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Provides Resources To Educate Employers and Workers About The Health Risks
of Various Forms of
Occupations that may involve exposure to chromium include painters, abrasive
blasting welders, battery, dye and candle makers and cement workers.
Chromium exposure can cause asthma, eye irritation and damage, perforated
eardrums, respiratory irritation, pulmonary congestion and edema, upper
abdominal pain, nose irritation and damage, skin irritation, and erosion and
discoloration of the teeth. Chromium exposure can also cause kidney damage,
liver damage and respiratory cancer. OSHA's chromium web page contains a
link to the updated OSHA page on hexavalent chromium, as well as fact sheets
on controlling exposures to chromium and OSHA requirements for protecting
workers from chromium exposures in general industry, shipyards and
Free Webinar, Other
Resources Available On New Hazard Communication Requirements
As part of its Alliance with OSHA, the Society of Chemical Hazard
Communication will host a free webinar from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST on
Thursday, July 25, 2013. The webinar will focus on classification, labeling,
safety data sheets and training, as well as how manufacturers, importers,
distributors, and employers can meet the compliance requirements during the
transition period. Register by July 24 to participate.
By December 1, 2013, all employers with hazardous
chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new
label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and
understanding. OSHA has prepared a number of materials to assist employers
in complying with the new updates. The Hazard Communication Web page
explains the changes and contains a number of materials including: a new
fact sheet (PDF*) that reviews the new training requirements, new QuickCards
that review the new pictogram label requirements and a brief (PDF*) on
labels and pictograms.
To register for the webinar.
New NIOSH Smart Phone App Addresses Ladder Safety
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces
the availability of a new Ladder Safety smart phone application (app). This
new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using
extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at, as well as
access useful tips for using
extension ladders safely. The app is available for free download for both
iPhone and Android
devices. Falls from ladders are a common source of preventable construction
injuries. Misjudging the ladder angle is a significant risk factor for a
fall. If the ladder is set too steep it is more likely to fall back or away
during use, and if it is set too shallow then the bottom can slide out.
The app provides feedback to the user on positioning
the extension ladder at the optimal angle. It also provides references and a
safety guide for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and
use. It was developed with input from the ANSI A14 committee on Ladder
Safety, the American Ladder Institute, and other stakeholders.
The app is based on a
multimodal inclination indicator for ladder positioning that has been
recently awarded a US patent.
To learn more and
download the Ladder Safety app visit
Upper Limb Musculoskeletal
In 2000, NIOSH started a collaborative research program to prevent
work-related upper limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs, conditions
involving the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures of the
upper limb). The program has research partners at six universities and one
state agency. The goal of the program is to determine the risk for
work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the forearm and wrist,
and shoulder disorders.
Free Smart Phone App Provides
Easy-to-Access Information on Heat Index, Safety
OSHA's newest addition to its heat illness prevention materials is the OSHA
Heat Safety Tool smart phone app, with vital safety information to help keep
outdoor workers safe from the heat. The app allows workers and supervisors
to calculate the heat index for their worksite. Based on the heat index, the
app displays a risk level to outdoor workers. With a simple "click," users
can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that
risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness.
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CDC Partners With 104 Employers for National Healthy Worksite Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian
Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the
nation that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy
Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and
building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative
primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers. CDC’s National Healthy
Worksite Program is supported through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention
and Public Health Fund, and is designed to assist employers in building
successful workplace wellness programs by implementing science-based disease
prevention and wellness strategies to help reduce chronic diseases. All
program and implementation support to participating employers will be
provided by Viridian Health Management over a 12- month period. Viridian was
selected as an implementation partner through a competitive process.
For more information.
Safety Stand-Downs Stand Up For Protecting Construction Workers From Falls
As part of OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Falls in construction, the agency is
partnering with industry and community partners to sponsor safety
stand-downs nation-wide to raise awareness about the hazards of falls -- the
leading cause of jobsite deaths in the construction industry.
To find the OSHA office nearest you.
To learn more about
OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign
training required before a respirator is used?"
