EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Transportation Firm Facing $145,420 in OSHA Fines for Forklift and Fall Hazards http://ehstoday.com/safety/transportation-firm-facing-145420-osha-fines-forklift-and-fall-hazards <div class="field-deck"> OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Central Transport LLC is facing $145,420 in OSHA fines for alleged forklift and fall hazards at its Hillside, Ill., truck terminal.</p> <p>OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations.</p> <p>OSHA said its inspection found repeat and willful violations that involved defective powered industrial vehicles and lack of fall protection.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/transportation-firm-facing-145420-osha-fines-forklift-and-fall-hazards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/transportation-firm-facing-145420-osha-fines-forklift-and-fall-hazards#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:15:00 +0000 36071 at http://ehstoday.com Video Contest Challenges High School Students to ‘Speak Up’ About Workplace Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/video-contest-challenges-high-school-students-speak-about-workplace-safety <div class="field-deck"> How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing – and offer them cold, hard cash. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing &ndash; and offer them cold, hard cash.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the approach taken by Oregon OSHA, the Oregon Young Employees Safety Coalition and other organizations sponsoring the annual &ldquo;Speak Up, Work Safe&rdquo; video contest. Teens have used rap music, humor and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health messages in the annual contest.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/video-contest-challenges-high-school-students-speak-about-workplace-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/video-contest-challenges-high-school-students-speak-about-workplace-safety#comments Health Safety News Workplace Fatalities Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:51:00 +0000 36061 at http://ehstoday.com Janesville Acoustics Plant Celebrates 1 Million Man Hours without a Lost-Time Injury http://ehstoday.com/safety/janesville-acoustics-plant-celebrates-1-million-man-hours-without-lost-time-injury <div class="field-deck"> The milestone is a new record among the company’s seven manufacturing facilities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Janesville Acoustics, a Southfield, Mich.-based manufacturer of acoustical fiber insulation and molded fiber and die-cut products, said its Old Fort, N.C., plant has surpassed more than 1 million work hours without a lost-time injury.</p> <p>The milestone is a new record among the company&rsquo;s seven manufacturing facilities.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been more than two years since the Old Fort plant, which employs 220 people, had its more recent lost-time injury. Plant Manager Roy Heeralall attributes the milestone to a cultural emphasis on safety.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/janesville-acoustics-plant-celebrates-1-million-man-hours-without-lost-time-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/janesville-acoustics-plant-celebrates-1-million-man-hours-without-lost-time-injury#comments Health Safety News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:04:00 +0000 36051 at http://ehstoday.com Tips to Avoid the Scariest Place Of All – the Emergency Department – on Halloween http://ehstoday.com/health/tips-avoid-scariest-place-all-emergency-department-halloween <div class="field-deck"> The scary fact is that 9. 2 million children are injured annually on Halloween and treated at a local emergency department. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Each year, 9.2 million babies, children and teens are injured severely enough to need treatment in emergency departments all across America, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nothing is scarier than a trip to the emergency room,&rdquo; said Mark Cichon, DO, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Health System. &ldquo;In a season devoted to frights, it is our goal to keep everyone safe.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are Dr. Cichon&#39;s top tips to avoid going bump in the night and for a healthy, happy Halloween:</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/tips-avoid-scariest-place-all-emergency-department-halloween" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/tips-avoid-scariest-place-all-emergency-department-halloween#comments Health Safety News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:05:00 +0000 36041 at http://ehstoday.com CDC ‘Tightening’ its PPE Guidelines on Ebola for U.S. Health Care Workers http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-tightening-its-ppe-guidelines-ebola-us-health-care-workers <div class="field-deck"> The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>CDC said it is &ldquo;tightening&rdquo; previous infection-control guidance for health care workers &ldquo;to ensure there is no ambiguity&rdquo; on how to choose, don and doff the proper PPE when caring for Ebola patients. &nbsp;</p> <p>The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.