AIHA Leadership Workshop draws professionals, students, volunteers

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is declaring the two-day Leadership Workshop it hosted last month a resounding success…Read More

Business groups: Forget regs, it’s all about job creation

Jobs creation and avoiding the fiscal cliff are top of mind issues of national business groups following the election. More narrow issues, such as OSHA policies and standards, are for another day, probably sometime in 2013, especially if OSHA makes noises about new standards…Read More

Labor official: Time to rev up standards-setting

Peg Seminario, longtime director of health and safety for the AFL-CIO, told ISHN in an exclusive day after the election interview, “We don’t buy at all the claim that regulations kill jobs. Quite the opposite, according to recent research.” Read More

OSHA’s Dr. Michaels: Will he stay or will he go?

We could see history being made here. Many DC sources tell us the same thing: Dr. Michaels “loves” his job, according to one source, and has made it known in DC he wants to stay on. It would be the first time in OSHA’s 40+ year history that an OSHA chief has stayed in place for a president’s second term…Read More

OSHA’s longest-serving careerist may be leaving

This would be Richard Fairfax, currently deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Fairfax has worked in numerous positions at the agency since joining in 1980. One source who knows Fairfax says he is the longest-serving careerist at OSHA…Read More

Parents encouraged to establish rules of the road for teen drivers

With car crashes the leading cause of deaths for U.S. teens, the  U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging parents to set and enforce safe driving ground rules for their teens…Read More

New atlas shows health hazards caused by climate change

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published a new atlas that illustrates the most significant challenges of climate change and its effects on health…Read More

ASHM of Year Award presented at the 2012 NSC Congress and Expo

This year’s Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) ASHM of the Year Award was presented last month to Brian Blondin from Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, at the NSC Congress and Expo…Read More

OK, President Obama is reelected, now what?

This much we know today: our government in Washington is the same as it was yesterday. Democrats control the White House and the Senate. Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives…Read More

NY OSH group uses Facebook to enhance storm cleanup safety

An occupational safety and health organization is using Facebook as an information clearinghouse for those working to clean up the East Coast after Superstorm Sandy…Read More

For National Diabetes Month, NIH urges actions to reach health goals

In observance of National Diabetes Month, including World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urges people to take action and make simple but important lifestyle changes to achieve their health goals — whether they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease…Read More

Conn., Mass. get grants to help enforce texting/driving bans

With laws in 39 states prohibiting texting while driving, there’s considerable agreement that the practice is dangerous. How to enforce such bans, though, is a process that is still under development…Read More

Noise never seems to go away

Noise induced hearing loss, or occupational deafness, is still a very real and present danger. Noise is something that remains pervasive throughout a variety of industries and will continue to be…Read More

Big Tobacco wreaking havoc on global economy, say health experts

A panel of global experts on health and economics are warning that the tobacco industry is having a devastating impact on productivity, trade, and the global economy. According to the new edition of The Tobacco Atlas, during 2000–2004, the value of cigarettes sold in the United States alone averaged $71 billion per year, while cigarette smoking was responsible for an estimated $193 billion in annual health-related economic losses…Read More

Nightclub owners ignore high noise levels; neglect use of hearing protectors

Nightclub employees could be exposed to dangerously high noise levels, putting them at greater risk for hearing loss, according to a new study. The study also found that many nightclub managers in Ireland are unaware of noise regulations and do not attempt to protect the health and safety of their employees with hearing tests and noise-awareness training…Read More

Deadline for AIHA awards fast approaching

Nominations for 2013 American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) awards must be made by Dec. 1, according to the AIHA Awards Committee…Read More

MSHA cracks down on discrimination against miners

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is making good on MSHA head Joseph A. Main’s vow to “vigorously investigate” all discrimination complaints…Read More

Is partying making you go deaf?

The nightclub scene thrives on people looking for a place to blow off steam and dance till their feet hurt. But all this while, there's something that nobody is thinking of, something that can't go away with an aspirin or a foot massage the next morning - the ringing in the ears, according to a report in the Times of India…Read More