Cameos of Caring®

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Cameos of Caring Awards Gala
Saturday, November 5, 2016
5:00 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Program Information

The Cameos of Caring ® Program Awards honor exceptional bedside nurses who work at acute care hospitals. The program was established in 1999 in keeping with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s commitment to the advancement and promotion of the nursing profession.

During the first year, 20 hospitals in Western Pennsylvania joined the Cameos of Caring ® family, each selecting one nurse who demonstrated excellence in nursing care, served as an advocate for patients and families, and embodied the essence of the nursing profession. The Cameos of Caring ® message has spread beyond the borders of Western Pennsylvania, with several other schools each instituting the Award program.

Throughout its history, the Program has expanded to include four additional award categories:

  • 2002: Cameos of Caring ® Advanced Practice Award debuted to honor nurses practicing at a higher level of patient care and possessing a master’s degree.
  • 2003: The School of Nursing partnered with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education to develop the Cameos of Caring ® Donate Life Award, recognizing advocacy for organ and tissue donation.
  • 2006: Area schools of nursing joined the Program to recognize extraordinary faculty with the Cameos of Caring ® Nurse Educator Award, bringing the event full-circle as the future of nursing depends on the quality of instruction nursing students receive from today’s expert nurse educators.
  • 2011: The Program expanded to include the Cameos of Caring ® Case Management Award.
  • 2015: The Quality Safety award category was added to recognize nurses focused on creating a culture of safety and quality patient care throughout their facility.

Note: The School of Nursing extends special thanks to Dr. Ellen B. Rudy. While dean of the School of Nursing, she was impressed by how much knowledge and responsibility the nursing role commanded in today’s world. At the same time, she was also dismayed by the lack of acknowledgment and reward these same nurses received for their significant contributions to quality patient care. As a result, she was inspired to research several nursing recognition programs across the country, leading to the Cameos of Caring ® Program and Awards Gala.

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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) launched the first Massachusetts SREC program in January 2010. The program, now referred to as SREC-I, was created as a Massachusetts-specific solar carve-out of the New England REC market. SREC-I was originally established with a capacity limit of 400 MW, but this was reached in the spring of 2013. Pursuant to Emergency Regulations and revisions to the RPS Class I Regulation, the DOER continued to qualify projects under SREC-I through the first half of 2014, after the initial 400 MW limit was reached. On April 25, 2014, the DOER launched its SREC-II program to carry Massachusetts to its goal of installing 1,600 MW of solar capacity by 2020. Facilities qualified under either SREC-I or SREC-II are granted up to 10 years of SREC production under their respective program rules.

Massachusetts is currently in the process of designing and implementing its Next Solar Incentive Program. Additional information is provided below, and you can visit our blog for updates on this process.

Markets for MA Systems


Eligibility Period

Massachusetts SRECs are defined by eligibility for the DOER Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction (SCCA). Solar facilities may produce SCCA-eligible SRECs for no more than 40 calendar quarters (10 years) of generation. Applications submitted after specific program deadlines may either truncate the eligibility period or delay the start of eligibility until after the date of interconnection. After a facility’s SREC eligibility period ends, the facility produces RECs eligible for the Massachusetts Class I market.

Meter Readings

Facilities must report generation from revenue grade meters to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Production Tracking System (PTS). Facilities with a nameplate capacity greater than 10 kW must report automatically using a MassCEC-approved revenue grade meter online monitoring system, also known as a Data Acquisition System (DAS).

Solar Requirement

Instead of a predetermined increase in the number of SRECs required year over year (as is used in other SREC markets), the DOER utilizes a formula that takes into consideration how much capacity was installed in previous years and the results of the annual DOER-administered Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction (SCCA) to determine the next year’s SREC compliance obligations.

