NIOSH teaches job safety to youngsters, non-drug approaches to pain management and OSHA expands its Spanish language offerings. These were among the top stories featured this week on

What your HazCom program should include

An effective HAZCOM program depends on the credibility of management's involvement in the program; inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions; rigorous worksite analysis to identify hazards and potential hazards, including those which could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices; stringent prevention and control measures; and thorough training.

OSHA considers changes in its shipyard falls standards

OSHA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as the agency considers updating its safety standards under Subpart E of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards in Shipyard Employment. The standards address falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment.

From the NIOSH Director’s Desk

NORA Enters Its Third Decade

Dr. John Howard

On October 1, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) enters its third decade. Unveiled in 1996, NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Through NORA, diverse parties come together to create a research framework for the nation, including stakeholders from universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations. NIOSH is proud to continue its role as steward of NORA.

ESFI provides tips for staying safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine

With Hurricane Hermine making its way steadily toward the United States, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is reminding residents that danger may linger in your home even after the storm has passed.

Machine guarding lack causes worker’s death

As he hand-polished a 40-inch long metal cylinder, a 36-year-old lathe operator became entangled in the machine's operating spindle and suffered injuries that led to his death two days later.

Teach your children well

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is making an effort to get out in front of the employment curve when it comes to enhancing an individual’s awareness of workplace safety.

Non-drug approaches to pain management prove effective

Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions.

How the oil industry can manage infectious disease outbreaks

The IPIECA -- The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues -- and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) have put together a manual to help oil and gas companies effectively deal with disease outbreaks.

Unguarded saw blade = amputation

A major food manufacturer earned half a dozen serious citations from OSHA after the agency investigated following the amputation injury of a worker on March 7, 2016.

Outdoor workers and the Zika virus

Outdoor workers in areas with large populations of those mosquitoes should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is working to ensure people living and working in areas where Zika is spreading or in areas where Zika could spread through the local mosquito population know how to protect themselves from infection. 

OSHA: Se habla español

Every page on OSHA's website can now be translated into Spanish with one click of your mouse or tap of your finger. Just go to the Spanish link at the top right corner of every webpage to have the text instantly translated.

ASSE President's Monthly Message

Sustainability: Why you should care

Thomas F. Cecich CSP, CIH

Grandchildren change one’s view on everything. My grandson, Kellan, is 4. In 2100, he will be 88 years old and one of an estimated 11 billion people in the world. That’s almost 5 billion more people than today.

Lab workers’ strange symptoms bring on an OSHA inspection, citations

Sore throats, headaches and difficulty breathing drove employees of Quest Diagnostic Corp.'s Ameripath diagnostic laboratory in Shelton, Conn. to file a complaint with OSHA – an action that led to an inspection of the facility on March 6, 2016.

McDonald’s® goes for a culture change

And offers a lesson in sales and marketing

Fast food ain’t what it used to be. At least that’s what McDonald’s® wants you to believe after taking out a full-page, four-color advertisement in The New York Times in August.

Most US adults believe pharmacies shouldn’t sell tobacco

Surprise: half of cigarette smokers agree

Two-thirds of American adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco, while 14 percent strongly oppose such a policy, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.