These 10 articles from 2016 generated the most interest in our Connection newsletter and here on our workplace safety blog this year. We do our best to keep you up-to-date on new rules, tools and tips that can help keep your workplace safe and in compliance. All these items are worth a second look.
The 3 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.
Certain jobs simply have more risk and danger associated with them then others. Here are the three most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to data gathered in 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more.
5 Top Workplace Tool Safety Tips
Power tools and workshop equipment send nearly 400,000 Americans to the emergency room every year, cause nearly 200 deaths and cost $15.4 billion in medical costs annually. Here are five top workplace tool safety tips recommended by OSHA to help reduce injuries. Read more.
Staying Safe in Extreme Workplaces and Conditions
Many workers perform their daily job activities in dangerous environments and situations, including fire fighting, deep sea fishing and logging. This post discusses some new technologies that can help keep workers safe in extreme conditions. Read more.
Improve Workplace Safety With a Smartphone
Smartphones are becoming increasingly useful in the arena of workplace safety, and along with their associated apps may be the next great innovation in occupational health and safety. Here's a look at some of the ways smartphones are being used to improve workplace safety. Read more.
Concealed Carry in the Workplace: Safety Measures, Laws and Best Practices
Today, more than ever, gun safety in the workplace is a topic of discussion. Employers are required to ensure the safety of employees. Here's information for employers regarding employees carrying concealed firearms on the job. Read more.
New OSHA Eye and Face Protection Standards Effective in April
OSHA published a final rule updating requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The new rule updated references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards. Read more.
MUTCD-Compliant Reflective Street Name Signs at ComplianceSigns.com:
ComplianceSigns.com now offers MUTCD-compliant reflective street name signs in eight styles to meet the needs of cities, towns, neighborhoods, homeowner’s associations and others. Although the signs are custom-made for each order, do-it-yourself website tools make sign creation and ordering fast and easy. Read more.
Construction Site Power Line Safety
Power lines on construction sites pose a serious hazard to workers. Reports show that 70 percent of power-line contacts in the last 10 years have occurred on construction sites. They most commonly affect workers operating excavating equipment, but an increasing number of incidents involve dump trucks. Read more.
2016 Safety Predictions: 4 Trends to Address
An OH&S article outlined four key trends predicted to impact safety in 2016. Considering the constantly changing landscape of regulations, labor needs and increasing substance legalization and addiction, employers must identify new and creative ways to mitigate workplace hazards. The advice holds true for 2017 as well. Read more.
OSHA Requires Electronic Reporting to Create Public Injury Database
OSHA issued a rule in May requiring employers in certain industries to electronically submit injury and illness data that employers are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations. OSHA intends to post the data from these submissions on a publicly accessible Web site, but without information that could be used to identify individual employees. Read more.
December 2016 Workplace Safety News & Notes
Here's a collection of safety news from around the web:BLS: Fatal Work Injuries Increased Slightly in 2015A...
Major OSHA Fines Total $2.3 Million in November 2016
In November, Federal OSHA investigators released information on 12 enforcement activities with proposed fin...