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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What Can You Do to Prevent Mishaps in Your Warehouse?

Yesterday we reviewed the numbers concerning fatalities and injuries and illnesses for warehouse workers. We saw that both are above the national average. Today we will look at the most common hazard in warehouses and consider steps a warehouse EHS manager can take to make certain that workers are safe.


Warehouse Worker Deaths and Injuries Higher than Average

With e-commerce exploding, retailers (sometimes called e-tailers!) have an increasing need for warehouses to store their goods for shipment. And one of the biggest needs in warehouses is speed. While robots are increasingly being used in warehouses, there will always be human workers, and worker safety will remain paramount. Will there be a growth in […]


Trying Not to Catch the Fever—Valley Fever—in California

What’s native to dry southwest US soils, causes a flu-like illness that can turn deadly, and can get you cited by Cal/OSHA for letting workers be exposed? It’s Valley Fever—a disease caused by inhaling fungal spores—and California is reporting an uptick in both cases of Valley Fever and Cal/OSHA citations arising from it.


A Few Autumn Health and Safety Tips

With Thanksgiving now behind us and winter around the corner, the safety professionals at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia have collected some late fall safety and health tips. They would make an excellent eblast or take-home flyer to distribute to your staff.


Fall Injury Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?

Annually, more than 260,000 public and private industry workers miss 1 or more days of work due to injuries from falls. About 800 falls result in death each year. The construction industry typically experiences the highest frequency of fall-related deaths, while health care, wholesale, and retail businesses see the highest numbers of nonfatal fall injuries.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]