Yes, training must
be provided to employees who are required to use respirators. The
training must be comprehensive, understandable, and recur annually, and
more often if necessary. This training should include at a minimum:
- Why the respirator is
necessary and how improper fit, use, or maintenance can compromise its
- Limitations and capabilities
of the respirator
- Effective use in emergency
- How to inspect, put on and
remove, use and check the seals
- Maintenance and storage
- Recognition of medical signs
and symptoms that may limit or prevent effective use
- General requirements of
OSHA's respirator standard, 29 CFR 1910.134
Working Safely With Nanomaterials
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News You Can Use
Advancing Workplace Health
Protection and Promotion for an Aging Workforce
The workforce of the twenty-first century is aging, with increasingly larger
proportions of the workforce 55 years of age and older. This development is
the result of a convergence of demographic and societal trends.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more workers aged
55 years and older in the workplace than ever before. The number of workers
aged 65 years and older increased by 101% between 1977 and 2007,3 and in the
25 years between 2005 and 2030, the number of Americans aged 65 years and
older, overall, will almost double—with a significant number of them
continuing to work.4 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between
2006 and 2016, the number of workers aged 55 to 64 years will increase by
36.5%, while workers aged between 65 and 74 years and older than 75 years
will increase by 83.4% and 84.3%, respectively.5 By 2015, one in every five
workers will be a baby boomer.6
the full report.
Source: Journal of
Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Is There Too Much Emphasis Placed on Reducing Workplace Injuries and Not
Enough Concern For Work-Related Illnesses and Exposure to Hazardous
Globally, 2.3 million people die each year due to workplace hazards. While
318,000 of these deaths are due to occupational injuries, most – 2.02
million – are due to work-related illness. Although the greatest emphasis in
most industries and workplaces is focused on reducing workplace injuries,
the biggest killers of workers are cancers and work-related circulatory
diseases, which between them account for 55 percent of all worker deaths.
Injuries account for 18 percent. While workplace injury rates are
dropping in industrialized countries thanks to prevention efforts, rates of
work-related illnesses are on the rise and can have long latency periods and
their onset often is linked to aging.
the full report.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line
The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity
Symposium reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion
per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a
survey of nearly 8000 people. Turning to an example of impact on working
people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased
chance of developing diabetes.
For the full report.
Source: Oregon Health &
World Health Organization
Proposes New Pandemic Flu Alert Levels
The World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a new pandemic alert system,
one that's designed to focus more on disease risk than geographic spread and
to streamline communications to the public. It includes interim guidance
reflects lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. A few months
into the 2009 H1N1 pandemic the WHO faced tough questions from countries
about its pandemic alert phases. During the 2009 World Health Assembly (WHA)
some countries urged the WHO to go slow on declaring a full-scale pandemic,
and they argued that pandemic phases should reflect the severity of the
disease as well as its geographic spread. The pandemic plans of some member
states had response actions, such as the purchase of pandemic vaccine, that
were triggered by the WHO's pandemic phase declarations. At the time,
WHO officials said the pandemic alert phases in use were crafted in the
shadow of threat from H5N1 avian influenza, which was causing severe disease
in humans. The 2009 H1N1 virus spread quickly around the world and caused
mainly mild-to-moderate illness. The WHO had said it would seek expert
advice to consider possible changes to its pandemic phase definitions. The
WHO described the alert phase in its interim guide for pandemic influenza
risk management, which when finalized would replace its 2009 document. The
new 4-phase alert system would replace the current 6-phase one that includes
an additional post pandemic level.
the full report.
Download the WHO report.
Source: World Health
Organization and Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University
Clearance Calculator for Fall
Protection Lanyards and Lifelines
When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and
swing fall whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting
lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your
safety. When using the Miller Fall Clearance Calculator, calculating your
fall clearance and swing fall is now easily accessible any time, any place
whether working from a desktop, smart phone or tablet! In addition to being
available in English with imperial measurements, the Fall Clearance
Calculator now includes a Spanish-Latin American language option with metric
measurements - Providing a Region-wide Resource! While especially designed
for use with Miller® fall protection products, the interactive Fall
Clearance Calculator can be used with any brand of fall protection equipment
that meets ANSI standards.
