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ASSP and NIOSH Renew Partnership for Five Years

"We have a common mission to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, so we want to benefit from each other's experience and combine resources where possible to improve occupational safety and health performance," ASSP President Rixio Medina said.

Wearable Sensors: 'Tremendous Opportunity,' Some Challenges

Potential benefits of the technologies include preventing and mitigating injuries, decreasing the extent and duration of disability, enhancing employee wellness, and improving productivity. Injury prevention studies of wearable technologies' effect are rare, however, and employee acceptance of them could be an implementation challenge, two speakers said during an AIHce EXP 2019 session.

My First Impressions of AIHce and the Safety Industry

One of the common trends that I seemed to notice was connectivity. I stopped at several booths that were touting solutions that gave project managers and safety directors the ability to see the health of their workers at a glance while also instantaneously communicating with them.



Most Highway Contractors Have Experienced Vehicle Crashes at Work Sites: AGC Study

According to a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, 67 percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year.

Biosafety Issues in Focus in AIHce Conference

For the first time, U.S. physicians' rates of suffering needlesticks and sharps injuries exceeded nurses' rates during 2017, an International Safety Center presenter said during a "Biosafety Issues in IH" session at the AIHce EXP 2019 conference.

NIOSH Robotics Joining More Partnerships

The NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research has partnerships in placed with the Robotic Industries Association, Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University ISE. It will partner with the National Science Foundation a year from now, said Chuck Geraci, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA, who is NIOSH's associate director for emerging technologies.

Are Smart Phones Smart to Use on a Work Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other.

Virginia Recognizes 20 Mines, Nine Miners for Excellence in Worker Safety

Five surface mines will also receive a special award in honor of the entire crew working five years without a lost time accident.

NTSB: Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal 2017 Amtrak Derailment

NTSB: Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal 2017 Amtrak Derailment

Failure to provide an effective mitigation for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer led to the overspeed derailment of an Amtrak passenger train that hurtled off a railroad bridge and onto a busy DuPont, Wash., highway, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday.

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What Good Looks Like: Making the Case for Leading Indicators

It is not the adoption of leading indicators or the collection of leading indicators that leads to improvement, it is the actions taken with the information that determine success.

WorkSafeBC Releases New Resources on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the Service Industry

WorkSafeBC aims to raise awareness about the risk of hearing loss in the service industry with the release of a new safety bulletin and other resources for workers and employers.

NSC Estimates 380 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend

NSC Estimates 380 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend

For the first time in four years, the National Safety Council estimates fewer than 400 fatalities on the road during Memorial Day weekend.

British Safety Council Calls for UK to Recognize Air Pollution as Occupational Health Hazard

The British Safety Council’s recently released report, Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers, makes an argument for recognizing air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain.

The LEED-certified, 1.6 million-square-foot Minneapolis Convention Center features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space and 87 meeting rooms. (Minneapolis Convention Center photo)

Yucca Mountain Workers' Health Concerns Highlighted

Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project in Nevada could be exposed to potentially serious respiratory and radiation hazards if the long-planned High Level Nuclear Waste repository is revived and advanced by Congress, two presenters explained in an educational session at this week's AIHce EXP 2019 conference and expo here.

3M PSD's 2019 Scholarships Awarded at AIHce

In the 33rd year for these scholarships, the 3M Personal Safety Division is giving $5,000 to three students who are pursuing graduate degrees in occupational health and safety/industrial hygiene.

NIOSH Details New Tools for Chemical Risk Assessment, Management

AIHce EXP 2019 attendees filled a meeting room May 20 to learn about current NIOSH work projects on chemical risk assessments and management of those risks

FAA Changes Recreational Drone Rules

Until further notice, ATC facilities will no longer accept requests to operate recreational drones in controlled airspace on a case-by-case basis. Instead, FAA is granting temporary airspace authorizations to fly in certain "fixed sites" in controlled airspace throughout the country.

New Orleans Wins Public Safety and Emergency Management Award

The award recognizes technology and innovation at the New Orleans Real-Time Crime Center.

FY2019 NRC Fees Increased for Operating Reactors

The FY2019 annual fees are increasing for operating reactors, research and test reactors, and some materials users. Annual fees will decrease for spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning, fuel facilities, select materials users, U.S. Department of Energy transportation activities, and the DOE Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Program.

Safe, Comfortable & Compliant: How to Avoid Heat Stress

From repairing electrical lines with thousands of volts running through them to orchestrating precise tasks hundreds of feet above the deck on an oil rig, lineman and oil and gas workers face countless hazards daily.

An Introduction to the Safety Industry

For those of you who don't know, I'm Sydny Shepard, the soon-to-be Editor of Occupational Health & Safety upon Jerry Laws' retirement at the end of June.

OSHA Considering Update of LOTO Standard

The agency seeks comments by Aug. 18. OSHA is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy and also the evolving technology for robotics.

Five States Win Grants for Programs Targeting Drowsy Driving

Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York will each receive $15,000 in funding. Eight states applied for the grants.

Relaxed attitudes toward marijuana use come at a time when the drug is more potent than ever. (J.J. Keller & Associates photo)

Cannabis Forum Highlights 2019 World Standards Week

The American National Standards Institute has announced the schedule of events for World Standards Week 2019, which is set for Nov. 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. A Legal Issues Forum concerns cannabis regulation and standardization.

OSHA Partnership Signed for Wisconsin Construction Project

The partners will focus on falls, electrical safety, silica exposure, and safe practices for steel erectors and aerial boom lifts.

Pool Chemical Injuries Cause More than 4,500 ER Visits Annually: CDC

Inhalation injuries are the most common. When CDC examined emergency department visits due to pool chemical injuries during 2015- 2017, the top diagnosis was poisoning due to breathing in chemical fumes, vapors, or gases—as when opening chlorine containers, for example.

WHO Issues Dementia Prevention Guidelines

"In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart is also good for our brain."

Virginia Town Hall: Distracted Driving Most Serious Concern

"While the vast majority of Virginians said distracted driving is a serious problem, nearly 80 percent candidly admitted that they at least sometimes use their cellphones while driving," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "However, they also indicated that family and friends have the power to influence them to put the phone down."

Illinois Legislation Would Strengthen 'Move Over' Law

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and state lawmakers unveiled two bills on May 13 that would strengthen the state's "move over" law and also would create a Move Over Task Force to study the issue of violations of that law.