Category: Personnel Safety

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Sulfur Dioxide Permissible Exposure Limits: OSHA vs. NIOSH

The combustion of fossil fuels accounts for 75% to 85% of emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), but the chemical is also generated by multiple industrial activities, including the manufacture of hydrosulfites and other sulfur-containing chemicals; to bleach wood pulp and paper; to process, disinfect, and bleach food; for waste and water treatment in metal and […]


Protecting Employees from the Winter Cold

In recent weeks, a storm brought high winds and snow to much of the East Coast, and in its wake, much of the country experienced a dangerous combination of temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average and subzero wind chills, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).  While it has now passed, winter is far from over—read these important […]


When Domestic Violence Enters the Workplace: A Clear and Present Danger

While coworkers can often be the perpetrators of workplace violence, employers also must be aware of external threats from domestic abusers. If an employee reports that he or she is experiencing abuse at home, awareness and sensitivity on the part of the employer goes a long way. It’s a situation all too familiar to Lynn […]

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OSHA’s Take on Preventing Workplace Violence

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no standard or regulation specifically addressing workplace violence, but employers’ responsibility to address violence is covered under the General Duty Clause of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. And that means employers need to be ready for the agency’s inspection and enforcement efforts.


Are Your Workers Exposed to Opioids on the Job?

As the nation combats a general opioid epidemic, the needs of first responders and other workers exposed to these hazardous substances must not be forgotten. That’s the message of comments submitted by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to a presidential commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

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8 Tips to Ensure Shift Worker Safety

You may find it tough to climb out of bed some days, especially on dark, early-fall mornings. But for shift workers, sleep disruption can be a daily challenge. Working while your body wants to sleep has been linked to a variety of physical and psychological health issues, especially for those who change shifts.


On-the-Job Risks Faced by Nurses

It’s ironic but true. Health care is one of the most dangerous professions in this country. It’s also one of the largest, employing 18 million people and growing. Hospital workers experience about twice as many job-related illnesses and injuries as private industry workers.


Nurses Group Wants Action After Police Incident

You probably recall the incident in which a Salt Lake City Police Department officer forcibly arrested a nurse who refused to let the officer take blood from an unconscious patient. Now, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is calling on the department to conduct a full investigation, make amends to the nurse, and take action to […]