Independent Medical Evaluations

When a question or dispute arises regarding the status of an employee, many employers and occupational health nurses turn to BarnesCare for an independent medical evaluation (IME). Because IMEs are performed by independent health care professionals with no stake in the outcome, employers receive an impartial, objective evaluation of an employee's health condition.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

Fruits and Vegetables: How to Sneak Them into Your Diet

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fruits and vegetables are the foods that should be eaten most often. For most people, this means more than doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat daily.


What to Do During the First 24-48 Hours of a Claim

As the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” BJC’s self-administered workers’ compensation team knows first-hand why the first 24-48 hours of every claim is critical. Employers who develop a protocol to follow after every report of injury are more successful in managing costs, defending frivolous claims and getting employees back to work safely.  

Group Exercise: Movers and Shakers

One of the most common reasons people quit, or never start, an exercise program is because of time constraints – juggling work, family and personal commitments. Most people know exercise is good for them and want to incorporate it into their lives. However, they do not always know the first step to take.

Buyer Beware: Pitfalls of Self-Administered Rapid Drug Tests

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The popularity of employer-administered rapid drug testing is on the rise. Dozens of vendors are marketing rapid drug test kits directly to employers, promising accuracy, convenience and cost savings. Employers should study all options carefully before deciding to self-administer employee rapid drug tests. A look beneath the surface of marketing promises reveals the major pitfalls in self-administering that may offset the benefits of rapid testing.

Summer Safety for Teen Workers

If your company is planning to hire young workers to fill summer job positions, make sure you're aware of the latest changes to the laws protecting teen workers and be prepared to provide our young staff with safety training.

EAPs Stop Problems Before They Start
Sometimes, even the best employees have personal problems that result in stress and affect their job performance. In fact, approximately 7 out of 10 workers feel that stress has made them less productive.

Workplace Wellness Program

Implementing a workplace wellness program is good business. As an employer, giving employees the opportunity to learn about and choose healthy behaviors is one of the most important things you can do to lower costs.

When Heat Stress Strikes

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn't enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.