OSHA is encouraging CEOs of 14 major retail companies to take precautions to prevent worker injuries during Black Friday and the holiday season's other major sales events, according to an agency press release. Toward that end, OSHA has sent a letter and fact sheet on "Crowd Management Safety Tips for Retailers" to the CEOs.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration kicked off its 2010 Winter Alert campaign to warn miners and mine operators about the dangers colder weather can bring to the mining environment, according to an MSHA press release. Historically, statistics show that most coal mine explosions occur during the colder months.
OSHA recently revised its policy for all Outreach Training Programs to address the number of hours each day a student may spend in OSHA 10- and 30-hour classes, according to an agency press release. OSHA revised the length of daily classroom instruction to prevent workers from being saturated with so much information that they may miss content that could prevent injuries, illnesses and death.
November 1st will see the launch of one of the most eagerly awaited ISO International Standards of recent years, ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on social responsibility, which provides guidance to both business and public sector organizations on social responsibility (SR), according to an International Organization for Standarization (ISO) press release.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the ACGIH® announced in a recent press statement that they will end dialogue regarding the proposed strategic alliance announced in May 2009. The alliance discussions were temporarily suspended in early 2010 when it became clear to ACGIH® that major changes to its structure were needed in order to sustain the organization.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced in a recent press release that the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. This comprehensive national program is projected to reduce GHG emissions by about 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles produced within the program’s first five years.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a national sponsor of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, is educating the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications in order to reduce the threat of drug abuse by children. Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives and a recent survey shows that one in nine children are abusing prescription pain relievers, according to the ACEP press release.
OSHA has issued 54 workplace safety and health citations with penalties totaling $1.2 million to gun powder substitute manufacturer Black Mag LLC, following an investigation into the causes of a deadly explosion in May at the company's worksite in Colebrook, N.H., according to an agency press release. The explosion took the lives of two workers who had been on the job for only a month.
With Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin carving is a popular activity, but it comes with safety risks. Many people seriously injure themselves by accidentally cutting their hand or wrist while pumpkin carving. In a recent press release, expert hand surgeon, George Kardashian, M.D., of The Center for Bone and Joint Disease provides emergency tips on how to handle this scary situation and how to best prevent it from happening.
Many people experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, cramps, heartburn, bloating, and nausea that disrupt their lifestyle. The good news is that these ailments frequently aren’t caused by an illness, according to a newly updated Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. Often they are functional disorders, triggered by stress or anxiety, says The Sensitive Gut Special Health Report.