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Look Back at 2019

When Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the Top 10 Violations of 2019 at the National Safety Conference last fall, the list was largely...Read Full Article

30th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (EDEP) has announced the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is civil rights legislation that works to increase the...Read Full Article

Lowest Number of Fatal US Mining Accidents in 2019

The US Department of Labor (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released some promising news.In 2019, there were 24 fatalities in the mining industry, the lowest ever recorded. This followed a two-year increase from...Read Full Article

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

A new OSHA alert and guidance document on COVID-19 provides general practices to help prevent worker exposure to coronavirus.Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)The Occupational Safety and Health Administration...Read Full Article

National Volunteer Week: April 19-25

Each year the Points of Light Organization celebrates the impact of volunteer service and embraces the power of people tackling society’s greatest challenges during National Volunteer Week (NVW). Working together builds stronger communities...Read Full Article

2020 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications saves lives and protects the environment. When left in a cabinet or on a shelf, they are a public safety issue that too often tragically leads to accidental poisoning, drug misuse and...Read Full Article

40th Annual Building Safety Month

The 40th Annual Building Safety Month, sponsored by the International Code Council, will be celebrated in May. This year’s theme is Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World.Each week will have a different focus.Week 1: Disaster...Read Full Article

OSHA & CDC Release Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Meatpacking Industries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released joint guidance relating to the COVID-19 virus for workers and employers in beef, pork, and poultry operations. The...Read Full Article

May 29, 2020 National Heat Awareness Day

The summer months are perfect for fun activities like fishing, gardening, and swimming. For those who work in these hot months or in highly humid conditions, the temperatures of the season bring on the risks of heat-related illness and...Read Full Article

June 9, 2020: Seventh Year of National Forklift Safety Day

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) is celebrating National Forklift Safety Day virtually this year. Participants will be able to view presentations from government representatives, safety, experts, and industry professionals.Among this...Read Full Article

OSHA Issues Alert for the Dental Practitioners

The COVID-19 virus continues to affect daily life, including going to the dentist office. The American Dental Association (ADA) called on dentists nationwide to postpone non-urgent dental procedures through April 30, 2020. Now that states are...Read Full Article

New EXAMiner Software Release for Miners

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published an update to their EXAMiner software, a tool used to train miners to find and address hazards.The software allows workers to perform a virtual workplace examination, utilizing...Read Full Article

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

The probability of thunder and lightning storms increases in the summer. The National Lightning Safety Council reminds everyone to be aware of the real dangers of lightning and to take the risks seriously. In 2018-2019, 42 people died from...Read Full Article

OSHA Releases Information on Proper Workplace Respirator Use

Millions of people across the country wear a respirator daily as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new video and poster for both employers and workers,...Read Full Article

OSHA and CDC Publish Interim COVID-19 Guidance to Seafood Processing Industry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released important information for seafood processing employers and...Read Full Article

Safe and Sound Week

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) are sponsoring Safe and Sound Week from August 10-16. The event reminds employers how safety programs reduce injuries at the workplace.Each year, more...Read Full Article

OSHA Issues Poster for Meat Packing, Poultry, and Pork Workers

Recent guidelines for meat packing, poultry, and pork processing employers have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help protect workers in these industries from coronavirus.The guidelines are presented in a...Read Full Article

Final Beryllium Standard for General Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule revising the beryllium standard for general industry, affecting approximately 50,500 workers. The changes maintain protection for employees while ensuring that the...Read Full Article

National Farm Safety and Health Week

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), agriculture is one of the top ten most dangerous industries. Injuries are common due to farmers’ use of heavy equipment, chemicals, and ladders along with their exposure to extreme weather...Read Full Article

OSHA: Temporary Guidance for Initial and Annual Fit-Testing Requirements

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of N95 respirators and fit testing supplies, health care employers may have to consider using alternative respirators, like powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), for those personnel in high...Read Full Article

2020 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications saves lives and protects the environment. When left in a cabinet or on a shelf, they are a public safety issue that too often tragically leads to accidental poisoning, drug misuse and...Read Full Article

Saluting Bravery on Mine Rescue Day

Working in mines is a dangerous career. Approximately 333,000 men and women work in mines across the US.Roof cave-ins, flooding, fires, and explosions present great risk to miners. When these emergencies occur, mine rescuers are called to save their...Read Full Article

America Recycles Day

November 15 is America Recycles Day. It’s a perfect time to improve our contributions to recycling efforts.What Can be Recycled?Recycling programs vary depending on where you live.  Even if you don’t have a curbside pickup program,...Read Full Article

OSHA: New Video Reminds Workers How to Stay Safe Over the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing with lights decorating homes across the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new video to remind workers to keep themselves safe.In the video, OSHA provides the...Read Full Article

