OSHA & SCHS Renew Alliance

OSHA has recently announced its renewed Alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) to “promote best practices to reduce worker exposure to hazardous chemicals”.  This agreement is set for two year. Their main goal for is to continue to address hazard communication and to increase the awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of…

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OSHA Is Pressured To Enforce Lower Workplace Noise Levels

The ASSE or American Society of Safety Engineers has raised awareness to OSHA to lower the permissible exposure limit for noise from 90 to 85 dBA. This was brought to attention to them via a letter to OSHA from them opposing the agency’s Interpretation of Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering controls of Occupational Noise.…

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Are You Familiar with OSHA’s I2P2 White Paper?

At the beginning of the year, one of OSHA’s commitments was to create a program to help businesses better analyse their workplace hazards and create a plan to decrease accidents. As a result came the I2P2 (Injury and Illness Prevention Programs) White Paper. This program, as stated in the document, is a “proactive process to…

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Back or neck hurting at work?

Musculoskeletal disorder in the workplace is an injury in the arms, legs, head, neck, or back caused by aggravated movements like heaving lifting, aggressive pulling and/or pushing, or similar activities. The National Institute for Occupational Health & Safety, or NIOSH, has recently released a Fact Sheet on preventing Musculoskeletal disorders for the health care industry.…

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Former Massey Security Chief Sentenced 3 Years for Lying and Tampering

Hughie Elbert Stover, former Security Chief at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch (UBB) Coal Mine was sentenced to 3 years in prison, 2 years of probation, and $20,000 in fines. The Department of Justice mentions that during the April 2010 mine explosion at UBB, where 29 miners died, he was responsible for lying to investigators and getting rid of evidence of safety and health violations.

According to charges, mine inspectors had issued citations with violations, but still allowed the mine to operate. In addition, they also issued orders which would lead to either the entire or part of the mine to stop its operations until the violations were corrected.

Even though giving an advance notice of an MSHA inspection is against the law, Stover was charged with being responsible on just that from February 2008 to April of 2012.

Other supervisors involved have also been charged due to involvement in this tragic event, including Gary May and Thomas Harrah.

To read the full press article, visit http://ehstoday.com/safety/massey-security-chief-sentenced-0229/

 

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Electrician Invents Catch-All Safety Cup

Catch-All Safety Cup

An electrician from Indiana recently invented the cup on the left that can be attached to the opposite side of a drilling site and be able to catch whatever may fall. The cup also comes with a metal stopper that can be attached to the drill to make sure it’s secured to it. “Loose metal…

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White Paper, “Predictive Analytics in Workplace Safety” Released

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Industrial Scientific company, Predictive Solutions Corp. has recently released the white paper “Predictive Analytics in Workplace Safety: Four Safety Truths that Reduce Workplace Injuries”. It’s an interesting document based on research done by them in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University on the development of prediction models and safety analytics. Models in it explain that in…

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Is Your Workplace Culture Safe?

workplace cultureIs the safety perception of employees on their company related to their actual workplace number of illness and injuries? Researchers are agreeing with this more recently.

“We’ve known for some time that certain occupations are more dangerous than others due to a variety of physical and other hazards,” said study author Dave DeJoy, Ph.D. “But in the last 20 years, there has been growing evidence that management and organizational factors also play a critical role. That is, actions taken or not taken at the organizational level can either set the stage for injuries or help prevent them.”

Studies done by DeJoy and other colleagues have been published in Journal of Safety Research. According to the results in this journal, the workers’ perception of safety in their job site can decrease actual injuries by 32%. Along with this, day-to-day work tasks and operations were a factor in defining the study.

“Enacted policies and procedures-not formalized ones but those acted upon-define a climate of safety.” DeJoy agrees. “Injury is a failure of management. Organizations who blame individuals for injuries do not create a positive safety climate.”

Of course, there were several other factors taken into consideration when they examined this study including, work-family interference, management-employee relations, organizational effectiveness, safety climate, job content, advancement potential, resource adequacy and supervisor support.

So beyond having safety training implemented in your company, it is also important to constantly make sure your employees are being careful and stay safe at all times while doing their job. Great managing is certainly a must for overall safety in the workplace.

To read the original article, go to:

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/02/21/workplace-culture-can-reduce-injuries-on-the-job/35083.html

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You Want Me To Go In There? Confined Space Entry for Dummies

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Confined spaces are a huge issue for many of our Safety Partners. OSHA regulates permit-required confined spaces in 29 CFR 1910.146. If you have ever had a chance to read this regulation, you will know it is riddled with technical language that even the most experienced employee would have trouble grasping. For that reason you…

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Occupational Health & Workplace Safety Industry Market Report on IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012 The Occupational Health and Workplace Safety Services industry has remained relatively strong in the past five years, while weathering a volatile economic environment. In the five years to 2012, revenue is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 2.0% to $5.5 billion; though this growth has…

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