One doctor’s experience with silicosis patients, emergency response training for EHS professionals and reactions to the sentencing of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship were among the top stories featured on this week.

Maintenance worker burned in flash fire

OSHA: Manufacturer had four previous fires

A maintenance technician at a Georgia auto parts manufacturing company was engulfed in flames when the dust collector he was operating caused an explosion. The 33-year-old worker is still recovering from the third-degree burns on his upper body he received during the September 23, 2015 incident at Nakanishi Manufacturing Corp. in Winterville, Ga.


ISEA safety course graduates its 1,500th Student

Expansion plans are underway

By Lydia Baugh

In 1996, when a training program was developed for sales and marketing personnel from personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers and distributors, nobody looked 20 years into the future. It started as a project jointly sponsored by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the former Safety Equipment Distributors Association.


A NIOSH Science Blog post

How employers can keep older drivers safe at work

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States. Millions of workers, such as long-haul truck drivers, sales representatives, and home health care staff, drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs.


CDC offers emergency response training to EHS professionals

Environmental health practitioners may perform critical functions during emergency response and recovery, such as conducting shelter assessments, testing drinking water supplies, performing food safety inspections, and controlling disease-causing vectors.


Lace up and go!

Thousands of Americans are lacing up their sneakers today and walking as part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual National Walking Day.


Super safety, health hazards found at Florida Walmart Supercenter

Global retailer violates corporate-wide safety agreement

Walmart continues to endanger the safety and health of its employees despite a 2013 corporate-wide settlement agreement* with the OSHA to improve safety and health conditions at all of its store locations.


CDC offers EHS resources organized by essential services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled an addition to its EHS website: resources organized by essential services. The CDC says it’s a place to find tools to help your program fill performance gaps and contribute to larger performance improvement efforts such as voluntary public health accreditation. 


ASSE to rcognize Dr. Tracey Cekada as Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Professor is First Woman to Win Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Dr. Tracey Cekada, associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as the William E. Tarrants, Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year for her proven excellence in teaching, research and service in the school’s Department of Safety Sciences.


FMCSA bans Canadian truck driver from operating in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill to be an imminent hazard to public safety, prohibiting him from operating any commercial motor vehicle in the United States.


U.S. Department of Labor blog

Early Detection Saves Lives: How to #StopSilicosis

Dr. Robert Harrison

When I learned about the dangers of silica dust in medical school in the 1970s, at the beginning of my career in occupational medicine, I thought silica dust was only of historical interest, or a hazard for just a few especially vulnerable workers with unscrupulous employers.