How one company put together an award-winning workplace wellness program, a vaccine for high blood pressure and a cleaning chemical dilemma were among the top stories featured on this week.

Moderate drinking in later years may damage heart

Drinking two or more alcoholic beverages daily may damage the heart of elderly people, according to research in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.

FAA and aviation industry to study pilot fitness

The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots.

“This is more than a conference – it’s a movement”

OSH advocates gather June 2nd thru 4th to focus on worker safety, empowerment and prevention strategies

The National Conference on Worker Safety and Health, bringing together workers, safety advocates and health professionals from across the country, will take place this coming Tuesday June 2nd through Thursday June 4th at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

Scientists working on vaccine to help lower blood pressure

A vaccine may one day help lower blood pressure for up to six months, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) journal Hypertension. The study in rats may eventually provide a novel alternative to treat high blood pressure in people, who would not need to take a pill every day.

EPA, U.S. Army finalize Clean Water Rule

In a major regulatory action, President Obama yesterday announced a sweeping new clean water regulation which is intended to protect streams and wetlands from pollution and degradation.

Company held in contempt after barring OSHA inspectors

A foundry, its owner and three members of its safety consultant company have been found in criminal contempt by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips after disobeying a court order to allow federal inspectors to investigate a report of an employee at the foundry with an elevated blood lead.

How one company created a “fit-friendly” worksite

The 107 employees (“team members”) of Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG) in Davie, Fla. enjoy an on-site gym, a personal trainer, group fitness classes and recreational and shower facilities as well as a variety of healthy meal options.

Increase your safety on the road by doing this

It’s Tire Safety Week, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is using the opportunity to remind motorists of something simple they can do to lessen their chances of getting injured or killed in a crash. Check your tires.

FedEx workers exposed to burning hazmat

FedEx workers in Vietnam got an unpleasant surprise in April of 2013 while unloading cargo from an aircraft: a shipment that was smoldering and burning.

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Cleaning for asthma-safer schools reduces asthma risk, saves money

A 43-year-old high-school custodian started having breathing problems he associated with using a bathroom disinfectant and a floor stripper. When he was away from the chemicals for a few months, his breathing problems improved.

Get your grill on…safely

With the summer season officially here, backyard chefs everywhere are dusting off their grills, eager to spring into the long-awaited barbeque season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety in the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often.