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Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Provisions call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record Why is OSHA issuing this rule? This simple change in OSHA’s rulemaking requirements will improve safety for workers across the country. One important reason stems from our understanding of human behavior and motivation. Behavioral economics tells us that making injury [...]

Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses2017-06-16T15:47:18+00:00

CPWR – Silica Safe

Silica Safe Dust containing silica is common on construction sites. The illnesses caused by breathing silica dust, such as silicosis, are incurable – but they are preventable. This website is a one-stop source of information to help contractors, workers, and other stakeholders prevent silica-related illnesses. This site includes the tools and information needed to identify [...]

CPWR – Silica Safe2017-06-16T15:47:18+00:00

Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak spreading through Central and South America, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean, including U.S. territories. For the most up-to-date information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika website frequently. [...]

Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus2016-10-05T20:20:04+00:00


The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don't drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 [...]

OSHA – HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY2018-05-10T16:14:23+00:00


The Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health ( was developed to provide accurate, user-friendly information about safety and health for construction workers, employers, researchers and others interested in construction safety and health from a wide range of sources worldwide. Click here to link to website

CPWR – ELCOSH2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00

Safety Champion Conference

Join us for the 2016 Safety Champions Conference. The Safety Champions Conference will be held September 11-13, 2016 at the Talking Stick Resort. On this page you can register for the event by clicking on the "REGISTER" button. You can also make your hotel reservations by clicking on the link provided below. We also provide [...]

Safety Champion Conference2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00

Safety Design Contest

2016 Safety Design Contest is OPEN Open to All Members in Good Standing It’s time to put your thinking caps on and get those creative juices flowing. Introducing SMOHIT’s annual Safety Design Contest. We’re looking for members who care about safety and health as much as we do to help us spread the word. Simply [...]

Safety Design Contest2016-04-11T17:20:01+00:00

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Final Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. OSHA estimates that [...]

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Final Rule2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00

RF Radiation Hazard Alert

RF Radiation What is RF Radiation? Radiofrequency (RF) radiation, a type of non-ionizing radiation, is the energy used to transmit wireless information. At low levels it is not considered a hazard. But at the levels produced by telecommunications equipment, including radio, television, and cellular antennas, RF radiation can "pose a considerable health risk"1 for workers. [...]

RF Radiation Hazard Alert2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00

Workers Memorial Day

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages. We will [...]

Workers Memorial Day2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00