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Occupational Safety News Bulletin – 4/19

OSHA LogoOccupational Safety news headlines for late April, 2011:

  • OSHA issues alert on hair products that could release formaldehyde

    OSHA issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair smoothing and straightening products. Many states have already issued warnings about these products. Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose, cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs and is also linked to nose and lung cancer. Read the full alert at the OSHA website…

  • S Court of Appeals upholds OSHA’s fall protection rule

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a challenge by the National Roofing Contractors Association to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s December 2010 rule regarding the use of fall protection in residential construction. In the past residential construction workers were exempt from some fall protection requirements. The 2010 rule was to delete this exemption. Read more about the ruling here…

  • OSHA director tells Congress that worker safety is good for the economy

    OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels testified April 14 to a subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations on OSHA’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request. Michaels explained that in addition to being the right thing to do, protecting workers also makes economic sense. A March 2010 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company report showed that the most disabling injuries, (those involving six or more days away from work) cost American employers more than $53 billion a year – over $1 billion a week – in workers’ compensation costs alone. You can view Michaels’ full statement here…

  • Tips to help prevent injuries among residential construction Workers

    OSHA has issued a guidance document on Fall Protection in Residential Construction. The document focuses primarily on new construction and shows how employers can prevent fall-related injuries and death by methods that include using bracket scaffolds, anchors, safety net systems and guardrails during activities such as weatherproofing a roof or installing roof sheathing, walls and subfloors. Download the guide here…

  • Precautions for handling hazardous drugs highlighted by OSHA, NIOSH and The Joint Commission

    OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and The Joint Commission sent a letter to U.S. hospitals highlighting the need for safe practices in handling hazardous drugs that can pose serious job-related health risks to workers. Irreversible effects from work-related exposures even at low levels, without taking appropriate precautions, can include cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, allergic reactions and other health issues. Visit OSHA’s website to read the full news release…

  • OSHA Health Injury Prevention Sheet provides information on rigging hazards

    OSHA issued a new Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheet to help protect workers against hazards posed during rigging operations in shipyards. The sheet provides both employers and workers with real-world hazard information and solutions. Workers performing rigging functions use ropes and cables to secure a ship’s parts and sections for lifting by cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment. View the full guidesheet at the OSHA website…

  • OSHA to kick off Occupational Safety and Health Week

    OSHA will host an event May 2, at the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C., to mark the start of the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. NAOSH Week is an annual event designed to underscore the importance of safety and health in the workplace. This year the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering will celebrate the strides made in safety over the past 100 years and look to a future of worldwide workplace injury and illness prevention. For more information, visit the ASSE website…

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