Tag: NIOSH

Not Too Hot to Handle: Tips for Preventing Heat-Induced Illnesses and Injuries

Late July brings some of the hottest temperatures of the year around the country. So it’s a good time for some refreshing refresher training on how your workers can beat the heat. Today’s Advisor gives you some training content. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns that heat-induced occupational illnesses, injuries, and […]

3 Steps for Developing a Stress-Reduction Program

Stressed workers can be a safety hazard. Here are three steps for reducing stress and the risk of stress-related accidents. According to a recent survey, 62 percent of employees report high levels of stress, leading to extreme fatigue and feeling out of control. Highly stressed workers are less likely to eat healthfully, exercise, and get […]

Make Sure Your Workers Are Safe from Unexpected Machine Startups

Workers are at risk of severe injury and death during machine maintenance and servicing if proper lockout/tagout procedures are not followed. Over a 25-year period, NIOSH investigated 185 fatalities related to installation, maintenance, service, or repair tasks on or near machines, equipment, processes, or systems. Investigations were carried out in 20 states as part of […]

Mobile Apps for Safety Professionals

Find out how smartphone apps and other mobile technology can make your job easier. Without question, digital technology has improved and enhanced the way safety professionals do their jobs, says Pam Walaski, a certified safety professional herself and regional manager for EHS services at Compliance Management International, a full-service safety consulting business. “It ranges from […]

What You Should Know About OSHA’s Annotated PEL Tables

Yesterday, we focused on OSHA’s safer chemicals toolkit. Today, we turn to its annotated PEL tables. OSHA recognizes that many of its permissible exposure limits (PELs) are outdated and inadequate for ensuring protection of worker health. Most of OSHA’s PELs were issued shortly after adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, and […]

Hearing Loss: A Bigger Safety Problem Than You Might Think

According to NIOSH, 4 million workers go to work each day in damaging noise. Ten million people in the U.S. have a noise-related hearing loss. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year. Because of these statistics, NIOSH recommends that all worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent […]

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations: Part 2

Yesterday, we began a review if NIOSH health hazard evaluations. Today, we conclude with more questions and answers. What protections are provided for employees who participate in HHE investigations? Confidentiality. If desired and noted on the HHE request form, NIOSH will not reveal to the employer the names of the persons who made the request. […]

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations: What Are They All About?

Usually, you’re well aware of workplace health hazards. But sometimes, conditions may not be obvious or the extent of the hazard known. That’s when a NIOSH health hazard evaluation might be just the thing. Q. What is a health hazard evaluation? A health hazard evaluation (HHE) is a study of a workplace. It is done […]