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New E-Tool Makes PPE Recommendations For Workplaces

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most all workers are required to wear facial coverings and masks on the job—no matter the industry. And, employers would surely benefit from expert PPE recommendations. For that reason, the Washington State Department of Labor and...

AFL-CIO Workplace EHS Report Shows COVID-19 Impact

On Oct. 6, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) released its annual report on the state of safety and health protections for U.S. workers - Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. This 29th edition of this yearly report...

Study Shows Masking Policy Significantly Reduced Spread of COVID-19 

A recent study from the Journal of American Medical Association shows that having a universal masking policy leads to a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections. Starting in late March, Boston's Mass General Brigham, Massachusetts' largest hospital system (12 in...

COVID-19 Creates Major Spike in Jobsite Inspections

Recent OSHA COVID-19 Citations   In late April, OSHA began inspecting companies throughout the US for violations of COVID-19 regulations. The agency published a COVID-19 Response Summary, most recently updated through Sept. 24. The summary compiles data for...

OSHA Issues 2 COVID-19 Meatpacking Citations 

Meatpacking companies in Colorado and South Dakota were fined for failing to protect workers from recognized hazards under the general duty clause of the OSHA Act. Both penalties assessed for the violations are the maximum allowed by law.  OSHA cited a meatpacking...

Protecting Workers from Wildfire Smoke 

The West Coast is currently facing an unprecedented spread of wildfire across the region. The smoke has drifted over the vast majority of the U.S., and is potentially affecting air quality as far as Washington, D.C. That’s why every employer needs to be aware of the...

OSHA Releases 3 Years of Injury, Illness Data 

Recently, OSHA released illness and injury reports from a three-year period between 2016 and 2018. The data comes from nearly 290,000 employer electronic submissions of Form 300A. This information was released in response to two federal court Freedom of Information...

Study Links Hearing Loss to Service Industry 

A large number of workers in the service sector have an elevated hearing risk, according to a recent NIOSH study. The “service sector” refers to the sector of the economy that provides a service rather than a good, unlike agriculture and industry. This includes...

Sarcoidosis Linked to Silica, Beryllium Exposure

A recent study coming out of The Netherlands links occupational exposure of silica and beryllium to the inflammatory diseases known as sarcoidosis.    What is Sarcoidosis?   Sarcoidosis is a disease where inflammatory cells collect and grow in parts of the...

Meatpacking Industry Alliance to Protect Workers From COVID-19

The North American Meat Institute and OSHA have created an alliance with the goal to bring much-needed resources to meatpacking and processing workers who may be exposed to coronavirus.   “Through this alliance, we look forward to working with OSHA to continue our...