While forces affecting the workplace change rapidly—an aging workforce, new work arrangements, and state adoption of medical and recreational marijuana laws—regulatory changes move at a slower pace.
Medications could one day prevent noise-induced hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH researchers recently contributed articles for a special issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America exploring the potential for “otoprotective” pharmaceuticals to protect ears from noise damage.
Patient care aides have limited access to health care and a high prevalence of some adverse health outcomes such as arthritis that may be related to their occupational tasks, researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found in a recently published study.
The number and rate of workplace injuries in the retail trade rose in 2018, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The retail trade was the only one of 19 private industries in which the rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses rose in 2018, the BLS stated.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to survey short-haul truck drivers about health and safety issues. NIOSH’s parent agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a pilot study.
A worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. 12,600 workers are injured on the job every day. And, those injuries are costing companies 104,000,000 lost production days. These stats, courtesy of the National Safety Council, paint a sobering picture of the modern workplace. But, it’s a picture most companies are now attuned to […]
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are seeking comments on a proposed study of the effectiveness of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). The CDC and NIOSH plan to observe 180 long-haul and regional truck drivers using in-vehicle monitoring systems, questionnaires, sensors, […]
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, is calling on employers to take steps to protect America’s workers from injury and illness in response to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reported that 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in […]
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced a competition for programmers to develop artificial intelligence (AI) capable of analyzing safety reports and assigning occupational safety and health classification codes. Submissions are due by November 21.