explores various methods of applying it. The chapter also examines the importance of interoperability in implementing HITECH.

o   Chapter 13, “Administrative Information Systems”

This chapter provides an overview of agency-based health information systems. The text also details how administrators can use core business systems in their practice.

  • Boswell, R. A. (2011). A physician group’s movement toward electronic health records: A case study using the transtheoretical model for organizational change. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research63(2), 138–148.
  • Hsiao, J., Chang, H., & Chen, R. (2011).A study of factors affecting acceptance of hospital information systems: A nursing perspective. Journal of Nursing Research, 19(2), 150–160.
  • Kelley, T. F., Brandon, D. H., & Docherty, S. L. (2011). Electronic nursing documentation as a strategy to improve quality of patient care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship43(2), 154–162.
  • Nurse leaders discuss the nurse’s role in driving technology decisions. (2010). Virginia Nurses Today, 18(1), 8–9..
  • Page, D. (2011). Turning nurses into health IT superusers. Hospitals & Health Networks, 85(4), 27–28.
  • Swab, J., & Ciotti, V. (2010). What to consider when purchasing an EHR system. hfm(Healthcare Financial Management)64(5), 38–41.
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Ancient civilization in Latin America response

1.Prior to the European arrival in Latin America, there were 3 primary indigenous civilizations that flourished on the continent.  These three civilizations were the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations, and they all flourished and fell for different reasons.  For instance, the Mayan civilization was heavily dependent on the harvest of corn, so much so that historians seem to draw that the failure of corn is the only explanation for the Yutacan prior to the late period.  The Mayans were quite innovative, as they dug a complex series of canals and irrigation systems that allowed for a greater harvest of corn.  This surplus allowed them the time to focus on civilization advancements beyond just that of sustaining food, such as religion and scientific study.  The Mayans made amazing advances in astrological and mathematical studies, allowing them to create much more accurate predictions of planetary events than the Europeans at the time.

While the Mayans were known for their great scientific advancements, the Aztecs became well known in the arena of warfare.  Their ability to expand and conquer made them skilled in the warrior trade and an empire to be reckoned with.  As a result of their conquests, the Aztecs were able to develop successful government systems and agricultural innovations via floating gardens, which allowed them to support a much larger population than anything that Europe could muster at that time.

Arguably just as impressive was the Incan civilization.  Not only did they have a massive empire spanning over 3,000 miles, they were able to maintain their empire through one centralized location, and without the assistance of any writing or recording systems beyond that of a cord and knot accounting system.  Their governmental system was highly popular and easily assimilated by conquered peoples.  As such, the Inca civilization made wonderful advancements in pottery, medicine and poetry.  Due to their ability to innovate, the Incanswere able to develop agricultural systems that allowed for the fertilization of harvesting of desolate lands, allowing them to build a massive surplus capable of enduring famines and tough harvest years.

All three civilizations centered upon a central ruler, especially formidable where the religious and government systems were one, making the king or ruler a highly effective and feared leader.  All three civilizations were remarkably rural based and had effective justice systems, making the populace happy and preventing unrest.  The societies differed however on the role that women played in their respective civilizations.  Both the Incas and the Aztecs had women participating in high levels of the economy and government, whereas the Mayans viewed women more in a role of maintaining the home, therefor maintaining the civilizations.  In all three empires, however, men exclusively held the highest positions.

Many of the innovations brought forth by these civilizations still have their roots in todays societies.  Advancements by these civilizations in mathematics helped made great strides in developing an accurate calendar and planetary forecasting system.  The innovations made in irrigation and canals helped spring forth the ability for future empires to bring life and fertilization to desolate lands.  Advancements in architecture and engineering helped lead to the development of structures able to withstand natural weather forces of destruction and prevent the leveling of cities due to earthquakes and storms.  In short, many of these major advancements by these three civilizations paid massive dividends in shaping todays society

2.The three major civilizations that flourished in Latin America before the Europeans arrived were the Aztec, Maya, and the Inca. Each civilization had many similarities in certain traits but also had a number of features that made them different.

All of these civilizations farmed, worshipped different gods and had advancements in technology; they just all did it in their own unique ways.  For example, The Aztec civilization was well known for their ability to expand and conquer new territories. They used an amazing strategy of ruling through local governments to ensure that the locals were happy. Their strategy led to positive stability and continuity through their empire. And not only did they develop a successful ruling system but they also developed new agricultural and technological developments for example the floating gardens and calendars.  And although each civilization made human sacrifices the Aztecs however, performed the most out of all the civilizations.

