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Help Keep Employees Safe from Asbestos

Asbestos is a natural fibrous material that can have devastating effects on workers if proper precautions aren’t taken. Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of diseases, including asbestosis, a chronic lung disease resulting from prolonged exposure to asbestos dust; lung cancer and other cancers; and mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer than affects the -->

Are Occupational Injuries Under-Reported?

The federal government may seriously be undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year, according to some researchers. Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than were reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS said in -->

What’s Changing with OSHA Regulations in 2015?

In 2015, OSHA plans to create some new regulations while updating some old ones. Federal agencies released their Fall 2014 regulatory agendas. OSHA plans to issue three final rules in 2015: 1. Confined Spaces in Construction: Although OSHA already has confined space regulations for general industry, it does not have rules for the construction industry -->

Fire Training: Why is it Important in the Workplace?

Many businesses fail to give sufficient thought to workplace fire safety. In fact, many worker are quite clueless as to what to do to prevent fires and how to react when a fire does break out. Other than he ire drill, most workplaces place little to no emphasis on fire safety. The consequences of workplace -->

Winter Workers and Keeping Them Safe

Winter can affect hundreds of thousands of workers in our area. Under OSHA, each employer is responsible for providing a safe work environment for their employees and must protect workers from winter storms and hazardous weather conditions. OSHA issued more than 2,500 citations from October 2012 through September 2013. Some citations occur because manufacturers miss -->

Nurses Union Calls on OSHA to Follow Cal/OSHA Ebola Standards

National Nurses United is urging OSHA and state government to help keep nurses and other health care workers safe from the Ebola virus by adopting safety standards issued by the California Division Occupational Safety and Health. Cal/OSHA released updated guidance on November 14th that requires all state hospitals to provide workers who are at risk -->

Toxic Chemicals Put Salon Workers at Risk

Salon workers are frequently exposed to products that contain harmful chemicals and are linked to certain cancers, reproductive issues and asthma, according to a report from the environmental health advocacy group, Women’s Voices for the Earth. These products contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene and ammonium persulfate. More than 60% of salon workers have contracted -->

Coal is the World’s Dirtiest Energy Source, Killing 400,000 People Per Year

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people die from coal pollution. Millions more suffer from coal-related illnesses. Coal is responsible for over 400,000 premature deaths per year globally and many millions more serious and minor illnesses. In the U.S., coal kills around 13,000 people annually, with workers being at the highest risk of illness. The -->

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2014: 1. Fall Protection – 6,143 violations 2. Hazard Communication – 5,161 3. Scaffolding – 4,029 4. Respiratory Protection – 3,223 5. Lockout/Tagout – 2,704 6. Powered Industrial Trucks – 2,662 -->

Work Kills More than War, International Labor Organization Leader Says

The international Labor Organization (ILO) has announced that it will renew its efforts to improve workplace safety and health across the world. ILO Director, General Guy Ryder said the organization would focus on creating a culture of intolerance towards risks at work. ILO plans to strengthen its focus on vulnerable groups such as migrant workers. -->