What is GHS?

GHS is an acronym for Globally Harmonized System, an internationally agreed upon system created by the United Nations that began in 1992. The goal of GHS is to identify the hazards of chemical substances and mixtures and to convey this information...Read Full Article

Fungal meningitis outbreak being investigated

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and local health departments are investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who received potentially contaminated steroid...Read Full Article

GHS – the new rule, deadlines, safety data sheets, and training

As the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.1200, moves industries into the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), chemical manufacturers and importers will be...Read Full Article

EPA awards grants to help eliminate sources of ocean pollution

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded over $214,000 to help decrease sources of marine debris. The grants were awarded to the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in...Read Full Article

President declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

As families, friends, and workplaces prepare to gather for holiday celebrations, President Barack Obama has officially declared December to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The goal of this presidential proclamation is to raise...Read Full Article

Widespread influenza outbreak plagues 47 states

In the past month, the percentage of patients visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms jumped from 2.8 percent to 4.3 percent, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s latest FluView report shows that the number of...Read Full Article

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns

Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, resigned on January 9, 2013 after four years of leading the Department of Labor (DOL). “I have decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my...Read Full Article

DOL announces safety app competition winners

On January 10, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the winners of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. $30,000 in prizes were awarded to four winners that judges felt developed the best digital tools to teach young workers the...Read Full Article

NIOSH director reflects on 2012’s successes

John Howard, M.D., the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), recently published an article highlighting the agency’s 2012 milestones. The director stressed the significant role NIOSH’s...Read Full Article

NIOSH's new testing tool could help improve protective clothing

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently announced that it will use sweating thermal manikins in research aimed to improve protective clothing worn by workers at risk of heat stress. This new testing tool will be...Read Full Article

NIOSH issues alert on the risks of workplace dampness

An alert published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers insight into the connections between respiratory diseases and dampness in office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial workplaces. The alert,...Read Full Article

NIOSH to provide free lung screening for coal miners

On Monday, February 25, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced it will provide free, confidential health screenings to coal miners in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. The goal of the screenings...Read Full Article

OSHA to consider updating construction standards

On February 28, 2013 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will hold a special meeting of its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2013 to consider...Read Full Article

FEMA urges nation to be prepared for severe weather

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the week of March 3-9, 2013 will be National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The aim of this campaign is to inspire people to take steps to prepare for severe weather like tornadoes...Read Full Article

NIOSH to discuss respiratory protection for healthcare workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Personal Protective Technology Program (PPT) and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) recently announced that on June 18, 2013 it will host a special Stakeholder...Read Full Article

OSHA reminds employers of HCS training deadline

On March 15, 2013, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a reminder to employers that the first training deadline for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is December 1, 2013. By this date, employers are...Read Full Article

Advisory board to guide restoration of the Great Lakes

On March 13, 2013, the first Great Lakes Advisory Board was officially announced by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The board was created with the goal of supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The Advisory Board...Read Full Article

EPA proposes new standards for cleaner fuels and cars

On March 29, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards for cars and gasoline that will greatly reduce pollution, help prevent pollution-related premature deaths and illnesses, and improve efficiency in vehicles....Read Full Article

OSHA to discuss crane operator certification standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled three meetings to discuss the certification requirements for crane operators in the construction industry. These meetings will take place on April 2 and 3, 2013 in Washington,...Read Full Article

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is approaching

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is being joined by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other Alliance Partners to raise workplace safety awareness for the...Read Full Article

National Drug Take-Back Day is April 27

Saturday, April 27, 2013 is National Drug Take-Back Day, an event created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to encourage safe disposal of medications and educate the public on the risks of incorrectly discarding drugs....Read Full Article

USDA announces 43 water quality projects across the United States

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will fund 43 projects to improve water quality and help strengthen the rural economy in 32 states across America. USDA Rural Development...Read Full Article

May is Healthy Vision Month

May 2013 marks the 10th annual Healthy Vision Month, an event established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to educate the public on how to protect vision and prevent vision loss. In honor of this observance, the National Institutes of Health...Read Full Article

OSHA announces plan to improve temporary workers protection

On April 29, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new measures to reduce work-related injuries and illness among temporary workers. The initiative was announced at the department headquarters during a program to...Read Full Article

Construction falls prevention campaign re-launched

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training has announced the re-launch of a national campaign to reduce...Read Full Article

EPA announces $62.5 million in nationwide Brownfield grants

On May 8, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 240 recipients throughout the country were chosen to receive grants totaling $62.5 million. Funding will be provided by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment...Read Full Article

June is National Safety Month

Each year in June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month. The goal of this observance is to strengthen workplace safety by providing education on preventable injuries and...Read Full Article

EPA announces more than $4.3 million in grants for air quality and climate research

On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will provide more than $4.3 million in funding for studies of organic compounds in the atmosphere. This research will help the government improve public health, protect the...Read Full Article

Northern Safety associates clean up Industrial Park Drive

Northern Safety associates cleaned up Frankfort’s Industrial Park Drive on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The cleanup was initiated by the Company’s Green Team as part of their ongoing green efforts. Starting at 9:00 am Saturday, associates...Read Full Article

NIOSH creates new coordinating center to improve workers’ compensation research

In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) formed a new Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS). Now, in June 2013, it has been announced that a coordinating CWCS has been established within NIOSH. The...Read Full Article

OSHA’s heat safety campaign offers free mobile app

Summer is here and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has kicked off its 2013 outreach campaign to protect workers from heat stress.  The goal of this initiative is to provide resources and information for employers and...Read Full Article

EPA provides $2 million to promote new technologies and green jobs

25 small businesses across the country will receive more than $2 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist in the development of new technologies that will help safeguard the environment and protect public...Read Full Article

Northern Safety sponsors Mohawk Valley Blues Fest

Northern Safety is proud to have been a presenting sponsor of the Mohawk Valley Blues Fest on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, June 29th, the Herkimer County Fairgrounds hosted the Mohawk Valley Blues Fest,...Read Full Article

OSHA and Canadian Health Department to collaborate on GHS

At a ceremony on June 19, 2013 at the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Canadian Department of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that permits the countries to work...Read Full Article

NIOSH releases free ladder safety app

On June 17, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the release of a free Ladder Safety app that helps reduce the risk of injuries by ensuring extension ladders are properly positioned. The app uses audio...Read Full Article

Green building benefits

Buildings can have a tremendous impact on the environment – and peoples’ lives. They use 68% of the total electricity, 12% of the total water, and 39% of the total energy consumed in America. Buildings also produce 38% of the...Read Full Article

OSHA announces new program to protect workers who use isocyanates

On June 25, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to reduce work-related health issues caused by isocyanates in construction, maritime, and general industries. OSHA’s...Read Full Article

OSHA’s Dr. David Michaels delivers commencement speech

On May 18, 2013, Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety & health, gave the 2013 Commencement Address at the George Washington University’s School of Public Health. His inspiring message recounted many...Read Full Article

Gina McCarthy sworn in as EPA Administrator

On July 19, 2013, Gina McCarthy was sworn in as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Just a day before, McCarthy won the Senate’s confirmation in a vote of 59-40. “I am pleased that today the...Read Full Article

OSHA reminds employers of importance of heat acclimation

Summer is in full swing – and so is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. In early July, OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather...Read Full Article

Agencies develop “talking head” to assist in respirator fit research

On July 25, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced it developed a unique new research tool to help ensure the proper fit of respiratory protection. NIOSH worked with the National Personal Protective...Read Full Article

EPA saves industries millions

On July 23, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced changes to hazardous waste regulations that will save businesses up to $27.8 million each year. The EPA ruled to reduce the regulations under the Resource Conservation and...Read Full Article

Thomas E. Perez sworn in as 26th Labor Secretary

Thomas E. Perez was sworn in as the new United States Secretary of Labor on July 23, 2013. Nominated by President Barack Obama for his extensive experience and lifetime of public service, Perez is the 26th person to hold this position. According to...Read Full Article

President signs executive order to reduce chemical risks

On August 1, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on improving chemical facility safety and security. The goal of the order is to safeguard workplaces and communities by reducing the dangers posed by chemicals. ...Read Full Article

OSHA and NIOSH issue alert for workplaces that use 1-bromopropane

On July 31, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued an alert to inform employers and workers of the risks of 1-bromopropane (1-BP), a chemical used...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Pneumatic nail gun safety

Pneumatic nail guns significantly improve productivity in the construction industry, but they can be dangerous when not used properly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational...Read Full Article

EPA revises 2012 oil and gas standards for storage tanks

On August 5, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced changes to the 2012 New Source Performance Standards for Oil and Natural Gas Production. The revisions outline new standards for storage tanks, including gradually phased in...Read Full Article

EPA launches 4th annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

On August 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) kicked off the 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Over 3,000 buildings have been entered in the competition to reduce waste and cut energy use....Read Full Article

BLS reports fatal work injuries declined in 2012

On August 22, 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary results of the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This data showed an overall reduction in the number of deaths caused by work-related...Read Full Article

N95 Day is September 5

The second annual N95 day is fast approaching. The goal of this holiday, held annually on September 5th, is to provide thorough information to construction workers, painters, emergency responders, nurses, and other employees who are exposed to...Read Full Article

National Preparedness Month is here

September 2013 is the tenth annual National Preparedness Month, an event designed to encourage businesses, communities, and families to prepare for an emergency. As the official sponsor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a...Read Full Article

OSHA seeks feedback on proposed crystalline silica rule

On August 23, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new rule that would increase limits on worker exposure to crystalline silica, which can cause lung cancer, kidney disease, silicosis, and chronic obstructive...Read Full Article

EPA introduces new online chemical information tool

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a powerful new tool that allows users to quickly and easily access chemical information, such as data collected under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other resources compiled by the...Read Full Article

Agencies issue ammonium nitrate advisory

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have released a new chemical hazard advisory outlining the risks involved with...Read Full Article

OSHA to enforce safety regulations on aircraft

On August 22, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new policy to make aircraft cabins safer for work crews. The policy grants OSHA the authority to enforce certain health and...Read Full Article

GHS labeling and SDS training deadline is December 1, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that the first training deadline for the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is December 1, 2013. The new requirements align the HCS with the United...Read Full Article

