Occupational Safety

Nominations now being accepted for the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2014

Annual National Safety Council recognition of the next generation of safety leaders
April 15, 2014

The National Safety Council is now accepting nominations for the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, presented by DuPont Sustainable Solutions. Awarded annually, this honor recognizes individuals younger than 40 who stand out in the safety field by displaying creative and innovative ideas.


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NYC construction worker falls eight stories to his death

Planking had been removed from part of scaffolding
April 15, 2014

A 34-year-old construction worker died yesterday afternoon after falling from scaffolding at a hotel under renovation in midtown Manhattan.


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Court turns down SeaWorld’s appeal of OSHA citations

Agency wants more protections for trainers working with killer whales
April 14, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday denied SeaWorld's appeal of safety citations issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a killer whale killed a trainer four years ago.


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So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 11, 2014

The purpose of this NIOSH Science Blog is to explain what is currently known about an important aspect of respirator filtration.  For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the environment


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How operators of unsafe mines can fix their problems

MSHA outlines a plan for taking corrective action
April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Information Bulletin reminding the mining community of the process for submitting a corrective action program for MSHA approval and the tools MSHA makes available to assist mine operators in monitoring compliance.


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Illinois manufacturing workers exposed to amputation hazards

April 10, 2014

Interlake Mecalux Inc., a manufacturer of storage and racking systems, has been cited by OSHA for 17 serious safety violations, many of which expose workers to amputation hazards*. OSHA has proposed penalties of $71,700, following the October 2013 complaint inspection of the Melrose Park-based plant.


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New video tells story of how personal flotation devices saved lives

Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay
April 10, 2014

NIOSH’s Alaska Pacific Office has released a new safety video highlighting the use of personal flotation devices as a critical tool in preventing deaths from rapid capsizing and man overboard events in commercial fishing.


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Do your workers have the illusion of being invulnerable?

Study: How people conceptualize risk can hurt them
April 9, 2014

No matter how many safety training courses emphasis how dangerous it may be to work with electricity, chemicals or cargo unless proper safety protocols are followed, there is always a percentage of employees who believe they aren’t vulnerable to such risks — until it’s too late.


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I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member

The rise of the self-loathing safety professional
April 9, 2014

Recently I was talking to colleagues on the subject of talking to strangers on airplanes. Like many safety professionals I spend a fair amount of time crammed into an uncomfortable seat, breathing stale air, and having my space invaded by a mouth-breather whose idea of a good trip is chatting up the stranger beside him.


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Welding with arc-welding equipment

A NIOSH Self-Inspection Checklist
April 9, 2014

This checklist covers regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the general industry standards 29 CFR 1910.254 and 1910.306, and the construction standards 1926.351 and 1926.353. It applies to the use of arc-welding and cutting equipment.


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