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OH&S SafetyPod: A Crash Course in Combustible Dust

Episode 5

OH&S SafetyPod: A Crash Course in Combustible Dust

OH&S Editor Sydny Shepard and Combustible Dust expert Russell Ogle discuss the hazards of combustible dust, what to look for and how to react in the event of a catastrophic incident.

OSHA Cites a New Jersey Company for Safety Failures after Employee Was Hospitalized

An aluminum manufacturer in New Jersey is facing penalties of up to $169,524 for its failure to safeguard its employees during an injury incident.

Women Continue to Face Breastfeeding Barriers at Work, One Study Says

Recent data finds that while many breastfeeding mothers are able to get the means they need, there are still gaps in quality and accessibility of breastfeeding resources.



Study Sees Rise in Lonely Americans, and the Workplace Might Play a Part

Study Sees Rise in Lonely Americans, and the Workplace Might Play a Part

More than three in five Americans are lonely, according to a recent report—and co-worker relationships have a significant impact.

Mesothelioma: A Risk to Occupations Everywhere and What You Need to Know

Mesothelioma: A Risk to Occupations Everywhere and What You Need to Know

Mesothelioma is a threat to employees everywhere, and it starts with asbestos exposure.

Two People Killed in a Houston Plant Explosion

On Friday, Jan. 24, a manufacturing business exploded, damaging surrounding buildings and homes. An investigation is underway.

Florida Roofing Contractor Charged $2,202,049 for Failing to Pay Penalties

One company is facing nearly two million dollars in fines after failing to pay outstanding penalties and follow OSHA requirements.

Bathroom Hand-Washing and Flu 2020: What You Could be Doing

Bathroom Hand-Washing and Flu 2020: What You Could be Doing

Washing your hands is more important than you might think--especially during flu season.

Workers are Feeling Betrayed by the Trump Administration

Workers are Asking: What About Us?

As the presidency has continued, more and more people wonder if Trump’s presidency favors employers over workers and their rights.

Department of Labor Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the OSH Act

On Jan. 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) celebrates the 1970 OSH Act with “Protecting the American Workforce Campaign.”

Why Ergonomics is Not Enough

Why Ergonomics is Not Enough

People have been trying to solve the problem of musculoskeletal injuries for years. However, ergonomics is simply not the whole answer.

Combustible Dust Explosions: Identifying and Mitigating Risk

Combustible Dust Explosions: Identifying and Mitigating Risk

Combustible dust is a prominent threat in many workplaces, and it’s no wonder OSHA has a number of regulations and standards on the topic. Here is what you need to know about the hazards, causes, and risks of combustible dust in the workplace.

OSHA Reminds Employers to Summarize 2019 Work-Related Injuries Between Feb. 1 and Apr. 30

Injury and illness recordkeeping are important for every employer to stay compliant. Don’t miss the deadline.

Mental Health and First Responders: How Their Jobs Can Cause More than Just Stress

Mental Health and First Responders: How Their Jobs Can Cause More than Just Stress

Firefighters, police officers, and other first responders never know what a day on the job is going to look like. Many of these people deal with high levels of trauma, and their mental health record is taking a toll.

VPPPA Announces Charity Campaign

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) recently announced a charity campaign to raise awareness about mental health and mental health resources.

Long-Awaited Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Moves to the House

Long-Awaited Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Moves to the House

Many are calling the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ‘long overdue’—and it has advanced with bipartisan support to the House floor for a vote. Here’s what you need to know as employer or pregnant employee.

OSHA Raises Civil Penalties for 2020, but Data Shows Companies Often Skirt Their Large Penalties

On Jan. 15, OSHA raised its civil penalties by approximately 1.8 percent, which seems like a steep change. Still, though, new analysis shows that companies are using the abatement process to dramatically lessen their charges.

National Safety Council Introduces Lorraine Pack Memorial Scholarship

A $2,000 tuition award will go to a female student interested in pursuing EHS or a related field.

Purdue Nursing Faculty Speak Out About the Vaping Crisis

Purdue Nursing Faculty Speak Out About the Vaping Crisis

Nursing faculty from Purdue University in Indiana raised their own alert on vaping products last months after the CDC confirmed Indiana as the leading state for vape-related deaths.

Employees Exposed to Lead, Copper, and Other Hazards in a Manufacturing Facility

OSHA cited a Wisconsin manufacturer for exposing employees to high rates of lead and copper dust. The company is facing $171,628 in penalties.

Yes—Air Pollution Exists Inside Your Car, Too

Yes——Air Pollution Exists Inside Your Car, Too

Did you know that your biggest daily exposure to air pollutants comes while driving to work? A recent study from the University of California gives tips on how to best clean the air inside your car.

Alabama Contractor Cited After Teen Worker Dies

A 15-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries after a fall at a work site in Alabama. The company is facing $159,118 in penalty fines from OSHA.

NIOSH is Seeking Input on its New 10-year Plan for Motor Vehicle Safety

NIOSH is Seeking Input on its New 10-year Plan for Motor Vehicle Safety

Public comment has been requested on NIOSH’s 2020-2029 draft for motor vehicle safety. It aims to minimize work-related vehicle crashes as usual, but here are its new and different focuses.

California Sees Rise in Worker Deaths in 2018 Stats

There has been a reported increase in worker deaths in the state of California according to most recent data from 2018.

Where are the Officers? OHS Officers Absent at Refinery Lockout

Where are the Officers? OHS Officers Absent at Canadian Refinery Lockout

Since the lockout at a Co-op refinery began on Dec. 5, the provincial labour ministry has not received any reports of injuries or dangerous occurrences. Yet, OHS officers have not visited the Regina refinery since the lockout began.

After a Crane Collapsed in Charlottesville, Investigators Are Still Looking for the Cause

On Monday of this week, a crane partially collapsed in downtown Charlottesville and partially injured an employee. Investigators teamed with OSHA to figure out what happened.

Blue Light: What is it and How Does it Affect Us?

Do you ever think about what staring at screens does to our eyes all day? Harvard Health Publishing investigated blue light and its effects on our sleep and health.

Long Work Hours Linked to Regular and Hidden High Blood Pressure

Long Work Hours Linked to Regular and Hidden High Blood Pressure

A recent study by the American Heart Association tested the blood pressure from employees who worked 49-plus hours on the job weekly compared with that of those who worked fewer than 35 hours a week. The results suggest a bigger problem of hypertension than expected.

Six Common OSHA Violations in the Beer Brewing Industry

The craft beer brewing industry has been booming lately, but OSHA has also been citing employers left and right for these common violations.

Headphones Music on Construction Sites Is Up to Employer Discretion, says OSHA

OSHA responded to employers’ question about the use of headphones to listen to music on construction sites: there is no rule prohibiting headphone use, but there are identified hazards and risks employers should consider.