The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction and occurs from June 2nd- June 6th. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities in 2013. Those deaths were […]
Today, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) released new positioning statements recently updated by the AOHP Executive Board. The five statements included in the updated positioning are:
The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Part 46 requires training for miners engaged in shell dreging or employed at sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate or surface limestone mines. See MSHA’s website for complete compliance guidelines and resources.
A new report on Building a Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future is available from the American Hospial Association.
There were 4,628 fatal work injuries reported in the United States in 2012, higher than a preliminary count of 4,383 released in August 2013 but the second-lowest annual total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992, according a Bureau of Labor Statistics update. There were 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent […]
President Obama signed a proclamation today in anticipation of Workers’ Memorial Day, which is marked annually on April 28 with ceremonies and other activities worldwide in remembrance of workers killed on the job. “We must never accept that injury, illness or death is the cost of doing business,” the proclamation states. “Workers are the backbone […]
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration yesterday announced the release of a final rule to better protect miners from exposure to coal mine dust, which causes deadly lung diseases collectively referred to as black lung.The rule:
The federal Office of Management and Budget will review an OSHA proposal to address outdated permissible limits for exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace. The office received the proposal April 15 and has 90 days to review it unless the deadline is extended.
It’s a ditigal world. A final rule published yesterday in the Federal Register will allow physicians to use digital technology when evaluating miner-claimants under the Federal Black Lung Program. Effective May 19, the rule establishes quality standards for digitally acquired chest X-rays and allows film and digital X-rays to be given equal importance in claims […]
Environment, health and safety concerns associated with transporting crude oil by train are drawing attention. Most crude oil is shipped by pipeline, but rail transport is becoming increasing common because the pipeline system is limited, and it costs less and is much quicker to transport oil by train, the Texas Tribune reported Sunday.