Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, February

Advanced Protective Footwear Technology in 2007: With New Footwear Technologies Entering the Market Every Year, It's Important for Customers to Know What's Important in Boot Construction-To Decipher Which Features and Technologies Will Get the Job Done Safely
Every year, safety footwear manufacturers find new ways to make protective footwear more comfortable and lighter to combat foot fatigue and improve working conditions. There are a few different generations in the workplace today. We have workers...
Against Falls
(Look for fall protection from ISEA members that meets ANSI Z359.1-1992 (R-1999) Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components) ... From the Miller Division of Bacou-Dalloz Co. (800-873-5242, bacou-dalloz.com) are:...
Airing on the Side of Caution: Even in the Midst of Some Turbulent Financial Times, Delta Air Lines Isn't Compromising on Safety-And It Isn't Taking Any Chances with Workers' Hearing
To encourage workers to wear their hearing protection, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has found that it's good to keep things personal. Belinda Hall, for example, tells Delta workers that her grandfather--a retired autoworker--is hard of hearing....
Draft Paper Criticizes OSHA's Approach to Safety
OSHA, since its inception 35 years ago, has failed to meet its promise of giving "every working man and woman in the nation safe and healthful working conditions," according to a draft paper written by a University of Washington (state) professor....
FHWA Requires High-Visibility Safety Apparel for Highway Workers
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a final rule requiring that: "All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction...
Firefighter Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
The federal government has charged a U.S. Forest Service crew boss with involuntary manslaughter for his decisions in the line of duty that allegedly caused the deaths of four Forest Service firefighters. According to a criminal complaint filed...
For Breathing
(Look for respiratory protection from ISEA members that is marked with the NIOSH logo, 42 CFR, Part 84) ... From the AOSafety[R] brand of Aearo Technologies (800-225-9038 or www.aearo.com) is the M-TAC[TM] military-style respirator with wide-view...
For the Whole Person
(Look for garments from ISEA members that meet ANSI/ISEA 101-1996 (R2002)--American National Standard for Limited-Use and Disposable Coveralls--Size and Labeling Requirements, or ANSI/ISEA 107-2004--American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety...
From the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
From the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)--www.osha.gov--comes word that it has revised its directive on the National Emphasis Program on Amputations to identify and reduce workplace machinery and equipment hazards that cause...
Going beyond the Minimum with Hearing Conservation: Hearing Loss Is the Rodney Dangerfield of Workplace Hazards: It Just Doesn't Get Any Respect
Even after many years of OSHA-regulated efforts to conserve hearing, and despite the ready availability of hearing protection devices (HPDs), rates of noise-induced hearing loss continue to rise. A recent National Health Interview Survey showed...
Hazard Abatement and Hazard Reporting: The Difference between Effective Hazard Abatement Programs and Those That Consume Gloves and Fingers Often Is the System Used to Manage Hazard Reporting
I was resting comfortably (on my laurels) in my office when the operations manager entered holding a bloody, shredded glove. An employee's hand had been pulled into a chain conveyor, but thankfully, her fingers were intact. After inspecting the...
ISEA Publishes New Standard to Enhance Visibility, Safety of Public Safety Workers
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has published a new American National Standard that will enhance the visibility and safety of public-safety workers, including some emergency responders. The American National Standard for High-Visibility...
ISEA Recognizes Jed Bullard for Contributions to Worker Safety
Edward D. "Jed" Bullard, head of the family-owned safety equipment company that bears his name, is the 2006 recipient of the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award. Bullard, who is chairman...
New Congress, Old Faces
With Democrats in the majority in both chambers of Congress, a number of familiar names in the Senate will chair committees of interest to the occupational health and safety community. New Committee Chairs in the Senate Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)...
New from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
New from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)--www.cdc.gov/niosh--is a revised nanotechnology page that describes NIOSH research on the occupational safety and health implications...
OSHA $100,000 Club of Safety Citations
OSHA has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for the following recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by personal protective equipment. Companies have 15 business...
Outing Deadbeat Employers: A New Report Finds One in Five Employees in New York State Do Not Have Workers' Comp Insurance
Don't kid yourself: Injured employees aren't the only ones hurt when deadbeat employers refuse to pay their fair share into state workers' compensation programs. A new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute estimates that between 500,000 and 1...
Stepping into the Kitchen: Foot Protection for Food Workers: Slips and Falls Account for Almost Half the Workers' Compensation Costs in the Food Service Industry. an Effective and Well-Rounded Foot Protection Program Is the Answer to Bringing Those Numbers Down
Cover Story A busy commerical kitchen--in a hotel, a fast food restaurant or the best restaurant in town--could be one of the most dangerous places to work. Slippery floors, knives and other sharp tools, hot surfaces, heavy pieces of moveable equipment,...
Touching on Trends in Hand Protection: What Can Employers and Workers Expect from Hand Protection in the near Future?
Our hands are the second-most useful tool we have (the most useful tool being our brains). So, let's use our brains and examine new trends and technologies in hand protection. In 2005--the most recent year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics...
Workplace Injury, Illness Rates at All-Time Low
The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry declined in 2005 for the third consecutive year, reaching an all-time low, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported. The latest BLS Workplace Injuries...

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