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Connecting Millennial Workers To a Future Promising Enhanced Safety

Connecting Millennial Workers To a Future Promising Enhanced Safety

Two forces are at work shaping the future of workplace safety: millennials and connectivity. This article looks at developments igniting this twin dynamic.

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.

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.

3M's 2018 Scholarships Awarded at AIHce

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

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.

The May 22 general session will bring all attendees together for a discussion on one of the most pressing issues in America, the opioids crisis and the potential for first responders to be dangerously exposed while working. (J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia photo)

AIHce EXP 2018 Keynoter: Technology’s Accelerating, So Keep Up

Noise exposure, aerosols, beryllium, dust explosion prevention, highly infectious diseases, and much more were on the agenda May 21 at the biggest IH conference of the year.

AIHA Inducting New Board Officers, Members This Week

"These new officers and directors offer a range of perspectives and professional experience, and I am thrilled to welcome them in their new roles," said Deborah Imel Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, president of the AIHA Board of Directors. "I look forward to working with them as we guide our association into the future."

Building Laboratory Safety Culture from Tragedy

Presenters Craig Merlic and Jeff Fackler discussed how one laboratory fire death led to changes in PPE and safety in the laboratory setting.

Collaborating to Protect Against Infectious Disease

Speaker Aurora Le at AIHce EXP 2018 emphasized the dangers of highly infectious diseases.

Measuring and Protecting Against Impulse Noise

The Derek Dunn Invited Noise Lecture on May 21 at AIHce EXP 2018 focused on the hazard of impulse noise.

Live from ASSE 2018 Preview

Whether or not you're able to attend ASSE 2018 this year in San Antonio, you can get an exclusive look at the show floor from the perspective of our Occupational Health & Safety editors. Our Live From ASSE 2018 webpage will feature aggregated social media from personalities and brands at the show as well as live multimedia coverage from the show floor.

ACGIH Presenting 2018 Awards at AIHce

This year's honorees include Dr. Bennet Omalu, best known for having first identified the disease he named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes who had competed in high-impact contact sports. He will receive the William Steiger Memorial Award.

NYC to Increase Safety Training Requirements for Construction Workers

Workers can fulfill the 40-hour training requirement in many ways, including taking a 30-hour OSHA-approved safety course plus 8 hours of fall prevention training and two hours of training on drug and alcohol awareness.

IMO Safety Committee Eyes Autonomous Vessels

"It is important that we remain flexible to accommodate new technologies and so improve the efficiency of shipping, while at the same time keeping in mind the role of the human element and the need to maintain safe navigation, further reducing the number of marine casualties and incidents," IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said.

New ASSE Standard Coming Soon for Wind Turbine Construction, Demolition

Remote work, turbine height, limited access, and turbine manufacturer variables are challenges addressed in ANSI/ASSE A10.21, which establishes requirements for job site work and equipment. Publication of the new standard is expected in June 2018.

Assault Injuries Rising for Law Enforcement Officers, NIOSH Reports

From 2003 to 2014, approximately 669,100 law enforcement officers were treated in emergency departments nationwide for nonfatal injuries. The leading cause of work-related injury in this group of workers was assault and other violent acts, which accounted for 35 percent of injuries treated in emergency departments.

Executive Order Signed to Protect California Communities from Wildfires

The order will double the land area actively managed through vegetation thinning, controlled fires, and reforestation from 250,000 acres to 500,000 acres.

NIST Updates Risk Management Framework

The updated RMF will interest federal agencies and contractors that do business with them because it connects the RMF with NIST's well-known Cybersecurity Framework and highlights relationships between the two documents.

OSHA Recognizes Pennsylvania Manufacturer as Star Site

MI Windows and Doors, which produces new construction and replacement windows for businesses and homes, recorded an injury and illness rate 54 percent below the national average in the last three years.

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. (VisitSanAntonio.com 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.

Minnesota Fentanyl Deaths Soared in 2017

"This dramatic increase shows that the opioid epidemic in Minnesota has also become a fentanyl public health crisis," said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. "These data confirm that Minnesotans addicted to opioids may unknowingly be exposing themselves to far greater and more deadly risks than they know."

The fact that these people put their boots on and go to work in any and all conditions demands that they deserve the right footwear to help them get the job done—and, more importantly, get home safe after every shift. (Dunlop Protective Footwear USA photo)

In Gas and Oil, It All Starts from the Ground Up

Different footwear materials have different pros and cons for workers in this industry.

British Manufacturer Fined in Machine Guarding Case

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that the company had not implemented procedures to ensure machinery was isolated before starting maintenance work.

More Than 1 Million Chainsaws Recalled

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of these chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, resulting in three laceration injuries, including one serious injury to a person's arm requiring stitches.

NASA Working with Uber on Airspace Tests

Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, said urban air mobility "could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle, much like smartphones have."

Each year, 660,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer related to tobacco use, and 343,000 people die from such cancers, according to CDC.

Most Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Aren't Smoke-Free

People with mental and/or substance use disorders are more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as people without such conditions and are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, CDC noted, yet many people aren't screened for tobacco use in behavioral health facilities.

Air Force to Ground Planes for One-Day Safety Review

During the review, commander-led forums will gather feedback from airmen who perform the Air Force's flying operations and challenge them to identify problems that may cause a future accident.