For more information and to download the Fall Clearance Calculator
Source: Honeywell Safety
The Safety Newsletter: Making Safety Communications Part of Everyday Life
Many elements contribute to the successful management of an organization's
safety program. In OSHA's fact sheet, "Effective Workplace Safety and Health
Management Systems," a checklist of essential tasks stresses that employers
should "develop and communicate a safety and health policy to all
employees." In evaluating this checklist, it becomes clear that
communication is fundamental to successful program implementation. Many
organizations, including the firm I work for, have in-house communication
professionals who use available communications channels, such as an
intranet, emails and webinars, to disseminate significant safety information
to the work force. Developing and distributing a quarterly safety
newsletter can provides a dedicated means of communicating vital
safety-related information, including but not limited to: announcing new
safety practices and guidelines and reviewing existing guidelines; sharing
quarterly accident statistics and trends; encouraging employees to submit
safety concerns and questions; raising safety awareness; announcing safety
alerts; reviewing the organization's safety resources; providing executives
a forum to share safety insights; announcing assessment results; publicizing
special emphasis awareness campaigns; reviewing safety equipment
specifications; sharing regulatory or compliance updates; announcing company
safety awards; and more.
the full report.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
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Canada - Don't Let Safety Slip Away: Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
If you've ever slipped on an
oily patch of floor or tripped over a loose piece of carpeting you know how
easy it can be to take a fall. And if you did fall, you would join the more
than 42,000 people who get injured each year in work-related falls. That's
about seventeen percent of the "time-loss injuries" across Canada as well as
a lot of economic loss, pain and suffering, and sometimes even death.
You may be surprised to learn that most falls don't
happen from roofs, ladders, or any other heights. In fact, around sixty-six
percent of falls happen on the same level, caused by slips and trips. Here
are some things you should know to prevent "falls on the same level".
Slips and trips happen when there is some unexpected
change in the contact between the feet and the ground or floor. Keeping that
in mind, there are four factors that should be addressed in preventing fall
accidents: 1) good housekeeping; 2) quality of walking surfaces (flooring);
3) proper footwear; and 4) pace of walking.
For the full report.
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As I see it ...
It is July 2013. Maybe, just maybe, the
economic recovery is gaining some traction. While unemployment rates
remain stubbornly high, employment is increasing together with some other
positive signs in the economy as a whole. So let's roll up our sleeves and
get back to work (we have many types of sleeves ranging from disposable plastic
to high voltage rubber). There is a lot of extraneous noise in the economy
about what's no good or what hasn't improved yet, so filter out that noise (we
offer a broad range of hearing protection from disposable earplugs to dielectric
earmuffs). And if it seems like some politicians and economists are still
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and SCBA systems). I hope that this is all not giving you a headache
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relievers) unless the risk of the headache is external in which case we need to
know what color safety cap you want! It's OK if hands get dirty in the
process (we have gloves for that!). Do you have a clear vision yet about
the point I am trying to make (we offer hundreds of styles of protective eyewear
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your first aid kit to be sure the contents were full?
FIRST AID FIRST
- And, by the
way, OSHA 29CFR1910.151(b) requires that first aid supplies be readily
available and Appendix A to 1910.151(b) identifies ANSI Z308.1 as a
reference for first aid kit types and contents
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Question and Answer
- Is there an OSHA
requirement that obligates employers to ensure that their employees can
communicate with supervisors and co-workers in English at construction sites so
that they can understand safety training and instructions and coordinate safely
While there are
construction standards that require training and instructions, there are no OSHA
construction standards that specifically require that such information be
conveyed and understood in English. For example, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) states:
The employer shall instruct
each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the
regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any
hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
construction standards supplement the requirement of 1926.21(b)(2) by requiring
that employees receive training in specific topics. One example is 29 CFR
1926.503(a)(1), which provides:
The employer shall provide a
training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The
program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and
shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to
minimize these hazards.
employer's duty under the construction standards to train and instruct employees
in how to comply with OSHA standards and to avoid hazards in the work
environment necessarily means that employers must present information in a
manner that employees are able to understand. As OSHA stated in the OSHA
Training Standards Policy Statement, dated 04/28/2010:
[R]egardless of the precise
regulatory language, the terms "train" and "instruct," as well as other
synonyms, mean to present information in a manner that employees receiving it
are capable of understanding.
In addition, it
is common that, for safety reasons, construction employees need to be able to
communicate with supervisors and co-workers. However, an OSHA obligation in
that regard would be met by any system in which that communication could
reliably occur; there is no OSHA requirement that the communication system be
based on the English language.
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- What makes Cathy's day:
"Knowing that I can help people get home safe everyday."
- Cathy's outside
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