Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Food industry trying harder to reduce sodium in its offerings

A new study finds that sodium levels decreased in a sample of top selling packaged foods by about 7% from 2009 to the beginning of 2015.

Here's what OSHA's advisors will be talking about on Sept. 8

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) – the group that advises the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees – will meet on Sept. 8, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Balance and flexibility can lead to a more productive workforce

Two high-profile leaders have recently garnered media attention for their drastically different attitudes toward work-life balance.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer became the topic of conversation this month regarding her remarks in a Bloomberg interview in which she discussed working 130-hour weeks during Google's early days and stated that she can “tell you which startups will succeed, without even knowing what they do” based on whether or not employees were working on the weekend.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fall hazards in construction on display at Florida worksite

OSHA inspectors in Ocala, Florida looked up, and saw employees of D.R. Horton Inc. – one of the nation's largest homebuilders , installing roofing sheathing without benefit of fall protection.

1 in 5 Americans disregard safety when choosing OTC painkillers

A national survey conducted by the U.S. Pain Foundation, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, has found that while nearly all consumers (97%) say they feel confident when choosing which over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to take, many disregard important safety factors that medical professionals say are critical to selecting which OTC pain reliever is most appropriate for their health profile.

Where's respiratory protection for Samsung factory workers in South Korea?

More than 200 former Samsung factory workers contracted a wide variety of illnesses allegedly from chemicals they were exposed to, according to the Associated Press. Samsung reportedly withheld specific information about the exposures.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Wind energy company sues to keep bird kill data out of public's hands

An Ohio wind-energy facility doesn't want to reveal how many birds it kills, and has gone to court to keep that information secret. Blue Creek Wind Farm, owned by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, has filed a lawsuit in Ohio to prevent two state agencies from making public what it calls “trade secrets.”

Thursday, 25 August 2016

ACGIH® announces 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

ACGIH® is proud to announce its new status as a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization. ACGIH® was formerly a 501(c)(6) organization. This new status allows ACGIH® to accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to continue the important work of its scientific Committees.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Truck driver job-related injuries in overdrive

When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don't come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How to protect healthcare workers from hazardous drugs

Surface wipe sampling is an important component of a comprehensive drug-safety program to identify where skin exposure to hazardous drugs could occur in healthcare settings.
All drugs carry risks, as well as benefits, as the patient warnings listed on the accompanying inserts indicate. One class of drugs with especially serious risks are anticancer drugs, which can be associated with organ damage, reproductive harm, hearing impairment, and cancer.

Getting ready for the new small drone rule

Some people call it a “government regulation.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calls it “a new world of opportunities for drone operators.”
Whatever the terminology, the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists goes into effect August 29, and the FAA says it wants to “make sure you have the information you'll need to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Oil industry report: Pipelines are safe

A report released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) shows that pipeline incidents have decreased, despite a sharp rise in the use of pipelines to deliver oil and gas industry products.

Monday, 22 August 2016

After the flood…

With cleanup from the historic flooding in Louisiana likely to go on for some time, occupational safety and health agencies are warning about the hazards that workers and volunteers will face during cleanup activities.

Robber threatens subway agent with fire

A New York City subway agent was the victim last week of a would-be robber who used arson to commit his crime – but technology saved the day.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Deadly dust in Ga. takes a worker's life

In the agricultural industry, excessive dust is a fuel that can cause serious and sometimes deadly explosions and fires - as was the case at a Georgia chicken feed mill where an explosion killed a 25-year-old man and injured five others in February 2016, federal workplace safety inspectors have found.

NIOSH hits the road to offer miners free health screenings

All former and current coal miners in western Virginia are encouraged to take advantage of the free and confidential health screenings the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be offering starting tomorrow.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The FAA announces a New Center of Excellence

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP).

Feds finalize greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks

The EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Safety academy marks four decades of helping miners

The National Mine Health and Safety Academy is celebrating its 40th birthday today with a ceremony in Beaver, West Virginia that honors the Academy's legacy.

Olympic work

As Olympic fever takes hold, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that relates directly or indirectly to the athletes or their events.

James Barthel, President and CEO of MT2, Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Award and Nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award

MT2 announced news regarding their President and CEO being honored with two significant business nominations. James Barthel was notified in July that he was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Awards and also Nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award.


Encouraging and supporting ethical business practices is a key purpose of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the BBB can present to a business or nonprofit.  Being a recipient indicates that the business not only believes in the high standards promoted by the BBB, but also consistently acts on them and continuously integrates them into daily practices.


Commenting on the news of being selected as a semi-finalist for the Denver Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Award, Barthel stated, “I am humbled and honored. MT2 is run on a belief and value-system that service is a foundational reason for a business to exist. I focus on a balanced interest for all stakeholders including customers, employees, owners, business partners and suppliers. A balanced win-win approach for all stakeholders produces a culture of service focused on others along with the uncompromising integrity of being part of an enterprise with a higher purpose.”



The Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award honors a leader of the business community who embodies the strong belief in real-world practical application of ethical principles as a framework for personal and organizational decision-making and leadership. Nominees will be evaluated based on principles espoused by Bill Daniels during his business career including: Integrity, Trust, Accountability, Transparency, Fairness, Respect, Rule of Law, and Viability.


On being nominated for the 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award, Barthel stated, “our vision and mission here at MT2 is to be the premier specialty environmental services company known for our high level of service and integrity with a higher purpose and to deliver a competitive service experience to our clients, characterized by excellence in performance, safety, and environmental protection; producing a sustainable rate of return to shareholders; and established on a foundation of principles and values commensurate with our calling.”

