A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday would codify the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), a safety and health program overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). VPP prevents workplace injuries and fatalities while increasing productivity, employee engagement and lowering costs for companies and taxpayers.
In a first for the world’s oldest professional safety society and the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has released an online public service announcement promoting women’s occupational safety and health in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.
OSHA yesterday unveiled a new version of its "Job Safety and Health - It's The Law!" poster. The poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities. "This poster emphasizes a very important principle when it comes to prevention - that every worker has a voice," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
Whether you call it “Workers’ Memorial Day” or “World Day for Safety and Health at Work,” today’s focus is the same: improving conditions for workers so that injuries and illnesses are prevented and lives are saved.
International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder: The news is punctuated periodically by intense coverage of dramatic, heartbreaking stories that capture global attention: health workers infected while caring for patients with deadly diseases, trapped miners who may or may not resurface, factory building collapses, plane crashes, explosions of oil rigs and nuclear accidents.
Slips, trips and falls are a major challenge for safety professionals. Not only are they responsible for 25% of all occupational injuries that require time off work, but they’re also notoriously difficult to solve.
OSHA report shows high cost of workplace accidents
March 6, 2015
A new report from OSHA shows how workplace injuries and illnesses can force working families out of the middle class and into poverty. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on The Job explores the heavy costs of occupational injuries on workers, their families and the economy.
Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces. “Work at height” means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) first smart phone application (app) aims to improve extension ladder safety. The Ladder Safety app addresses the major causes of ladder falls by placing a number of interactive and easy-to-use graphic-oriented tools into the hands of the ladder users upon demand.