</p> <p>The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-tightening-its-ppe-guidelines-ebola-us-health-care-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-tightening-its-ppe-guidelines-ebola-us-health-care-workers#comments Health News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:00 +0000 36031 at http://ehstoday.com What It Means To Be on OSHA’s Severe Violator List http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/10/uploads/2014/10/grain-bin-dummy-2.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois uses a dummy inside a training grain bin at the Asmark Institute, in Bloomington, Ill., to demonstrate to farmers how quickly someone can be completely engulfed in grain. It also is used by rescuers to practice lifesaving extraction techniques." />It is understandable, as EHS Today has reported, that businesses would not want to be on OSHA&rsquo;s Severe Violators list.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list#comments OSHA OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:44:00 +0000 36021 at http://ehstoday.com Shift Workers Might Want to Skip High-Iron Foods at Night http://ehstoday.com/health/shift-workers-might-want-skip-high-iron-foods-night <div class="field-deck"> “When a shift worker eats foods high in iron at night it could exacerbate the lack of synchronization between the clock in the liver and the main one in the brain,” says Donald McClain, University of Utah professor of medicine (endocrinology) and biochemistry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Workers punching in for the graveyard shift might be better off avoiding high-iron foods at night so they don&rsquo;t disrupt the circadian clock in their livers, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Disrupted circadian clocks are the reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer, researchers believe. The body&rsquo;s primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain. But other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including the liver, which regulates blood glucose levels.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/shift-workers-might-want-skip-high-iron-foods-night" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/shift-workers-might-want-skip-high-iron-foods-night#comments Health News Wellness Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:47:00 +0000 36011 at http://ehstoday.com Safety and Health Threats that Are Deadlier than Ebola [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/safety-and-health-threats-are-deadlier-ebola-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Let&rsquo;s be clear: The 2014 Ebola outbreak is a serious situation, and it certainly warrants the attention of public health authorities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/safety-and-health-threats-are-deadlier-ebola-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/safety-and-health-threats-are-deadlier-ebola-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Galleries Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:43:00 +0000 36001 at http://ehstoday.com Properly Labeling Electrical Equipment Can Prevent Arc Flash Incidents in the Workplace http://ehstoday.com/safety/properly-labeling-electrical-equipment-can-prevent-arc-flash-incidents-workplace <div class="field-byline"> Robert E. Henry, PE </div> <div class="field-deck"> This simplified method to label electrical equipment includes accurate arc-fault values and is a cost-effective way to reduce arc flash hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Arc flashes in electric equipment are hazardous to workers and can result in fatalities, costly damage to equipment and delays in production until repairs are made. Arc-flash labels on electrical equipment are required by federal law; OSHA regulations requiring these labels have existed since approximately 2000.</p> <p>Unlabeled equipment is a safety violation, and if facilities managers have not hired people to label their electrical equipment, they risk increased insurance costs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/properly-labeling-electrical-equipment-can-prevent-arc-flash-incidents-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/properly-labeling-electrical-equipment-can-prevent-arc-flash-incidents-workplace#comments Safety Arc Flash News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:55:00 +0000 35991 at http://ehstoday.com suphakit73/freedigitalphotos.net Perez: The Cell Phones in our Pockets Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Workers’ Lives http://ehstoday.com/training/perez-cell-phones-our-pockets-shouldn-t-come-expense-workers-lives <div class="field-deck"> U.S. Labor Department and Federal Communications Commission have launched a working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Kathy Pierce expected her son, Chad Weller, to come home on March 19 at the end of his shift as a cell tower climber. But Weller, always ready with a smile for his mom, never came back.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/perez-cell-phones-our-pockets-shouldn-t-come-expense-workers-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/perez-cell-phones-our-pockets-shouldn-t-come-expense-workers-lives#comments Safety Training News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:00 +0000 35981 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A worker climbs on a cellular communication tower on March 6, 2014 in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. Labor Department is partnering with the Federal Communications Commission and leaders in the telecommunications industry to improve safety for workers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)</p> Roofing Contractor Deliberately Failed to Supply Fall Protection, OSHA Says http://ehstoday.com/construction/roofing-contractor-deliberately-failed-supply-fall-protection-osha-says <div class="field-deck"> Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A New Haven, Conn., roofing contractor&rsquo;s &ldquo;deliberate failure to supply required fall protection&rdquo; exposed workers to the risk of fatal falls, OSHA alleges.