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Is OSHA's newest safety effort actually 'naming and shaming'?

We mentioned in a previous post that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering whether or not to subject businesses to a new reporting procedure. If OSHA decides to institute this new reporting procedure, employers overseeing more than 250 workers would be required to electronically submit information to OSHA on all serious work-related injuries and illnesses that befall their employees. That data would eventually be made available to the general public.

'Boss, it's cold outside!' - Working safely in cold weather

The so-called "Polar Vortex" phenomenon may now be complete, but the cold, harsh days of winter are far from over. For workers who labor outdoors year-round, the idea that spring is months away can be disheartening. When temperatures drop dramatically, when icy conditions make surfaces slick and when snowy conditions decrease visibility, outdoor workers can suffer a greater risk of sustaining work-related injuries and illnesses than they ordinarily would.

Even with limit, workers exposed to silica suffer

The federal government has placed limits on the amount of toxic substances workers can be exposed to on the job, but workers can still suffer serious injuries or even death as a result of exposure. Silica dust is one of these harmful substances that can cause serious health complications for American workers, particularly in the construction industry.

Another checkbox: Thinking about the safety of temporary workers

A seemingly simple solution to a pervasive problem is proving to be more complex than many safety advocates would wish it to be. We have previously written about the fact that temporary workers are generally at a higher risk for work-related injuries and illnesses than full-time and part-time employees are. One proposed reform that could significantly help federal regulators to both understand the scope of this danger and to act upon it is seemingly wrapped in red tape. Simply adding one checkbox to a certain federal reporting form that tracks injuries suffered by workers could take more than a decade to approve.

New York dairy industry is scary industry for its farm workers

Did you know that New York is one of the top dairy-producing states in the country? So often, business talk regarding New York revolves around Wall Street, but there is the blue-collar crowd in the state that is getting attention because of safety legislation matters.

New NTSB work safety recommendations reinforce critical point

Some law makers and members of the general public get frustrated by redundancies in federal laws, state laws and regulations. Redundancies are often highlighted as evidence of governmental inefficiency. However, when it comes to preventing workplace accidents redundancies are actually critical to ensuring the safety of workers.

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