OSHA: Inspection Program Updated

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that its Site-Specific Targeting 2016 program has been updated.By applying industry and establishment-size criteria, OSHA focuses data collection on those most likely to be...Read Full Article

CDC Posts Questions and Answers about the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted helpful information about the COVID-19 vaccination program.On their website, people can find out:How to schedule your appointmentWhat to expect before, during, and after your...Read Full Article

DOL: Final Rule to Modernize Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a final rule on the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program. The rule mandates electronic filing of job orders and applications, allowing the Foreign Labor Applications Gateway...Read Full Article

Spring Thaw Training Workshops for Miners

Working in mines presents many dangers including explosions, falls, and exposure to toxic gases. These accidents have a tendency to increase in the early spring months. To reverse this trend, the mining industry hosts workshops about work hazards...Read Full Article

Würth Industry North America/Northern Safety & Industrial Acquires ORR Safety To Deliver Expanded Safety Solutions Nationally

Indianapolis, IN, USA –Würth Industry North America (WINA)/Northern Safety & Industrial (NSI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Louisville-based ORR Safety, one of the largest privately held safety companies ($125M) in the...Read Full Article

Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week Offers Free Webinars

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Grain Handling Safety Coalition, Grain Elevator and Processing Society, and National Grain and Feed Association present Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week from March 29-April 2. This...Read Full Article

USDA: Special 2-Day Virtual Meeting About Statistical Programs

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be holding its upcoming Data Users’ Meeting on April 14-15. NASS is the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about US agriculture, and they meet to share...Read Full Article

2021 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications saves lives and protects the environment. When left in a cabinet or on a shelf, they are a public safety issue that too often tragically leads to accidental poisoning, drug misuse and...Read Full Article

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Safety is always important on our roadways, for both motorists and road crews. With road construction work increasing this time of year, drivers should pay extra attention in these areas.“Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives” is the 2021...Read Full Article

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds motorists about safe riding and driving practices each May during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles. By raising awareness,...Read Full Article

May is Bicycle Safety Month

Each year, May is recognized as Bicycle Safety Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 846 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2019. A lot of these crashes can be avoided if motorists and bicyclists...Read Full Article

USDA: Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair to be Held Virtually

USDA research shows that 30% of food in the US is wasted. Not only does this affect food security, it causes financial loss and increases landfill levels. By wasting less, households could save about $370 annually and municipalities can reduce trash...Read Full Article

OSHA Releases Guidance on Beryllium in the Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently published new resources to help small businesses understand the 2020 final rule for beryllium.The element beryllium is stronger than steel, yet lighter than aluminum. It’s...Read Full Article

National Forklift Safety Day

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) is sponsoring National Forklift Safety Day on June 8, 2021 to highlight the safe use of forklifts, the importance of operator training, and value of daily equipment checks.Powered industrial trucks, commonly...Read Full Article

2021 Trench Safety Stand Down

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) joins the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) in presenting the Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) from June 14-18, 2021. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that around...Read Full Article

OSHA Releases Bulletin About Job Made Boxes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers and workers about the hazards of makeshift, job-made boxes and platforms for fork trucks. Every year, these DIY attachments cause dangerous accidents and worker...Read Full Article

It’s National Grilling Month!

Is a barbeque part of your Independence Day celebration? It’s a popular and tasty way to cook up hot dogs, vegetables, and burgers. Remember to be cautious. Grilling causes nearly 20,000 injuries each year. Don’t let your cookout end...Read Full Article

Safe and Sound Week

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is sponsoring Safe + Sound Week from August 9-15, 2021. This nationwide event raises awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs with an emphasis on management leadership,...Read Full Article

OSHA Seeks Input on Mechanical Power Presses Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a request for information and public input concerning the mechanical power presses standard, which was initially issued in 1971.OSHA is seeking information regarding:How closely the...Read Full Article

OSHA Revises Small Business Safety & Health Handbook

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated one of its many resources. The Small Business Safety and Health Handbook provides employers with a guide to promote safety and reduce risk. In this handbook, business...Read Full Article

Frequently Asked Questions about N95 Respirators

Did you know that September 5 is N95 Day? N95 Day was created by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2012 to increase awareness of the great importance of respiratory protection, specifically N95s.Since there are a...Read Full Article

September is National Preparedness Month

No one wants to even think about disasters, and preparing for even one might seem like an insurmountable task. However, doing your homework is worth the effort. National Preparedness Month is observed each year to raise awareness of its...Read Full Article

OSHA Announces New Heat Enforcement Initiative

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently expanded efforts to reduce illness and fatalities from working in high heat. They announced an intervention and enforcement initiative to include a 2022 National Emphasis Program on...Read Full Article

Fire Prevention Week 2021: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is celebrating Fire Prevention Week from October 3-9, with the theme of Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!™. The NFPA wants to remind everyone that the sounds made by carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke...Read Full Article

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