Online tool allows easy access to Environmental Impact Statements

The public can now access Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) online, thanks to a new interactive mapping tool developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Users can simply click a state to view available EISs, which outline information...Read Full Article

OSHA awards $10.1 million in training grants

On September 16, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded 70 organizations with $10.1 million in funding to provide workplace safety and health education programs through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The...Read Full Article

OSHA launches certificate program for public sector safety

On September 26, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new certificate program that will provide workplace safety and health training to public sector employees. Focused on construction and general industry, the...Read Full Article

Over 17 million participants in Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills

More than 17 million people in businesses, homes, and schools around the globe registered to participate in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills on October 17, 2013. The goal of the event was to promote disaster preparedness by encouraging people to...Read Full Article

FEMA and NPR to improve emergency preparedness for deaf and hearing-impaired

On October 22, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) technology research and development team, NPR Labs, announced they will cooperate on a new project that will, for the first time,...Read Full Article

OSHA launches new resources to improve workplace chemical safety

On October 24, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released two new online resources that will help reduce injuries and illness among workers exposed to hazardous...Read Full Article

EPA SmartWay Program honors 55 transport companies for efficiency

55 businesses in the American freight industry are being honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with SmartWay Excellence Awards for accomplishments in supply chain efficiency that have resulted in a significant reduction of pollution....Read Full Article

$9.2 million granted for projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

On October 30, 2013, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Maryland, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Chesapeake Bay Program gathered...Read Full Article

OSHA proposes new incident-tracking rule

On November 7, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its proposal of a new rule intended to create more effective tracking of occupational injuries and illnesses and improve on-the-job safety.The proposed rule...Read Full Article

Northern Safety hosts ribbon cutting for new customization business

The Mohawk Valley has a new business. Northern Safety officially opened their new customization business on Monday, November 11, 2013 with a ribbon cutting. The company’s spokesman and baseball legend, Cal Ripken, Jr., attended the opening....Read Full Article

$2 million in EPA funding available for eligible construction equipment owners

On November 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is offering $2 million in rebates that will help owners of construction equipment replace or retrofit older diesel engines. The goal of this program is to improve air...Read Full Article

OSHA and partners hold stand down to promote safety in the oil and gas industry

On November 14, 2013, government agencies held a national stand down event to promote awareness and emphasize the importance of health and safety practices in the oil and gas industry. Held at the Humble Civic Center in Humble, Texas, the event was...Read Full Article

TwitterChat held to provide education on noise-induced hearing loss

On November 19, 2013, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) joined forces on Twitter to promote awareness of noise-induced hearing loss...Read Full Article

New OSHA rule streamlines standards for mechanical power presses

On November 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that revises the standards for the use of mechanical power...Read Full Article

9 new hazardous sites added to EPA Superfund’s National Priorities List

On December 11, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added nine new hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. Superfund is a program administered by the federal government that investigates and cleans...Read Full Article

CDC Observes National Influenza Vaccination Week

The week of December 8-14, 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promoted National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). The CDC established this event eight years ago to remind the public how important vaccination is during and...Read Full Article

$4 million in air quality funding available for ports

On December 11, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that marine and inland water ports will have the opportunity to compete for $4 million in grants to help improve the air quality in local...Read Full Article

10 advantages of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

American industries are in the process of transitioning to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), as required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised Hazard...Read Full Article

EPA releases data on 1,800 chemicals and announces ToxCast Data Challenges

On December 17, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released data on 1,800 chemicals that will help researchers assess potential risks associated with using those chemicals. This information was gathered with advanced research techniques...Read Full Article

OSHA renews strategic alliance to improve scaffold safety

On December 18, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed an alliance with the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA). The goal of this agreement is to reduce on-the-job injuries among workers who use scaffolds...Read Full Article

OSHA renews strategic partnership to reduce injuries in the electrical industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed a strategic partnership originally formed in 2004 for the purpose of reducing injuries among linemen and electrical employees. The partnership consists of approximately 80% of the...Read Full Article

OSHA launches web resource to improve safety in hospitals

On January 15, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced a new online resource designed to help improve safety in hospitals. The resource, Worker Safety In Hospitals, includes several educational materials such as...Read Full Article

EPA awards nearly $500K to reduce pesticide risks

On January 8, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly half a million dollars in grants will be awarded to three universities to reduce the risks of pesticide use. With the help of this funding, Louisiana State University,...Read Full Article

EPA rule advances development of e-Manifest hazardous waste tracking system

On January 15, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that is a major step forward in the implementation of an electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system for hazardous waste. The rule fulfills one of the main requirements...Read Full Article

NIOSH releases updated carcinogen policy

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a draft of a revised carcinogen policy. Titled “Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level Policy for Chemical Hazards in the...Read Full Article

Take Action During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 2 to March 8 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2014 and throughout the country, the public is encouraged to ready themselves for tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other serious weather conditions. The National Oceanic and...Read Full Article

Corporate Review: Donald Trump Jr. and Northern Safety on Workplace Safety

Salvatore Longo, CEO of Northern Safety Company is being featured on Corporate Review to discuss the importance of workplace safety and how businesses can benefit from easy access to safety products such as work gloves, hard hats, and safety...Read Full Article

OSHA to survey employers about workplace safety and health

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it would conduct a survey of private employers to help the agency better create new rules and regulations in the future. The Baseline...Read Full Article

Trucking industry sees reduction in truck involved fatalities

A new report reveals that 2009 was the safest year for the trucking industry since the federal government began tracking job-related fatalities in 1975. According to the American Trucking Association, the rate of truck-involved deaths on U.S....Read Full Article

Beaver State records its lowest worker injury rate

A new report indicates that workplace safety continues to improve in the state of Oregon. The study, which was released by the Department of Business and Consumer Services, reveals that Oregon's private sector workers experienced work-related...Read Full Article

Safety organization makes pitch to Congress

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently sent federal lawmakers draft legislation that details needed reforms in the occupational safety and health law. The organization's bill, called Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health...Read Full Article

NSC official to tackle safety problems in manufacturing sector

A top-ranking official with the National Safety Council (NSC) has been invited to join a group responsible for identifying major safety and health challenges in the manufacturing industry. Jim Johnson, vice president of Workplace Safety Initiatives...Read Full Article

Ohio adds safety courses in recognition of National Safety Month

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) recognized National Safety Month by adding two free safety courses for employees. According to the News-Messenger, the courses - which are designed by the agency's Division of Safety and...Read Full Article

OSHA promotes teen work safety at skills conference

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) partnered in a campaign to recognize National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) on June 21, 2011. The agency joined with the CareerSafe Online program to educate...Read Full Article

OSHA launches web tool to assist employers with proposed regulations

Employers needing help with new recordkeeping regulations proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can now find it online. The agency announced on June 28, 2011, that it has launched an interactive web tool called the...Read Full Article

Government agency extends alliance with Scaffold Industry Association

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its alliance with the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) one day after it extended its partnership with the Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration...Read Full Article

Maine safety manual hits the market

A publishing company recently announced it has released the Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety and Health, 2011-2012 edition. According to The Times Record of Maine, Compliance Publications in Damariscotta, Maine, produced the 500-page...Read Full Article

Small businesses benefit from strong workplace safety measures

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplaces can reduce costs by 20 to 40 percent by establishing efficient safety and health management systems.  In addition, pursuing OSHA's Volunteer Protection...Read Full Article

OSHA to discuss occupational exposure to infectious disease in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently called for two stakeholder meetings to discuss exposure to infectious diseases in the workplace. Information gathered at these meetings will be used to develop proposed rules to...Read Full Article

OSHA to use new system for classifying hazardous chemicals

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2011, in an effort to communicate the hazards of certain chemicals to workers through labels and...Read Full Article

OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association continue cooperation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) in an effort to protect the health and safety of scaffold workers, and to prevent falls and other deadly accidents...Read Full Article

Mercy Tiffin honored for safe practices

Mercy Tiffin Hospital, located in Tiffin, Ohio, was recently awarded the 2011 Ohio Hospital Safety Campaign Award for employee safety. The hospital was also one of 14 hospitals to earn a Top Twenty Percent Award. In total, 29 hospitals were...Read Full Article

OSHA to enforce residential fall protection regulations

In June of 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set new directives for fall protection regulations involved with the residential construction industry. These changes will strongly affect industry professionals such as...Read Full Article

Nearly all fishing-related eye injuries can be prevented, doctors say

Doctors from the Alaska Native Medical Center have announced that virtually all fishing-related eye injuries, in both salt and fresh water, can be prevented with protective lenses. Safety glasses should always be used when fishing. Eye...Read Full Article

Pennsylvania engineer awarded highest honor for his commitment to excellence and safety

Civil engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Douglas M. Thompson, of North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania, was recently recognized with PennDOT's highest recognition, the Star of Excellence Award. According to a...Read Full Article

Prowess in warehouse machinery pays off

Three Dot Foods warehouse employees recently took part in a company-sponsored Forklift Rodeo where the workers' skills with forklifts and trucks were tested, and their knowledge of warehouse safety was examined. Thirty competitors from eight...Read Full Article

Doctor supports eye health during Eye Injury Prevention Month

Dr. Amanda Ely of Pennsylvania State University is spreading awareness that July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, hoping more people will start wearing safety glasses and other protective lenses while working. The American Academy of Ophthalmology...Read Full Article

OSHA declares scissor lifts can be deadly if not used properly

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a warning on July 6, 2011, that scissor lifts can be extremely dangerous when used to film events. Scissor lifts, which are portable and powered by hydraulics, are often used by...Read Full Article

New OSHA directive highlights hazards for metal manufacturing workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new directive establishing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for  the Primary Metals Industries based on data that found workers in the sector are regularly exposed to...Read Full Article

NRC says U.S. needs more safety at nuclear power plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently concluded a 90-day investigation, sparked by the March nuclear disaster in Japan, which found that better safety measures need to be adopted at nuclear power plants across the country. According to...Read Full Article

Michigan Construction company signs partnership to protect workers

A partnership between Pioneer Construction, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) was formally signed. This partnership will protect construction...Read Full Article

