Monthly Archives: July 2015

Increase in Wildland Fires Heightens Aviation Safety Concerns

Working in and around aircraft is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in wildland firefighting. During the past decade, the U.S. has experienced larger, more frequent and severe wildfires attributable to drought conditions, buildup of flammable vegetation, decline in snowpack and urban encroachment. If these conditions continue, experts say more fire response workers will be needed […]

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Nsaids Remain a Good Choice to Relieve Minor Complaints

Posted by Kevin F. Smith, M.D., M.P.H. In case you are wondering about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to strengthen fact label warnings on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Use of these medications on a limited basis remains sound clinical practice. Commonly used OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and […]

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Ada 25th Anniversary Time to Reflect on Progress, Take Action

The U.S. will mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, the date former President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation in 1990. The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to people with disabilities. The amendments act overturned several Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed had interpreted the definition […]

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Root-cause Analysis Not a Blame Game

The summer edition of Vitality Atlas, WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, features two articles with juxtaposing ideas about the root causes of workplace accidents and injuries. In the cover story on OSHA’s new severe injury reporting rule, the agency places the weight of responsibility for work-related injuries on employers. In a speech in which he explains the […]

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Osha Delays Full Enforcement Of Confined Spaces Rule for Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday announced it will allow a 60-day grace period before fully enforcing its new comprehensive standard on confined spaces in construction (29 CFR Part 1926). The rule goes into effect Aug. 3. Full enforcement will begin Oct. 2, 2015, in response to requests from employers for additional time to train workers and acquire […]

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