The formula for determining the SREC requirement under both the SREC-I and SREC-II programs is as follows:

  • Total Compliance Obligation = Total Compliance Obligation (Current Year) + [Total Projected SRECs Generated (Current Year) – Actual SRECs Generated (Previous Year)] x 1.3 + Banked Volume (Previous Year) + Auction Volume (Previous Year)

“Auction Volume” refers to the number of SRECs deposited in each program’s Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction Account. Also, when the program reaches its MW capacity limit (i.e. the “Sunset Period”), the components of the formula are adjusted as outlined in the regulation .

Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction

The Massachusetts SREC programs are built around a price support mechanism called the Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction (SCCA). In oversupplied years (when more SRECs are available than required), buyers are incentivized to purchase SRECs through the SCCA if they believe that the SCCA price is at or below the potential future price of the SRECs.

The SREC-I and SREC-II programs each have their own SCCA. The results of the SCCA for each of the programs are unrelated, but the rules governing each SCCA are similar. SRECs from the SREC-I program may only be deposited in an SREC-I SCCA, and SRECs from the SREC-II program may only be deposited in an SREC-II SCCA. The SCCA program rules do not require buyers to purchase SRECs through the SCCA, so there is no guarantee that SRECs deposited in the SCCA will be purchased. Buyers purchasing SRECs in the SCCA must pay predetermined purchase prices. Since the DOER takes a 5% administration fee for each sale, the value to a seller with SRECs in the SCCA is the predetermined SCCA price, less 5%.

SREC Issuance Schedule

MA SRECs are issued once per quarter with a three and a half month delay, based on the following schedule:

Power Production Period

Eligibility Start Date

A system’s eligibility start dates will be its date of interconnection, so long as the certification application is submitted prior to that quarter’s application deadline. Otherwise, eligibility will be based on the application date and its corresponding quarter. System owners should apply for certification around the date of interconnection to ensure they receive SREC eligibility for all generation produced following interconnection.


The Solar Alternative Compliance Payment (SACP) is the penalty price that electricity suppliers must pay per SREC if they fail to file the required number of SRECs by the end of each compliance period. The SACP price decreases over time in both the SREC-I and SREC-II programs.

SREC Useful Life

SRECs unsold by the end of each trading year (June 15th) must be deposited in the DOER Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction (SCCA). If an SREC deposited in the SCCA is not purchased, then it is re-issued and must be sold within three years; however, re-issued SRECs may not be deposited into future Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auctions, effectively stripping these SRECs of SCCA eligibility. The risk of an unsuccessful SCCA sale and the time value of money are two reasons why sellers will sell SRECs below the SCCA price in oversupplied years.

SREC-II Market Sectors

The SREC-II program divides project eligibility into market sectors. With the exception of the Managed Growth category, there are no limits on how much capacity can qualify within each market sector. A project’s market sector eligibility determines how many SRECs it receives for each megawatt hour it produces. This is meant to allow for a diverse portfolio of projects to be developed in the Commonwealth. For example, a residential project or large carport will receive 10 SRECs for every 10 megawatt hours it produces, whereas a project in the Managed Growth category will only receive 7 SRECs for every 10 megawatt hours it produces.

The table below summarizes the original SREC-II factors. For the reduced SREC-II factors, see below.

Generation Unit Type


North Carolina Workers Compensation Laws

State: North Carolina

Updated: 01-10-2017

Authority/Rating Bureau: North Carolina Rate Bureau. Contact them at:

North Carolina Rate Bureau 2910 Sumner Blvd Raleigh, NC 27616 Phone: (919) 582-1056 North Carolina Rate Bureau

Compulsory: Yes

Private Insurance: Allowed

Self-Insurance: Allowed

State Fund: None

Assigned Risk: Managed by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. Contact them at:

North Carolina Rate Bureau 2910 Sumner Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27616 Phone: (919) 582-1056 North Carolina Rate Bureau

Numerical Exceptions: If you are a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, estate, or trust, you are required by law to carry coverage once you have three (3) employees who are regularly employed, in addition to the sole proprietor, partners, formulators of the LLC, executor of the estate, and bearer of the trust. It does not matter if these employees are full time, part time, regular seasonal or family members.

