Occupational Safety

Evolution of workplace safety yields four steps for safe work environments

By TODD HOHN CSP
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 The evolution of safety precautions, regulations, and products continues. The impact of safety in the workplace has been great and will continue to improve through innovative products coupled with responsible procedures in the U.S. and globally. 


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Young workers face special risks on the job

Lack of experience, training can be dangerous
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Every nine minutes, a U.S. teen gets hurt on the job. With many young people working summer jobs right now, OSHA is targeting teenagers with safety messages designed to educate them about hazards they may face and ways to stay safe on the job.


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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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Weekly news round-up

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Heat-related illness, climate change, an increase in construction fatalities and a delay in enforcing an OSHA standard were among the top EHS-related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.


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New educational resources available: Agriculture and Spanish language

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OSHA has developed a new agricultural fact sheet and QuickCardTM on the safe use of tripod orchard ladders, which are used by workers such as fruit pickers and landscapers. Many workers have been hurt from slips on rungs, falls, collapsing ladders and being struck by tree branches.


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Global occupational health and safety standard on horizon to protect workers worldwide

By TODD HOHN CSP

The seeds have been planted and are being cultivated for the development of a global occupational health and safety standard. I am participating as a U.S. delegate and member of the U.S. leadership team on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop the new OH&S standard – ISO 45001.


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How one company improved safety and health in its workplace

“Now we are talking about safety in a proactive positive way”
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"We've already experienced increased communication about our safety program, and now we are talking about safety in a proactive positive way. Employees are proud to work for a company that cares about safety and makes it a priority. Not only has our communication and awareness of safety issues increased, we expect to see reductions in worker compensation insurance premiums and general liability premiums," said Elizabeth Duffrin, Chief Financial Officer.


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Weekly news round-up

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NTSB names blame in Asiana crash, Europe surveys its aging workforce about hours and the stiffer penalties for texting while driving are favored. These were among the top EHS-related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.


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