Dallas awarded Safe Communities America certification

In 1996, Dallas, Texas, was a part of an international initiative to reduce injuries and save lives, and was certified as the first Safe Community by the World Health Organization (WHO). Now, in 2011, the city has renewed its certification, showing...Read Full Article

Secretary of Labor speaks on intense heat in the workplace

On July 20, 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis made a statement regarding the extremely high temperatures that have swept across the country and how they can impact the health and safety of outdoor workers. "Four weeks into the summer,...Read Full Article

FDA announces approval of flu vaccines for coming season

On July 18, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the influenza vaccine for the 2011-2012 flu season, allowing all six licensed manufacturers to produce and distribute it throughout the country....Read Full Article

Midyear mine fatality rates released by Department of Labor

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), of the U.S. Department of Labor, released an update on Jul 27, 2011, which reported on the midyear summary of mining deaths throughout the country. As of June, there have been eight coal mining...Read Full Article

Workers who fail to wear required safety equipment at high risk

A survey released by Kimberly-Clarke Professional on July 27, 2011, found that 89 percent of participating safety professionals admit to having seen workers not wearing safety products that are required on the job. Twenty nine percent claimed...Read Full Article

Study: Wellness initiatives should not be separate from safety and health programs

New research done by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) suggests that in order for workplaces to fully take advantage of wellness programs, they must be properly integrated with existing safety and health...Read Full Article

OSHA sponsors heat safety training for construction workers in Georgia

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assisted Georgia employers by hosting a heat illness prevention training session on August 3, 2011 in order to educate construction workers and employers about the dangers of working in...Read Full Article

Mine Safety and Health Administration issues water hazard alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently issued a statement outlining new threats found to be associated with mining and working around bodies of water. MSHA reports that since 2004, there have been 17 water-related deaths that...Read Full Article

Oil spill prompts worker safety and health response from CDC

Following the Silvertip pipeline oil spill in Montana in July, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement addressing the health and safety of workers who are part of clean-up crews, and offered helpful resources...Read Full Article

MSHA announces $1 million in mine safety grants

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the availability of $1 million in safety and health training grants. The announcement on August 3, 2011 advised that grant funds are tobe allocated towards the development and implementation...Read Full Article

Establishing exit routes an important part of workplace safety

Workplace emergency exit routes are not only helpful, but required for safe evacuation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued design and construction requirements for all emergency exit routes.  OSHA states than...Read Full Article

International Safety Equipment Association proposes revision to safety vest standard

On August 8, 2011, the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) proposal to revise the industry standard on high-visibility public safety vests became available for public comment and review. The revision is directed towards the...Read Full Article

NIOSH launches Twitter campaign to raise safety awareness

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH's) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program launched its own Twitter page on August 8, 2011. The new page will be used to raise awareness of the FACE...Read Full Article

New hazard alert issued by OSHA on dangers of grain storage bins

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new hazard alert that discusses the risks of working in grain storage bins. The alert warns that workers in the grain handling industry are at risk for being exposed to...Read Full Article

Safety systems reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and costs

Even though it is documented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that employers who develop and implement safety management systems significantly reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, these are the programs that tend to...Read Full Article

OSHA alerts workers on the dangers of circuit breakers rebuilt incorrectly

An alert has been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), based on a similar notice recently issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), warning employers and workers of the risks associated with using...Read Full Article

PPE to be discussed during ISEA forum at 2011 NSC expo

At this year's National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in Philadelphia, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will be hosting a forum titled "Solutions from ISEA Experts," which will cater to the personal...Read Full Article

NSC receives award from NORA Manufacturing Sector Council

On September 7, 2011, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Manufacturing Sector Council presented an award to the National Safety Council (NSC) for its exemplary contributions in turning research into practice that can prevent...Read Full Article

Error and clarification statement issued for standard on chemical protective clothing

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recently announced there was an error in the original document on chemical hazards, "American National Standard for Classification and Performance Requirements for Chemical Protective...Read Full Article

OSHA announces annual inspection plan for workers in high-hazard areas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its annual plan for inspections to help enforce regulations for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces where the highest rates of injury and illness are reported. The announcement came as a...Read Full Article

National Safety Council announces Safety Leadership Awards

Four companies were recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC) and given the Safety Leadership Award in August, 2011. The companies were honored for reporting at least five consecutive years of zero occupational injuries or illnesses that...Read Full Article

OSHA awards millions in safety and health training grants

On September 15, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 37 new recipients and 32 returning participants, including several nonprofits. The grants support programs to...Read Full Article

ASSE urges agricultural safety

With harvest season approaching, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will offer health and safety tips for farmers and farm workers during National Farm Safety and Health Week, taking place September 18-25, 2011. Centers for Disease...Read Full Article

ASSE announces approval of new 'Prevention Through Design' standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers ASSE has announced the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z590.3 standard, "Prevention through Design: Addressing Occupational Risks in the Design & Redesign...Read Full Article

OSHA issues new guidance document to help prevent nail gun injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently teamed up with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop a new guide titled "Nail Gun Safety – A Guide for Construction...Read Full Article

CDC urges citizens to get flu vaccinations

At the recent National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) news conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden joined the discussion, which called for all Americans to get vaccinated against the flu...Read Full Article

NFPA issues new report on fires in America

A new report issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stated that public fire departments around the country responded to 1,331,500 fires in 2010, marking a slight decrease from the year before and the lowest number in decades. The...Read Full Article

Data on waterborne disease outbreaks released by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two reports that detail outbreaks of waterborne diseases associated with recreational swimming and drinking water. The reports, titled "Surveillance for Waterborne Disease...Read Full Article

BOEMRE announces new offshore oil rig rules

In an effort to reduce the likelihood of injuries and accidents, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich recently proposed a rule to improve...Read Full Article

USFA releases report on firefighter fatalities

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released its annual report titled "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2010," which details the 2010 study conducted by USFA on the deaths of on-duty firefighters. In total,...Read Full Article

OSHA extends proposed revisions comment period

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it plans to reopen the rulemaking process to extend the comment period on what standards for reporting and recording work-related injuries and illnesses are required by law. The...Read Full Article

NFPA issues standards to prevent explosions and fires during gas pipe purging

On September 27, 2011, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced it had released the NFPA 56(PS), Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems, 2012 Edition. The new...Read Full Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forum to examine national and state preparedness at "9/11 +10"

From November 30 to December 2, 2011, federal and Arlington, Virginia-area officials will meet to discuss how the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have changed the way the country looks at disaster risk and preparedness, and how it has affected the...Read Full Article

Study: Construction workers still have high injury and illness rates

A new study conducted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) indicates that despite improved safety measures, U.S. construction workers still have a high risk of workplace injuries and an increased risk of occupational illness and death....Read Full Article

OSHA celebrates 40 years of commitment to safety

It has been 40 years since the U.S. Congress and President Richard Nixon made a series of radical proposals to ensure that all workers are provided with a safe working environment, and that injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are avoidable. Now,...Read Full Article

OSHA reveals top hazards faced by employers at NSC expo

On November 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed its top 10 most frequently cited violations at the 2011 Congress and Expo. The ranking was presented in a demonstration by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of...Read Full Article

NSC and NIOSH renew safety partnership

On November 1, 2011, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) renewed their partnership during a ceremony at the NSC Congress and Expo in Philadelphia. The renewed agreement was signed by...Read Full Article

EPA webinar informs contractors, renovators of lead rules

On November 10, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a free webinar designed to inform all contractors, landlords, property managers, and anyone performing work on residential renovation, repair, and painting projects on lead-safe...Read Full Article

FDA dedicated to safe disposal of sharps

On November 8, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a new website containing information that caregivers and patients can use to learn how to safely dispose of needles and other "sharps" found at home and work. The term...Read Full Article

Transportation Secretary releases $2 million in flood relief funds

On November 7, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that $2 million in emergency funds will be immediately available for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to further repair bridges and roads affected by...Read Full Article

NTSB issues safety recommendations to Coast Guard

On November 8, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published five new safety recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the commercial fishing industry. "The commercial fishing industry continues to have the highest...Read Full Article

BLS releases new occupational injury and illness data

On November 9, 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in 2010, the rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness incidents that resulted in time away from work was 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The number indicates...Read Full Article

CDC releases final notice to keep emergency responders informed about infectious disease exposure

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a final notice on emergency responder exposure to potentially deadly diseases. Highlights include an updated list of potentially life-threatening diseases, including illnesses...Read Full Article

EPA rule addresses lead-based paint hazards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a rule regarding Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) for contractors and renovators to follow. The rule addresses the hazards of lead dust and chips created by sanding, cutting, and...Read Full Article

NFPA releases report on firefighter injuries in 2010

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released its report, "U.S. Firefighter Injuries - 2010," which found that injuries in the line of duty have decreased eight percent since 2009, marking their lowest level in 20 years....Read Full Article

OSHA encourages retailers to prepare for holiday sales

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a statement urging large retailers across the country to take measures to prevent worker injuries on upcoming major holiday sales, including "Black Friday." In 2008,...Read Full Article

OSHA releases educational videos on construction safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a series of 12 educational videos that depict potential hazards found in the construction industry, and the safety measures that would have prevented the injuries and fatalities....Read Full Article

NIOSH to create resource to help employers 'buy quiet'

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its affiliates are working to develop a "Buy Quiet" web tool to help employers keep hazardous noise levels to a minimum at various work sites by using quieter tools and...Read Full Article

Copper thefts increase hazards for utility workers

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, one electric utility has announced that several copper thefts have been reported across its service area, which have led to higher risk of injury for the company's electrical workers. The thieves have been going after...Read Full Article

ASSE releases sixth edition of electrical safety guide

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has published the sixth edition of its "Illustrated Guide to Electrical Safety." This guide is a reference to help the reader navigate through the Occupational Safety and Health...Read Full Article

New evidence suggests job chemical exposure linked to Parkinson's

In a recent study conducted at the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, California, researchers found that workers exposed to chemicals in electrical work, industrial machinery repair, and dry cleaning showed a significantly higher risk of...Read Full Article

OSHA plans Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

With the Secretary of Labor renewing the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) for another two years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will hold a FACOSH meeting on December 1,...Read Full Article

NSC reminds drivers to be cautious on Thanksgiving

As millions of drivers leave work the day before Thanksgiving, highways across America will be filling with families and individuals heading home for the holiday. To remind drivers to remain cautious as they drive home from work and over the...Read Full Article

EPA announces final study plan to assess impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water

In early November, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had finalized its plans to study the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water through an assessment directed by Congress. Congress has requested that...Read Full Article

OSHA to hold meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) December 13-16, 2011, and is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve...Read Full Article

OSHA announces its National Emphasis Program for chemical facility safety

On November 30, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its new National Emphasis Program (NEP), which aims to protect chemical facility workers from catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals. "Far too...Read Full Article

OSHA addresses hazards in tire servicing industry with new tire charts

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a revised version of its tire servicing documents to include current hazards in the industry and ensure workers perform large vehicle tire maintenance safely. The revisions...Read Full Article

OSHA announces winners of photo contest to encourage workplace safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Picture It!: Safe Workplaces for Everyone photo contest was held in celebration of the agency's 40th anniversary, and was open to anyone with a passion for...Read Full Article

Werner Ladder recognized as Official Ladder of NCAA Basketball Championships

Werner Ladder Co. recently celebrated its role as the Official Ladder of the NCAA Basketball Championships by presenting the University of Connecticut men's basketball team with the two ladders used to cut down the nets after the team won the...Read Full Article

Novel strain of influenza detected in U.S.

