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World Safety Day 2016: How a Safety Culture Helps

World Safety Day 2016: How a Safety Culture Helps

At the center of a preventive employee health and safety (EHS) culture is the belief at the executive level that accidents and harm should be preventable. More than 313 million global work-related accidents occur each year, according to the International Labour Organization, with a high percentage of those accidents resulting in significant time away from […]

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OSHA Rules for Eye and Face Protection Have Been Updated

OSHA Rules for Eye and Face Protection Have Been Updated

New OSHA rules for eye and face protection were published in the US Federal Register on March 25, 2016. Announced changes went into effect on April 25, 2016. Affected companies–which include all employers operating in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction–should reference the full text of the Federal Register as well as the […]

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Food Industry Whistleblowers Gain OSHA Support

Food Industry Whistleblowers Gain OSHA Support

OSHA has just issued a final rule that protects food industry whistleblowers from retaliation. It clarifies provisions set out in the January 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act that protect workers who disclose information about a possible violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This rule establishes procedures for handling retaliation complaints and explains the […]

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Safety Not Always Top Concern for the Government

Safety Not Always Top Concern for the Government

Even the federal government puts profit over safety. Between 2010 and 2016, nine fatalities were reported of young, healthy men working alone in federal oil fields. Each death resulted from hydrocarbon exposure after opening the thief hatch to manually measure oil quantity in tanks. Adding a $2,000 automated measuring device could have prevented exposure. Adding […]

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Ransomware Attack Shuts Down DC Hospital Systems

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down DC Hospital Systems

Ransomware is quickly becoming a top choice for criminals looking to extort financial gain from hospital systems. The MedStar hospital system has been shut down by an apparent ransomware attack, paralyzing computer systems across the DC and Maryland region. MedStar operates 10 hospitals in DC and Maryland and employs 30,000 staff members and 6,000 affiliated physicians. Read […]

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OSHA Updates Silica Standard After 45 Years

OSHA Updates Silica Standard After 45 Years

After a 45-year journey, OSHA has finally updated its crystalline silica standard. Under the new standard, permissible limits will be cut to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an 8-hour period. Current limits range from 250 micrograms in construction to 100 micrograms in a variety of other industries. The standard requires employers to […]

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Discover the Latest Research on Worker Health and Safety

Could a healthy and safe workforce positively contribute to a company’s overall performance? I’ll be presenting the latest from UL’s Integrated Health & Safety Institute (IHSI), during tomorrow’s webinar hosted by the National Business Group on Health (NGBH). IHSI recently sponsored a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental […]

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