He continued, “our core business competency is compliance. A single incident of non-compliance can result in a significant risk to our customers and to our viability to long-term sustainability. For these reasons and as part of our excellence in service commitment, MT2 has established a zero infractions goal as a primary objective. We work strongly to help establish industrywide standards, to help our clients understand the relevance of regulations to their operations and to promote industry wide compliance through trade organization and training opportunities.”



About MT2:

MT2 is the Nation's leading provider of environmental firing range services having provided professional, high-integrity solutions to over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States since 2000. MT2 is committed to protecting law enforcement officers who protect and serve our communities.

MT2 has recycled over 12 MILLION tons of lead, returning over $4,000,000 dollars to ranges owners without a single regulatory violation, while working closely with range owners to implement firing range Best Management Practices (BMPs). MT2's zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule.

No one can complete a firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2.

Monday, 15 August 2016

OSHA, NIOSH kick off hearing protection contest

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are using a contest to challenge inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Obstructed breathing more common in certain jobs

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigators have found that that the highest rates of airway obstruction were in jobs related to installation, maintenance, and repair; construction; and oil and gas extraction.

Friday, 12 August 2016

PHMSA strengthens rule for flammable liquids and rail tank cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), has announced a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to codify certain requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act) related to the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pa. feed mill ignores combustible dust warnings

When OSHA enforcement personnel arrived at Albion Mill in Albion, Pennsylvania on Feb. 10, 2016, they expected to find hazards identified during a 2013 abated.
Instead, they found that the company:

NHTSA message: 'Safe Cars Save Lives'

In a Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour going on this week, The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) is spreading the word about vehicle and passenger safety. A team of experts will be deployed to each stop to teach motorists about recalls, tires, car seats and heatstroke.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The key to a successful mine emergency response

Cities and towns beset by natural disasters or catastrophic events immediately turn to their community's first responders to coordinate and execute rescue and recovery efforts.
The practice is no different when a calamity occurs in an underground mine.

Roofing contractor ignores warnings, exposes workers to falls

Dorchester, Massachusetts-based contractor Roof Kings LLC exposed employees to life-threatening falls - more than 45 feet off the ground - over a three-day period as they worked at a Haverhill church, federal workplace safety and health inspectors found.

Negotiating the 'new world of work'

The emergence of a 'new world of work' interferes with traditional forms of work organisation. There is an underlying risk for the workers' movement to lose control on matters as crucial as working hours and working arrangements.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

FAA Administrator : Making aviation safer

Speaking before a diverse general aviation audience at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta underscored the importance of government and industry collaboration and highlighted a number of initiatives that are making general aviation safer and more efficient.

DOE to reduce number of workers exposed to beryllium

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Public Hearings that would amend its chronic beryllium disease (CBD) prevention program regulation by reducing the number of workers who are currently exposed to beryllium, minimizing the potential for and levels of worker exposure, and establishing medical surveillance to monitor the health of beryllium-exposed workers.

NTSB retrieves El Faro Voyage Data Recorder

The doomed cargo ship that sank in the Bahamas last year has finally yielded up a clue that could help investigators determine exactly how it met its end, taking the lives of its 33 crew members with it.

Comm tower workers get a safety standard

A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Monday, 8 August 2016

NJ workers exposed to flammable gas

When OSHA inspectors entered a New Jersey chemical facility Feb. 6 as part of the agency's national emphasis program for chemical facilities, they had no idea they'd find workers exposed to a substance capable of causing a host of hazards, from fire to liver damage.

Are you a cancer survivor?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking individuals with a strong personal interest in cancer to participate in its research grants peer review process. “Stakeholders,” who have been part of the Society's grant review process since 1999, provide a unique perspective from the cancer experience to help ensure sound research funding decisions.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Ag worker pesticide rule closer to being finalized

A tougher agricultural worker protection rule is inching closer to becoming a reality, now that the EPA has sent it to the Department of Agriculture for review.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rifle Shooting Tip: Holdover and Offset

Rifle Shooting Tip: Holdover and OffsetWhen making precision shots at varying distances a shooter should know--relative to the distance of the firearm's zero--how much to hold the sights over or under the desired point of impact. Adam Painchaud, Director of the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire, explains the concept of holdover and offset while sharing a drill that will help improve your precision shooting skill.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Calif. bill would safeguard hospital patients in “observation” settings

Legislation to enact new protections for hospital patients warehoused in “observation status” with fewer protections accorded other patients, has taken another major step forward.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

ASSE member appointed to OSHA's construction safety committee

R. Ronald Sokol, a 29-year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, was appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which is charged with advising the agency on setting construction standards and policy matters affecting federally financed or assisted construction.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

EPA issues final formaldehyde rule

The EPA last week issued a final rule to limit exposure to formaldehyde, a carcinogen that is used as an adhesive in a wide range of wood products, such as some furniture, flooring, cabinets, bookcases and building materials including plywood and wood panels.

Former ASSE president dies as a result of motorcycle accident

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE's 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

NY nail salons get clean air regs

New ventilation requirements to protect the health of workers and customers in New York state nail salons will go into effect Oct. 3, 2016.

It's all about risk

I started my career as a graduate assistant at North Carolina State University working with the state's furniture and textile industries as they were trying to comply with a new law, the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Monday, 1 August 2016

NTSB: Driver of Tesla was using car's tech at time of Fla. crash

The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) doesn't yet know what caused the fatal Tesla-truck crash in Florida earlier this year, but it has concluded that the Tesla driver was using the the vehicle's advanced driver assistance features Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-keeping assistance.

Aircraft emissions are contributing to climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain types of aircraft engines contribute to the pollution that causes climate change and endangers Americans' health and the environment.