According to OSHA, 2.3 million workers are exposed to crystalline silica on the job in 676,000 construction, general industry, and maritime workplaces. To better protect these workers, OSHA has finalized two new crystalline silica standards: one for general industry and maritime (1910.1053), and one for construction (1926.1153), both effective June 23, 2016.
A training program will help approximately 35,000 first responders and workers whose jobs may expose them to infectious diseases protect themselves while also minimizing the spread of disease to others. The three-year, $9 million program is being launched by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies.
We’ve all been there: a safety training course where the instructor reads from the PowerPoint® slides word for word – attempting to jazz things up with a laser pointer – while the audience struggles to keep their eyes open by sneaking looks at their phones or doodling.
The medical profession is concerned that the overuse of antibiotics is causing strains of bacteria to become resistant and patients to be less receptive to the most-used medications. The same thing can happen to safety when training is overused or misused.