Common Workplace Eye Injuries and How to Prevent and Address Them

The eye is one of the most delicate parts of the human body, and eye injuries can be very serious. They can also cause a lot of missed work time and lost productivity. It is […]

9 of the Most Common OSHA Fines

Many construction businesses make the choice to not have a dedicated safety initiative, since they feel that they are too small for one. However, no matter the size of the company, it can still be […]

A Guide to the OSHA’s Health and Safety Standards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has the authority, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, to regulate the health and safety of workplaces. This includes developing standards and rules, providing consultation and […]

Stress Electrocardiogram (EKG) or CT HeartScan Tests for Firefighters

It is an unfortunate fact that heart disease causes a large number of firefighter deaths in the line of duty. It is important to identify firefighters who are at risk of experiencing a heart attack […]

Vijay Eyunni, M.D., M.P.H., Featured in The Star Tribune & St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dr. Vijay Eyunni, Minnesota Occupational Health’s medical director, was recently featured in both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Dr. Eyunni, who is also a team physician for the Minnesota Twins […]

Avoiding Eye Injuries in the Workplace

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that more than 20 thousand workplace eye injuries occur each year. In additional, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that workplace eye injuries […]

What are the Responsibilities of a Medical Review Officer?

A Medical Review Officer (MRO) plays a pivotal role in helping employers ensure a safe workplace. An MRO is a licensed physician who reviews non-negative drug tests, determines if the presence of a tested […]

Who Benefits from Occ Med?

Today’s employers are charged with managing risk and related expenses while still fulfilling their commitments to their customers and employees. A growing number of employers realize the advantages of partnering with occupational medicine clinics. Minnesota […]

The Role of Occupational Health + Safety

The terms occupational health and environmental medicine describe MN Occupational Health’s commitment to the health of workers through clinical care, prevention, disability management, research and education. For those within a work setting, […]


The goal of ergonomics is to create an environment in which workers interact safely and efficiently with equipment, machinery and work place surroundings. A poor worksite design will ultimately lead to tired, fatigued and frustrated […]

Random Drug Tests in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

An employer might necessitate employees in safety-sensitive positions to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. A safety-sensitive position is any position in which an impairment instigated by drug or alcohol use might jeopardize the health […]

What is Spirometry?

A spirometry test is a lung function or Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) that may be ordered when clearing an individual to wear a respirator for work.

The Importance of Respirators

Several industries mandate that workers wear a […]

Pre-Hire Human Performance Evaluation (HPE) aka Post-Offer Employment Testing (POET) or Work Simulation

Employers with positions that require specific physical abilities will often create a functional job description in addition to required duties, responsibilities, and the education, skill level, and experience that would enable a person to perform […]

Silica Exposure Standard Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Background and Health Impacts

What is crystalline silica?

Crystalline silica is a mineral used for many industrial applications and products. It is widely used at construction sites. It is used to make materials such as […]

Tips for Staying Safe at Work in the Summer

Minnesota’s summer brings with it a myriad of work-related health risks including sun exposer, heat, and even Lyme disease. As an employer, you should be made aware of the potential dangers that this season presents […]

Signs of Heat Illness (Video)

Recognizing heat illness is crucial for runners at all ages and stages. Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ experts describe symptoms of heat illness and what actions to take if you or another runner starts to experience […]

Pre-Employment Drug Tests

Minnesota Occupational Health offers drug screening programs for Pre-employment, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Random and Follow-up. If your job offer is contingent on passing a drug screen, there is no need to make an appointment. Please […]

Fitness-For-Duty Exams

A fitness-for-duty exam is designed to assess an individual’s capacity to return to work, normally following an absence. The absence may be the result of surgery or other medical or psychological conditions. Because these workers […]

Post-Accident Drug Tests

Many employers have adopted policies and implemented programs for drug and alcohol testing after an employee is involved in a workplace accident. This testing is referred to as “post-accident” or “post-incident” drug testing. The […]

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is designed to document both the medical and functional ability of a worker to perform occupational tasks following an injury in order to determine return-to-work readiness and the need for […]

Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)

Pulmonary function tests consist of a wide range of tests designed to measure the capacity of your lungs to breathe in and exhale air. As a tool to determine the ability of a worker to […]

Work Simulation

To learn more about post-offer work simulation in Minnesota, call MN Occupational Health at 651-968-5300.

Evaluating the suitability of candidates for a particular job involves evaluating their attributes and abilities such as his or her education […]

Job Task Analysis

What is a job task analysis?

A job task analysis (JTA) results in a detailed analysis and description of the essential physical requirements to perform a job. The primary goal of a JTA is to establish […]

Drug Testing in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

The trained DOT certified collectors at MN Occupational Health complete thousands of occupational drug tests every year on behalf of organizations in the Minneapolis – St. Paul region and throughout the Midwest. If you are interested in learning how we can help you, contact us today by calling 651-968-5300. […]

Lifting Heavy Objects

Lifting at home and at work
Know the risk points and your limits. Awkward shapes and sizes, lifting overhead, and heavy weights all come with higher incidence of injury. Not sure on the weight? Try pushing […]

Hip and Knee Risk Assessment

Eventually we all start to notice the wear and tear on our joints. Whether it’s pain during a chilly morning jog, a twinge after sitting in your favorite recliner, or joints complaining from simply walking […]

6 Ergonomics Tips

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

The spine is an interdependent system of 34 vertebrae, more than 100 joints, 120 muscles, and 23 discs. Our discs are designed to provide cushioning between the vertebrae, and provide us with flexibility and range […]

Tips to Protect Your Wrists

Imagine what it would be like to perform your daily tasks without bending your wrists. Suddenly, everything from brushing your teeth to checking email takes on a whole new level of complexity. We spend almost […]

The Link Between Weight and Orthopedic Risks

Maintaining your weight through a healthy diet and sensible exercise program is one of the most valuable preventative steps you can take to reduce your risk of health problems and preserve your quality of life. […]

Ten Days To Improved Range Of Motion

The research is clear: Exercise is one of the most important things all of us can do to preserve our health. For patients with arthritis, exercise is a treatment as well as a preventative measure. […]

Simple Habits for Shoulder Health

Quite often, you probably reach for an object on a high shelf, hold up a hair dryer at the perfect angle, scoop a toddler into the air, or swing a golf club without giving a […]

Select A Mattress To Support Spine Health

The mattress market is filled with promises of restful nights and luxurious comfort. But after you purchase your mattress and get it home, reality can be a little less dreamy.

For patients with back pain, choosing […]

Don’t Let Your Computer Hurt Your Posture

Our digital age offers a wealth of opportunities to work in new ways in a global marketplace, but the technology that is great for business isn’t necessarily good for our posture. Days, weeks, and months […]

Choosing A Pillow For Spine Support

There’s nothing like the perfect pillow to ensure a sound night’s sleep. Some of us are so attached to our pillows that we travel with them. In addition to being comfortable, the right pillow can […]

Be Smart About Using Your Smart Device

Texting and consulting our smartphones has become a way of life. Wherever we go, we see people walking along the street bent over their phone, or seated at coffee shops and cafes, phone in hand, […]

Basic Anatomy of the Spine

Our spine holds up our head, shoulders, and upper body. It helps us to stand up straight, gives us the flexibility to bend and twist, and protects the spinal cord. It is divided into three […]