ISO releases new standard on ergonomics

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued a new standard, titled "ISO 26800:2011, Ergonomics – General approach, principles and concepts," which aims to increase the use of ergonomics in common appliances...Read Full Article

OSHA publishes resources for safe trenching operations

On October 3, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released three new documents aimed to educate workers and employers about how dangerous trenching operations can be and what hazards are typically associated with the...Read Full Article

DOT releases emergency funds for New York flood damage

On September 28, 2011, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced he has released $5 million in emergency funds for New York roads and bridges. These funds are to be immediately available to the New York State...Read Full Article

Keep workers safe from venomous spiders

While the United States may not have nearly as many native poisonous creatures as other parts of the world, insect venom is still a very real threat in certain settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are at least three...Read Full Article

Fatal workplace injuries in Missouri down 25 percent

The Missouri Department of Labor recently released its annual statistics on workplace fatalities. The preliminary data showed that a total of 107 fatal workplace injuries were reported in the state in 2010, marking a 25 percent drop from the 142...Read Full Article

NOIRS 2011 to take place in West Virginia

Several of the leading researchers in occupational injury are expected to convene in Morgantown, West Virginia's Waterfront Place Hotel on October 18, 19, and 20 for the 2011 National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS). The event,...Read Full Article

CDC Foundation responds to Contagion film

The recent Warner Bros. Pictures film Contagion depicts a scenario in which the world struggles to stop a global outbreak of a deadly respiratory virus. In the movie, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fights to contain the deadly...Read Full Article

OSHA to host stakeholder discussion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will host an informal meeting at which stakeholders will discuss ways to prevent occupational hearing loss. The public meeting is being held to determine the best practices...Read Full Article

Offer workers excellent fall protection with these web lanyards

Ensure the safety of employees working above the ground and provide a greater freedom of movement to increase productivity with NS® 10' Retractable Web Lanyards. These lightweight units weigh only 4 pounds and feature 10' x 1 3/4"...Read Full Article

National Fire Prevention week underway

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that October 9 through October 15 was National Fire Prevention Week, with the 2011 theme of "Protect your Family from Fire." The campaign was developed to keep individuals, their...Read Full Article

Asbestos: steps to keep workers safe

In use for thousands of years, asbestos was first discovered in ancient times and hailed as a miracle substance. Its name is Greek in origin and means "inextinguishable" because it refused to burn and was exceptionally resistant to fire....Read Full Article

CDC: NIOSH effective at making workplace safer, healthier

A recent article in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) noted that occupational epidemiology by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has helped to...Read Full Article

NFPA to host Alternative Energy and Electrical Safety Standards Symposium

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) have announced they will be hosting the Alternative Energy Technologies and Electrical Safety Standards Symposium in Atlanta on December 6, 2011. The...Read Full Article

Knowing when to prepare a workplace for terrorist attacks

Terrorist events on U.S. soil and ongoing threats emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness in the workplace. Certain companies and worksites are more susceptible to violence from extremists than others and should take the necessary...Read Full Article

FRA issues safety advisory, recommendations regarding rail car switching

On October 11, 2011, Joe Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a new advisory to the railroad industry in order to prevent injuries related to switching operations between railcars and other dangerous workplace behaviors. Szabo...Read Full Article

OSHA publishes new materials on protecting lab workers from hazards

On October 13, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published new educational resources that will aid laboratory managers in keeping their workers safe from a number of hazards. Included in the materials is the Laboratory...Read Full Article

OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels speaks on state of workplace safety

On October 5, 2011, David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), spoke before the Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Michaels took the...Read Full Article

Safety tips for working with aerial lifts

Workplaces often use aerial lifts when staging and scaffolding are impractical. This aids many jobs that might not otherwise be possible, but there are a number of dangers associated with their use. According to the National Institute for...Read Full Article

ISEA issues new fall protection selection and use guides

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has released two new documents that aim to help workers and employers prevent injuries due to falls from heights. The "Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide"...Read Full Article

New York facility speeds up construction, keeps safety in mind

On October 12, 2011, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced that the NYC Development Hub, a new center that seeks to expedite the approval process for new construction projects, is open and ready for...Read Full Article

OSHA issues new and revised worker safety and health materials

New and revised information on worker and employers' rights has recently been published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The information details how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, maritime, and...Read Full Article

NIOSH holds event to encourage use of noise controls

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced it will hold a two-day Buy Quiet Workshop, November 9-10, 2011, to encourage greater use of engineering noise controls at construction sites and in manufacturing plants....Read Full Article

FDNY recognizes members essential to fire prevention

On October 13, 2011, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) recognized members from its Bureau of Fire Prevention for their efforts in keeping New York residents safe from fire. "The work you do is meticulous," Fire Commissioner Salvatore...Read Full Article

Keeping workers safe at brownfield cleanup sites

Many former factories and waste disposal facilities have fallen into disrepair and may be abandoned, leaving behind pollutants or contaminants. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsors cleanups of these areas, making them...Read Full Article

Number of healthcare-related infections declined in 2010

In 2010, the prevalence of four infections commonly seen in healthcare facilities declined, but more work is needed to eliminate healthcare-related illnesses. At a policy summit held on October 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C., staff from the Centers...Read Full Article

Secretary of Labor reports decline in workplace injuries and illnesses

On October 20, 2011, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that workplace injuries and illnesses that occur in the private industry fell in 2010 to a rate of 3.5 cases per 100 full time workers. The report marks a decline from the rate of...Read Full Article

Add safety to your worksites with traffic control posts

For top-quality roadside and worksite protection, provide your workforce with Grabber™ 42" Traffic Delineator Posts with 12 Pound Base. These posts let drivers and pedestrians know where work is being done so that employees engaged in...Read Full Article

NSC announces "Rising Stars of Safety" award winners

At the Congress and Expo 2011, the National Safety Council (NSC) recognized 40 professionals under the age of 40 for their work in making worksites safer. The "Rising Stars of Safety" program was developed by the NSC to encourage...Read Full Article

New chairman appointed for Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

On October 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that Erich J. (Pete) Stafford will be the new chair of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), replacing longstanding chairman Frank L....Read Full Article

FCC Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test draws closer

With the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Emergency Alert System (EAS) Nationwide Test approaching, awareness of the test is growing across the nation. The test, which will be the first time the EAS is tested nationwide, will...Read Full Article

Promote safety and save money by providing these over-the-glass safety glasses

Using N-Specs® Tri-Star® OTG Over-The-Glass Safety Glasses with Clear Lens is a simple and economical way to protect workers' eyes. According to the Vision Council of America's Visionwatch study, 63.5 percent of adults were wearing...Read Full Article

ISEA updates high-visibility public safety vest standards

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has published updates to its American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests, ANSI/ISEA207-2011, which outlines the design, performance specifications, and utilization of...Read Full Article

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