Category: Injuries and Illness

Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.

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Beyond Cut Resistance: Mechanical Hand Protection Ratings

The 2016 changes to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) 105 and EN 388—the respective U.S. and European standards for third-party testing of protective gloves—focused mostly on updates to cut-resistance test methods and classifications. But cut resistance isn’t the only protective factor workers need from their work gloves. The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 […]

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Deciphering New Standards for Cut-Resistant Gloves

In 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) updated its voluntary standard for hand protection, ANSI/ISEA 105. The standard specifies standardized testing methods for U.S. manufacturers to use in classifying protective gloves, rating them on protective factors that include cut, abrasion, and puncture resistance; chemical permeation; and other factors like flame […]

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Can Risk Terrain Modeling Predict Active Shooter Events?

More than 100 Americans die each year in active shooter events—and almost all active shooter events occur in somebody’s workplace, even if the intended victims are not employees. It’s a difficult risk to address, because active shooter events are largely random. Aren’t they? It would be difficult to predict with any certainty where one could […]

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Companies Can Begin Electronically Submitting 300As on August 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it is ready to launch its Web-based form for electronically submitting 2016 injury and illness data from 300A forms. The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) will be accessible August 1, 2017, where affected employers will be able to provide the information from their completed 2016 300A (Summary of […]

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Spotters at Risk: Oil and Gas Company Cited for Struck-By Incident that Killed Teen

Oil and gas wells pose many hazards that are unique to the industry—for example, the chemical exposure issues that occur during tank gauging and monitoring. However, the most common causes of fatal accidents in the industry are depressingly familiar. One West Virginia employer learned this the hard way when a 19-year-old worker was killed on […]

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No, Your State Did Not Earn an ‘A’ for Safety

A new survey from the National Safety Council (NSC) finds that no state goes far enough to protect its residents from leading causes of preventable death and injury (accidents) at work, at home, in the community, or on the road. Despite preventable death being at an all-time high, none of the 50 states or Washington, […]

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Forecast: Hot and Sunny, with Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

If you have outdoor workers, you’re probably aware of the need to protect them against heat illness during the summer months. After all, more than 30 American workers die each year of heat-related illnesses. But heat-related illness is not the only deadly condition that can result from working outdoors. Skin cancer is far more common, […]

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7 Stupid Reasons People Get Hurt at Work (Infographic)

Thirty percent of employees are injured on the job within the first year of employment – which is a major issue for employee turnover. Additionally, injured employees decrease morale and can lead to costly OSHA and legal fines if it comes to light that their injury is a fault of the company. Avoiding new employee injury […]

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