On November 20, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed three new cases of a novel strain of influenza in Iowa, bringing the total number of cases of the strain to 10 since July. The virus, known as swine-origin triple...Read Full Article

Obama Task Force announces final Gulf cleanup strategy

On December 5, 2011, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final long-term plan for restoring the Gulf Coast ecosystem in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The strategy was delivered by the Task Force on December 2...Read Full Article

FRA issues safety advisory over bridge walkway hazards

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently issued its Safety Advisory 2011-03 to remind railroad bridge workers, contractors or subcontractors to a railroad of the dangers of crossing unsecured sections of walkways and platform gratings....Read Full Article

'Merging tsunami' behind Japan's destruction

On December 5, researchers from NASA and Ohio State University briefed the American Geophysical Union on why the devastating March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan was so powerful. According to the experts, the natural disaster was a...Read Full Article

NIOSH issues Automotive Repair Safety Agenda

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has worked through it's National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) partnership program to develop and release the National Services Agenda which includes safety and health goals...Read Full Article

NOAA invites industry leaders to workshop to reduce impact of violent storms

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held its Tornado and Severe Weather Workshop and Symposium December 13-15, 2011, in Norman, Oklahoma, titled "Weather Ready Nation Reducing Impacts from Nature's Most Violent...Read Full Article

Senate committee takes up pandemic bill

On December 14, 2011, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold an executive session to take up nominations and S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011. The bill is a...Read Full Article

NTSB recommends nationwide ban on PED use while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board NTSB has made an unprecedented move in recommending that the use of all personal electronic devices (PEDs) be banned while behind the wheel. The action came during a December 13, 2011 board meeting regarding...Read Full Article

Hard hat safety training imperative for workers

On December 16, 2011, Safety Daily Advisor highlighted the importance of hard hat safety in initial training of employees, as well as in refresher training courses. Employees should be trained to select a hard hat that is appropriate for the task...Read Full Article

Survey indicates needlestick injuries remain a problem

MedPro Safety survey finds that 68 percent of healthcare workers believe needlestick injuries are still a major threat in the workplace. The survey took responses from 262 healthcare professionals at the APIC 2011 Annual Educational Conference in...Read Full Article

Supervisor responsibility for workplace safety

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OROSHA's) December newsletter discusses ways supervisors can better promote safety in the workplace. The newsletter begins by discussing some of America's most tragic workplace...Read Full Article

FDA approves marketing of portable head-injury scanning device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently allowed the marketing of the first device to be developed that can aid in the detection of life-threatening bleeding in the skull. The machine, called the Infrascanner Model 1000, can be used by...Read Full Article

EPA issues first national standards for power plant mercury pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which are the first aimed to protect Americans from the emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants. The new standards will rely on proven...Read Full Article

OSHA updates its inspection program for the new fiscal year

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced updates to its Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG) directive for fiscal 2012. The directive provides guidance on programmed inspections of federal agency...Read Full Article

Chicago Mayor and Illinois utility announce smart grid investment plan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined Illinois utility ComEd to announce the company's new investment plan that will pump $1.1 billion into building smart grid technologies that will bring the state's aging infrastructure into the 21st...Read Full Article

ASSE calls for more action to improve occupational safety

As the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) enters into its second century, president Terrie S. Norris has issued a call for more action to the occupational safety, health, and environmental profession. "As we move into the next 100...Read Full Article

ANSI approves new construction, demolition safety standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved two new A10 construction and demolition safety standards. One new standard, ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 Project and...Read Full Article

OSHA releases white paper affirming commitment to worker safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reaffirmed its position on protecting workers from injury and illness by presenting a white paper that that calls its programs "effective, flexible and commonsense" tools. The...Read Full Article

CSB calls on NFPA to issue hazardous waste standard

In response to a recent chemical fire and fatality, Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso has urged the Environmental Technology Council (ETC) to petition the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to issue a specific...Read Full Article

Standard for multi-employer construction sites approved by ANSI

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved an updated version of the ANSI/ASSE A10.33-2011 standard, Safety and Health Program Requirements for Multi-Employer...Read Full Article

Automobile manufacturing industry to rev up employment

American auto manufacturers had much to show for at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as all agreed the domestic auto manufacturing industry has been reborn and is ready to meet the soaring domestic demand for cars. Mike...Read Full Article

New online Outreach Training Program providers selected by OSHA

On January 12, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had selected 10 OSHA authorized training providers to instruct 25 online courses in line with its Outreach Training Program. The program was developed to...Read Full Article

EPA releases Annual National Analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2010 analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which assesses the impact of toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the environment, and also provides information on...Read Full Article

National Library of Medicine gives tips for fighting the flu

In a recent article, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) outlined the necessary steps Americans should take to avoid coming down with the flu this season. The best thing anyone can do to fend off the...Read Full Article

Stakeholder Meeting on Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss summary released by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a summary of the key discussion points made during an informal stakeholder meeting that was held to gather information on the best practices for noise reduction in the workplace....Read Full Article

Study: Workplace injuries and illnesses cost U.S. $250 billion annually

A study conducted by a researcher at the University of California, Davis has found that occupational injuries and illnesses cost the nation about $250 billion every year, much higher than previous estimates. The study suggests the U.S. should focus...Read Full Article

U.S. refineries increasing distillate yields

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced that in October 2011, the refinery field of distillate fuels, which includes diesel fuel and heating oil, hit 29.7 percent. This ties the previous record that was set in December 2008....Read Full Article

USDA going strong after 150 years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is celebrating its 150th anniversary. President Abraham Lincoln enacted a law that established the agency in 1862. In what Lincoln described as "The People's Department," the USDA was formed...Read Full Article

Agricultural Secretary urges more renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

On January 20, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was looking for applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses to perform various energy efficiency...Read Full Article

U.S. factories increase production in final month of 2011

Industrial production grew 0.4 percent in December 2011, after falling 0.3 percent the previous month. December helped fourth-quarter manufacturing totals rise at an annual rate of 3.1 percent, marking the 10th consecutive quarterly gain. The...Read Full Article

Supplemental document on hearing loss issued by NIOSH and NHCA

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has teamed up with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) for a second year and announces a supplemental issue of the International Journal of Audiology. The issue...Read Full Article

NYC Mayor says building safety laws cut accidents by 18 percent

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that construction-related accidents in the city dropped by 18 percent in 2011, and injuries related to construction dropped 7.8 percent, which the Mayor attributed to safety measures enacted...Read Full Article

OSHA renews alliance with American Pipeline Contractors Association

On January 30, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had renewed its alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) to continue protecting workers from dangerous job hazards during equipment...Read Full Article

New videos from OSHA inform workers on proper respirator use

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted a series of videos to help workers learn about respirators and how to properly use them. The videos provide essential information to general industry, construction, and healthcare...Read Full Article

Football head injuries take spotlight as Super Bowl nears

As the largest sporting event in America draws closer, it's a good time to bring the hard-hitting facts about head injuries to light - on the field and at a worksite.  Former Dallas Cowboys tailback Tony Dorsett recently announced his...Read Full Article

DHS releases Building and Infrastructure Protection Series

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a series of pamphlets to aid in the design and construction of structures that can withstand unusually severe hazards. Ideally, every bridge, tunnel, train terminal, building, and other critical...Read Full Article

Maritime safety and health meeting held by OSHA

On February 22-23, 2012, in Washington,  D.C. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). The committee advised Secretary of Labor Dr....Read Full Article

ANSI/ISEA 207-2011 safety vests meet FHWA requirements for work zones

High-visibility protective vests are required for right-of-way workers, flaggers, and adult crossing guards by standards in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) uses as a basis for...Read Full Article

DoD facilities recognized for using emission-reducing technologies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized two facilities of the Department of Defense (DoD) with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. The honor was presented to the facilities for their achievement in taking an...Read Full Article

More construction, manufacturing job openings in December

On February 7, 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced there were 3.4 million job openings across the country in December, up from 3.1 million the previous month. The numbers mark a continued upward trend since the U.S. began its slow...Read Full Article

U.S. Transportation Secretary promotes vision for high-speed rail in California

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Sacramento, California, to promote President Barack Obama's vision for a high-speed rail in the state. LaHood discussed with suppliers how they can maximize the...Read Full Article

Railroad training standards rule proposed by FRA

On February 7, 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a proposal to require railroads to train and qualify workers in occupations involving safety on existing federal railroad laws, orders, and regulations. "Safety is our...Read Full Article

New lab safety guidelines released by CDC panel

A panel of experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines for safe work practices in diagnostic laboratories. The document was published to improve the safety of clinical diagnostic laboratory activity, and...Read Full Article

Northern Safety introduces optimal site search experience

Northern Safety, a leading distributor of personal protective equipment and safety supplies, recently unveiled a new search system that will greatly enhance the way you browse, find, and select the exact safety products you need. The new...Read Full Article

