I’ve been working on the issue of TASER darts, bloodborne pathogens and OSHA for a while now and wanted to share some updates. My most recent article on this topic is just out in The Journal, a periodical serving the law enforcement community.
In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that fed-OSHA recently sent to facilities with 2010 DART rates of 2.0 or higher, I’m looking at “Homes for the Elderly” (NAICS 623312), commonly referred to as residential / community care or assisted living facilities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “This U.S. industry comprises establishments […]
In this article, we’ll be examining another group that recently received “outreach letters” from fed-OSHA. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Home Centers (NAICS 444110) are “primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new home repair and improvement materials and supplies, such as lumber, plumbing goods, electrical goods, tools, housewares, hardware, and lawn and […]
Earlier this year, we received news that the long-awaited GHS standard left desks at the Office of Management Budget (OMB) and made it back to the halls of OSHA in Washington D.C. OSHA released the new HAZCOM 2012 and now all industries are on notice. OSHA estimates that more than 43 million workers will be […]
In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses […]
A few weeks ago I wrote about the 15,000 outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents. What I’ll be doing next is going through that list and cross-referencing recipients with a DART rate database to see how individual sectors did. For no particular reason, let’s start with […]
In last week’s blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous — such as mining or construction.
In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.
In the past 3 years, we’ve seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, recognizing victims of workplace illnesses or injuries. Today also marks World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012, promoting the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.