A bill mandating a federal workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare and social services passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309), would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish an interim standard within 1 year, a proposed […]
Category: Personnel Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to issue a pair of proposals in the new year to update its forklift and walking-working surfaces rules, according to the Department of Labor’s new regulatory agenda. The department issued its first agenda since Eugene Scalia became Secretary of Labor.
For many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. Along with the joy of spending time with family and friends, this time of year can also be a dangerous one. Everything from colder weather to crowded roadways and unsafe cooking techniques can result in personal injuries and property damage. If injuries are severe […]
Wearable technology could alert construction workers to nearby vehicles or equipment, preventing caught between and struck-by injuries, a recent study found. A prototype belt with vibrating motors alerted participants to the presence of vehicles and equipment in research performed by CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training.
California’s Department of Public Health must notify the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) when a worker’s blood lead level tests at or above 20 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) under a new state law.
We all know the feeling—the almost imperceptible drifting off and your body begging you to close your eyes for just a few seconds. OK if you are on your couch or even at your desk, but if you are behind the wheel, it can be deadly. This week is the National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving […]
Is OSHA more likely to inspect your worksite now that the agency assigns greater weight to inspections for its Focus Four hazards—falls, struck by, caught in, and electrocution?
The National Safety Council (NSC) issued a policy position on recent moves to decriminalize or legalize cannabis (also commonly known as marijuana) use, saying there is no acceptable level of use for workers in safety-sensitive positions. The NSC called on employers to restrict marijuana use by any employee in a position that impacts the safety […]
OSHA cited a Texas employer for two willful and three serious violations after a worker fatality at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The agency is seeking $301,188 in penalties.
An occupational and environmental medical group urged members of Congress to keep workplace safety implications in mind when considering marijuana legalization. Congress should proceed cautiously and make public and worker safety its primary concern before legalizing marijuana, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) said in a statement. Several states already have enacted […]