Chemical manufacturing companies make progress in voluntary toxic chemical reduction efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the interim results of a voluntary effort on the part of 8 chemical manufacturers to keep emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid...Read Full Article

DOT budget to be used for innovative transportation programs

On Monday, February 13, 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation had been given a budget of $74 billion, which will be used to create the framework for economic growth and competitiveness...Read Full Article

Temporary enforcement measures in residential construction given extension

On February 15, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a six-month extension for its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. The measures have been extended through September 15, 2012. During...Read Full Article

New DOL budget includes millions of dollars devoted to worker health and safety

Although some items were financially cut, the budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 that was presented to Congress on February 13, 2012, includes millions of dollars to improve the health and safety of U.S. workers. The proposed budget includes...Read Full Article

New York factories grow at swiftest pace since June 2010

Manufacturers in New York expanded in February at the quickest speed since June 2010, indicating the industry is putting more Americans to work in factories, and manufacturing is continuing to lead the recovery. The Empire State Manufacturing...Read Full Article

New budget to help EPA with environmental and human health protections

On February 13, 2012, the Obama Administration released a proposed budget of $8.344 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will be used to continue to ensure environmental and human health protections. "This budget...Read Full Article

DOT proposes guidelines for automakers to curb driving distraction

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to urge car makers to design vehicles with the risk of distraction from electronic devices in mind....Read Full Article

Opened U.S. resources means oil and gas industry employment could rise

During President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, he announced that "millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration" had been opened, and included a directive to his administration "to open more than 75 percent of our...Read Full Article

U.S.-Mexico agreement opens 1.5 million acres in Gulf for drilling

A milestone agreement between the U.S. and Mexican governments will allow 1.5 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to be opened for oil and gas extraction. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the agreement...Read Full Article

$1 million in pipeline safety grants to be awarded

From mid-February until early March 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will be accepting applications for its Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for pipeline safety initiatives...Read Full Article

Final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene released by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene (perc) to its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. Perc is most often used in the dry cleaning industry, but is also...Read Full Article

DOE supports small business green projects

On February 21, 2012, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 142 small businesses from around the country have begun work on new research projects that will increase the use of green energy, such as better wind turbines, chemical-free ways to...Read Full Article

Study shows nuclear fallout from Fukushima reached U.S.

A new study, released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), found that fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan resulted in trace amounts in precipitation in the U.S. in about 20 percent of 167 sites analyzed. The survey was...Read Full Article

NIOSH announces Safe-in-Sound Excellence winners

On February 23, 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), working with the National Hearing Conservation Association, announced the winners of the 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards....Read Full Article

First shale-oil and shale-gas resource potential assessment released by USGS

In the first report of its kind, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the potential undiscovered, technically recoverable shale oil and gas found in the lands of Alaska's North Slope. The estimates range from zero to 2 billion barrels of...Read Full Article

CDC warns of occupational exposure to deadly chemical

On February 24, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a warning, stating that occupational exposure in the refinishing industry to products containing methylene chloride can be fatal. The alert was issued based on an...Read Full Article

ISEA Executive Summit heading to Texas

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Executive Summit, regarded as the premier meeting for the safety products industry, will draw some of the top global suppliers of personal protective and safety equipment to the Hill Country of...Read Full Article

Alliance renewed to reduce employee exposure to chemical hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on March 1, 2012, that it has renewed a partnership with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) to promote best practices to reduce worker exposure to hazardous...Read Full Article

Gulf oil spill health study climbs over 10,000 participants

It has been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and now more than 10,000 cleanup workers that devoted their time and energy to the project are taking part in the Gulf Long-term Follow-up (GuLF) STUDY. The...Read Full Article

Alliance between OSHA, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry renewed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on March 5, 2012, that it has renewed its alliance with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PCBI) to continue providing PCBI members and their employees with...Read Full Article

OSHA highlights tornado preparedness and response guidelines in wake of deadly outbreak

In response to the deadly outbreak of tornadoes that swept across the United States last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has highlighted its Tornado Preparedness and Response sheet, which outlines the hazards workers...Read Full Article

OSHA develops program to keep dairy farm workers safe from common hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new local emphasis program to protect workers from hazards found on dairy farms throughout Wisconsin, including risks related to manure storage, lack of vehicle roll-over...Read Full Article

First quadrivalent vaccine for seasonal influenza approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza in people between the ages of 2 and 49, making it the first approved flu vaccine to contain four strains of the virus -...Read Full Article

Transportation Secretary LaHood announces new railroad projects across the U.S.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide $16.9 million to 12 cities and states to relocate, replace, and improve railroad tracks as a part of the Federal Railroad...Read Full Article

New standard for insulating apparel published by ISEA

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has published a new industry standard to provide workers in cold temperatures with appropriate insulated apparel. The American National Standard for Classification of Insulating Apparel Used in...Read Full Article

Occupational health safety network created by NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is in the process of developing a voluntary and secure electronic occupational safety and health monitoring system that will keep tabs on workplace data. The original version of the...Read Full Article

DOT awards Carnegie Mellon, Penn Engineering $3.5 million for transportation research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science $3.5 million to be used over the next two years to research ways to...Read Full Article

ASSE renews OSHA alliance to promote best practices for occupational safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) have renewed their alliance to promote best practices for keeping worker exposure to health and physical hazards to a minimum. The renewed...Read Full Article

Risk of severe flooding low in spring 2012

After finishing an exceptionally dry winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that no area of the country faces a high risk of major to record setting floods this spring, the first time such a forecast has been issued...Read Full Article

DOT report highlights need for investment in transportation infrastructure

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on March 16, 2012 that a new report indicates a large gap between the amount of spending being done on transportation infrastructure and the estimated levels of expenditures needed to keep the...Read Full Article

OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard to protect workers from chemical exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard in order to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, aligning the standards with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system....Read Full Article

Fatal falls in private construction industry decline 42 percent

Fatal work injuries involving falls dropped 2 percent to 635 in 2010, compared to 645 in 2009, and have dropped 25 percent from a high of 847 fatal falls in 2007, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Since 2007, fatal falls...Read Full Article

New chemical standard introduces pictograms

The revised version of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which was announced in mid-March by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will use nine new pictograms that show what health, physical and environmental hazards are...Read Full Article

EPA Administrator testifies before U.S. Senate on budget

On March 22, 2012, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the U.S. Senate and Committee on Environment and Public Works, where she discussed the EPA's $8.344 billion budget request and the...Read Full Article

Research from NIOSH helps reduce fatalities in commercial fishing industry

A new report written by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that research conducted by the federally funded agency has helped to reduce commercial fishing industry fatalities by 42 percent. NIOSH first started...Read Full Article

OSHA seeks comments on ways to prevent reinforcing concrete worker injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking comments on the best ways to prevent injuries and fatalities during concrete reinforcement activities within the construction industry. The agency is also requesting comments...Read Full Article

Safety 2012 to study use of safety products in the workplace

At Safety 2012, which will be held June 3-5 in Denver, Colorado, participants including safety, health, and environmental professionals working across all industries will learn about the latest advancements in personal protective equipment and...Read Full Article

First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants proposed by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 27, 2012, that it had proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for Carbon Pollution from new power plants. The proposed standard indicates the trend toward building cleaner power...Read Full Article

OSHA reaccredited to continue providing training programs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Training and Education (DTE) was recently reaccredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to keep providing Continuing...Read Full Article

CSB releases new chemical safety video

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new version of a compilation of safety videos entitled "Safety Videos Volume 2," which details various accidents in chemical research plants, including dust fires and explosions, that have...Read Full Article

Washington Monument being studied in NOAA leveling survey

One of the most recognizable monuments in all of Washington, D.C., is currently the subject of an in-depth survey to determine if there have been any leveling issues within the National Mall caused by the August 2011 earthquake that hit the eastern...Read Full Article

Number of LEED-certified building projects hits 12,000

In late March, 2012, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a major milestone had been achieved for the global green building market when the number of LEED-certified commercial building projects hit the 12,000 mark. Since being...Read Full Article

White House, state governors sign MOU for offshore wind projects

The Obama Administration and governors of the Great Lakes States announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the coordination and speed of review for potential offshore wind projects. On March 30, 2012, President...Read Full Article

OSHA provides compliance assistance for tornado recovery workers in Dallas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a statement urging all recovery workers, employers, and the public to use extreme caution during recovery efforts following the damaging tornadoes that struck the Dallas/Fort...Read Full Article

OSHA seeks applications for $1.2 million in safety training grants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to fund training for workers and employers on how to recognize workplace hazards and control measures. The training...Read Full Article

NFPA develops quiz to help property, homeowners prepare for wildfires

The National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities Program is offering a new online quiz entitled "Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season," which was designed to help property owners and residents prepare their assets for...Read Full Article

Tornado recovery efforts continue in Missouri nearly one year later

The tornado response and recovery efforts currently taking place in Texas are echoing the devastating storms that leveled the town of Joplin, Missouri, in May, 2011 - where the efforts to rebuild are still underway. In February, Missouri Governor...Read Full Article

DOT proposes new pipeline safety rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed a set of new procedures it hopes will improve excavation damage prevention programs and raise the penalties for...Read Full Article

NIOSH highlights Total Worker Health initiative

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is highlighting its Total Worker Health™ (TWH™) initiative to effectively address health promotion and protection in the workplace. The program was developed as a...Read Full Article

Youth workers need more protection on job sites, study finds

A recent study published in Public Health Reports found that 88 workers under the age of 20 died from work-related injuries in 2010, while another 20,000 suffered an occupational injury or illness that led to time away from work. The study found...Read Full Article

EPA announces cities with highest construction rates of Energy Star Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 11, 2012, it had released its annual list of the metropolitan areas of the country that have built the most Energy Star certified buildings based on 2011 data. The list of 25 cities...Read Full Article

Updated locomotive safety standards announced by DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on April 9, 2012, that a final locomotive safety rule had been cleared that eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens, increases the use of new technologies and merges current industry and...Read Full Article

OSHA looks to start more Training Institute Education Centers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 12, 2012, that it will begin accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to be cleared to give standard classroom instruction on occupational safety and...Read Full Article

