Safety as an industry is somewhat slow to adopt new technology. Years after the release of a popular smartphone app that streamlines jobsite inspection, it is almost a given that a site safety manager uses the app today. After my initial chuckles about the Apple Watch release, I started to think about wearable tech’s application for safety. Specifically, how could a wearable device, like the Apple Watch, impact worker safety?
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is endorsing the EPA rule that would strengthen national air quality standards for ozone pollution. Today’s proposal would lower the standard for ground-level ozone, or smog, to 70 parts per billion.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has begun training for airport workers, in order to equip cabin cleaners, janitorial workers, baggage handlers, security officers and wheelchair attendants with the tools necessary to better tackle infectious diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends eye protection for a variety of potential exposure settings where workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases via ocular exposure.
Nanotechnology is transforming many industries, including construction. Nanomaterials are incredibly small - between 1 to 100 nanometers or about a million times smaller than the length of an ant. At this size, materials can take on new properties.
There was plenty in the complex deal to benefit bankers, lawyers, executives and hedge fund managers. Patriot Coal Corp. was bankrupt, but its mines would be auctioned to pay off mounting debts while financial engineering would generate enough cash to cover the cost of the proceedings.
There are four things you can do to protect your eyes from injury: Know the eye safety dangers at your work. Eliminate hazards before starting work by using machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls. Use proper eye protection. Keep your safety eyewear in good condition and have it replaced if it becomes damaged.
Potential eye hazards against which protection is needed in the workplace are: Projectiles (dust, concrete, metal, wood and other particles); Chemicals (splashes and fumes); Radiation (especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, and lasers); Bloodborne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood and body fluids.
In the United States, about 82,000 chemicals are available to use, often in the workplace. Since little is known about the harmful effects of these chemicals—either alone, or combination—research is needed to determine safe chemical exposure levels for workers.
Earlier this year, Millennials (those age 18 to 34) passed Generation X to become the largest segment of the American labor force. As more Baby Boomers retire, this trend will accelerate. In fact, Deloitte reports that Millennials will comprise a staggering 75% of the global workforce by 2025.