Of the 9,400 letters OSHA recently sent to workplaces with high DART rates, airlines (NAICS 481111) received only 38. That’s better than the 71 they received last year, but the decrease has more to do with the criteria for getting a letter than improvements in rates. Last year any facility with a DART rate exceeding […]
It’s that time of year again: March Madness bracket disasters, turkey hunting in the southeast, spring weather and letters from fed-OSHA for those with high DART rates. Days Away, Restricted and Transferred reflects the more severe (and expensive) injuries and illnesses that resulted in lost-time, job restrictions (aka “light duty”) or transfers to new positions […]
If you react in a visceral way (queasy stomach, rapid heart rate, sweaty palms) when you find out you have to take a test during safety training or any other professional course, you are not alone. Adult learners often experience test anxiety.
This post wraps up a five-part series in which I update my workplace health and safety industry trend forecast for 2012.
Promote any environment, occupational health and safety (EHS) program long enough and you will be asked to offer an opinion on time-saving alternative work methods. Many methods will be equally safe and will also meet regulatory requirements.
Just like it sounds, oil and gas extraction involves the development and operation of oil and gas fields — getting it out of the ground and into the tanks or pipelines. It’s much more complicated than it sounds of course, and many specialty skills are required. It’s also safer than you might think, but that […]
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2011 there were just over 2.8 million temporary workers in the U.S. — about 2.3 percent of the workforce that year. “Temps” are classified by BLS under Temporary Help Services (NAICS 56132).
A fundamental right afforded by the Occupational Safety and Health Act is the right to report safety concerns without fear of reprisal or retribution of any kind. OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program was established to investigate alleged violations of this right. These facts and figures highlight recent efforts to promote and protect employee reporting rights:
2011 saw a relatively unchanged rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work compared with 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2010, compared to 117 in 2011. Although this number remained statistically the same, there was an increase in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) […]
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).