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

Burn Awareness Week

National Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by the American Burn Association (ABA), takes place annually during the first full week of February. It provides an opportunity for burn survivor support groups, public safety, and other professionals to...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

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