If you are incorporated, including all forms of corporations and those which have non-profit status, you are required by law to carry coverage once you have a total of three (3) people in the corporation. Everyone is included in the headcount, including corporate officers.

Businesses with radiation are required by law to carry coverage when they have one (1) employee. An agricultural operation must carry coverage when there are ten (10) or more regular, non-seasonal employees. Any other business entity not mentioned above would use the three (3) or more employees rule.

Individual Waivers Allowed: No (not allowed since 1995)

Small Deductible Program:

  • Allowed: Yes – However it is optional that insurance carriers make available
  • Deductible Range: $100 – $5,000
  • Type: Medical and Indemnity
  • Effect on Experience Rating: Gross
  • Available In: Voluntary and Residual Market
  • For More Information About How Deductible Programs Work

Sole Proprietor: Excluded from coverage/may elect to be included. When included a rating payroll of $40,400 is used as of 4-1-11, $40,800 as of 4-1-2013, $41,800 as of 4-1-2014, $42,700 as of 4-1-2015, $43,500 as of 4-1-2016.

Partners: Excluded from coverage/may elect to be included. When included a rating payroll of $40,400 is used as of 4-1-11, $40,800 as of 4-1-2013, $41,800 as of 4-1-2014, $42,700 as of 4-1-2015, $43,500 as of 4-1-2016.

Corporate Officers: Included in coverage/may elect to be exempt. When included the rating payroll is banded between a minimum of $41,600 and a maximum of $83,200 as of 4-1-11, $41,600 / $83,200 as of 4-1-2014. $800 per week/$1,600 per week as of 4-1-2015. $850 per week/$1,700 per week as of 4-1-2016.

LLC Members: Excluded from coverage/may elect to be included

Election or Rejection of Coverage Forms: These forms are not readily available on the North Carolina Industrial Commission website. Contact the North Carolina Industrial Commission for specific questions about Exclusion – Inclusion and forms they may use.

A Note About Forms: Be sure to contact your insurance company for information about additional forms they may use for exclusion or inclusion of coverage.


  • Q: I am a general contractor. Do I have to have workers� compensation insurance?
  • A: Yes, if you have three (3) or more employees. However, you may want to contact the builder�s permit licensing department to see if you must carry coverage regardless of the number of employees you have in order to obtain a builder�s permit.
  • Q: As a general contractor, am I responsible for covering my subcontractors?
  • A: If the subcontractor has one or two employees, there is liability on the part of the principal contractor for those employees but not that of the subcontractor. Waivers are no longer necessary since N.C. Gen. Stat. �97-19 declared that principal contractors are not responsible for subcontractors, only their one or two employees. Any principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor who sublets any contract to a subcontractor without first obtaining documentation that the subcontractor is in compliance with the N.C. Workers� Compensation Act is liable for payment of compensation and other benefits if any employee of the subcontractor is injured or dies due to an accident arising out of and in the course of the performance of the work covered by such subcontract. If the principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor obtains proper documentation at the time of subletting the contract to a subcontractor, he will not be held liable to any of the subcontractor�s employees for compensation or other benefits. The principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor may require documentation of workers� compensation coverage regardless of whether the subcontractor regularly employs fewer than three employees.

  • Q: I am a subcontractor. Do I have to carry coverage if I have no employees? A: Not if the general contractor who hires you does not require coverage as a condition of employment of affording you the opportunity to work. If so, you would either need to produce a certificate of insurance for the general contractor or allow the general contractor to deduct workers� compensation from what he pays you to do the work.

    Also keep in mind, just because you “1099” for IRS purposes does not mean that those people would be considered independent contractors under the N.C. Workers� Compensation Act. If you as the employer exercise “right to control” over those individuals by governing the manner and method in the way in which they do their job, then they may be considered employees under the N.C. Workers� Compensation Act. (See N.C. Gen. Stat. �97-2 Case Notes – Independent Contractors.)