Traffic Incident Management Systems study completed by USFA, FHA

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHA) in partnership with the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) have updated the 2008 edition of the Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS)...Read Full Article

OSHA to hold meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) on May 3, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The meeting is being held to review revised recommendations...Read Full Article

OSHA to hold meeting for Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) May 8-11, 2012 in Washington, DC. The ACCSH advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary...Read Full Article

Highway tunnels to receive $422 million toward renovations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on April 13, 2012, that a $422 million loan had been provided to aid in the cost of constructing a new Midtown Tunnel and refurbishing existing tunnels to help break up traffic congestion in Norfolk...Read Full Article

New OSHA directive describes communication with workplace fatality victims' families

A new directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives OSHA representatives a guideline for how to discuss investigation procedures with family members after a workplace fatality has occurred. The guidance was...Read Full Article

CDC reports first H3N2 variant flu virus infection for 2012

The first case of a human being infected with an influenza A H3N2 variant (H3N2v) virus in 2012 has been reported, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified as a strain very similar to the H3N2v that infected 12...Read Full Article

Demolition project helps Oak Ridge National Library to become a cleaner, safer place

Contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Safety and Ecology Corporation (SEC) recently demolished four structures in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project. The demolished building at one time processed...Read Full Article

U.S. safety agencies work together to protect roadway workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 19, 2012, that it had renewed an alliance with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to increase protection of workers in roadway construction work zones. The...Read Full Article

ACOEM releases checklist for indoor environmental hazards

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released a checklist to address the growing concern over indoor environmental hazards. The checklist was written to help protect the health and safety of workers,...Read Full Article

Study finds grain entrapment cases decreased sharply

A study conducted by Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program reported fatal and non-fatal grain entrapments dropped significantly to 27 cases in 2011. Grain entrapment cases were down 47 percent compared to the year before, a...Read Full Article

OSHA launches outreach program to prevent "struck by" accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated a new outreach program in the Midwest that aims to educate workers and employers about preventing "struck by" vehicle accidents. These accidents occur when a conventional...Read Full Article

DOT selects five new construction projects to apply for loans

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced on April 24, 2012, that five new projects had been selected to apply for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Loans. The new projects will be...Read Full Article

Secretary of Labor observes Workers' Memorial Day, announces fall prevention campaign

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced on April 26, 2012, that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is heading a new campaign to prevent...Read Full Article

2011 Report to the Membership discussed at ISEA annual meeting

The International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) President Dan Shipp presented his annual Report to the Membership at the ISEA Executive Summit in San Antonio that took place April 29 to May 1, 2012. His discussion included the...Read Full Article

ISEA names 29 new QSSPs

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) announced on April 26, 2012, that 29 candidates completed the Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) course on April 16-20 in Durham, North Carolina. The course put the candidates through a...Read Full Article

Grants prompting community health centers to build and renovate more facilities

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on May 1, 2012, that grants under the new healthcare law will prompt more healthcare providers to build, expand, and improve their facilities across the nation. More than $728...Read Full Article

EPA begins project to cleanup hazardous materials

In late April, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began a project to remove hazardous materials from a site in Danvers, Massachusetts. They expect the project to last for eight weeks, with additional investigation and potential...Read Full Article

ASSE prepares for Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

To celebrate the hard work of occupational safety, health, and environment professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is promoting Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, which will be held on May 9, 2012. The...Read Full Article

Study completed to assess possible weather and climate impact of wind farms

Renewable energy sources, such as wind farms, are increasingly being used across the country, and as more of the projects are deployed, new insights into alternative energy effects are discovered. According to a recent study on large wind farms in...Read Full Article

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign set in motion by OSHA

Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, hosted a press teleconference on May 7, 2012, where he announced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 2012 Heat Illness Prevention...Read Full Article

Interactive maps paint picture of fatal construction falls in America

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has posted two interactive maps to highlight the danger of falls among workers in the construction industry in an attempt to lower the annual rate of fatal accidents. One map shows U.S....Read Full Article

CDC encourages head protection during tornadoes

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement underscoring the importance finding shelter during a tornado and addressed using helmets as another potentially useful and effective protection measure. The CDC said...Read Full Article

Transportation funding totals $20 million for Oregon, Alabama, and South Carolina

The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided $20 million in emergency funds to help Oregon, Alabama, and South Carolina cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges that have been damaged by intense storms and other natural disasters....Read Full Article

Superfund receives three new additions to national priorities list

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added three new hazardous waste sites that put people's health and the environment in jeopardy to its National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. The program was developed to...Read Full Article

New study finds 68 percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones

A study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), found 68 percent of highway contractors in the U.S. had motor vehicles crash into their work zones in the last 12 months. Officials from the organization added that the...Read Full Article

DOE finishes cleanup of all transuranic waste at Sandia National Laboratories

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced in early May, 2012, that it had finished cleanup of the Cold War legacy transuranic (TRU) waste at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The last four shipments of remote-handled (RH)...Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy announces milestone in fuel cell use

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it has deployed nearly 1,200 fuel cells in emergency backup power units and material handling equipment over the last three years "Targeted investment in critical fuel cell research,...Read Full Article

Children help US agencies raise safety awareness

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently worked with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor the 10th annual ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for kids, giving 5-14 year-olds the opportunity...Read Full Article

AIHce annual conference to be packed with health and safety sessions

At this year's AIHce annual conference co-sponsored by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®), participants will have the opportunity to attend...Read Full Article

EPA celebrates rise in energy-efficient building designs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2012, that it had honored nearly 100 commercial building design projects from 43 architecture firms...Read Full Article

NSC urges drivers to take caution over Memorial Day weekend

The National Safety Council (NSC) released its estimates for the amount of car accidents that may occur over the Memorial Day weekend, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28. The group says 420 traffic...Read Full Article

Meeting plans announced for the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 24, 2012 it will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) June 19-20 in Washington. Three new committee members and five...Read Full Article

Contaminated site cleanup projects help revitalize communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 24, 2012, it would provide $69.3 million in grants to help communities clean and redevelop properties that had been damaged by contamination. The Agency hopes the grants will boost job...Read Full Article

OSHA to assess effectiveness of state safety plans

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 29, 2012, it will hold an informal stakeholder meeting to hear comments on how to determine the effectiveness of OSHA-approved State Plans when compared to the federal...Read Full Article

New Emergency Response Guidebook released by DOT

On May 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released a new version of its Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), which gives emergency first responders a revised...Read Full Article

Nanomaterial safe practices document released by NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a new document that outlines safe practices for working with engineered nanomaterials in labs and other settings. "General Safe Practices for Working with...Read Full Article

Office of Environmental Management completes groundwater contamination cleanup

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Emergency Management (EM) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, recently removed one of the region's largest sources of groundwater contamination. EM successfully completedthe Tank W-1A project at...Read Full Article

ASSE begins largest expo on record

On June 3, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) started its Safety 2012 Expo at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, marking the opening of the largest expo ASSE has ever held. The event features more than 500 exhibitors showing off...Read Full Article

Updates to standards for oil and gas industry issued by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released updates to the Clean Air Act Standards for Flares and Process Heaters, based on input from stakeholders. The new flares and process heaters used at oil refineries will help maintain public...Read Full Article

NIOSH takes nominations for hearing loss prevention awards

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is teaming up with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) to award employers who have instituted the best workplace hearing conservation programs. The organizations are...Read Full Article

EPA provides $6.75 million in Brownfields grants for Massachusetts cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $6.75 million in Brownfields grants to help communities in Massachusetts assess, cleanup, and redevelop contaminated sites. The funds are part of the $17 million the EPA has issued in...Read Full Article

NSC promotes employee wellness during National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) announced on June 3, 2012 that it had launched its Employee Wellness week in celebration of National Safety Month, a time set aside every year to educate and encourage safe workplace behaviors that can prevent...Read Full Article

EPA turns attention to contaminated projects in Minnesota

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Susan Hedman recently stood alongside Duluth, Minnesota Mayor Don Ness to announce that $850,000 in funds would be given to the community to help clean up contaminated sites, create...Read Full Article

NIOSH celebrates first anniversary of Total Worker Health™

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently celebrated the first anniversary of its Total Worker Health™ (TWH) program, and the agency says it has accomplished many things. First announced in June 2011,...Read Full Article

Earthquake preparedness in the workplace discussed by NSC

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently discussed how workplaces can prepare for earthquakes, including what tools to keep on hand and plans that should be made. The NSC office building in Washington, D.C. was affected by last year's...Read Full Article

WHO declares diesel engine exhaust a carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced on June 12, 2012, that it now classifies diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen to humans based on sufficient evidence that exposure is...Read Full Article

Red Cross releases first aid application

The American Red Cross announced on June 14, 2012, it had officially launched its first aid app, giving smartphone users access to information that could potentially save lives. The app is the first of many to be developed by the Red Cross, and...Read Full Article

New highway to be completed with DOT funds

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced on June 13, 2012, that $150 million in credit assistance would be provided to California to complete construction of the Presidio Parkway. The project will replace the current...Read Full Article

University details what to include in a farm first aid kit

With farms around the country getting busier, the risk of accidents increases, warns North Dakota State University (NDSU's) Agriculture Communication. To be ready for the increased risk of injury, all farmers should have a well-stocked first aid...Read Full Article

Companies reach deal with EPA to remove contaminated mud

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 18, 2012, that it had reached an agreement with 70 companies to remove approximately 16,000 cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the Passaic River in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The...Read Full Article

NHTSA presents highway safety awards for 2012

On June 15, 2012, at the 30th Annual Lifesavers Conference, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented its highest Public Service Awards to 15 safety professionals and organizations. NHTSA holds the conference each year to...Read Full Article

Washington Roundtable to be held by ISEA in Washington in August

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has announced its Washington Roundtable will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA, on August 21, 2012, where experts will gather to discuss safety in confined...Read Full Article

Bridge project in Ohio clears environmental review

On June 20, 2012, FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has given Indiana and Kentucky the authorization to proceed with the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges...Read Full Article

Safety officials issue alert on silica exposure in hydraulic fracturing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a hazard alert on June 21, 2012, to ensure employers with hydraulic fracturing businesses take the necessary steps...Read Full Article

