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OSHA – The Use of Metrics in Process Safety Management (PSM) Facilities

Metrics are measures that are used to evaluate and track the performance of a facility’s process safety management program. For facilities that handle highly hazardous chemicals, metrics can be used to quantify how a process has performed historically, how it might perform in the future, and where improvements can be made to keep workers safe. [...]

OSHA – The Use of Metrics in Process Safety Management (PSM) Facilities2018-05-10T15:54:45+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

OSHA – HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY

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

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

Asbestos Claims Deadline Looms for Power Plant Workers

Energy Future Holdings (EFH), a $36 billion company, with known asbestos claims against it, has filed for bankruptcy and seeks to drastically limit the legal rights of all its past, present and future asbestos victims. EFH is a very big company that worked on power plants all over the US. It includes Ebasco’s and EECI’s [...]

Asbestos Claims Deadline Looms for Power Plant Workers2017-06-16T15:47:19+00:00

Lung Health – A Workers’ Issue

Workers should never have to worry that the air they breathe on the job will slowly destroy their lungs. Yet in too many cases, that risk is still all too real at U.S. workplaces. Occupational lung disease is slow, debilitating and lethal. A construction worker, stone cutter, foundry worker or coal miner inhales tiny bits [...]

Lung Health – A Workers’ Issue2017-06-16T15:47:20+00:00

Don’t Let Winter Driving Have You on the Skids

Driving in the winter can be harrowing, especially where blizzard and icy conditions crop up seemingly out of nowhere. Midwesterners may be used to heavy snow, but residents of states as far south as Georgia and Texas are seeing ice and snow more often. Driving can be even more treacherous in these areas because drivers [...]

Don’t Let Winter Driving Have You on the Skids2015-12-15T14:48:45+00:00

Why do People Die Shoveling Snow?

But with really big snow – and even everyday, run-of-the-mill snow – comes a risk of death by shoveling. According to CBS News in Chicago, by early February 2015, around 18 people in the Chicago area had died in snow shoveling-related incidents. They ranged in age from their 40s to 75. Nationwide, snow shoveling is [...]

Why do People Die Shoveling Snow?2018-05-10T15:55:34+00:00

On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined spaces, which will be effective starting August 3, 2015.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also difficult to exit in an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, [...]

On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined spaces, which will be effective starting August 3, 2015.2017-06-16T15:47:20+00:00