The massive warehouse explosion in China, smoke hazards faced by firefighters battling western wildfires and the MSHA’s respirable coal dust rule one year in were among the top occupational safety and health stories featured on this week.


Job strain linked to increased sick leave

Improving work psychosocial factors may reduce mental health sick leave

Workers with high job demands and job strain are at increased risk of sick leave due to mental disorders, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


Ohio nursing facility takes steps to reduce worker MSD injuries

Twin Towers to hire a specialized safety consultant to help improve workplace conditions

Employees at a Cincinnati nursing care facility will benefit from improvements the company is making to its policies and procedures for transferring residents at Twin Towers, a provider of skilled nursing care services.


From CPWR:

Clearing the air about COPD

By Pete Stafford

No one disputes that smoking is the major cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the difficulty breathing that strikes so many Americans in their twilight years. A new study by Duke University and CPWR researchers, however, reminds us that smoking is far from the only cause, and we still have a lot of work to do if we are going to protect construction workers.


One year later: Is respirable coal dust rule is working?

MSHA’s Main says industry compliance is at 99 percent

One year ago this month, the landmark respirable dust rule went into effect, adding a number of increased protections for coal miners and closing several loopholes that masked their exposure to unhealthy coal mine dust.


1000+ deaths on the job so far in 2015

Total fatalities likely to reach 4,500 this year; 50,000 additional deaths from occupational exposure

The U.S. Worker Fatality Database, an open access volunteer research effort, yesterday released new data about deaths on the job during the first seven months of 2015.


OSHA updates NEP on amputations

OSHA has issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations. The NEP has been in existence since 2006 and is targeted to industries with high numbers and rates of amputations.



NSC Congress & Expo educational highlights

Opening Session: Building Safer Workplaces with Deborah A. P. Hersman, President and CEO, National Safety Council and Former Chair, National Transportation Safety Board; Michael Abrashoff, Former Navy Commander and Author.


After the blast: China to review safety of hazmat facilities

21 firefighters among the 114 dead; more missing

The Chinese government yesterday has ordered a nationwide review of workplace safety, after last week’s warehouse explosion that killed at least 114 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in the port city of Tianjin.


20 Ohio county employees report upper respiratory illness

Authorities investigating "sick building syndrome"

A county employee who works at the Lucas County (Ohio) Job and Family Services building has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks with pneumonia while some 19 others have called in sick with upper respiratory problems over the past six weeks, county officials told the Toledo Blade.