We are in the midst a global epidemic that annually causes three to five million cases of very severe illness and about 200,000 to 500,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 5-20% of the entire U.S. population […]
The U.S. Senate, by a vote of 50-48, overturned OSHA’s so-called “Volks” rule, which had required employers to maintain injury records for five years. Overturning this rule means employers need to maintain records for only six months. Safety experts have argued that overturning the rule makes it easier to hide serious injuries from the government […]
The way employers enable learning and information-sharing plays an influential role in whether new employees will become safety leaders or safety liabilities.
Your office might be quiet, but more than 22 million workers are exposed to noise levels every year that can damage their hearing or cause permanent hearing loss. They might be construction workers, machinists, or on the factory line. They might also be musicians or pilots, or from any number of professions. Damage occurs when loud noise […]
OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses includes a provision that prohibits employers from discouraging workers who want to report an injury or illness. These anti-retaliation provisions were scheduled to go into effect on August 10, 2016, but OSHA has delayed their enforcement until November 1, 2016 to continue outreach and […]
More than 100 years ago, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire cost the lives of 146 workers, most of whom were young, immigrant women. In that tragedy, the factory’s owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits–a common practice at the time–to prevent theft and prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks. The foreman who […]
A new final rule will allow OSHA to “nudge” employers into reducing injury and illness in the workplace by publicizing their data on the agency’s website. As of August 10, 2016, establishments in certain high-hazard industries with 250 or more employees must electronically submit injury and illness information from Forms 300, 300A, and 301; establishments […]
The newly-signed bipartisan budget deal gives OSHA more bang to get your buck. The budget allows for an increase in penalties for the first time since 1990, allowing the agency to catch up to inflation. Beginning in August 2016, OSHA will be able to collect up to 80% more in fines when issuing a citation. One of […]
The Importance of Safety Data for Occupational Health Like most things in business, workplace health and safety can be analyzed in terms of its cost or benefit. Safety managers and HR departments both need to demonstrate safety as a business value. Often, safety activities are viewed as a cost or overhead. An injury is a […]
Manufacturers of turbines and turbine generators (NAICS 333611) employed 29,184 workers across 331 establishments in 2012. Average wages were a relatively high $85,450 per year compared to the U.S. average of $49,200.