NIOSH Launches New Lifting App

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Lifting-related musculoskeletal disorders cause a third of injuries serious enough to lead to missed work. The price tag associated with those incidents is between $45 and $54 billion annually. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a free app that brings the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) to smart phones. RNLE is an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting. For more than 20 years, employees and safety professionals have used a NIOSH paper Read more [...]

National Safe Digging Day is Aug. 11

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Aug. 11 is National Safe Digging Day, an important reminder to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. By law, anyone planning to excavate or demolish is required to call 811 at least three days before work begins. Whether you're a contractor planning an excavation project or  a homeowner building a deck or addition onto your home, the “Call Before You Dig” law applies at all times. Here's how it works: When you call 811, a representative will Read more [...]

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Beryllium Levels

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Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule regarding allowable beryllium exposure levels for workers. The rule will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, training, and medical exams. Workers who inhale airborne beryllium in the workplace can develop a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease or CBD. Occupational Read more [...]

Changes Made to ANSI Hand Safety Standards

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ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut-resistance, puncture resistance, and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation), and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions based on standardized test methods. Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 update is important when choosing the correct level of hand protection Read more [...]

Recordable Injury or Simple First Aid: How to Know

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Do you know when to record an injury? Correct record-keeping is more important than ever. Federal OSHA does not require employers to record injuries that only require first aid on OSHA injury and illness forms (OSHA Form 300 and 301 Incident Reports). At most workplaces, injuries or illnesses requiring only first aid are commonplace. However, it is easy to get confused about when to record an incident and what is really a recordable event. This article will explain which types of cases federal Read more [...]

When the Dust Settles: OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica

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OSHA’s highly controversial final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica has been issued. This is a major development as this rule represents the first reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971. It will have a significant impact on several industries, including 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime sectors, including hydraulic fracturing. New Standards: 29 CFR 1910.1053 (GI), 1915.1053 (Maritime) and 1926.1153 (Construction) The rule Read more [...]

Infographic: Effective Safety Programs Lower Overhead Costs

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The cost of workers compensation insurance is significant to employers, especially those who have workers in hazardous job classifications. The most effective way to cut costs on workers compensation premiums is to prevent workplace injuries before they occur. Companies can do this by implementing an effective safety program. If an injury does occur, the next best way to cut costs is to manage the injury though implementing a reporting procedure and return-to-work plan. When done correctly, Read more [...]

OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App

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When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about theprotective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from Read more [...]

Construction Takes a Stand to Prevent Falls – May 2-6, 2016

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OSHA and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The event is a nationwide initiative to support construction industry employers and workers in their efforts to overcome the serious dangers of falls at their jobsites. What is a Stand-Down? In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is a voluntary event in which the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue - in this Read more [...]