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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NIOSH: 1 in 5 Non-Healthcare Workers May Be Exposed to COVID-19

Workers’ occupation, industry, and specific job duties factor into how physically close to others they must work, whether they need to interact with the public, and whether they are potentially exposed to infectious diseases like COVID-19, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In what may be the […]

BLS: Nonfatal Injuries, Illnesses Declined in 2021

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021 decreased by 1.8% from 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) released November 9, which tallies all employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses. The decline in injury and illness cases was due to a drop in illness cases, the […]

AIHA Urges Maryland to Withdraw Heat Stress Draft

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), along with 37 other organizations, 35 individuals, and the Maryland Heat Illness Prevention Coalition (MHIPC), urged Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) in a letter to withdraw its draft heat stress standard. MOSH published its proposed standard October 7. The proposed state rule “is completely inadequate and will not […]

EHS On Tap E133: The Importance of Workplace Ergonomics

On episode 133 of EHS On Tap, Sharon Snarr, ergonomics consultant with State Compensation Insurance Fund, talks about the importance of workplace ergonomics.

Infographic: Marijuana at Work

As marijuana is legalized in more places, the question of how to deal with it in the workplace gets more complicated, especially for EHS professionals. Recently, Christina Clearwater, the president of the Drug-Free Solutions Group, LLC, spoke at the 2022 National Safety Council Congress and Expo about marijuana laws and how they will impact the […]

NSC: Computer Vision May Mitigate Fatality Risks

Computer vision­, or the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze video, may help mitigate the risks of fatal injury in the workplace, according to the new white paper Using Computer Vision as a Risk Mitigation Tool from the National Safety Council (NSC). The publication was released October 27 as part of the NSC’s “Work […]

Ohio Manufacturer Facing $1.2 Million OSHA Fine

On October 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it cited an Ohio manufacturer with eight willful violations, one repeat violation, six serious violations, and one other-than-serious violation after the company’s seventh severe worker injury in five years. Cited violations included exposing workers to machine hazards by failing to properly guard and lock […]

Safety Council Holds Small Business Ergonomics Summit

In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, the National Safety Council’s (NSC) MSD Solutions Lab held its first-ever MSD Pledge: Small Business Summit to help employers of all sizes prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The MSD Solutions Lab is supported by corporate contributions from Amazon.com Inc. The MSD Solutions Lab’s initiatives include an employer MSD Pledge and […]

NSC White Paper: No ‘Silver Bullet’ For MSDs

While there are promising, well-established interventions to prevent workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), “there is no silver bullet to mitigate this workplace concern,” according to a new white paper from the National Safety Council’s (NSC) MSD Solutions Lab. Additional research is needed to identify measures that actually reduce MSD risks. The NSC called on employers to […]

Infographic: Meatpacking Hazards

Employees in the meatpacking industry are exposed to a number of different health and safety hazards on a regular basis. According to OSHA, these hazards include exposure to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and hazardous chemicals. Workers also face biological hazards from handling live animals or exposures to blood or feces […]