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OSHA received more than 500 comments in support of removing feral cats from its list of “vermin” in its shipyard sta...
05/17/2019
Feral cats no longer ‘vermin’ in OSHA’s latest Standards Improvement Project rule

OSHA received more than 500 comments in support of removing feral cats from its list of “vermin” in its shipyard standards. So, they are not on OSHA's vermin list anymore. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18402-feral-cats-no-longer-vermin-in-oshas-latest-standards-improvement-project-rule

Cat lovers win.

Washington — Feral cats and social security numbers are among the topics addressed in OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project - Phase IV final rule, intended to remove or revise “outdated, duplicative, unnecessary and inconsistent requirements” in the agency’s safety and health standards.

Already in its longest period without a permanent administrator, OSHA will have to wait even longer, as Scott Mugno has ...
05/17/2019
Mugno withdraws from consideration as OSHA head: report

Already in its longest period without a permanent administrator, OSHA will have to wait even longer, as Scott Mugno has withdrawn from consideration as the agency’s assistant secretary of labor. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18404-mugno-withdraws-from-consideration-as-osha-head-report

Washington – Already in its longest period without a permanent administrator, OSHA will have to wait even longer, as Scott Mugno has withdrawn from consideration as the agency’s assistant secretary of labor, according to a Bloomberg Law report published May 15.

The US Chemical Safety Board  is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a review and update a 1993 study...
05/16/2019
Refinery explosions prompt CSB to ask EPA for updated study on hydrofluoric acid

The US Chemical Safety Board is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a review and update a 1993 study on the toxic chemical hydrofluoric acid. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18397-refinery-explosions-prompt-csb-to-ask-epa-for-updated-study-on-hydrofluoric-acid

Washington — The Chemical Safety Board is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a review and update a 1993 study on the toxic chemical hydrofluoric acid.

June is a little more than two weeks away, so you must be all prepped, with safety info all ready to share with employee...
05/15/2019

June is a little more than two weeks away, so you must be all prepped, with safety info all ready to share with employees for National Safety Month. Right?

No? We've got you covered. The National Safety Council has prepared lots of free downloadable materials for everybody, and even more for NSC members. https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month

Tell us what you're doing to mark the occasion?

#NSM

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule on asbestos intended to keep manufacturers from reintroducin...
05/14/2019
Asbestos: EPA issues final rule on ‘discontinued uses’ as agency critics push for total ban

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule on asbestos intended to keep manufacturers from reintroducing “discontinued uses” of the known human carcinogen into the market without EPA approval.

It's not enough for some EPA critics. Read more https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18386-asbestos-epa-issues-final-rule-on-discontinued-uses-as-agency-critics-push-for-total-ban

Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule on asbestos intended to keep manufacturers from reintroducing “discontinued uses” of the known human carcinogen into the market without EPA approval.

Visualizing and planning for your workday may lead to better engagement and well-being, results of a recent study indica...
05/13/2019
‘Reattaching’ to work before clocking in may improve engagement, health: study

Visualizing and planning for your workday may lead to better engagement and well-being, results of a recent study indicate. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18385-reattaching-to-work-before-clocking-in-may-improve-engagement-health-study

Researchers from the United States and Germany surveyed 151 workers from a wide range of industries at the beginning and end of each shift over a five-day workweek. In the morning, participants were asked about experiences that helped them reconnect to work before starting the workday. In the afternoon, they answered questions about engagement and job control.

Mannheim, Germany — Visualizing and planning for your workday may lead to better engagement and well-being, results of a recent study indicate.

The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that would give sizable boosts to OSHA and the Mine Safety an...
05/10/2019
House Appropriations Committee approves large funding increases for OSHA, MSHA

The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that would give sizable boosts to OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, during a markup May 8. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18389-house-appropriations-committee-approves-large-proposed-funding-increases-for-osha-msha

The committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill allocates more than $660.9 million for OSHA in fiscal year 2020 – around $103 million more than the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the agency, released March 11. The administration’s proposal slates OSHA for $300,000 more than its $557.2 million FY 2019 budget.

