Weekly news round-up
NIOSH calculates lifting hazards for back safety, workplace injuries decline and preventable cancers were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
While the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is commending OSHA for its efforts to update the agency's 1989 Guidelines for Safety and Health Management Programs, its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (RPSHP) fail to stress the importance of using safety and health professionals to manage the programs.
Aviation safety and politics intersected last night when a plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off a rain-slickened runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Occupational injury and illness data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, continuing a pattern of decline that, apart from 2012, has occurred annually for the last 13 years.
In response to expectations that the oil industry report on climate change issues, the international global oil and gas industry association IPIECA has developed a new Climate Change Reporting Framework.
A NIOSH Science Blog post
On the road every day, transportation workers are responsible for the safe delivery of passengers, materials and goods across the United States. Bus drivers ensure our kids and family members arrive safely.
People in treatment and post-treatment for cancer now have an online tool that enables them to find information to help them manage ongoing cancer-related symptoms, deal with stress, improve healthy behaviors, communicate better with healthcare teams, and seek support from friends and family.
This article provides an overview of the new final rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” issued by OSHA to revise its recording and reporting requirements.
OSHA will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) November 30 – December 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C. ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.
Feds are taking steps to ensure automotive safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.
A worker in Houston was crushed to death by machinery because his employer failed to provide adequate machine guarding, according to OSHA officers who investigated the May 6, 2016 fatality.
There are many ways parents can reduce children's exposure to lead before they are harmed. Lead hazards in a child's environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.
Cigarettes and alcohol are top two causes
A new study from American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers finds eleven of the 15 cancers with the most impact on healthy years of life lost in the United States are closely-associated with two preventable risk factors: smoking and alcohol.
Your safety-at-heights program is in place.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is investigating the chemical release Friday in Atchison, Kansas that forced thousands of residents to shelter in place and caused at least 85 people to seek medical attention for respiratory problems.
Visit any emergency department in the United States and you may find individuals who were injured or who became ill on the job. In 2013 alone, an estimated 2.7 million workers received treatment in emergency departments for nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses.
Workers in California’s hospitals and doctors’ offices may be less likely to get hit, kicked, bitten or grabbed under new workplace standards adopted by a state workplace safety board Thursday.
Two construction workers were injured last week when a car struck the beam they were carrying, knocking them from the upper level of the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is taking credit for saving some workers’ backs – and it has the numbers to back up that claim.
Brian Caron died on the job on March 23, 2016, when he was fatally overcome by an ammonia leak caused by a burst pipe in the machine shop of his employer, Boston fish and seafood wholesaler Stavis Seafoods Inc.