  • Special Notes: North Carolina calculates its own in state experience modification factors through the North Carolina Rate Bureau. They also report this information to NCCI, which is used in calculating interstate modification factors.

    Experience Rating Eligibility: Employers in North Carolina will receive an experience modification rate or EMR from NCCI when they meet one of these triggers:

    • $10,000 in policy premium is generated during the last year or last two years.
    • $5,000 is the average policy premium generated for more than two years.

    North Carolina Subrogation: Statute 97-10.2 provides you with specifics about workers compensation subrogation for the State of North Carolina. 97-10.2 is titled “Rights under Article not affected by liability of third party; rights and remedies against third parties.” The statute is viewable on line and just below is a link that you can use as direct access for this North Carolina statute.

    North Carolina Workers Working In Other States; Other States Workers Working In North Carolina, Extraterritorial, Reciprocity and Non-Compliance: When North Carolina workers are working temporarily in another state, workers compensation coverage for that worker is then governed by the extraterritorial provisions found in North Carolina statutes. When or if allowed it’s extraterritorial provisions that allow benefits for an injured worker to apply as if the worker was in their primary state. Not all states provide Extraterritorial Provisions so it’s important that an employer or insurance professional be aware of how their state responds to out of state employment. It’s reciprocity that governs how North Carolina workers compensation coverage responds for a worker from another state who is working temporarily in North Carolina. Compliance of workers compensation laws varies from state to state and it is important for an employer with workers performing duties in other states to be aware of the specific state rules that govern their coverage. We’ve provided this general information about extraterritorial and reciprocity as a basic guide. Please contact your North Carolina state authority with your specific questions or applications concerning this topic!

    Regulated By:

    North Carolina Industrial Commission 430 N Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC 27603-5926 Phone: (919) 807-2500 Fax: (919) 715-0282 North Carolina Industrial Commission

    Workers Compensation Statute:

    Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Search here for more about North Carolina rules:

    Information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. No warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of this information is provided or to be implied. You must verify this data before use with the individual governing authority for this state. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.

    Copyright 2008-2017 Workers Comp Consultants, Inc. All rights reserved.


    The Legal 500 Home The Legal 500 Rankings United States (US)


    The Legal 500 United States 2017 is now online. Please use the left-hand menu to navigate through the practice areas.

    The US edition of The Legal 500 is now in its tenth year and, like the other established editions of the guide, is relied upon by millions of buyers of legal services worldwide when they need to instruct outside counsel.

    The basis for inclusion

    Our team of experienced researchers – which includes both qualified journalists and lawyers – spend several months each year conducting in-depth research into the market. The primary source of our information is the law firms themselves, and the information they provide is often not for public consumption. This allows us to properly assess them against one another, practice area by practice area. We also gather feedback from peers and clients to assess their overall visibility and reputation. The process culminates in detailed rankings and editorial, providing buyers of legal services with an objective analysis of the US market that is updated annually.

    GC Powerlist: United States

    Interview with.
    Kevin A. Woolf, Seyfarth Shaw

    We organise each practice area into a single national ranking, eschewing a state-by-state approach. Only a small number of firms in the US have a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work; these are the ones we choose to highlight here. This is not a game of numbers – indeed many of the firms included are small, single-office firms – but simply a question of quality.

    Emphasis on teams, not individuals

    With the notable exception of our leading trial lawyers list, we do not rank individual lawyers. We do highlight certain key individuals within the editorial paragraphs, but our principal aim is to provide a snapshot of the market based on our assessment of the overall strength and depth of a practice group.

    Seth Singh Jennings
    Editor, The Legal 500 United States

    Current rankings and information taken from The Legal 500 United States 2017 edition.


    Advanced Excel – Online Course

    This Microsoft Excel Advanced training course will give you a deeper understanding of the many complex and in-depth features of Excel.

    With over 400 formula functions you need to know how to find the ones you need, This course will prepare you to locate and use the many advanced functions in Excel and will provide an in-depth look at the most commonly used.