Washington — The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that would give sizable boosts to OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, during a markup May 8.

The International Safety Equipment Association has introduced an initiative to help raise awareness of the dangers of wo...
05/09/2019
‘Safety at Heights’: ISEA launches campaign on fall protection, dropped objects prevention

The International Safety Equipment Association has introduced an initiative to help raise awareness of the dangers of working at height and dropped objects or equipment. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18384-safety-at-heights-isea-launches-campaign-on-fall-protection-dropped-objects-prevention

The “Safety at Heights” campaign kicked off May 6 and coincides with OSHA’s sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/, as well as Construction Safety Week (May 6-10). http://www.constructionsafetyweek.com/

Is your organization participating in any of these construction safety observances?

Arlington, VA — The International Safety Equipment Association has introduced an initiative to help raise awareness of the dangers of working at height and dropped objects or equipment.

The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule, effective immediately, that makes minor technical corrections ...
05/08/2019
Opioids vs. opiates: DOT final rule makes technical corrections to drug testing regs

The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule, effective immediately, that makes minor technical corrections to regulations governing drug tests for workers in safety-sensitive jobs. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18365-opioid-vs-opiate-dot-final-rule-makes-technical-corrections-to-drug-testing-regs

Washington — The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule, effective immediately, that makes minor technical corrections to regulations governing drug tests for workers in safety-sensitive jobs.

Legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress is aimed at enhancing the safety of the air supply on commercial air...
05/06/2019
Cabin Air Safety Act: Lawmakers introduce legislation in House, Senate

Legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress is aimed at enhancing the safety of the air supply on commercial aircraft to protect crew and passengers. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18367-cabin-air-safety-act-lawmakers-introduce-legislation-in-house-senate

The legislation would require carbon monoxide detectors to be installed on commercial aircraft and monitored during flights. In addition, flight attendants, pilots, airplane maintenance personnel, airport first responders and emergency response teams would have to undergo training on how to respond to incidents on aircraft involving smoke or fumes at least once a year.

Washington — Legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress is aimed at enhancing the safety of the air supply on commercial aircraft to protect crew and passengers.

An OSHA standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in health care facilities is progressing, with a Small Business ...
05/03/2019
OSHA moving forward on standard to prevent workplace violence in health care, Acosta tells House committee

An OSHA standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in health care facilities is progressing, with a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel forthcoming, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta told a House committee May 1. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18375-osha-moving-forward-on-standard-to-prevent-workplace-violence-in-health-care-acosta-tells-house-committee

Washington — An OSHA standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in health care facilities is progressing, with a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel forthcoming, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta told a House committee May 1.

Andrew Blair shares his safety origin story with Safety+Health readers. You can read about him and other safey pros in o...
05/02/2019
Kinsley Construction, Inc

Andrew Blair shares his safety origin story with Safety+Health readers.

You can read about him and other safey pros in our "My Story" series https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/topics/1244-my-story

... and submit your own story of how you got started in the safety field by emailing us at [email protected] with the subject line “My Story.” You may be featured in an upcoming issue of Safety+Health.

Andy Blair, our Fleet Safety Director, utilizes his previous experience as a police officer to help keep our employees safe every day. Check out his story in the Safety+Health Magazine: https://hubs.ly/H0hF-cR0

Nearly 4 out of 5 workers from a wide range of industries say they experience elevated stress levels because of their jo...
04/30/2019
Majority of employees say their jobs are highly stressful: poll

Nearly 4 out of 5 workers from a wide range of industries say they experience elevated stress levels because of their job, results of a recent online poll show. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18358-majority-of-employees-say-their-jobs-are-highly-stressful-poll

Carlsbad, CA — Nearly 4 out of 5 workers from a wide range of industries say they experience elevated stress levels because of their job, results of a recent online poll show.

