Work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths have devastating consequences. This terrible toll is perhaps most visible to the general public in the aftermath of large-scale disasters that claim multiple lives.
Although workplace safety and health conditions have improved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, a state-by-state profile of occupational safety released yesterday by the AFL-CIO shows that many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death.
OSHA has cited Buffalo Recycling Enterprises LLC for 15 alleged violations of workplace health and safety standards following an Oct. 7, 2010, incident in which an employee's arm was severely lacerated when it became caught in a conveyor belt that activated while he was trying to clear a paper jam.
Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis will announce today a national outreach initiative by OSHA to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat, and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses.
A consumer advocacy group is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of medical latex gloves and gloves that have cornstarch powder on them, charging that they pose a serious threat to patients and health care workers.
OSHA has cited wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power Blades Inc. in Grand Forks, formerly LM Glasfiber Inc., with 11 alleged health and safety violations for exposing workers to unsafe conditions following an OSHA inspection that began in October 2010.
A new regional emphasis program focused on reducing the number of needlestick and sharps injuries has OSHA focusing special attention on ambulatory surgical care centers, freestanding emergency care clinics and primary care medical clinics in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.