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OSHA’s info bulletin for calibrating and testing direct-reading portable gas monitors

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DRPGMs are designed to alert workers to toxic gases, as well as oxygen-deficient and combustible atmospheres that may exist in their workplace environments, such as permit-required confined spaces, manholes, and other enclosed spaces. Several OSHA standards require the use of gas monitors.


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CDC chief on recent lab incidents: “These events should never have happened”

Press conference addresses concerns about CDC lab quality, safety
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TOM FRIEDEN: First, we had the potential exposure to anthrax at CDC’s laboratory. Second, earlier this week, we learned about an incident in CDC’s influenza laboratory. And third, we had the discovery of vials labeled as smallpox in a storage room on the NIH campus and CDC’s work to secure and to characterize these materials.


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CDC Director releases after-action report on recent anthrax incident

Outlines steps being taken to improve lab safety
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors and prevent future incidents.


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Is your desk a hazardous location?

Here are tips for making your workspace ergo-friendly
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While a desk or computer workstation might not seem like a risky place in which to spend one’s working hours, there are potential ergonomic hazards you should be aware of, along with ways to avoid them.


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A Wrench in the Gear: Lockout/tagout in the food industry

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The food manufacturing industry includes animal slaughtering as well as the processing and packaging of meat, dairy, fruit, vegetable, grain, seafood, beverages, and bakery products. The industry employs nearly 1.5 million workers.1 Work in food manufacturing is typically fast-paced and workers can face exposure to hazards such as slips trips and falls, musculoskeletal disorders, and machine-related injuries.2


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Mark your calendar: October, 2016

The safety world receives the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
By Tom Slavin

ISO 45001 is the number given to ISO’s effort to create a standard for an occupational safety and health management system. This project is well underway, but before the status update, let me begin with some background on occupational safety and health management systems.


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How one company cut work-related accidents by 60 percent in two years

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A company-wide initiative that included management commitment and lots of employee commitment led to a 60 percent decrease in Lost Time Accident Frequency (LTAF)* at UPM, a company involved in reformation of bio and forest industries.


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MSHA’s PROP Outreach sounds the alert on coal mine roof falls

Roof fall accidents remain a leading cause of coal mining injuries
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Although improvements in roof control technology have led to a significant decrease in accidents related to roof and rib (wall) falls, such accidents are still a leading cause of injuries in underground coal mines, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).


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How snow shovelers were exposed to fall, fire and electrical hazards

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An OSHA investigation initiated in response to a complaint that employees of TLD Ace Corp. were exposed to falls while removing snow from the plant's roof found additional hazards at the facility.


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Dollar Tree Stores shows “deliberate refusal” to address hazards

Virginia-based discount retailer cited for similar dangers at other stores nationwide
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Repeated visits by OSHA inspectors to a Massachusetts Dollar Tree store found blocked exits and other hazardous conditions in the store’s stockroom – and OSHA says similar hazards have been found at other Dollar Tree stores in the U.S.


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