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If a glove increases hand fatigue, it can cause chronic, degenerative conditions such as tendinitis and arthritis. It can lead to dropped objects, wasted inventory, and increased time off for workers. (Ansell photo)

Ergonomics in Industrial Environments: Hand Protection is the New Frontier

On average, about 120,000 people annually undergo surgery to relieve work-related carpal tunnel symptoms. This is a significant expense for employers.

Check Your Smoke Alarms, ARC Reminds

Through the Home Fire Campaign, American Red Cross volunteers and community partners carry out a nationwide effort to save lives and reduce fire-related injuries.

Costco Settles Failure-to-Report CPSC Case

Costco received 92 complaints about the EKO Trash Cans, including 60 complaints from consumers who received injuries, some serious, but did not notify the CPSC immediately of the defect or risk, according to the commission.

FDA Allows Sale of Self-Fitted Hearing Aid

"Hearing loss is a significant public health issue, especially as individuals age," said Dr. Malvina Eydelman, M.D., director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "Today's marketing authorization provides certain patients with access to a new hearing aid that provides them with direct control over the fit and functionality of the device."

CDC Report Identifies Jobs at High Risk for Carpal Tunnel

CDC Report Identifies Jobs at High Risk for Carpal Tunnel

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to assess trends in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) cases and identify industries and occupations with high risk of CTS.

Electrical Safety Reminder Issued for Harvest Season

Electrical Safety Reminder Issued for Harvest Season

"Equipment can get caught in power lines if operators are not aware of their surroundings," Transmission and Distribution Manager Art Wiese said. "Even coming too close to a power line can cause electricity to arc to your equipment."

OSHA Updates NEP on Trenching and Excavation Safety

OSHA’S NEP will increase education and enforcement, and each area OSHA office will work on outreach programs.

Nova Scotia Opens Office of Workplace Mental Health

The Office of Workplace Mental Health will offer confidential navigation service to help employees access mental health and wellness support and resources. Counseling and crisis intervention are not directly provided by the office.

NHTSA Reports 2017 Highway Fatality Numbers Down

A total of 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, a decrease of nearly 2 percent from 2016. Preliminary estimates for the first 6 months of 2018 indicate that the downward trend may continue into this year as well.

USPS Cited for Safety Violations at Austin Facility

Upon investigation, OSHA determined that a worker was injured after being ejected from a powered industrial truck.

USDOT Releases Updated Guidance for Automated Vehicles

USDOT Releases Updated Guidance for Automated Vehicles

“The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,” Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.

NIOSH Releases Beta Version of Silica Monitoring Software

"FAST provides a vital link for mines seeking better RCS monitoring tools by bringing the laboratory to the field," said NIOSH Associate Director for Mining Dr. Jessica Kogel.

Seismic Safety Bill Vetoed in California

Gov. Jerry Brown promised in his veto message to ask the California Seismic Safety Commission and other seismic experts "to provide recommendations that identify an achievable path toward improving the safety of earthquake-vulnerable buildings."

Coast Guard 7th District Offers Tips for Safe Columbus Day Weekend Boating

Boaters can download the free Coast Guard boating safety mobile app, which features the latest safety regulations and navigation rules, as well as immediate access to filling a float plan, checking the weather, and reporting pollution hazards or suspicious activity.

Honda Joins GM and Cruise to Develop Autonomous Vehicle

"Honda chose to collaborate with Cruise and General Motors based on their leadership in autonomous and electric vehicle technology and our shared vision of a zero-emissions and zero-collision world," said Honda Executive Vice President and Representative Director COO Seiji Kuraishi.


AWEA's October Safety Campaign Aims to 'Stop the Shock'

According to AWEA, there are a record number of wind workers on the job and a record amount of wind power capacity under construction in the United States, making workplace safety awareness for wind workers more vital than ever.

MSHA Announces $10.5 Million in Training Grants

The funds cover training and retraining of mine workers who work at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including those who are in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand, and gravel mining operations.

BCSP and NIOSH Partner to Address Youth Worker Safety

"This new partnership with the BCSP Foundation allows us to extend our work and share a vision for preparing current and future generations of workers with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to and benefit from safe, healthy and productive workplaces," said NIOSH Director John Howard, MD.

NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Awards Winners Announced

"It's clear that companies are taking the initiative to address the health and safety challenges in each sector," said NIOSH Mining's Dr. Jessica Kogel. "It's heartening to see the industry develop its own meaningful solutions."

More Than Two-Thirds of Employees Are Tired at Work

More Than Two-Thirds of Employees Are Tired at Work

A majority (90 percent) of employers reported feeling the effects of fatigue on their workplace, including declines in productivity and safety incidents involving tired employees, but only 72 percent of employees saw being tired as a safety concern.

HHS Selects Pilot Projects to Show Better Path to Disaster Medical Care

Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Neb., and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston received $3 million grants from ASPR's Hospital Preparedness Program to conduct pilot projects that show the potential effectiveness and viability of a Regional Disaster Health Response System.

By putting the power of choice in your workers

Tips for Selecting and Ensuring Effective Hearing Protection

A key to ensuring effective protection is fit testing. Fit testing evaluates noise and provides workers an accurate reading of their hearing protection effectiveness.

A company that solely tracks lagging KPIs and has low incident rates, while positive, leaves the organization with very little data to analyze and help predict future decisions.

The Partnership Imperative: Working Together to Improve Contractor Safety Compliance

Rather than taking a punitive approach, you can make safety compliance a win-win for everyone involved.

Some are not aware that state-level Good Samaritan protections have advanced considerably over the years.

Could This Happen to You?

When a CPR/AED plan is in place and practiced, a person suffering cardiac arrest will receive care from trained individuals and teams working to save a life.

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Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model

A volunteer "SCA responder squad" is needed to ensure someone is almost always nearby who feels ready and willing to help.

There is very little peer-reviewed, scientific research on the benefits and consequences of industrial exoskeletons. At present, there are fewer than 100 papers published.

Industrial Exoskeletons: What You're Not Hearing

Hold on a bit longer until the capabilities of these devices match our expectations to improve human performance and reduce MSDs.

NOAA Revises Rainfall Qualifying as 100-Year or 1,000-Year Events in Texas

In Austin, 100-year rainfall amounts for 24 hours increased as much as three inches, up to 13 inches. 100-year estimates around Houston increased from 13 inches to 18 inches and values previously classified as 100-year events are now much more frequent 25-year events.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Robot?

Robots are most useful for highly repetitive work or tasks done where it's physically unsafe for a human worker to be.

Some systems tap into existing air ducts; others are plug-and-play and are designed to release probiotics directly in the air.

Environmental Probiotics: Creating Healthy Indoor Workspaces

It is sensible that businesses and institutions should invest in programs to reduce the presence of harmful microorganisms.


When it Comes to Safety, Size Shouldn't Matter

Technology has made parity achievable. Small and large companies can take comfort in knowing that, when it comes to worker safety, company size need not matter.