</p> <p>Xtreme Restoration &amp; Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations.</p> <p>OSHA&rsquo;s inspection of a Bridgeport, Conn., construction site in June found Xtreme employees working without fall protection atop a two-story roof.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/roofing-contractor-deliberately-failed-supply-fall-protection-osha-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/roofing-contractor-deliberately-failed-supply-fall-protection-osha-says#comments Construction News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:50:00 +0000 35971 at http://ehstoday.com Cal/OSHA Issues Interim Guidelines to Protect Health Care Workers from Ebola http://ehstoday.com/health/calosha-issues-interim-guidelines-protect-health-care-workers-ebola <div class="field-deck"> Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health have issued interim guidelines for health care workers, emergency responders, airline flight crews, laboratory staff and other professions that face the potential risk of exposure to Ebola. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div> <p>Training, proper PPE and isolation rooms for donning and doffing protective gear are among the recommendations that Cal/OSHA makes to protect health care workers from Ebola, in guidance issued last week.</p> <p>&ldquo;California&rsquo;s workplace safety and health standards go further than national standards in protecting workers from hazards such as Ebola,&rdquo; said Juliann Sum, acting chief of Cal/OSHA. &ldquo;We urge employers and their workers who may be at risk to pay careful attention to our guidance and check for updates as new information becomes available.&rdquo;</p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/calosha-issues-interim-guidelines-protect-health-care-workers-ebola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/calosha-issues-interim-guidelines-protect-health-care-workers-ebola#comments Health PPE News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:00 +0000 35961 at http://ehstoday.com Owner of Offshore Oil Rig Agrees to Pay $1 Million for Clean Water Act Violations http://ehstoday.com/environment/owner-offshore-oil-rig-agrees-pay-1-million-clean-water-act-violations <div class="field-deck"> EPA, the Justice Department and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement filed a lawsuit in February 2013 alleging that the ATP Innovator oil platform violated the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ATP Infrastructure Partners LP, the owner of an offshore oil rig that was stationed about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana until earlier this year, has agreed to pay a $1 million civil fine to resolve a federal lawsuit alleging that the firm illegally discharged oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/owner-offshore-oil-rig-agrees-pay-1-million-clean-water-act-violations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/owner-offshore-oil-rig-agrees-pay-1-million-clean-water-act-violations#comments Environment News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:16:00 +0000 35951 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-s-new-reporting-requirements-infographic <div class="field-deck"> How will OSHA’s new incident reporting requirements impact your business? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This infographic from <a href="http://www.safe-staff.com" target="_blank">Safe Staff</a> provides a quick look at the incidents that must be reported to OSHA and the industries that now are included in the reporting rule.</p> <p>Take a look and see if your industry is impacted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/10/uploads/2014/10/osha-incident-reporting-2015.gif" style="width: 590px; height: 2740px; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></p> </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-s-new-reporting-requirements-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-s-new-reporting-requirements-infographic#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:59:00 +0000 35941 at http://ehstoday.com Safe Staff Fire Fighter Union Urges Safety Stand Down for Ebola http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/fire-fighter-union-urges-safety-stand-down-ebola <div class="field-deck"> Union president says fire fighters and EMS workers do not have the training or resources to deal with Ebola incidents. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When Thomas Eric Duncan got sick his family dialed 911, fire/EMS were first on the scene and took him to the hospital. If Ebola spreads, this scenario will be repeated over and over, says International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger, and fire fighter/paramedics must be ready.