    This is an interactive course that will not only show you but also allow you to participate in the lesson by clicking and typing the appropriate commands which will drastically improve your memory of the course.
    This Course has been approved by the International eLearning Standards

    Module 1 – Understanding Commands

    Module 2 – Finding and Highlighting Formulas

    Lesson 1: How to Find and Highlight Formulas
    How to find and highlight formulas, Hierarchy of actions in formulas, ROUND, ROUNDUP, ROUNDDOWN and Using CONVERT

    Module 3 – Date and Time

    Lesson 1: Understanding and Using Date and Time
    Understanding Date and Time formatting, Using formula with your Date and Time, Using DATEDIF and END-OF functions

    Module 4 – Macros

    Lesson 1: Understanding and Using Macros
    Understand Macros, How to create Macros, Creating triggers, Multiple actions and Fixing errors.

    Module 5 – Using Formulas

    Module 6 – PivotTables

    Lesson 1: Understanding and Using PivotTables
    Understanding and creating PivotTables, Using formulas in PivotTables, Making interactive PivotTables

    Module 7 – Cleaning your Spreadsheets

    Lesson 1: Cleaning your Spreadsheets
    Steps to making charts cleaner, Adding projections and trends, Adding pictures and charts, Creating break-even charts

    What Will I Learn?
    You will learn the advanced features that will improve your excel skills including the following:
    – Finding and Highlighting Formulas
    – Date and Time Functions
    – Macros
    – Using formulas to find and edit data
    – PivotTables
    – Cleaning your spreadsheets
    – Problem Solving and Commands

    – Microsoft Excel 2013 (most functions taught in this lesson are compatible with other Excel versions)
    – A basic understanding of Excel

    About Shawn
    Shawn is a Professionally Certified Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer with 25+ years experience. Committed to continuing education, current and emerging technologies and best practices.
    Shawn specialises in customizing solutions involving a collaborative approach to ensure the concepts introduced in the program can come to life within an organization and are supported for sustainability.
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    Military Grant

    Student aid for military, veterans, and children of military is abundant. Grants are just one way for military and children of military personnel to pay for college. Grants are essentially free money they are usually awarded based on financial need and do not need to be repaid. Most grant programs for military students are federally or state funded and some colleges and universities offer their own military student grants and aid programs.

    Military grants are often need based grants that require applicants to meet specific military benefit qualifications and financial need requirements. The amount of funding available can vary from one year to the next depending on the amount of grant money available. However, some grants can cover tuition and fees.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility requirements for military grants can vary to some degree. However, the most common eligibility requirement is the applicant s veterans status or relationship to a veteran. Some need based grants will require that you qualify for certain federal benefits, such as GI Bill, to be eligible for the grant program, and most will require you to complete the FAFSA. Other grants have more unique requirements. For example, the Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is only available students who lost a parent or legal guardian to active service in post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Types of Military Grants

    • Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant. For more than 20 years this grant has been offered to children of active duty, reserve, retired, and deceased Air Force members. Hundreds of the $2,000 grants are awarded each year.
    • Briarcliffe College Online Yellow Ribbon Grant. The Yellow Ribbon Grant at Briarcliffe College is available to students who are eligible veterans or dependents of eligible veterans that also meet eligibility requirements for specific federal benefits for veterans.
    • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grant. Either Coast Guard members or their family members may apply for one of these $250 per calendar year grants to help with college fees, including CLEP and SAT study guides, but not tuition.
    • Columbia College Coast Guard Spouse Grant. Both online and in-person classes get a 50% price cut through this program for the spouses of active duty Coast Guard members.
    • Columbia College Military Spouse Tuition Grant. A 20% tuition discount is available to the spouses of active duty military personnel for in-person undergraduate classes through this program.
    • Illinois National Guard Grant Program. National Guard members in Illinois with at least one year of service may apply to have up to four years worth of full-time college tuition and select fees covered by this initiative.
    • Illinois Veteran Grant Program. The Illinois Veteran Grant Program pays eligible tuition and fees at two- and four-year colleges for veterans who serviced at least one year of active duty service in the military.
    • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. This federal grant is available to children of military service members who were killed during service in Afghanistan or Iraq after the events of 9/11. The maximum award amount is $5,600 per year.
    • Military Spouse Career Advancement. Though it doesn t cover degrees beyond the associate level, MyCAA offers up to $4,000 for the spouses of military personnel to pursue their education.
    • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Grants. The children of Navy or Marine Corps servicemen who died during active duty or after retirement may obtain grants of $2,000 per academic year.

