The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has brought criminal charges against the production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured when a hydraulic metal door on the Millennium Falcon set fell on his leg. Read more here.
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A recently-issued interpretation clarifies that OSHA considers fainting to be a recordable event, even if the fainting is caused by the sight of one’s own blood. The interpretation discusses an incident in which an employee scratched his finger on a vinyl saw clamp, then fainted at the sight of a small amount of blood before […]
NIOSH and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) have developed a new initiative to address a crucial safety gap: training for young people. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 1.5 million teenagers work in the United States, and 8 out of 10 high school students will work at some point during the year. Younger […]
Did you know that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was founded to help keep people safe from fires? It’s true: in 1894, founder William Henry Merrill opened the Underwriters’ Electrical Bureau, the Electrical Bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters after seeing the potential–and dangers–of the proliferation of electricity. UL’s first standard–Tin Clad Fire Doors–was published […]
Has your employee been struck by an orca? Burned by flaming water skis? Has he or she suffered a knitting-related injury? ICD-10 has you covered. As this more complex coding goes into effect, NPR takes a look at some of the more unusual entries here.
Changes to OSHA’s Confined Space Standard for Construction will go into effect on October 2. The more prescriptive standard will affect every workplace that performs confined space entries. Is your team ready? Specifically, the new standard amends the definition of an enclosed space and requires that even general industry complies with this prescription. A confined […]
OSHA has released a new interactive map that highlights enforcement cases on a state-by-state basis. The map lists companies that have received penalties larger than $40,000 since January 1, 2015. OSHA intends to update weekly. Find the map here.
The Center for Public Integrity, an independent, non-profit news organization, has launched an important investigation into work-related disease in the United States. Their multi-part series looks at the fight to implement exposure limits and the continuing struggle to undertake reform in the face of inaction by the government and active resistance by industry groups. The series also looks at […]
It is the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and observant Muslims around the world are celebrating. Those who are able are obliged to abstain from food and drink throughout the daylight hours, from dawn until sunset. Ramadan is based on the Islamic calendar so its timing varies. When it falls during the summer months, as […]