</p> <p>&ldquo;Too many jurisdictions in the United States and Canada have not adequately provided the training, equipment and resources fire fighter/paramedics need to respond appropriately and safely to potential Ebola incidents,&rdquo; said Schaitberger</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/fire-fighter-union-urges-safety-stand-down-ebola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/fire-fighter-union-urges-safety-stand-down-ebola#comments Emergency Management News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:53:00 +0000 35931 at http://ehstoday.com Ebola Outbreak Shows Need for Stronger Protection for Health Care Workers http://ehstoday.com/health/ebola-outbreak-shows-need-stronger-protection-health-care-workers <div class="field-deck"> With OSHA unable to inspect all hospitals, workers must have a voice in addressing workplace hazards, says NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Reports that a second Dallas hospital worker has been infected with the Ebola virus show the need for stronger and more comprehensive on-the-job protections for health care workers, says Mary Vogel, executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).</p> <p>&ldquo;Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina Pham, Amber Vinson and their families,&rdquo; said Vogel.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re also thinking of all the health care workers across America who are exposed, every day, to serious risks to their own health and safety.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/ebola-outbreak-shows-need-stronger-protection-health-care-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/ebola-outbreak-shows-need-stronger-protection-health-care-workers#comments Health News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:00 +0000 35921 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital on August 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling ebola cases. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)</p> Is a Human Life Worth $2,363? http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The family of a 20-year-old construction worker who died on a Wyoming construction site is asking state lawmakers to consider legislation that would mandate an automatic $50,000 fine for safety violations that cause workplace fatalities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363#comments Safety OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:39:00 +0000 35911 at http://ehstoday.com Workplace Bullying Victims Share Their Stories http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-bullying-victims-share-their-stories <div class="field-deck"> Approximately 54 million workers, or 35 percent of U.S. employees, are targeted by a bully at some point in their careers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>No one expects to go to work and feel as though they&rsquo;re back on the school playground. Sadly, though, bullying is common for many workers. Approximately 54 million workers, or 35 percent of U.S. employees, are targeted by a bully at some point in their careers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute.</p> <p>Even more tragic is the fact that many victims of workplace bullying suffer in silence.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-bullying-victims-share-their-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-bullying-victims-share-their-stories#comments Safety News Workplace Bullying Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:20:00 +0000 35901 at http://ehstoday.com Money Better Grow on Trees, Even in Texas: OSHA Cites Texas Dollar Tree Stores http://ehstoday.com/osha/money-better-grow-trees-even-texas-osha-cites-texas-dollar-tree-stores <div class="field-deck"> OSHA claims Texas Dollar Tree stores are putting employees at risk, adding to the chain’s penalties at locations across the country. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>National discount chain <a href="http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DollarTreestoresInc_1907_967705.pdf" target="_blank">Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been cited by OSHA</a> for allegedly willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards at its store in Watauga, Tex.. Across the nation, Dollar Tree Stores have been cited for more than 200 safety and health violations since 2009. Proposed penalties for the latest inspection total $262,500.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/money-better-grow-trees-even-texas-osha-cites-texas-dollar-tree-stores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/money-better-grow-trees-even-texas-osha-cites-texas-dollar-tree-stores#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:47:00 +0000 35891 at http://ehstoday.com Dollar Tree AIHA Urges Government to Protect Health Care Workers During Ebola Outbreak http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/aiha-urges-government-protect-health-care-workers-during-ebola-outbreak <div class="field-deck"> AIHA Executive Director Peter O'Neil asserted that AIHA members offer “a unique skill set that is tremendously applicable to this emerging crisis.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/second-health-care-worker-tests-positive-ebola-cdc-wants-interview-airline-passengers" target="_blank">With two U.S. health care workers confirmed to have the Ebola virus</a>, the American Industrial Hygiene Association is urging President Obama and federal agencies to help the health care community emphasize personal protective equipment and other safety precautions for health care workers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/aiha-urges-government-protect-health-care-workers-during-ebola-outbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/aiha-urges-government-protect-health-care-workers-during-ebola-outbreak#comments Emergency Management Health Industrial Hygiene News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:24:00 +0000 35881 at http://ehstoday.com CDC Public Health Image Library Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola; CDC Wants to Interview Airline Passengers http://ehstoday.com/health/second-health-care-worker-tests-positive-ebola-cdc-wants-interview-airline-passengers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A second health care worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, according to preliminary tests performed Tuesday night by the Texas Department of State Health Services&rsquo; laboratory.