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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Using Early Symptom Intervention to Reduce MSD Injuries

At a recent CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group, David Hoyle, PT, MA, OCS, MTC, CEAS, the national director of Select Medical’s WorkStrategies Program, discussed early symptom intervention as a method of preventing injuries and reducing OSHA recording and reporting of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

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The Challenges of Addressing Sedentary Work and Illness

As technology advances, the number of people performing sedentary work as well as the amount of sedentary work performed per person increases. Too much sedentary work can have serious adverse health effects, including obesity, musculoskeletal pain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, particularly if it is combined with sedentary leisure. This is not new information, […]

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How Does Hearing Loss Impact Employee Safety?

Affecting about 48 million people in the United States, hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities among American workers. The effects of hearing loss on the workforce can be far-reaching, resulting in lost productivity, lower wages, and increased safety risks.

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AFL-CIO Report Highlights Worker Safety Concerns

Inaction by the Trump administration on rules to mitigate workplace violence is among the top concerns voiced by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in its 27th annual Death on the Job survey and report.

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Tips for Hot Work Safety from the CSB

In a new fact sheet, Safe Hot Work Practices, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) says that explosions and fires caused by hot work are among the most common incidents it investigates.

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Nightshift/Breast Cancer Link Downplayed in New Study

The European Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has issued a new research paper on the relation between working night shifts and cancer. While the study looks at multiple cancers—prostate, ovarian, colorectal, endometrial, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—the primary focus is on breast cancer in women.

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Fumigants Hiding in Shipping Containers Pose a Hazard

Workers opening freight containers can be exposed to harmful levels of pesticides or fumigants that have been shipped to protect or preserve the contents of the containers. The hazard of worker exposure to these gases appears to be slipping under the radar in many nations, notes the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work […]

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Kids and Tractors Can Be a Dangerous Combination

In 2017, the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety reported that every 3 days, a child dies in an agricultural-related accident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25 percent involved machinery, 17 percent involved motor vehicles (including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)), and 16 percent were drownings. For working youth, […]

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Cleanliness Is the First Step in Hepatitis A Protection

Cal/OSHA continues to warn employers and employees that the major outbreak of hepatitis A in parts of the state is ongoing and that California law requires that employers take measures to stop or reduce the spread of this highly contagious disease in the workplace. Most of the essential measures involve keeping a clean workplace and […]

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