A permit-required confined space has the potential to present inherent risks to worker health and safety and should be entered only when necessary and always with extreme caution. Unfortunately, there are times employees need to enter these work areas.
The majority of occupational safety and health professionals who responded to a survey in last week’s enewsletter about President Trump’s regulatory freeze were in favor of having the newly-issued beryllium standard in effect. Opinions differed on other regulatory issues. When asked what occupational safety and health hazards, if any, should be covered by new regulations, PEL updates were mentioned most.
3M’s Personal Safety Division has announced the winners of its 30th Annual Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship Program.
The 2016 Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship recipients are as follows:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Professor is First Woman to Win Award
April 5, 2016
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.
Every year, thousands of workers across the United States are killed on the job — 4,679 in 2014 alone. Thousands more are seriously injured. Many of these deaths and injuries are entirely preventable when employers put in place basic safety measures. Some even result from company policies and practices that encourage and reward behavior that creates unacceptably risky conditions.
A new website that compares and contrasts federal and state OSHA regulations was unveiled yesterday by Public Citizen and the Public Health Law Research (PHLR) program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.