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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Asimov’s First Law: Planning for Safety in Collaborative Robot Systems

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have yet to embrace robotics on a large scale—perhaps because modern industrial robots are best suited to larger, higher-volume operations. The dynamic, small-batch production environment of SMEs require a skill set robots have not, in the past, possessed: the ability to work collaboratively with humans and with other robots. But […]

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Danger, Will Robinson! The Hazards of the Robotic Workplace

On June 18, 2016, bride-to-be Regina Elsea showed up for her shift as a temporary employee at the Ajin plant in Cusseta, Alabama. The plant, which makes metal parts for Hyundai and Kia vehicles, was built in 2008 and is heavily automated. When a sensor fault shut down a robotic production line, Elsea and three […]

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Identifying and Controlling the Hazards of Blue Light

Late last year, the American Optometric Association (AOA) released its 2016 American Eye-Q® survey, which found that the average American spends 7 or more hours per day looking at an assortment of screens: phones, tablets, computers, and flat-screen televisions. For Millennials, the figure is even higher: an average of 9 hours per day. So how […]

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The Future’s So Bright: The Basics of High-Energy Visible Light

March is Save Your Vision Month, and the American Optometric Association (AOA) is encouraging everyone to be aware of the hazards of light. No, not the intense ultraviolet light that causes welder’s flash or the concentrated beam of a laser, but much more ordinary light: the blue light that is part of the visible spectrum […]

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Q&A: Recording Employee Illnesses

Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: We have recently had two medical issues that required us to send the employees to the hospital. One passed out and collapsed from pneumonia, and the other had a potential TIA. Do either of these qualify as OSHA recordable accidents?

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