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OSHA Updates Cotton Dust Standard

OSHA has updated its landmark Cotton Dust Standard 29 CFR 1910.1043, which describes how occupational spirometry tests must be conducted to protect workers’ respiratory health. Of particular importance are requirements for evaluation of worker spirometry results in medical surveillance paragraph 1910.1043(h)(2)(iii), mandating that National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) reference values and Lower […]

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Prevention Stand-down Focuses on Falls in Construction

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, focuses focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry. During the stand-down,  the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) partners with other organizations to encourage employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard […]

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New York City Council Votes to Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

A precedent-setting city law banning pre-employment drug screening for marijuana was passed by the New York City Council on April  9, 2019. The legislation, Prohibition of drug testing for pre-employment hiring procedures, has been sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his expected signature. Once the law is enacted, employers who are hiring prospective employees […]

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Few Employers Feel Prepared to Manage Opioid Use, Survey Shows

Seventy-five percent of U.S. employers have been directly affected by opioid use in the workforce, but only 17 percent feel extremely well prepared to deal with the issue, according to a survey released Sunday by the National Safety Council (NSC) in recognition of Poison Prevention Week. The 526 survey respondents are decision-makers in companies with […]

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States File Suit Over OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, State of New Jersey v. R. Alexander Acosta, six states challenge a rollback in Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rules. The states are Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. The states allege an “illegal and […]

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Legislators Take Aim at OSHA Rules

House Democrats last week introduced legislation related to rules enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Michigan Rep. Andy Levin introduced H.J. Resolution 44, “Disapproving the final rule of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration titled ‘Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.’” The matter has been referred to the House Committee on Education […]

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OSHA Log Reporting Rule Rollback Triggers Lawsuit

Three public health organizations sued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Jan. 25, a day after it released a final rule eliminating a previously approved requirement for employers with more than 250 employees to electronically submit detailed workplace injury and illness information to the agency. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court […]

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Body Sensors Used to Monitor Fatigue, Reduce Injury Risk

A research paper released today by the American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation features three years of data that demonstrate the benefits using wearable body sensors to monitor fatigue levels and develop interventions to decrease injury risk. The study involved 25 manufacturing workers who wore non-obtrusive wrist, hip and ankle sensors while completing three common […]

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Work-related Fatality Rates Reveal Vulnerabilities

A total of 5,147 fatal work-related injuries were recorded in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The fatal injury rate decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.6 in 2016. The data indicate that preventable accidents occur despite regulatory standards, occupational health and safety training, and the use of personal […]

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Court Rules Against OSHA in Electronic Recordkeeping Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday against a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decision to suspend parts of its electronic record-keeping rule. The civil action was filed by three public advocacy groups represented by Public Citizen Health Research Group. In May 2016, […]

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