DOT announces funding for 47 TIGER 2012 Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on June 22, 2012, that 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will be given nearly $500 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Transportation...Read Full Article

Beat the heat with tips from ASSE

With summer officially here, the hot weather has increased the risks involved in working outdoors. To prevent heat-related work injuries and illnesses, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has compiled a list of safety precautions for...Read Full Article

Additional brownfields grants awarded by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 25, 2012, that it will provide a total of $1.3 million in brownfields redevelopment grants to the city of Texarkana, Texas, to clean up contaminated areas. "These brownfields grants will...Read Full Article

Training event to be held by OSHA to improve federal worker safety and health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has planned a three-day training event for federal agency staff to take place July 31 to August 2, 2012. The series of seminars will help staff members that are responsible for keeping federal...Read Full Article

EPA commemorates new system to clean up groundwater at Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin recently commemorated the opening of a new water treatment plant in Hereford Township, Pennsylvania, which will remove contamination from groundwater at the...Read Full Article

Transportation Deputy Secretary gives update on pipeline modernization project

U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari joined Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator Cynthia Quarterman and Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, to discuss plans to update the region's aging...Read Full Article

Northern Safety Recognized By Eastman Chemical For Third Year

July 10, 2012, Frankfort, NY – Northern Safety and Industrial has received Eastman Chemical’s prestigious Supplier Excellence Award for 2011. This is the third consecutive year that Eastman has honored Northern Safety with a Supplier...Read Full Article

NOAA issues excessive heat warnings

In response to the intense heat wave that has moved in over the U.S. Midwest, Plains states, and the East Coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues to issue and update excessive heat warnings, first started in June...Read Full Article

Engineers develop improved way to identify, measure bridge damage

A group of civil engineers at Kansas State University has developed an improved method for detecting and measuring the amount of damage a bridge has suffered, which could keep bridges safer and prevent collapses. Hayder Rasheed, associate professor...Read Full Article

Mercury and Air Toxic Standard under EPA review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the technical aspects of the pollution caps for new power plants under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The review is a common process for major standards, and will not...Read Full Article

Energy Star National Building Competition held by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 25, 2012, that it had kicked off its Energy Star program's third annual 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. A record 3,200 buildings across the country...Read Full Article

Infrastructure project loans expanded by DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has recently announced the department will provide up to $17 billion in loans to assist critical infrastructure building projects.  LaHood is encouraging states and cities to send in letters of interest...Read Full Article

New cases of influenza discovered by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on August 3, 2012, that 12 new cases of A(H3N2)v influenza had been identified in Hawaii, Ohio, and Indiana, and that the strain contains the same M gene from the human 2009 H1N1...Read Full Article

Contaminated building at toxic site to be demolished by EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck  announced on August 8, 2012, that the EPA will safely demolish the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Superfund site in New Jersey. The building is...Read Full Article

Updated marine cargo handling 'Tool Shed' directive released by OSHA

On August 10, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an updated directive that outlines enforcement guidance for inspections of longshoring operations and at marine terminals. The directive was updated to help...Read Full Article

Hazmat regulations to maintain alignment with international standards

The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently proposed amended rulemaking to continue aligning Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards. The...Read Full Article

Labor Department increases enforcement of fall protection at construction sites

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on August 16, 2012, that its Southeast regional offices would increase enforcement efforts at construction sites to lower the number of...Read Full Article

Direct Final Rule issued by OSHA to protect demolition and underground construction workers

On August 17, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking applying the requirements set in the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition...Read Full Article

West Nile outbreak prompts Dallas to take drastic measures

With reported cases of West Nile Virus surging in Dallas, the city has been forced to use aerial spraying to eliminate the disease-carrying mosquitoes - a technique it hasn't deployed since the mid-1960s. Dallas County sent the planes out on...Read Full Article

New Brownfields grants announced by EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Susan Hedman announced on August 21, 2012, that the EPA had awarded new grants totaling $800,000 to cleanup contaminated areas in Madison, Wisconsin. The EPA's Brownfields grants are...Read Full Article

Hurricane response operations highlighted as Isaac nears

As Hurricane Isaac strikes the Florida keys, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has highlighted its Hurricane Preparedness and Response resource, which gulf states may need as the storm gathers steam on its way toward the...Read Full Article

Wind energy production on the rise

The U.S. green energy sector is moving forward as more turbines are installed throughout the country. According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report compiled by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. was the second largest wind energy...Read Full Article

Safety alliance aims to prevent workplace injuries

On August 29, 2012, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they had renewed their alliance to boost worker safety and health by tackling construction hazard issues, improving injury...Read Full Article

Savannah River Site teaches interns construction safety

At the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) site, the most significant environmental risk reduction project in South Carolina in the last 15 years, more than two dozen college interns worked over the summer to repair homes, and learned about...Read Full Article

More than $10 million awarded to 72 organizations by OSHA

On September 11, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded 72 non-profit organizations $10.7 million through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The program was designed to provide training and education for...Read Full Article

Fatal occupational injury data for 2011 released by DOL

On September 20, 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which shows that the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 dropped slightly compared with 2010. According to the data,...Read Full Article

Universities to improve chemical safety with $11 million in EPA grants

On September 13, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will give almost $11 million in grants to eight universities through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The funds will be used to develop quick,...Read Full Article

Joplin, Missouri gets $2.4 million from EPA for cleanup work

On October 4, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 announced it will give the City of Joplin, Missouri, an additional $2.4 million to help sample and clean-up lead and cadmium-contaminated soils that were disturbed during the...Read Full Article

Sandia Labs measures wind energy success

On October 4, 2012, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) released its second annual Wind Plant Reliability Benchmark, which is expected to help the U.S. measure its wind energy industry for performance, recognize vulnerabilities, and increase...Read Full Article

Experts meet to discuss performance-based regulatory models for oil and gas industry

A number of government agencies met on September 20 and 21, 2012 in response to an executive order issued by President Obama on January 18, 2011. The order called for improvements to the nation's oil and gas regulatory system to encourage...Read Full Article

Millions of dollars awarded by EPA to states for clean diesel projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded more than $2 million to fund clean diesel projects, which aim to increase the use of cleaner burning diesel fuel in various industrial settings. As part of the Diesel Emissions...Read Full Article

Eye and face safety, fall protection the focus of NSC Expo in Orlando

On October 23, 2012, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will hold its second annual "PPE Solutions from ISEA Experts" forum at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The forum will focus on eye, face,...Read Full Article

Worker Safety and Health Challenge aims to educate young workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is challenging computer developers, students, and anyone with creative and technical skills to enter the Worker Safety and Health Challenge to address the need for improved safety among younger workers. The...Read Full Article

Millions awarded by EPA in research fellowships

On Wednesday November 14, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it had awarded more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 126 students that were attending college for environmental studies. The EPA said there were 39 Greater...Read Full Article

Survey from ISEA aims to understand public opinion on industry trade shows

Every year, representatives from safety equipment companies and members of the nation's safety regulatory organizations gather at industry trade shows all over the country. Now, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is asking for...Read Full Article

CDC helps state and local public health systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently highlighted its role in giving state and local health systems the necessary tools and resources for providing public healthcare and responding to infectious, occupational, or...Read Full Article

Building to adopt new green lighting fixtures

Buildings around the country are increasingly turning to new forms of lighting that offer greater energy savings and help reduce the overall carbon footprint. Recently, the Empire State Building (ESB) announced it would replace the lights on the...Read Full Article

Wisconsin agricultural industry, OSHA form alliance to improve safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it is now working with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA) in order to address the most dangerous hazards currently found in the state's agricultural sector. The...Read Full Article

Additional $20 million in emergency funds released by DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide another $20 million in quick release emergency relief funds to New York for continued damage repair in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement...Read Full Article

Hurricane Sandy fact sheet updated with new mold guidelines

In an ongoing effort to increase the safety of workers cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new fact sheet on mold threats that could harm employees. The fact sheet...Read Full Article

Temporary enforcement measures in residential construction extended by OSHA

On December 11, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will extend its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction for three months, through March 15, 2013. According to a release from the...Read Full Article

New tool developed by OSHA to keep workers safe from cadmium exposure

On December 11, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new interactive online tool that will help protect employees at risk of being exposed to cadmium, a soft bluish-white metal used in various industries,...Read Full Article

New DOT campaign aims to lower the amount of US drunk driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced that it has worked with its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), various local law enforcement agencies, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Governors...Read Full Article

Hawaii to get first-ever rail system thanks to DOT grant

On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it had signed an agreement providing the city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii with $1.55 billion to help construct the first rail transit system in the state. U.S....Read Full Article

New investment plans for wind energy announced by DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it has significantly increased its investment in offshore wind energy. Projects will soon begin off the coasts of Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. The new funds are...Read Full Article

Multi-million dollar cleanup of Brooklyn waterway proposed

On December 27, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had developed a plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, where workers will remove contaminated sediment and cap dredged areas. Included in the proposed plan...Read Full Article

Office of River Protection completes waste retrieval

The Office of River Protection (ORP) recently announced it had finished the retrieval of radioactive and chemical waste from  the tenth Hanford underground storage tank in Washington.The 530,000-gallon C-109 is the third single-shell tank...Read Full Article

New QSSP class offered by ISEA

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) announced on January 2, 2013, that it will hold a Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) class in March, which will help train sales and marketing professionals in the safety equipment...Read Full Article

Los Alamos breaks record for waste shipments

In 2012, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) began the first year of accelerated transuranic (TRU) waste shipments, and proceeded to break its own record to become one of the largest movers of hazardous radioactive waste in America. "Our goal was...Read Full Article

Company promotes workplace leadership, safety with Cal Ripken Jr.

