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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.

The WHO and FDA Approve Ebola Vaccine, Ervebo

The WHO and FDA Approve Ebola Vaccine, Ervebo

A new, injectable vaccine has been approved to fight the deadly and highly contagious virus, Ebola. Health officials hope it can start to mitigate current and future outbreaks of the disease.

Jan. 9 is the “Most Dangerous Day” for Workers in Colorado

Recent data found that Colorado workers sustained the most slips, trips, and falls on Jan. 9 over the last five years, due to weather conditions.

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Don't Choose Hardware Over Humans: 3 Ways to Invest in Your Workforce

The following three strategies will help you begin investing in your employees to positively impact your organization

Studies Show Millions Drive Under the Influence—of Marijuana

There is widespread knowledge that driving drunk is dangerous, but why don’t we talk about driving under the influence of drugs? A recent study says millions do drive high from marijuana, cocaine, and meth.

NSC Notes an Increase in Yearly Workplace Fatalities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the highest total worker fatalities since 2008, with leading causes of deaths being motor vehicle accidents, falls, and drug overdoses.

What Are the Limits of Online Training for OSHA Compliance – Today and in the Future?

What Are the Limits of Online Training for OSHA Compliance – Today and in the Future?

What does OSHA say now about online training, and where may it be headed?

8 Festive Period Travel Tips for Employees

8 Festive Period Travel Tips for Employees

Statistics show that drivers are 20 percent more likely to be involved in an accident at this time of the year. So, with this in mind, we’ve put together this actionable list of festive period travel tips for employees.

NSC Estimates 278 Will be Killed on the Roads between Christmas and New Year's

The holiday season always sees a high number of traffic accident fatalities, but the National Safety Council reminds us that seatbelts could save about 245 lives this year.

OH&S SafetyPod: Understanding the Role of Technology in the Safety Industry

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OH&S SafetyPod: Understanding the Role of Technology in the Safety Industry

For this episode of OH&S SafetyPod, Editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Sean Stinson, the Vice President of Sales & Product Management at Blackline Safety, to answer some questions about new technology advancements in the safety industry.

New OSHA Update for National Emphasis Program on Amputations

OSHA’s recently updated amputation program focuses on agency inspections and amputation hazards in manufacturing, and it hasn’t been updated since 2015.

Banning Vapes May Not be the Answer: Actually, It Could Make Problems Worse

Banning Vapes May Not be the Answer: Actually, It Could Make Problems Worse

Given rising evidence on vaping products, experts say banning them altogether might not fix the problem. It could drive teens to the black market and send adult smokers back to cigarettes.

New Jersey Food Manufacturer and OSHA Meet Safety Agreement

J&J Snackfoods and OSHA agree on safety and health improvements at the company’s eight facilities after repeated inspection fines.

One Construction Company is Getting Honest About Mental Health

One Construction Company is Getting Honest About Mental Health

In an industry where suicide rates are high, construction companies need to address mental health as part of their company culture and company safety programs. Here’s one company that’s doing it right.

The Emerging Market of Exoskeletons

The Emerging Market of Exoskeletons

What if we could find a perfect balance between human labor and robotic technology? Exoskeletons are both increasing labor productivity while protecting worker safety. Here are some expectations for the future of exoskeleton technology.