Monday, June 29, 2015

Infographic: Putting the Health Into Safety & Health

Despite major improvements in occupational safety and health over the past 20 years, work-related illnesses are still increasing. As part of Health and Safety Week 2015, 3M released this infographic to highlight the importance of health in OSH.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Safety Lately 6/26/15

Safety Lately is a look at the past week in the world of OSH. This show covers recycling, hearing conservation in the music industry and EPA’s new Chemical Safety Advisory Committee.

You can download the podcast here.

Like what you heard? Look for more podcasts at our multimedia page. You can also connect with ASSE on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

NIOSH Mobile App Addresses Ladder Safety

The NIOSH Ladder Safety smart phone app aims to reduce injuries and keep workers safe while working with extension ladders. Using visual and audio signals and a specially designed angle-of-inclination indicator, the app provides feedback on safe positioning of extension ladders, making it easy to set ladders at the proper angle.

According to the agency, falls from ladders are a common source of preventable construction injuries. The Ladder Safety app targets the major causes of ladder falls and provides users with a number of interactive and easy-to-use tools including a safety guide for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing and use.

The app is available free download in both English and Spanish on the NIOSH websiteApple App-store and Android Market.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Know Your UV Exposure

As part of its No Time to Lose campaign against occupational cancer, IOSH is reminding workers (and the public) that even on cloudy days it's important to know the UV index if working outdoors. Follow the campaign on Twitter at @_NTTL.

Report: Recycling Workers Exposed to Safety Hazards & High Injury Rates

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A new study, by environmental, occupational safety and community benefits experts in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, indicates that recycling workers are more than twice as likely to be injured on the job.

Safe & Sustainable Recycling: Protecting Workers who Protect the Planet, finds that recycling work is unnecessarily hazardous to workers’ safety and health. Seventeen recycling workers died on the job between 2011-2013 as a result of unsafe working conditions including exposure to hazardous objects on the sort line (like used needles, toxic chemicals, broken glass and animal carcasses) and working around heavy machinery. Additionally, many recycling companies rely heavily on temporary workers, who are less likely to be proper trained or informed of their legal right to a safe and healthy workplace.

To address these issues and ensure safety and health compliance across the industry, the authors of this study recommend using municipal best practices and prohibiting the use of temporary employees, who are at the greatest risk of injury on the job.

Cities have the power to create safer jobs by contracting solely with responsible recycling companies that maintain rigorous health and safety programs and educating communities about correct separation of recyclable materials.

The report notes that unionized workers, with negotiated contracts in place enjoy more effective enforcement of legally mandated health and safety protections and also have the ability to bargain for additional safeguards to improve working conditions.