NIOSH calculates lifting hazards for back safety, workplace injuries decline and preventable cancers were among the top stories featured on this week.

ASSE finds OSHA’s safety & health program guidelines lacking

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.


Pence’s plane skids on wet NY runway

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.


Workplace injuries, illnesses continue downward trend in 2015

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.


New online tool helps cancer patients get the information they need

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.


How to comply with OSHA's rule on submitting injury and illness data

Claire Epstein

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.


Crane standard, emergency management on ACCSH meeting agenda

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.


Cars vulnerable to cyber-attacks, too

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.



How to prevent your child's exposure to lead

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.


Preventable cancers taking a toll

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.


Kansas chemical release causes alarm, injuries

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.


Can ER data help assess occupational injury underreporting?

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 knocked off NYC bridge by car

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. 


NIOSH has your back

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.


Mass. worker dies from ammonia release

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.