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Consider the role of mixed messages in communicating priorities to workers.

Workplace Electrical Safety and Organizational Context

Good safety practice requires that workers take responsibility for their own safety and that of their co-workers. But it's also important that organizations empower them to do so.

A physical therapist was practicing yoga nearby. She ran over to see what was happening, and quickly began administering CPR.

SCA Survivor Spreads the Word About Learning CPR

"Keep spreading the word, teaching the public, and pushing for AED access laws in your communities. Stories like mine are the best teaching tools," says SCA survivor J.R. Bourne.

Many young and new safety professionals struggle because they try to master too many subjects. It

Challenges and Opportunities

"It's important for young and new safety professionals to remember that success in the safety field requires a commitment to continuous learning. Don't ever reach a point where you think you know everything there is to know."

The exposition will take place at the Henry B. González Convention Center, which was built in 1968. ( photo)

Safety and Security in Sunny San Antonio

A particularly relevant session this year is the June 6 General Session, a panel discussion about preparing for workplace violence and active shooter incidents.

More manufacturers are paying attention to cooling construction and technologies to help keep workers protected. (Magid Glove photo)

Helping Hands Keep Their Cool

As new technology and ideas develop, you’ll begin to see many different combinations as customers think about what works best for their applications and ask for it in the marketplace.

The DOT drug testing panel change affects not only the 6.3 million DOT drug tests that are projected to occur this year on covered employees and candidates, but also how employers address prescription drug use in the workplace beyond DOT positions.

Prescription Drugs and Safety Warnings: The Impact for Providers and Employers

Employers can and should test employees for illegal prescription drug use and illicit drug abuse. Further, employers may test job applicants pre-employment and continue to monitor for abuse in the workplace.

Obviously, having a healthier workforce translates into reduced healthcare costs, less absenteeism and increased productivity. There are indirect benefits, as well.

Keeping Safe Practices Front and Center

Your employee safety incentive program should feature job-specific goals and objectives that are clearly defined and measurable.

If there is reasonable suspicion to test and trained managers have determined that testing should be conducted, then the testing still should occur regardless of the employee

Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make When Conducting Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

Many workplace drug and alcohol testing policies do not define "refusing to test" and provide no disciplinary consequences for it. This is a serious mistake.

Safe-in-Sound Award Partnership Expanded

The Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ started in 2008 through a partnership of the federal agency and the National Hearing Conservation Association. Now, the partnership includes the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

Comments Due Soon on OSHA Crane Operators Rule

The rule will provide long-term clarity on crane operator certification requirements, and it would change the categories of certifications for crane operators to ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement.

OSHA Cites Kansas Contractor for Fall and Other Hazards

Wichita, Kansas, roofing contractor Jose Barrientos faces proposed penalties totaling $191,071 for two willful and six serious violations, according to the agency.

CDC Offers Tropical Storm Preparedness Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tips on preparing for the Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season are especially timely this year.

NTSB Announces Public Hearing on Amtrak Crashes

The July 10-11 hearing in Washington, D.C., will examine issues involved in the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment in DuPont, Wash., and the Feb. 4, 2018, collision with a freight train near Cayce, S.C.

CAL FIRE Stresses Water and Fire Safety

Drought conditions continue across much of California, according to CAL FIRE's Memorial Day message, which notes that wildfires can spark easily if caution is not followed.

Recreational Boating Fatalities Fell in 2017: USCG

Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use were the top five primary contributing factors in fatal 2017 recreational boating accidents.

AIHce EXP 2019: Destination Minneapolis

The May 2019 conference and expo will take place in the only U.S. city to earn a place in the Wall Street Journal's top 10 places to visit in 2018, according to the 2018 Official Visitors Guide to the Twin Cities Area.

NIOSH Studying Condition of Stockpiled Respirators, Surgical Gowns

Federal, state, city, and medical partners of NIOSH are awaiting its findings about the stockpiled PPE. Researchers are in the second year of a three-year project.

Fatality Case Shows Dangers of Deep Confined Spaces

An AIHce EXP 2018 session presenter analyzed a 2012 fatality inside a sewer valve vault that was 18 feet, 6 inches deep.

Bloodborne Pathogens Compliance Still a Concern

Two former OSHA staffers identified the agency's most-cited violations during 25 years of enforcement (1991-2015), presenting their findings at AIHce EXP 2018.

Live from ASSE 2018 is Coming Up Soon

ASSE 2018 is just around the corner! The expo floor will be full of companies ready to announce, showcase, and demo their newest and most innovative safety products.

NSC Announces Winners of Green Cross for Safety Awards

The Council presented the Excellence Award to Schneider National, the Innovation Awards to Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative, and the Advocate Award to Common Ground Alliance 811 Campaign during a ceremony on Wednesday in Chicago.

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Uber Test Vehicle Crash

The Board’s report said the self-driving system data showed the vehicle operator engaged the steering wheel less than a second before impact and began braking less than a second after impact.

John Deere Recalls Compact Utility Loaders Due to Injury Hazard

John Deere Recalls Compact Utility Loaders Due to Injury Hazard

Information is missing from the operator’s manual about the proper ballast when the loader is attached to a John Deere model 2025R tractor. If improperly ballasted, the tractor can be unstable and create a risk of injury to the operator or bystanders.

Pay attention to your gas detection program. If you aren

Combating the 'Rodney Dangerfield Effect' in Gas Detection

Unfortunately for the individual user and the companies that mandate these monitors, there needs to be a correction. If not, there can be some dire consequences.

Flexibility and Hazard Knowledge Needed for Disaster Responders

Safety professionals discussed their experiences in emergency response during and after hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

Opioids Crisis Affects Workplaces Nationwide, Panelists Say

The AIHce EXP 2018 opening session on May 22 offered a stark look at the crisis. There were more than 65,000 overdose deaths, most involving opioids, in the United States during 2016.

AIHce EXP Sessions Explore Hazards of Cannabis, Mortuary Work

Cannabis industry workers in Colorado have flocked to safety training events offered by the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment.

3M's 2018 Scholarships Awarded at AIHce

This is the 32nd year for these key IH scholarships.

Better Respiratory Protection Needed for Road and Bridge Workers

A poster at the AIHce EXP conference summarized findings from NIOSH assessments at construction sites in 10 states during 2007-2012.

NIOSH and FDA Collaborate to Streamline Regulatory Oversight for N95 Respirators

NIOSH and FDA Collaborate to Streamline Regulatory Oversight for N95 Respirators

Subject to conditions and limitations, some N95s will be exempt from FDA premarket notification requirements, meaning that N95 manufacturers will be able to submit a single application to NIOSH rather than submitting paperwork for clearance and approval from both agencies.