</p> <p>In a scary twist, CDC confirmed that the worker traveled on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday &ndash; a day before she reported symptoms of Ebola. On Tuesday morning, the worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/second-health-care-worker-tests-positive-ebola-cdc-wants-interview-airline-passengers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/second-health-care-worker-tests-positive-ebola-cdc-wants-interview-airline-passengers#comments Emergency Management Environment Health News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:40:00 +0000 35871 at http://ehstoday.com Public Health Image Library Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of OSHA History http://ehstoday.com/galleries/pop-quiz-test-your-knowledge-osha-history <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Just how much do you know about workplace safety and health? Here&#39;s one way to find out: Take this short quiz on OSHA&#39;s history.</p> <p>This is the first installment in a series of fun and educational quizzes designed to test your knowledge of EHS facts, stats and events. Good luck!</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/pop-quiz-test-your-knowledge-osha-history#comments Galleries Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:31:00 +0000 35861 at http://ehstoday.com NIOSH Partnership Focuses on Safety in the Nanoelectronics Industry http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-partnership-focuses-safety-nanoelectronics-industry <div class="field-deck"> The partnership “will serve as a platform for occupational safety and health research as well as educational and business initiatives leading to the development of new risk management guidance, recommendations and findings relating to the potential human health impacts of exposure to nanomaterials,” NIOSH said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NIOSH and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, N.Y., have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance research and guidance for occupational safety and health in the nanoelectronics industry and other settings where workers are potentially exposed to engineered nanomaterials.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-partnership-focuses-safety-nanoelectronics-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-partnership-focuses-safety-nanoelectronics-industry#comments Health Safety News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:44:00 +0000 35821 at http://ehstoday.com How Should Employers Manage Stress in the Workplace? http://ehstoday.com/health/how-should-employers-manage-stress-workplace <div class="field-deck"> There is a complex relationship between stress at work and health, and a new report offers examples of European workplaces that “get” it when it comes to reducing or eliminating stress for employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time, and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. They say that psychosocial risks &ndash; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life unbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues &ndash; contribute to work-related stress.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/how-should-employers-manage-stress-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/how-should-employers-manage-stress-workplace#comments Health News Wellness Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:21:00 +0000 35811 at http://ehstoday.com Pet-Food Manufacturer Shutting Down After Spending ‘Every Penny’ to Comply with OSHA Standards http://ehstoday.com/safety/pet-food-manufacturer-shutting-down-after-spending-every-penny-comply-osha-standards <div class="field-deck"> “Having spent basically every penny that we have to come into compliance, there’s just nothing left for the citations,” All-Feed owner Tim Anderson told the Galva News. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Some say that OSHA&rsquo;s bark is far worse than its bite. However, an Illinois pet-food manufacturer is finding that OSHA&rsquo;s bite can be lethal.</p> <p>The owner of All-Feed Processing and Packaging Inc. told a local newspaper that the company is closing its doors because All-Feed can&rsquo;t afford to pay the penalties that OSHA has levied for numerous safety violations. In May, the agency hit All-Feed with $254,000 in fines for exposing workers to combustible-dust and respiratory hazards.