Calling all firefighters: NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is looking for more than 1 million...
04/29/2019
Help wanted: NIOSH seeks firefighters for cancer prevention research

Calling all firefighters: NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is looking for more than 1 million U.S. firefighters to take part in a voluntary registry, as the agency seeks to understand why those in the field are at greater risk for certain cancers. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18359-help-wanted-niosh-seeks-firefighters-for-cancer-prevention-research

Washington — NIOSH is looking for more than 1 million U.S. firefighters to take part in a voluntary registry, as the agency seeks to understand why those in the field are at greater risk for certain cancers.

Don’t become ‘numb’ to workplace deaths and illnesses, AFL-CIO president says during Workers’ Memorial Week http...
04/26/2019
Don’t become ‘numb’ to workplace deaths and illnesses, AFL-CIO president says during Workers’ Memorial Week

Don’t become ‘numb’ to workplace deaths and illnesses, AFL-CIO president says during Workers’ Memorial Week https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18363-dont-become-numb-to-workplace-deaths-and-illnesses-afl-cio-president-says-during-workers-memorial-week

Related:
- 100 years of OSH: ILO spotlights past, present and future ahead of annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18330-years-of-osh-ilo-spotlights-past-present-and-future-ahead-of-annual-world-day-for-safety-and-health-at-work
- Take the National Safety Council SafeAtWork Pledge http://safety.nsc.org/safeatworkpledge

Washington — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cautioned the public not to become “numb” to workplace fatalities and illnesses, as his organization released its annual report detailing the hazards workers face every day.

A coalition of groups representing worker rights has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Adm...
04/25/2019
Advocacy groups sue EPA over worker exclusion from methylene chloride ban

A coalition of groups representing worker rights has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Andrew Wheeler for not including workers in the agency’s final rule banning methylene chloride for consumer use. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18360-citing-fatalities-advocacy-groups-sue-epa-over-worker-exclusion-from-methylene-chloride-ban

Washington — A coalition of groups representing worker rights has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Andrew Wheeler for not including workers in the agency’s final rule banning methylene chloride for consumer use.

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program has released a video intended to protect first responders who face potential expo...
04/24/2019
Protecting first responders from fentanyl exposure: NIOSH releases video

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program has released a video intended to protect first responders who face potential exposure to fentanyl – a synthetic opioid considered up to 50 times more potent than heroin – and other illicit drugs. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18290-protecting-first-responders-from-fentanyl-exposure-niosh-releases-video

The 13-minute video, Illicit Drugs, Including Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders, features body camera footage from members of the Fredericksburg (VA) Police Department responding to an overdose call at a hotel. The incident led to two officers suffering the effects of exposure to illicit drugs, including fentanyl, and being administered naloxone.

What are you doing over lunch on Thursday? There's still time to register http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1924840-1/20410B84...
04/23/2019

What are you doing over lunch on Thursday? There's still time to register http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1924840-1/20410B84CE525E91233374A459CAFBC5 for a webinar on the newest developments in FR clothing presented by Scott Margolin, VP of technical for Tyndale Company, Inc. and moderated by S+H's own Associate Editor Alan Ferguson. Hope you can join us!

Many people returning to work after the death of a loved one don’t receive adequate support from their employer, accor...
04/22/2019
When grieving workers return to work: Study shows employer support may be lacking

Many people returning to work after the death of a loved one don’t receive adequate support from their employer, according to a study from Canterbury Christ Church University. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18294-when-grieving-workers-return-to-work-study-shows-employer-support-may-be-lacking

Canterbury, England — Many people returning to work after the death of a loved one don’t receive adequate support from their employer, according to a study from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Are you ready for this year's National Safety Stand-Down May 6-10? https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/1828...
04/18/2019
Get ready for the National Safety Stand-Down: Free resources available

Are you ready for this year's National Safety Stand-Down May 6-10? https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18289-get-ready-for-the-national-safety-stand-down-free-resources-available

It's all about spreading the word to your workforce about preventing falls in construction.

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program, OSHA and CPWR have free materials, including a cool downloadable aerial lift simulator, to help you promote your observance. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls/aeriallift.html

Tell others in the comments about your organization's planned activities for the stand-down.

Washington — NIOSH, OSHA and the Center for Construction Research and Training – also known as CPWR – are offering a number of free online resources to help employers prepare for the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set to take place May 6-10.

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