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The American Board of Industrial Hygiene Elects a New Chair

  
  
  
ABIH elects new chair

On October 27 that Certified Industrial Hygienist Nicole Greeson was elected as the new chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).

The Growing Problem of E-Waste: the EPA Encourages Responsible E-Cycling

  
  
  
EPA Encourages Responsible E Cycling

According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household. Dave Kruch, CEO of the re-commerce company Cash for Laptops, describes e-waste as a "rapidly expanding issue." And for good reason, it is estimated that fifty million tons of e-waste is generated yearly, with the United States contributing about three million tons on its own.

NIOSH Challenges the Food Manufacturing Industry to Improve Lockout / Tagout Programs

  
  
  
NIOSH Food Manufacturing Industry Lockout Tagout

Workers in the food manufacturing industry have a higher rate of illness and injury than other private industry workers—an incidence rate of 5.4 per 100 workers, compared to an overall private industry rate of 3.4 per 100 workers, based on 2012 data. During the same year, food manufacturers suffered 41 fatalities and more than 18,000 lost-time injuries.

OSHA Issues Warning for Tree Care Services

  
  
  
OSHA tree care services

Crazy weather seems to be in the news again—hurricanes, Nor’easters, tornadoes, hail storms and even early snow fall. The tree service industry loves crazy weather, and their service model frequently requires rapid response, particularly when downed trees cause power outages, traffic delays and other issues.   Following any such weather event, tree care workers descend, ready to  clear debris, trim fallen trees and get us all back up and running!  Rapid response still requires safety procedures and two fatal incidents this year prompted OSHA to remind the tree service industry of the consequences of not following mandated safety requirements.  Released on June 16, the OSHA Hazard Bulletin addresses how to help prevent injuries and deaths from falls and falling objects during tree care work.

Using Gamification to Improve Occupational Health and Safety

  
  
  
gamification improve occupational health and safety

Gamification is described as the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve goals. Gamification incorporates a number of psychological concepts—centered on motivation, behavior, and personality traits—to harness people’s basic desires, needs, and impulses for improved status through achievement.

Emergency Breathing Apparatus: Important Part of H&S Training

  
  
  
health and safety training

Where personal protection equipment (PPE) is available for use at a facility, employees must be trained in the proper use of this equipment.  This is a basic requirement for the use of all types of PPE, and one that is often overlooked for the rarely used Emergency Life Support Apparatus (ELSA).  These self-contained breathing apparatus are designed for emergency escape only. With proper training, affected employees will be able to react quickly and properly in the event that use of an ELSA is required. Proper initial training with regular refresher training prepares employees to react quickly and correctly in an emergency. 

Be Prepared for a Fire

  
  
  
fire prevention sign

Inspect & Test Your Fire Alarm Systems

September was National Preparedness Month

  
  
  
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Reminder that the DOT is now Requiring Commercial Drivers to Receive Physicals from Certified Medical Examiners

25 Industries Are No Longer Partially Exempt From OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements

  
  
  
25 Industries Are No Longer Partially Exempt From OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements

On September 11, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule revision to the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. These revisions to 29 CFR 1904 are effective on January 1, 2015 and focus on two key requirements:

OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements – Updated

  
  
  
OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule revision to the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements.  These revisions to 29 CFR 1904 are effective on January 1, 2015 and focus on two key requirements:

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