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/pet-food-manufacturer-shutting-down-after-spending-every-penny-comply-osha-standards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/pet-food-manufacturer-shutting-down-after-spending-every-penny-comply-osha-standards#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:09:00 +0000 35801 at http://ehstoday.com Federal Agencies Are Lagging in Addressing Physical and Psychological Violence in the Workplace http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace <div class="field-deck"> Every week, the major media and the trade press have stories on physical and/or psychological violence in the workplace. After 43 years in the federal government and 12 years studying workplace violence, I wanted to know whether federal departments were planning for workplace physical and psychological violence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance about planning for physical and psychological violence in the workplace to federal agencies this in 1998, but I have questions if those agencies have done anything to comply with the guidance in the 16 years since it was released.</p> <p>So, earlier this year, I wrote to Katherine Archuleta, the director of OPM. To improve my chances of getting a response, I sent my letter through the office of my congressman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, Md.). Federal agencies pay attention to letters from members of Congress.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace#comments Safety News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:56:00 +0000 35791 at http://ehstoday.com State of Tennessee Dips its Toes into Workplace Bullying http://ehstoday.com/safety/state-tennessee-dips-its-toes-workplace-bullying <div class="field-deck"> In 2014, Tennessee took a cautious step into the workplace bullying arena. Even this small step required boldness on the part of the general assembly and the governor. My hat is off to them. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The state legislature of Tennessee this year passed a bill called the <a href="http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0997.pdf" target="_blank">Healthy Workplace Act</a>. The bill defines &ldquo;abusive conduct&rdquo; at work. This is what many call workplace bullying.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/state-tennessee-dips-its-toes-workplace-bullying" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/state-tennessee-dips-its-toes-workplace-bullying#comments Safety News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:47:00 +0000 35781 at http://ehstoday.com Making a Hands-On Connection http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/making-hands-connection <div class="field-byline"> By David Lynn </div> <div class="field-deck"> Every scar on your hand has a story. The key to improving workplace hand safety is helping others see and feel the same lesson that you learned from your hand injury – without the pain. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Every scar on your hand has a story. The key to improving workplace hand safety is helping others see and feel the same lesson that you learned from your hand injury – without the pain. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/making-hands-connection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/making-hands-connection#comments Hand Protection Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:41:00 +0000 35691 at http://ehstoday.com Survey: Majority of Small and Medium-Size Businesses Unhappy with Their Sustainability Progress http://ehstoday.com/environment/survey-majority-small-and-medium-size-businesses-unhappy-their-sustainability-progress <div class="field-deck"> The majority of small and medium-size businesses (52 percent) said they’re not satisfied with current levels of sustainability, and even more (65 percent) reported that they’re committed to increasing eco-friendly activities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Most small and medium-size businesses want better sustainability programs but are hindered by costs and a perception that investments in green initiatives don&rsquo;t matter to customers.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s one of the key findings of a recent Cox Enterprises survey on sustainability, which received responses from more than 2,000 decision markers of businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/survey-majority-small-and-medium-size-businesses-unhappy-their-sustainability-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/survey-majority-small-and-medium-size-businesses-unhappy-their-sustainability-progress#comments Environment News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:40:00 +0000 35761 at http://ehstoday.com Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Man Caught in the Act of Faking Workplace Injury http://ehstoday.com/safety/liar-liar-pants-fire-man-caught-act-faking-workplace-injury <div class="field-deck"> Call it reality television at its best: A Cleveland man who was caught on film faking a workplace injury barely avoids jail time for committing fraud. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It seemed like a good idea at the time.&nbsp; Glenn Jones probably wanted some paid time off so he tried to fake a workplace injury. Unfortunately for him, his employer&rsquo;s security cameras caught him in the act.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/liar-liar-pants-fire-man-caught-act-faking-workplace-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/liar-liar-pants-fire-man-caught-act-faking-workplace-injury#comments Health Safety News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:30:00 +0000 35751 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Glenn Jones, of Cleveland, Ohio, shown here on his employer&rsquo;s security video, stomped a hole in the wooden floor the night before he said he was injured, and on the following day, lowered his foot into the floor and lay down on the platform.</p> Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation