New Technology, New Workers’ Compensation Issues: Can Medical Tourism Help?

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The Industrial Revolution brought with it many new wonders and many new problems, chief among them, numerous industrial accidents that occurred in factories, mills, mines, plants and other workplaces in the 20th century. The workers’ compensation industry was created to meet the challenges of workplace accidents and provide remedy to injured workers.

Now a new industrial revolution, a revolution in nanotechnology, will  usher in new problems and new issues for the workers’ compensation industry in the 21st century and beyond, according to an article in the online magazine of the website, MedicalSea.org.

The article, Health risks associated with manufacturing and using nanomaterials discusses what research the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is doing in the area of nanotechnology and its impact on the health and safety of workers in this new and growing industry.

NIOSH has identified ten critical topics to address knowledge gaps, develops strategies, and provides recommendations.

The topics are:

Toxicity and Internal Dose

Risk Assessment

Epidemiology & Surveillance

Engineering Controls and PPE

Measurement Methods

Exposure Assessment

Fire and Explosion Safety

Recommendations & Guidance

Communication & Information

Applications

They have also created a field research team to assess workplace processes, materials, and control technologies associated with nanotechnology, so that research laboratories, producers and manufacturers working with engineered nanomaterials will have the opportunity to participate in a cost-free, on-site assessment.

For the workers’ compensation industry, this research will be crucial to understanding how to handle future workplace accidents and better manage the risks involved with the manufacture and use of these new materials.

For the medical tourism industry, it offers a chance to get away from being strictly concerned with the looks of well-heeled tourists and getting involved with a facet of medical care that has yet to be created: the treatment of injuries from and exposure to potentially dangerous technology like nanotechnology. It can become a cutting edge area of health care that can propel many nations into the forefront of advanced medicine.

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About Transforming Workers' Comp

Have worked in the Insurance and Risk Management industry for more than thirty years in New York, Florida and Texas in the Claims and Risk Management spheres, primarily in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Auto No-Fault and Property & Casualty Claims Administration and Claims Management. Have experience in Risk and Insurance Business Analysis, Risk Management Information Systems, and Insurance Data Processing and Data Management. Received my Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in December 2011. Received my Master of Arts (MA) degree in American History from New York University, and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science/History/Social Sciences) from SUNY Brockport. I have studied World History, Global Politics, and have a strong interest in the future of human civilization in all aspects; economic, political and social. I am looking for new opportunities that will utilize my previous experience and MHA degree. I am available for speaking engagements and am willing to travel. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardkrasner Resume: https://www.box.com/s/z8rxcks6ix41m3ocvvep

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