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The onslaught of winter weather brought out seasonal safety tips from both NIOSH and the National Weather Service.

NIOSH Offers Tips for Working in the Cold

Given that northern states from Washington to Maine are expecting snow and rain this week, the agency’s timely tips can help workers steer clear of cold stress.

Department of Labor Announces Final Rule for Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing

As of early October, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final rule for drug testing potential employees. The new rule will supposedly provide greater flexibility and broader coverage than the previous rule.

One in Five Adults Have a Mental Illness, Yet Workplaces Still Stigmatize

One in Five Adults Have a Mental Illness, Yet Workplaces Still Stigmatize

Everyone is affected by mental health: you either deal with a mental illness, or you know someone who does. Even though many adults suffer from mental illnesses, they still feel stigmatized and unsupported in the workplace.



NIOSH and America Achieves Build A Safety Training Curriculum for Future Workers

NIOSH and America Achieves Build A Safety Training Curriculum for Future Workers

A recent collaboration between NIOSH and the not-for-profit America Achieves released Quest for Success – a free curriculum for educators, schools, and students to learn about future workforce safety and health.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors Awards the Best in the Industry

On September 19, the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) recognized concrete contractors with exemplary safety records for the previous year.

Can You Predict Your Safety Future? OSHA Wants to Follow Your Lead(ing Indicators)

Finding a hazard in need of a fix may be obvious after an incident occurs, but what about predicting in advance where to focus your safety and health resources to prevent injuries? In November 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will convene a stakeholder meeting to gather examples and success stories with safety and health leading indicators.

Using Smart Tech In The Workplace To Tackle “Sick Building Syndrome”

Using Smart Tech In The Workplace To Tackle Sick Building Syndrome

Keeping staff happy and healthy is both ethically and financially important, and taking care of the workplace environment is central to this. With the development of smart tech, companies are increasingly able to combine human feedback with more accurate monitoring to ensure that phenomena such as “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS) occur less frequently and with less impact.

OSHA Requests Information on Online Outreach Training

In an effort to improve its existing Online Outreach Program, OSHA is requesting information and feedback on a variety of topics to assess if the new model addresses issues associated with the existing online model.

Last Week Was Fire Prevention Week: Refresh Yourself on Some Home Fire Safety Tips

Last Week Was Fire Prevention Week: Refresh Yourself on Some Home Fire Safety Tips

October 6-12 was Fire Prevention Week, and the National Safety Council has compiled a handful of tips for fires: how to prevent them and how to react to them safely.

Vaping Now Linked to Cancer? A Recent Study Linking Lung Cancer to Mice Suggests A Possibility

Vaping Now Linked to Cancer? A Recent Study Linking Lung Cancer to Mice Suggests A Possibility

Researchers in a recent study earlier this month found that exposure to e-cigarettes caused lung and bladder cancer in mice. While there is still more research to be done, this is the first study to tie vaping to cancer.

New Data Reports that Construction Employment Has Increased in 29 States

The Labor Department says that between August 2018 and August 2019, the construction industry saw an increase in jobs, particularly in states like Texas and Florida.

Study Shows that Regular Exercise Makes Your Brain Healthier, Too

Study Shows that Regular Exercise Makes Your Brain Healthier, Too

Based on a recent study, scientists say that if you can walk this far in two minutes, you’re much smarter than the average. And even if you can’t, with a little effort, you might be able. In the process, you’ll improve your physical and mental health.

Not One but Four Dollar Tree Stores Locations are Cited for OSHA Penalties

OSHA cited Dollar Tree Stores at four separate Idaho locations for exposing employees to unsafe merchandise storage and blocked walkways and exit routes. The company faces $898,682 in penalties.

Diesel Emissions Aren’t Just Harming the Environment: Professional Drivers in Congested Cities are Most Affected

Diesel Emissions Aren’t Just Harming the Environment: Professional Drivers in Congested Cities are Most Affected

Until recently, not much research had been done on the professional drivers’ occupational health—especially those working in cities with high levels of traffic. One recent study shows taxi drivers in particular experience high exposure levels to black carbon.

OSHA Names Small Texas company as SHARP Participant

SigmaPro Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC is one of many small businesses using OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program.

OSHA Makes Alliance with NWRA and SWANA for a Better Solid Waste Industry

OSHA Makes Alliance with NWRA and SWANA for a Better Solid Waste Industry

As of September 27, OSHA signed an alliance with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The goal? To better protect workers in the waste industry.

ASSP Announces New Live Virtual Classroom Model

Now, ASSP classes will welcome virtual participants through two-way video projection, making it easier for students in their home and office to get a safety education.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Distracted driving is risky business for employers.

How the NIOSH Drug Toolkit is Helping First Responders

Because first responder personnel are often the first to interact with someone who has overdosed, they are in serious need of illicit drug training. NIOSH’s recent drug toolkit is helping these first responders get the training they need.

22 Injured in Military Parachute Training

At least 22 soldiers were hurt as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a training exercise. Army spokesperson says some of the paratroopers were blown off course from their landing zone into a group of pine trees.

One Billion Dollars Goes to Infrastructure Grants for 354 U.S. Airports

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao recently announced a billion-dollar plan to improve airport safety, travel, and economies around the country. This is the fifth allotment of the multi-billion-dollar FAA AIP airport funding project.

Optimizing Safety For Older Workers

Optimizing Safety For Older Workers

An older workforce is beneficial to employers as they’re more experienced and knowledgeable. However, it’s also important that organizations understand the needs of aging workers in order to ensure their safety and boost productivity.

The 2019 Flu Vaccine: Updated and Important for All

The 2019 Flu Vaccine: Updated and Important for All

With flu season right around the corner, experts are encouraging everyone—starting at 6 months of age—needs the newly improved vaccine.

Mississippi Manufacturer Cited After Fatal Accident

Last week, OSHA cited Howard Industries Inc. in Mississippi for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards after a fatality at the facility.

OSHA Implements New Weighting System for Workplace Inspections

OSHA knows many factors impact workplace safety. Starting today, OSHA will put into effect its new weighting system for workplace safety and health inspections.

Tests Show Bootleg Vapes Are Riddled with Toxins

Tests Show Bootleg Vapes Are Riddled with Toxins

With the increase in vape-related illnesses and deaths, scientists have been on a hunt to figure out what is causing people to fall ill. Tests are showing that a number of troublesome substances are in bootlegged vapes.

Best of Both Worlds: A New Hybrid Gas Monitoring System is Making Strides

Best of Both Worlds A New Hybrid Gas Monitoring System is Making Strides

New gas detection solution combines wireless and fixed elements, allowing technicians to work from the safety of ground level to maintain gas detectors and create compliance reports on the fly.

Safety Leadership: How One Achieves Two Results

It’s no surprise that safety leaders have to deal with many issues simultaneously.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

A thorough hazard evaluation will help determine what each worksite needs.

Putting Chemical Safety Training to the Test

Putting Chemical Safety Training to the Test

How to evaluate and improve program effectiveness.