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ASSE to Become American Society of Safety Professionals

Group says the updated brand shows a clearer vision that will better reflect the organization’s current membership and position it for growth. The study also found that a new name would help eliminate confusion about who could join the Society.

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New Burn Care Facility Focuses on Worker Recovery

Department of Labor & Industries and Harborview Medical Center in Washington have created a special occupational burn care program that focuses on getting workers on track for full recovery by improving access to specialists. Experts say the program will help streamline care.

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Harwood Grant Deadline Soon

Nonprofits have until Sept. 2 to submit applications for a piece of $10.5 million in grant funding from the Department of Labor. The funds are targeted for use in the creation of worker safety education, such as toward training tools, to help reduce injury and accidents, and more.

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State Investigating Farm After Worker Dies

A worker's death and complaints from workers at a blueberry farm in Washington have sparked a state investigation into the farm's safety, health practices and employment standards. Complaints included a lack of water, dirty water and pressure from the farm's operator to work in extreme weather.

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New NIOSH App's Got Your Back

Workers can now use safe, proper lifting techniques through a cell phone program that helps its user assess a lifting task and then provide recommendations to prevent injury.

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Report: Struck-by Hazards Lead Cause of Fatal/Nonfatal Injuries

Between 2011 and 2015, struck-by injuries increased 2.5 percent, according to The Center for Construction Research and Training. Most injures were from the construction industry followed by the agriculture industry.

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Injury Tracking App Launched

OSHA's web portal to accept injury reports went live Aug. 1, but the site repeatedly has had technical difficulties. A compliance deadline for employers has been set for Dec. 1.

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NIOSH and Workforce Tulsa Partner to Educate Young Workers

Federal and local agencies are working to properly inform young workers on foundational workplace safety to reduce rates of work-related injuries among those ages 15-19. In 2015, work-related injuries for that group were almost twice the rate of workers age 25 and older, according to the CDC.

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Next OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Meeting Set?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's meeting this month is still set for New Orleans in a continued discussion on the future direction of the agency's Voluntary Protection Programs. Comments and suggestions are still being sought from the public to help reshape the program.

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Custom Signs Big Enough To Make Headlines

Custom signs help address unique problems in a facility. Recently, a Massachusetts man gets drivers to slow down with a life-sized police car cutout.