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    Office Ergonomics – Common Office Injuries

    Musculoskeletal, vision. and hearing problems are common in the workplace. By applying ergonomic solutions, you may be able to reduce physical problems and improve your comfort and ability to work effectively.

    Musculoskeletal problems

    Your musculoskeletal system is made up of the structures that support you and help you move, such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Examples of musculoskeletal problems that may be related to ergonomic issues are:

    Solutions. You can reduce your chances of musculoskeletal injuries and be more comfortable and efficient by setting up your workstation and work tools for your own personal needs.

    • Your computer monitor should be directly in front of you. The height should be adjustable, with the top of the screen at about your eye level.
    • A footrest can help support your legs and reduce low back strain, especially if your feet don’t rest comfortably flat on the floor.
    • Your chair should have adjustable seat height, back, and arm rests, and a base with five wheels for easy movement without tipping. Lumbar support for your back is helpful. When you sit in your chair, your feet should rest flat on the floor, and your thighs should be parallel to the floor. The edge of the chair should be soft and should not touch the backs of your knees. If you have arm rests, you should be able to use them without slouching or having your shoulders either hunched up or drooping down.
    • Your desk should be large enough to accommodate your work area. Arrange your desk so the items you need most often are within reach, and you don’t have to bend or twist frequently.
    • Your keyboard tray should be big enough to hold your keyboard and mouse, and the height should be adjustable.
    • Your computer mouse can be a trackball or touch pad, which may help reduce symptoms some people get from the repetitive motions of a standard computer mouse.
    • The computer mouse should be placed close to the keyboard where it does not cause you to lean forward or to reach too far.
    • Contoured or curved keyboards are designed to help reduce problems in the hands, wrists, and shoulders. They seem to help some people, but there is no good evidence that they reduce symptoms. Wrist pads (also called wrist supports or wrist rests) help support the arms and reduce strain during breaks from typing. The pads are not intended to be used while you are typing. But some people find the pads helpful even when they are using their keyboard or mouse. When you type or use your mouse, try raising your forearms a little so your wrists are in a neutral position and your arms and hands can move freely. If you have arm rests on your chair, you may be able to adjust them so your forearms are parallel to the floor and your wrists are neutral. A neutral position means not bent too far forward or backward. You may want to alternate between resting your wrists on the pads and raising them up. If you use a wrist pad, it’s best to rest your palm or the heel of your hand on the support, rather than your wrist.


    Good posture will also help prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

    • Stand tall, to keep the natural curves in your back. Slouching increases stress on your back and can also make you feel less energetic. If you stand for long periods, try putting one foot up on a low stool periodically to change your position. Bring reading material up to you, rather than leaning over a low desk.
    • Use good sitting posture . Relax your shoulders, keep your feet flat on the floor, and avoid leaning close to tasks on your desk.
    • Turn your whole body to your task instead of twisting.

    If you have to lift, do not use a back belt. Back belts do not reduce strains or other injuries. And they may even increase your chance of injury by making you overconfident, so you try to lift more than you should. To lift safely :

    • Keep the object you want to lift close to you.
    • Bend your knees and keep your back straight as you grasp the object, then straighten your knees to lift it up.
    • Don’t try to lift something by yourself that is too heavy, too awkward to carry, or that will not allow you to see where you are walking.
    • Try a “golfer’s lift” for very light objects such as a pen or piece of paper. Bend one knee slightly and allow your other leg to come off the floor behind you as you bend over. Hold on to a desk or stable chair for support.

