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Safety advocates prepare for Workers' Memorial Day, April 28

April 18, 2014

The annual commemoration of those killed on the job is fast approaching, and a variety of organizations are getting ready to hold solemn events on April 28. While Workers’ Memorial Day is observed around the globe, this will be its 25th anniversary in the United States.


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NY manufacturing co. reduces workers’ comp costs by $200,000

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program used at facilities in five states
April 18, 2014

VonRoll USA, Inc. -- which manufactures insulating materials, resins, varnishes and mica -- has decreased its injury and illnesses rates to “considerably below industry averages,” according to OSHA, which worked with the company under its On-site Consultation Program.


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ACGIH® releases the 2014 supplement to the documentation of the threshold limit values and biological exposure indices, 7th edition

April 17, 2014

The 2014 Supplement to the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices, 7th Edition is now available. The Supplement contains Documentation for the substances that were on the Notice of Intended Changes for 2013, with their corresponding values and notations, that have been approved and adopted as Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®).


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U.S. mining deaths increase in 2013

April 16, 2014

Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shows an uptick in mining fatalities during 2013 – despite an improvement in the overall injury rates for the mining industry.


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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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ISHN Readers' Choice Award Winners

Thousands of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News subscribers jumped online to vote in ISHN’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards between March 1 and May 1, 2013. The results are in, and ISHN Publisher Randy Green has released the list of winning entries. Check out the winning products below!

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Sounding the Alarm on Toxic Gas Measurement: Capabilities, Limitations and Strategies for Using Portable Toxic Gas Instruments

5/15/13
Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand Recently lowered exposure limits for a number of important toxic gases, including H2S, SO2 and NO2, have forced many instrument users to revisit where to set the alarms in their atmospheric monitors. Find out how to ensure worker safety and conform with regulatory requirements.

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe: Picking the Proper Respirator

10/8/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On Demand Picking the proper respirator for the right situation can be tricky. Attend this webinar to gain knowledge of OSHA regulations to avoid fines, resources to reference when selecting a respirator, key considerations for specific applications, and key differences between repirator types.

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Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health and Safety Considerations

5/5/14
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Learn to design a safe laboratory environment in which staff can perform their work.

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Engage, Motivate, Reward.....Repeat: The proven tactic for long-term safe behavior

5/20/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas
This presentation will cover examples of engagement tactics that were deployed and others where they could have been deployed to affect behavior change, recognition’s role in facilitating employee engagement, benefits of reinforcing safe work habits with a rewards component and best practices, common mistakes, and available resources for success. Read More

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