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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Most employers are aware that occupational noise has the potential to cause permanent hearing loss in exposed workers. Less well known, and less studied, is the link between occupational noise exposure and tinnitus. A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) looks at both conditions, teasing out their individual prevalence, how often they occur together, and how they are connected to occupational noise exposure.
Your Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, provides a critical record of where and how work-related injuries occurred in your workplace in the preceding year. But it lacks one piece of information that could be extremely important in prioritizing your health and safety efforts in the coming year: the financial cost of those injuries to you.
While OSHA’s annual list of top 10 violations typically focuses on issues like hazard communication, lockout/tagout, and machine guarding, many other serious risks sideline employees and cost employers money. Keep reading for another perspective on industrial hazards.