This 2017 edition of “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” shows that the rate of workplace deaths and injuries remains much too high, according to the AFL-CIO, which compiled the annual report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers.
Safety equipment manufacturer Gateway Safety announces the addition of two new NIOSH-approved disposable respirators to its growing line of respiratory protection. The TruAir® family, the company’s traditional-style line of respirators, is introducing an R95 and N100 product. R95 respirators filter at least 95% of particulate aerosols below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), and N100 respirators provide 99.99% filtration of particulate aerosols free of oils below the PEL.
New flame-resistant shirt, balaclava and denim pant styles now available
April 26, 2017
Workrite Uniform Company, a flame-resistant (FR) workwear manufacturer, has expanded its selection of Dickies FR products to include two additional denim pant styles, a new plaid shirt and a balaclava. These new items are now available for wear trials and/or purchase.
The construction company that was remodeling the former Copper Lounge building when it collapsed and killed a worker on Dec. 2 will be fined nearly $100,000 by the federal government for a host of violations related to the construction site.
Earlier this week I reviewed a New York Times article on conflicts of interest among Trump political appointees that highlighted a new Labor Department Special Assistant, Geoffrey Burr. Burr is a former lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, and his federal disclosure form notes that he lobbied DOL against the silica standard and the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation that would have required federal contractors to disclose federal labor law violations.
Q. What is a fume plume?
A. A fume plume is the clearly visible column of fume that rises directly from the spot of welding or cutting. Welders and cutters should take precautions to avoid breathing this area directly. Ventilation can direct the plume away from the face.
General hazards of welding include impact, penetration, harmful dust, smoke, fumes, heat and light radiation. Welding “smoke” is a mixture of very fine particles (fumes) and gases. Many of the substances in the smoke can be extremely toxic.
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)-Pelican Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and The Associated General Contractors-Rio Grande Valley Chapter in Corpus, Christi Texas have signed agreements with OSHA under its Alliance Program to help reduce hazards at their worksites.
What can you tell us so far about the Trump administration’s record on worker safety? Already we’ve seen the Trump administration repeal two important workplace safety rules. They’ve proposed the elimination of funding for worker safety and health training programs. They’ve proposed the elimination of the Chemical Safety Board. And they’ve proposed slashing the job safety research budget.
Occupational noise exposures represent an important but under-recognized cause of disease and disability in the United States. Now titled as Audible Sound, the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values for Physical Agents (TLV®-PA) Committee has proposed a revision to the TLV® for Noise. Read More