Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO, is a board-certified occupational medicine practitioner. In his current position as the medical director at Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO consults with patients and employers about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation issues as well as injury prevention in heavy and light industry.
Occupational medicine is the study of health and safety within the workplace. Guidelines are developed and implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to ensure that workers and employers are aware of workplace hazards and injury prevention strategies.
On May 11, 2016, OSHA issued a new rule that requires employers to submit workplace safety information electronically. This will allow the public to have access to occupational safety data. The new rule also states that employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers who report incidents.
The new rule is intended to encourage employees to report incidents that threaten their safety. The new rule was set because of concerns over workers who do not report safety hazards because employers provide incentives that discourage them from doing so.
Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO has an extensive medical background. His longest-running position is heading the medical team at Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before assuming his current responsibilities, he started his career in emergency services clinics and hospital emergency departments. One of those establishments was the Johnston Atoll Dispensary where Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO dealt with toxicological emergencies associated with chemical munitions.
Chemical munitions are also sometimes referred to as chemical weapons. Usually, chemical munitions are delivered through explosions using bombs or missiles, causing injuries and death through reactions that can include asphyxiation, nerve damage, blistering, and blood poisoning, among others.
Chemical weapons can be destroyed through two processes: incineration and neutralization. Incinerating the chemicals is done by using extreme heat to turn the chemicals into ash, water vapor, or carbon dioxide. The JACAD project on Johnston Atoll was an example of this. Neutralization, on the other hand, breaks down chemical agents using water and caustic compounds like sodium hydroxide.
The medical director of Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO provides direct patient care in an active occupational medicine practice. Additionally, he serves as an independent medical examiner certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME). Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine in 1980 and is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), and the American Association of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP).
Dedicated to promoting the health and safety of workers and workplaces, ACOEM was founded in 1916. It represents more than 4,500 physicians across the U.S.. Each year, ACOEM hosts the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), the 2016 installment of which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the organization.
The most recent annual conference took place in April in Chicago and included numerous educational sessions on topics including leadership for physicians, public safety, and mindfulness as well as specific, relevant conditions such as head trauma. Full-day courses were offered on the two days prior to the official start of the conference. During the event, participants had the opportunity to sit for their Medical Review Officer or Independent Medical Examiner certification exams.
Annual ACOEM awards are also presented during each conference. At the 2016 event, members received recognition for lifetime achievement, excellence in education, and meritorious service. The presentation also included a number of resident research awards.
As medical director of Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronald H. Kienitz, DO, focuses on the care and prevention of workplace injuries as well as on the treatment of travelers' medical emergencies.