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Chemical Warnings to Change Soon in California

California is updating the way warning labels on products explain chemical hazards. Companies can re-evaluate the details of how they warn consumers about specific chemicals. Carefully review the regulations to make sure labels are in compliance. Read more »

OSHA, States Ramp Up Safety Program Push

Some states are noticing an increase in workplace deaths and are moving safety program assistance to the front lines. OSHA is also reminding employers that they can easily get help through the federal agency's partnership and compliance programs. Several states are working with OSHA to help raise awareness and understanding of the value of workplace safety throughout the country. Read more »

OSHA's Severe Violator Program Shows Consistency

Eight years ago, OSHA established its Severe Violator Enforcement Program to target employers who heavily disregard to workplace safety laws. Each year, the number of severe violators averages more than 50. Employers can take simple steps to achieve a compliant workplace, which not only keeps workers safe but improves overall efficiency. Read more »

Virtual Reality Aids in Slip, Trip, Fall Prevention

To train employees to be aware of hazards and workplace surroundings, companies are using virtual reality as a way to help curb slips, trips, and falls. Using wearable technology, workers virtually navigate through unexpected situations and make choices for safety. Slip, trip, and fall mitigation techniques can help strengthen workplace safety programs. Read more »

Demand Rises in Cleanroom Manufacturing

Industry momentum is embracing the benefits of manufacturing in cleanroom environments to ensure product quality, and safety is imperative. In manufacturing or scientific research, a strictly controlled and highly organized cleanroom is vital to operations. Cleanrooms typically control its environment to sustain a low level of pollutants, such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. Read more »

NEMA Studies Switching Current in Buildings

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is looking into the impact of DC electrical distribution systems in commercial buildings. The agency and other electrical professionals say DC has its place in the future of power as technology changes electrical current need. With the growing deployment of DC power and the ongoing advances in electronics, how will this effect workplace safety and safety labeling of equipment? Read more »

Electronic Hazardous Waste Reporting System Begins

To make the tracking process of hazardous waste more progressive and efficient, the EPA has begun implementing its electronic manifest system. The digital national hazardous waste tracking system provides real-time tracking of shipments. For safe hazardous materials management and handling, this system is set to simplify once-tedious paperwork processes nationwide. Read more »

Big Tech Plans to Revolutionize New Construction

Tech giants such as Google and Amazon are investing in the construction industry to advance safety and efficiency, while also creating “smart homes,” according to industry research experts. These new home construction plans create homes/communities that have tech built in. As tech progresses in the construction industry, it also is boosting Environmental Health and Safety programs through information technology and modern safety best practices. Read more »

NIOSH Digs Into Electrical Safety in Mining

To help solve mining work safety and health challenges, NIOSH continually researches best practices through its Intelligent Safety Technology for Mining Machinery project. This project looks at newer technology for ways to improve worker safety and to limit the introduction of unintended hazards in mining electrical work and other maintenance. Read more »

Partnership Studies Technology for Mining Safety

The Australian government’s mining agency is forming a partnership with tech companies to study ways to increase safety and efficiency. The teams will explore the use of virtual reality/simulator machines to increase worker engagement and attention to safety best practices. Though this study is in Australia, the information will be used to increase mining safety worldwide. Read more »

Simple Tips for Safety as Manufacturing Powers On

Growth and demand in the manufacturing industry shows no sign of slowing down. This rapid demand also increases the need for more workers, which are not easy to find, experts say. The pressures in manufacturing can sometimes add strain on safety programs. Here are a few tips to keep manufacturing employees and workplaces in step with safety. Read more »

Tips to Prepare General Industry for Silica Compliance

In an effort to further limit respirable crystalline silica dust exposure, OSHA will enforce its rule for general and maritime industries starting June 23. This rule has been in effect for several months for the construction industry. As employers prepare and put in place control measures, such as new equipment, or make changes in silica work areas, they can examine workplace communication systems to ensure the health and safety of workers. Read more »

Study: Training Lacks for Immigrant Workers

A recent study shows that immigrant workers at smaller construction firms are less likely to have safety training than those workers at larger firms. In particular, Latinos in construction have the highest fall fatality rates. Safety and health agencies aim to push continued education efforts by encouraging more training and workplace communication. Companies can instruct workers in a language they can understand on ways to identify occupational risks and how to control them. Read more »

Partnerships Pull Together for Grain Bin Safety

Over the past several years, the number of grain bin incidents and deaths having improved, but only slightly. Partnerships are forming through academics, organizations, and emergency teams to help prevent grain bin entrapment deaths and educate on proper rescue methods. These efforts are being implemented throughout the U.S. to increase worker safety in the grain storage and processing industries. Read more »

Roofing Work Demands Climb in Storm-Hit Areas

Roofing work demand is high after storms on the East Coast. The roofing industry already is facing a worker shortage and companies are trying to keep pace with a growing list of roofing projects. When time is of the essence, roofing workers still must adhere to compliance and safety best practices to prevent injuries or death. Read more »

Energize Workplace Electrical Safety Plans

Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International highlights the importance of electrical safety by focusing on ways to educate on the potential hazards in various industries. This year, the campaign focuses on electric shock drownings and overhead power line safety. Managers and workers can stay up to date on current electrical codes and other standards to maximize electrical safety. Remind workers to use procedures to minimize dangers and risks for injuries or death. Read more »

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