Every year thousands of workers are affected by ergonomic risk factors that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other types of injuries and illnesses. Since there is no federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) standard for ergonomics, many employers overlook the importance of this discipline that costs billions of dollars per year.
By December 1 of this year, employers should have trained employees on the new safety data sheet format and label elements under the revised HazCom Standard (HCS).
Work-related fatality and injury rates are declining nationally, indicating we are on the right track with prevention and incident management. However, there were 4,693 fatal work-related injuries and nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injury and illnesses reported by private industry in 2011, according to the most current data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]
Infectious disease risks often pose a serious problem in the workplace. From the seasonal flu to respiratory diseases, a plethora of infectious diseases is responsible for worker illnesses, and in worse-case scenarios, death.
OSHA HazCom Standard: Employees must be trained on new label elements and safety data sheets by December
In 2012, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to bring it into alignment with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
As more companies send employees on global travel, it’s important for safety and health managers to have a proper infection control system. If an employee contracts an infectious disease, the possibility of spreading it throughout the company could develop into a serious problem for the employer.
On July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.
Over 100 years ago, on Dec. 6, 1907, powerful explosions rocked mines Number 6 and 8 in Monongah, WV. The blasts were felt as far as eight miles away, shattered buildings and pavement, and threw people and horses to the ground.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) brings much needed attention to motorist and worker safety issues in work zones. The 2013 theme is Work Zone Safety: We’re All in This Together. The theme highlights the complexities of work zones and the need for awareness by everyone affected by work zones – DOTs, road workers, drivers, […]
2011 saw a relatively unchanged rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work compared with 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2010, compared to 117 in 2011. Although this number remained statistically the same, there was an increase in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) […]