Safety en Is 3D Printing Safe? <div class="field-deck"> A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene explores the potentially harmful VOCs found in the 3D printing process. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A decrease in price and an increase in interest in three-dimensional (3D) printers have resulted in more of them in the workplace and in homes. However, questions surfacing about potential health effects of using this technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT News Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:00 +0000 55221 at <p>Can the VOCs emitted by 3D printers be harmful to the people using them?</p> OSHA: Republic Steel Exposed Employees to Excessive Lead Levels <div class="field-deck"> Canton, Ohio automotive steel manufacturer Republic Steel is cited for repeated and serious violations after failing to guard machines, lack of lockout/tagout devices and exposing employees to lead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A maintenance worker at Republic Steel, an automotive steel manufacturer, suffered severe injuries because the company failed to guard machines and provide lock-out devices, an OSHA investigation found.</p> <p>The Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer faces $279,578 in proposed penalties after the agency&rsquo;s investigators found workers at its&nbsp;plant were exposed to machine hazards and lead.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 17:44:00 +0000 55201 at Thinkstock Workplace Change Contributes to Distrust of Employers and Chronic Stress <div class="field-deck"> U.S. workers who have been impacted by workplace or business changes are more likely to report chronic stress and are less likely to trust their employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The good news is, 78 percent of U.S. workers report average or better levels of work engagement, as characterized by high levels of energy, being strongly involved in their work and feeling happily engrossed in what they do, with the largest group (47 percent) having an average level of work engagement. Employees experienced higher engagement when they had more positive perceptions of their employer&rsquo;s involvement, growth and development and health and safety practices.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:00 +0000 55191 at <p>American adults who have been impacted by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employer and more likely to say they plan to leave the organization within the next year compared with those who haven&rsquo;t been affected by organizational change.</p> NSC: 7 Driving Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>An estimated 409 people may be killed and 47,000 seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents during Memorial Day weekend this year, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Safety Council.</a></p> <p>The number of fatalities is expected to be 12 percent higher than the average number of deaths, 364, that occurred in the past six years. The three-day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. ET Friday, May 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, May 29.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Mon, 22 May 2017 14:28:00 +0000 55151 at Regulation to Expand Safety at California Oil Refineries <div class="field-deck"> California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board passes regulation outlining new safety order. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new regulation in California aims to improve workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state.</p> <p>The state&rsquo;s Department of Industrial Relations&rsquo; (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board <a href="" target="_blank">approved the rule</a>, which provides a standardized framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards within the refinery sector.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News Fri, 19 May 2017 17:53:00 +0000 55141 at Thinkstock Federal Appeals Court Awards Damages to Pan Am Railways Employee <div class="field-deck"> Commercial railroad company Pan Am Railways has been ordered to pay punitive and compensatory damages after retaliating against a worker who filed an FRSA complaint. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Pan Am Railways Inc. violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act after retaliating against a worker who tried to report an injury and later filed a complaint.</p> <p>Because of this, a federal appeals court ruled that the <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">North&nbsp;</span>Billerica, Mass.-based company must pay $260,000&nbsp;in punitive and compensatory damages to the employee.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 17 May 2017 17:27:00 +0000 55111 at Thinkstock Mechanical Miracles [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>When UC Berkley Professor Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>Those dreams have translated into an invention that allowed people to walk again after paralyzing accidents and illnesses. Called the <a href="" target="_blank">eLEGS</a>, the device was a medical exoskeleton that restores the ability of paraplegics, MS patients and stroke victims to walk.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries PPE Safety IoT Wed, 17 May 2017 16:23:00 +0000 55101 at The Mechanical Miracle Worker <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> You may not have heard of Homayoon Kazerooni, the roboticist responsible for the burgeoning exoskeleton renaissance. But he knows who you are, and he wants to change your life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>They weren&rsquo;t the usual American dreams of being rich and famous. He dreamed of becoming a scientist or an engineer, like the people he read about in outdated <em>Time</em> magazines back home who helped Neil Armstrong take his first small steps in the Sea of Tranquility.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> PPE Safety IoT News Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:00 +0000 55091 at suitX Are Injuries Still the ‘Cost of Doing Business’ at Some Companies? <div class="field-deck"> The struggle between safety and production continues: A new study finds that managers, struggling to meet earnings projections, are willing to sacrifice worker safety and health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research conducted by Professors Judson Caskey of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Naim Bugra Ozel from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas and published in the <em>Journal of Accounting and Economics</em> finds that managers of U.S. companies facing market pressures to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to please investors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety Training News Tue, 16 May 2017 15:32:00 +0000 55081 at Thinkstock Sandy Says: What Should Be the Cost To Employers Who Ignore Their Responsibilities? <div class="field-deck"> It's hard to find justice in a system that charges more for parking violations than it does for manslaughter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks went to work on a fall day in Boston, just like any other day. On that day &ndash; Oct. 21, 2016 &ndash; the approximately 12-foot deep, unshored trench in which they were working collapsed, trapping them in soil up to their waists.</p> <p>As their coworkers scrambled to dig them out, an adjacent fire hydrant supply line snapped, filling the trench with water. Despite the desperate efforts of their coworkers, the men died at the scene.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction EHS Today Magazine Safety OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 18:20:00 +0000 54991 at