    To help prevent falls, keep walkways clear of cords, clutter, and spills. Close drawers completely after you use them. Use stepladders instead of chairs to reach high objects. Report any hazards such as loose carpeting or burned-out lights. And wear shoes appropriate to your job and environment.

    Maintain good health through:

    • Regular exercise .
    • Proper nutrition .
    • Not smoking .
    • Following prescribed treatment for any other health conditions you have.

    Good general health, including strength and flexibility, can help prevent injuries. It will also help you recover faster if you are injured.

    Vision problems

    Typical workplace vision problems include:

    • Eye problems from either too little or too much lighting. Poor lighting can lead to:
      • Eyestrain and irritation.
      • Watery eyes and red, swollen eyelids.
      • Double vision .
      • Decrease in the ability to focus the eyes and see clearly.
    • Headaches from straining to see clearly.
    • Neck and back pains due to hunching over to see small items.
    • Accidents due to poor lighting, glare, shadows from lighting, or moving from a well-lighted area to a dark area.


    Solutions. You can reduce your risk of vision problems from improper lighting with:

    • Full-spectrum lights, which may help reduce eyestrain.
    • Task lighting (such as lights above your workstation or on your desk), which can increase the level of light in your office and allow you the flexibility to position the light where it is needed most.
    • Monitor screens that reduce glare, such as plasma screens or removable glare guards.
    • Proper placement of computer screens. Do not place a computer screen in front of or next to a window. This creates a contrast problem and visual stress. If you do sit next to a window, the best placement for your monitor is at a right (90-degree) angle to the window.
    • Window blinds or tinted glass, to reduce sun glare while still allowing filtered light into your office.

    It’s also a good idea to have an eye exam every 1 or 2 years. If you wear bifocals or reading glasses, you may want to adjust your monitor so that you don’t have to tilt your head back to see clearly. Or consider full-frame reading glasses for computer use. There are also progressive lenses available that have a reading prescription at the bottom, a mid-distance prescription that is good for computer use in the middle of the lens, and a long-distance prescription at the top of the lens. The lens has these three types of prescriptions in different areas of the glass and smooth transitions between types of prescriptions.

    Noise problems

    Noise can produce tension and stress and interfere with your ability to concentrate. And it can damage your hearing.

    • Common office noise sources may include:
      • Equipment, including telephones, computers, and printers.
      • Many people working close together, which leads to more voices and foot traffic around work areas.
      • Noise outside the building that comes through office windows.
    • Even low-level noise can reduce your productivity and increase stress levels, leading to problems with muscles and joints.
    • High-level noise is regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as this type of noise can lead to significant hearing loss .

    Solutions. You and your company can reduce your risk for hearing loss or other problems associated with noise levels with:

    • Earplugs, to reduce background noise.
    • Acoustic ceiling tiles, to absorb some noise.
    • Relocation of noisy equipment.
    • Window glass, to block out excessive noise.
    • Carpets, to help absorb foot-traffic and conversational noise.
    • Noise-reducing partitions, to reduce noise around workstations.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. © 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

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    Color Trends: What’s New, What’s Next?

    While you’re still deciding where to spend next year’s summer vacation, color forecasters have already predicted what color your bathing suit will be for the year.

    Color forecasters are part designer, part sociologist and part predictor. They draw information from the runway, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry; they scour showrooms, trade shows and magazines for trends; they consider what’s happening culturally and how this impacts our national mood. Then they take all of that information and translate it into what colors we’ll be wearing and decorating with in the next year.

    The Colors Are Coming

    The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans’ color tastes. We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional and comforting. But the pops of bright colors, from crimson to acid yellow, suggest that we’re ultimately hopeful about the future.

    Neutrals are now, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas or carpet. For those big-ticket items, we’ll make the safer choice such as neutrals, from rich gray to camel, says Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at Shaw Industries. And, she continues, We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces.

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