While the Aztecs were known for their own ruling technics and developments, The Maya Civilization was heavily focused on innovations and scientific advancements. They also did some things differently than the Aztecs for example they burnt down forests to build gardens whereas Aztecs built floating gardens. The Maya civilization also innovated in a lot of ways for example digging a series of canals and irrigation systems to allow them to harvest better. They also spent a lot of time on scientific advancements for example their elaborate system of writing that they developed to record the transition of power through generations. They also had wonderful advancements in mathematics and their own calendar. Another major difference the Maya civilization had over the other two civilizations is that they view women in the role of maintaining the home whereas the other two had women participate in high levels of government and other roles.

The Inca civilization just like the other two civilizations had many innovations and different ways of doing things. For example the Inca civilization farmed steep areas by building terraces. Other great advancements include road building, irrigation systems and medicine. This civilization like the Aztec had a very strong empire that they maintained in an easy way.

 

These three early civilizations have had a very big influence on our present day culture. We have used all their innovations and developments as the build blocks to what we have today. They were the ones who created our first road systems and irrigations systems that helped us get around and farm more effectively. Their advancements in mathematics and science has helped us come up with an accurate calendars and forecasting on planets. Also, they have helped us build structures that can last and benefit our people. Basically everything they worked on and created has helped future civilizations grow and pass on.

 

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Procurement Source Selection Process

Create a source selection matrix and use it to select the optimal supplier.  Address each of the following:

 

1.     Identify a real or hypothetical project (like a project to resurface the parking lot of an apartment complex) for which a product or service (like painting the parking space lines after resurfacing is completed) must be procured during the Execution phase.  In a Word document, briefly describe the project, identify the product or service that must be procured, and identify three possible suppliers (like Painting Company A, Painting Company B, and Painting Company C).

 

2.     Create a source selection matrix in Microsoft Excel in which you list five criteria (like price, proximity of headquarters to job site, supplier’s projection of how long the painting will take, warranty duration, and attractiveness of payment terms) that are important in selecting one of the three alternative suppliers.

 

3.     Once the source selection matrix is created in Excel and populated with suppliers and criteria, weight each criteria (using the same scale for all criteria), score each supplier relative to each criterion (using the same scale for all scores), and then multiply the weight of each criterion by the score for each supplier-criterion combination.  Arrive at the optimal solution.   This video provides an explanation of this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-zsALfgTrw.

 

4.     In the Word document in which you described the project, reflect on this process for selecting suppliers and identify at least one advantage and one disadvantage of it relative to another approach that could be taken.

Support your paper with a minimum of three (3) scholarly references.

Length of MS Word file: 4-5 pages not including title and reference pages.

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

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Effective leadership communication styles

Organizations can prevent financial losses associated with negative communication by selecting and developing leaders who provide healthy and constructive feedback. Such leaders foster positive behaviors in employees and have the ability build a cohesive workforce. In contrast, a leader with a toxic communication style who publicly degrades employees signals other team members that both the leadership style and the behavior are acceptable. Once a behavior is recognized as acceptable in an organization, it seeps into the corporate culture — and once any behavior becomes a part of the corporate culture, any attempt to change it becomes a massive undertaking. Leaders really do lead by example.

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Access to Health Services

According to HealthyPeople.gov, access to comprehensive quality healthcare services is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of a healthy life for everyone. Healthy People 2020 focuses on four components of access to care: coverage, services, timeliness, and workforce. Create a 4-page Microsoft Word document that addresses the following:

• Explain the Healthy People 2020 components of access to care pertaining to o Coverage o Services o Timeliness o Workforce

• Identify at least one consequence that a lack of access to healthcare has on women and girls.

• Explain why access to care issues will need to be monitored even more closely within the U.S. healthcare system beginning 2014.

• Find at least two scholarly journal articles that discuss all or at least one of the topic areas related to access to care as defined by Healthy People 2020. Provide a synopsis of each article.

• Explain what type of barrier(s) (structural, financial, or socio-cultural) each article examines? Describe at least two policies or strategies that can be implemented to improve access to healthcare services as they relate to the articles you reviewed. Support your responses with examples. Cite any sources in APA format.

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