Working 17 years without a lost-time accident is a record anyone would boast and one that very few achieve. But that’s exactly what Cal Ripken Jr. did when he played in 2,632 consecutive games and why his streak with the Baltimore...Read Full Article

OSHA recordkeeping rule updates

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will require work related fatalities to be reported within 8 hours and one or more employee hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of...Read Full Article

CDC reports widespread influenza outbreaks in 46 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported January 9, 2015, that influenza is widespread in 46 states, with Alaska, Arizona, and California dealing with regional outbreaks and Hawaii observing local outbreaks. “This year, the...Read Full Article

MSHA announces coal dust samples comply with new rule

On January 15, 2015, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a final rule published in August 2014 is working. The rule took effect in August 2014 and was implemented to reduce respiratory exposure to coal mine dust by underground...Read Full Article

Northern Safety acquires Georgia-based Southland Industrial Supply

Northern Safety & Industrial announces acquisition of leading food processing market safety supplier and gains “Southeastern hub” for industrial safety business. Northern Safety Co., Inc. announced February 13, 2015, that it has completed its...Read Full Article

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication and OSHA renew alliance

On April 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) renewed their alliance to help reduce and prevent chemical hazard exposure to workers. During the next 5 years, the...Read Full Article

OSHA announces 2nd annual Stand-Down for Fall Safety event

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the dates for the second-annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. OSHA is hoping that the 2-week observance, from May 4, to May 15, 2015, will help to...Read Full Article

Northern Safety named recipient of Excellence and Innovation Awards

Northern Safety Co., Inc. has been named a recipient of both Eastman Chemical Company’s Supplier Excellence Award and its Innovation Award for 2014. Eastman Chemical Co., a major producer of chemicals and plastics, assesses its suppliers annually...Read Full Article

OSHA asks for communication tower worker safety comments

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting input on hazards for communication tower workers. Wireless carriers, engineering firms, construction companies, tower owners, workers, and others are invited to inform OSHA about...Read Full Article

OSHA updates safety standards for electrical workers

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule for Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, and Electrical Protective Equipment became effective June 1, 2015. The rule unifies construction and general industry...Read Full Article

As Economies Gasp Globally, U.S. Growth Quickens

By Nelson D. Schwartz, The New York TimesNot long ago, the United States was considered the tortoise of the world economy, at least in comparison to emerging powers like China and Brazil.Lately, however, slow but steady seems to be winning the...Read Full Article

OSHA Online Reporting Goes Live

On December 24, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released a new webpage for reporting on-the-job fatalities and injuries online. Previously, reports could only be made by phone to the closest local office or...Read Full Article

OSHA Fines To Increase In 2016

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was signed in to law by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015. This bill provides for increased penalties when standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) are violated.OSHA penalty amounts were...Read Full Article

Northern Safety Recognized By Eastman Chemical For Sixth Year

Northern Safety and Industrial has been awarded Eastman Chemical’s prestigious Supplier Excellence Award, as well as their Innovation Award for 2015.The awards recognize Northern Safety’s consistent performance in on-time shipping,...Read Full Article

OSHA Issues Walking Work Surfaces Final Rule

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule revising the general industry Walking Work Surfaces standards as it applies to slip, trip, and fall hazards. A new section in the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards establishing...Read Full Article

Construction Workplace Safety and Health Program Practices Recommended by OSHA

To help construction industry employers provide proactive programs for workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction on December 1,...Read Full Article

Northern Safety Recognized by Cabot Corporation

January 5, 2017, Church Hill, TN – Northern Safety and Industrial has been awarded Cabot Corporation’s prestigious Supplier Excellence in Innovation Award for 2016. This award recognizes Northern Safety’s ability to...Read Full Article

OSHA Issues Final Rule On Beryllium Exposure

On January 6, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on permissible exposure limits for inhalation of beryllium fumes or dust. The new rule lowers the limit to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air...Read Full Article

MSHA Announces Final Rule On Working Place Examinations in Metal and Non-Metal Mines

A final rule for the examination of working places in metal and non-metal mines was published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2017. The rule improving miner safety in 3 main areas goes into effect May 23, 2017. Under the new rule...Read Full Article

US DOL Renews Maritime Advisory Committee For Occupational Safety & Health

On January 19, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that Thomas E. Perez, secretary of labor, had renewed the charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).The US...Read Full Article

OSHA Announces The 2017 National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that the fourth-annual observance of National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will take place from May 8, to May 12, 2017.According to OSHA,...Read Full Article

Beryllium Rule Delayed By DOL

The US Department of Labor (DOL) announced a delay in the effective date of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The rule was published on...Read Full Article

NIOSH Releases Sound Level Meter App

On January 17, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) released a smartphone iOS sound measurement app. The app will provide real-time data to help keep workers aware of the noise levels in their working environment...Read Full Article

National Ladder Safety Month Comes To A Close

With March 2017 coming to an end, so did the first National Ladder Safety Month. Focus for the month included the overall importance of ladder safety, ladder safety at work and home, and ladder inspection and disposal.The event was sponsored by the...Read Full Article

OSHA to Delay Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction Industry

OSHA announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to construction, in order for additional outreach and to offer educational materials and guidance for employers. It was originally scheduled to begin June 23,...Read Full Article

Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28th marks Workers’ Memorial Day. OSHA announced, “It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves...Read Full Article

OSHA: Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down (May 8-12, 2017) raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fatalities and injuries.OSHA reminds us that, “Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading...Read Full Article

June is National Safety Month

Every June during National Safety Month, workplaces and organizations place special emphasis on the importance of safety, both at home and at work. The National Safety Council (NSC) is highlighting a different safety topic for each week:Week 1:...Read Full Article

EPA Advises Facility Operators of Hurricane Season Precautions

With the start of hurricane season at the beginning of June, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of...Read Full Article

OSHA: Safe + Sound Week to take place June 12-18, 2017

Sponsored by OSHA, Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leaderships, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing...Read Full Article

Newly Released by NIOSH & OSHA: Updated Heat Safety Tool App

The redesigned OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App was recently released. This smartphone app calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using the phone’s built-in geolocation software to pull current weather conditions from the National...Read Full Article

OSHA Fact Sheet About Confined Space Hazards in Construction

OSHA recently released a new fact sheet explaining how its Confined Spaces in Construction standard affects common work areas in residential construction such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces.The fact sheet was developed after...Read Full Article

NIOSH: Free Confidential Health Screenings for Coal Miners

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has offered free confidential health screenings to coal miners as part of the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). The screenings, which began in March in Alabama,...Read Full Article

OSHA: New Injury Tracking Application

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched the Injury Tracking Application. The web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The...Read Full Article

EPA: Significant Progress Made in Improving Air Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on air quality, showing significant progress by the United States. “Our Nation’s Air: Status and Trends Through 2016” documents steady and significant progress...Read Full Article

MSHA: Preventative Roof/Rib Outreach Program Continues Until September

Improvements in roof control technology in underground coal mines have significantly reduced accidents involving roof and rib falls, but these accidents continue to be a leading cause of injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s...Read Full Article

NIOSH Reports on National Occupational Research Agenda

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review / 2006-2016, a report of the activities, effectiveness, outcomes, and impacts of a decade of work by...Read Full Article

NIOSH: New Safe Lifting Calculator App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the release of a new free mobile app, NLE Calc, for smart phones and other devices that can help workers stay safe when manually lifting on the job. The app is based on the...Read Full Article

NIOSH: New Software Monitors the Health and Safety of Emergency Responders

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of ERHMS Info Manager™, a new software platform for tracking and monitoring emergency response and recovery worker activities that follow a...Read Full Article

Protecting Workers in the Grain Handling Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed an alliance with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) with the goal of protecting grain handling workers. The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposure in hazards...Read Full Article

National Apprenticeship Week

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the 3rd annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held from November 13-19, 2017. “National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to put a spotlight on how apprenticeships...Read Full Article

MSHA: Winter Alert Campaign Continues Until March

MSHA’s annual Winter Alert campaign reminds miners and mine operators of the increased hazards of colder weather.When the barometric pressure drops during colder weather, methane can migrate more easily into the mine atmosphere, increasing the...Read Full Article

New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations from NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released four tools to help companies control possible exposure of nanomaterials to their workers. Workers in industries that use or make uniquely engineered nanomaterials...Read Full Article

OSHA Bulletin Provides Information on Horizontal Drilling Hazards

OSHA’s "Avoiding Underground Utilities During Horizontal Directional Drilling Operations" addresses safe operations and specific methods to avoid underground lines and reminds contractors to use the state’s utility location...Read Full Article

May is National Building Safety Month

The International Code Council (ICC) designates May as National Building Safety Month. The ICC hopes to “raise awareness of the importance of building safe and resilient construction, fire prevention, disaster mitigation, and new technologies...Read Full Article

May 7-11, 2018: Fifth Annual Stand-Down for Fall Safety

The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any...Read Full Article

June 12, 2018: National Forklift Safety Day

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) is sponsoring National Forklift Safety Day and works with OSHA to provide training seminars and develop safety materials to ensure the ongoing safety of forklift operators.Powered industrial trucks, commonly...Read Full Article

June 18-23: Host a Trench Safety Stand Down

Excavation and trenching are among the most dangerous construction operations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), two workers are killed every month in trench cave-ins. Other potential dangers are falling loads,...Read Full Article

General Industry and Maritime Silica Standard Effective June 23

According to OSHA, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work. Those who inhale these very small particles are at risk for developing serious diseases including silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...Read Full Article

Newly Launched Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System from EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released e-Manifest, a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. It will also serve as a national reporting hub and database for all hazardous waste manifests and...Read Full Article

USDA: Top Five Food Safety Mistakes

Are your cooking habits up to par?The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently completed an interesting observational study in which participants in a test kitchen were recorded to see if they handled food safely while...Read Full Article

OSHA’s Safe & Sound Week 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is sponsoring Safe & Sound Week, a nationwide program to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs. This year’s event is taking place August 13-19,...Read Full Article

NIOSH: Black Lung Continues to Increase Among US Coal Miners

A recent National Institutes of Safety and Health (NIOSH) report in The American Journal of Public Health shows startling statistics among long-time coal miners. One in ten miners who have worked underground for twenty-five years or more were...Read Full Article

Dispose of Unwanted, Unused, or Expired Prescription Meds

October 27, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This nationwide event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and began in 2010 to address a crucial public safety and public health issue: the misuse and overuse of...Read Full Article

OSHA Certification Requirements for Crane Operators

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the...Read Full Article

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2-8, 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding people to protect themselves against the flu and that it’s not too late to be vaccinated.The CDC recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season....Read Full Article

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