Weekly News Round-UpBuffalo residents face new hazards, a combustible dust fire uncovers existing hazards and California enacts stronger protections for healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients. These were among the top EHS- and public health-related stories featured on ISHN this week.

Medical services and first aid requirements for employees exposed to electric shock

The employer shall provide medical services and first aid as required in Sec.  1910.151. In addition to the requirements of Sec.  1910.151, the following requirements also apply:

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ESFI cautions Buffalo-area residents about post-storm electrical hazards

In the aftermath of the severe snow storms that ravaged the Buffalo recently  and the current warm temperatures giving way to melting snow, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is encouraging Buffalo residents to be aware of the potential dangers that can result when water comes in contact with electricity. 

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Ag safety infographic: Stark statistics, helpful recommendations

By Pat O'Keeffe

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries people can work in. Almost 2 million people are directly employed in the agriculture industry so it is certainly an issue that needs to be addressed. Every week there are people injured and even killed in the USA on farms and in agriculture related industries.

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Connecticut fire sparks inspection; 20 violations found

Soldream Inc. faces more than $59K in proposed fines for multiple safety, health violations

What began as a fire in a titanium dust collection system at a precision machining shop in Vernon resulted in OSHA identifying and citing 20 safety and health violations at Soldream Inc. Proposed fines total $59,290.

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Co. fails to abate machine guarding hazards; worker seriously injured

A longtime employee at Accurate Box Co., Inc. in Paterson, N.J. sustained severe internal injuries after entering a die cutting machine to do maintenance – and being crushed when the machine was activated by another employee who was aware that the victim was inside.

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Black Friday poses special dangers for retail workers

OSHA recommending crowd management, rope lines for major sales events.

As the holiday season approaches, OSHA  is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday.

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Nurses want rest of U.S. to follow California’s lead in Ebola protection

State establishes mandatory guidelines for healthcare worker PPE, training

National Nurses United (NNU) is calling on OSHA and other states to follow the mandatory safeguards recently established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

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CDC: More needs to be done to contain Ebola

Despite some progress, one new outbreak or cluster a day

The effort to contain the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is showing preliminary signs of progress in some counties, but maintaining and extending these trends will require sustained efforts, according to three early-release articles in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on November 14.

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Job briefing requirements for arc flash protection

From OSHA’s final rule for electric power generation, transmission and distribution: Before each job, (i) In assigning an employee or a group of employees to perform a job, the employer shall provide the employee in charge of the job with all available information that relates to the determination of existing characteristics and conditions required by paragraph (a)(4) of this section.

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