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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Vehicle Parts Maker Facing $1.6 Million OSHA Fine

A Ravenna, Ohio, aluminum parts manufacturer is facing $1,671,738 in penalties for 38 safety and health violations following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into a worker’s death. On March 30, a 43-year-old worker was loading a part into a machine when the barrier door closed on his head. General Aluminum Mfg. Company […]

Review Commission Downgrades, Vacates Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission August 26 downgraded a willful citation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to serious for a Trenton, New Jersey, manufacturer’s failure to administer annual audiograms. The commissioners also vacated a machine guarding citation, ruling that the agency failed to demonstrate employee exposure. OSHA opened an […]

Are Off-Site Injuries Covered by Workers’ Comp in Oklahoma? It Depends

Over the years we’ve seen a steady stream of cases involving employees who filed workers’ compensation claims after being injured away from the employer’s premises. Sometimes it was difficult to determine whether the off-site injury was compensable. Changes to Oklahoma’s laws sought to clarify the question, and two recent cases provide more answers.  Driving to […]

Heat, Humidity, and Five Other Factors That Contribute to Heat Stress

Heat-related hazards injured 2,061 and killed 884 people in 2019, according to the National Safety Council. As responsible employers recognize and develop policies or plans to reduce risk to employees who must work in hot and humid conditions, more than just heat and humidity need to be considered. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), […]

EHS On Tap: E73 Helping Workers Beat the Heat

On episode 73 of EHS On Tap, Dr. Douglas Casa, CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, and Margaret Morrissey, director of the National Heat Safety Coalition, discuss the need for increased awareness and safety standards around heat illness in industry. This episode is presented as part of EHS Daily Advisor’s activities for National Safety Week.

Acclimatization is Important to Avoiding Heat Stress

Heat stress is a major concern for many different workplaces across the U.S. One important way to help workers deal with the heat is acclimatization, which is where the person becomes better able to handle hot conditions after gradual increased exposure to a hot environment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers […]

OSHA Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week for U.S. Workplaces

The U.S. Department of Labor encourages the nation’s employers to commit to workplace safety and health and join its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in observing Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 9-15, 2021. A nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs, Safe + Sound Week also offers information and ideas on […]

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Smart PPE Now Tracks Worker’s Heat Susceptibility

If you work outside, you understand better than anyone the importance of staying hydrated, especially during the sweltering summer heat. While we all do the best we can, the summer heat can get the best of us and can lead to heat stress. According to the Centers for Disease and Control, “heat stress can result […]

OSHA Mulling Heat Safety Rule as Summer Temps Climb

With parts of the country suffering record-breaking temperatures this summer, employers know they need to be on guard against heat dangers for both indoor and outdoor workers. At some point, however, those precautions may be formalized into a new standard from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Currently, OSHA deals with heat dangers […]

CDC’s Updated Guidance Forces Employers to Consider Requiring Masks Indoors

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in substantial or high-transmission areas. This is an about turn from the agency’s May guidance, which said it was safe for fully vaccinated people to […]