Occupational Safety

Making a Splash: Three fishermen saved by personal flotation devices!

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 3, 2014

On the night of June 26, 2010 the fishing vessel Paul Revere, a salmon setnet skiff, capsized while setting their gear in preparation for the start of fishing season. The skipper and her two crew members were thrown in the waters of Bristol Bay near South Naknek, AK.


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Safety tips & different welding techniques

April 3, 2014

Welding is the result of a combination of heat and pressure to melt materials joining them with a filler material. It can be performed in many ways using different energy sources gas flame, electric arc, laser, friction, ultrasound & electric beam. Arc welding is a basic welding process which requires a power supply, electrodes, welding rods, shielding gas, and proper safety equipment.


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Whistleblower claims California is misusing Cal/OSHA funds

April 2, 2014

A 20-year-veteran of California’s workplace health and safety agency has filed a whistleblower complaint charging that the state’s Department of Industrial Relations is misusing state and federal funds designated for Cal/OSHA.


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OSHA announces final rule for power generation, transmission and distribution standard

40-year-old standard revised
April 2, 2014

OSHA’s final rule revising the standards for power generation, transmission and distribution will be published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014.  It will be effective 90 days following publication, although OSHA has adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements.


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Lifting safety guide from Vivid Learning Systems

April 2, 2014

You might want to stop and think before you try to haul that crate of tools to the truck or carry another box of computer paper downstairs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year.  The biggest culprit?  Heavy lifting.


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Toolbox Talk: Eye Safety

April 2, 2014

EYE INJURIES: some facts . . .About 1 ,000 work-related eye injuries occur each day. CONSTRUCTION HAS THE HIGHEST RATE! Every day, more than 120 construction workers are disabled and forced to miss work because of an eye injury. The alternative . . .


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Serious injuries and fatalities haunt the oil and gas industry

April 1, 2014
The world currently is in the midst of an oil and gas exploration and production (extraction) boom as demand for energy soars, especially in nations developing their industrial might such as China, Russia and Brazil.


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Commitment to go beyond – the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

March 28, 2014

I've spent several days in Dresden, Germany assisting DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) organize the Symposium on Education and Learning for the XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (to be held August 24-27, Frankfurt, Germany.)


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Workplace changes can increase productivity, but…

March 27, 2014

Want to improve productivity by motivating workers, or maybe improving the look of their workzone? A new study showed some "small but significant" effects on work-related outcomes -- but with a twist.


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Having fun with a serious subject

March 27, 2014

One of the best ways to make your point is by using humor. As you know, you will more likely listen to a creative and fun airline safety announcement than the same old tired message. For years, I have been sharing the message that people need to use the handrail whenever they are using the stairs.


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