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Look Out for Mold Hazards at Work this Fall

September is hurricane season, which means many workers will be involved in cleaning up the aftermath of powerful storms. Even though Hurricane Dorian is gone​, hazardous conditions likely still exist. Mold hazards can be especially pervasive following hurricane...

Florida Company Fined for Hearing, Silica Violations

On Aug. 9, OSHA cited and fined a bullet-proof vest fabricator $66,300 for violating both the respirable silica and noise exposure standards. The US Department of Labor conducted an inspection in late May 2019, at a facility in Miami Lakes, Fl.  The inspection...

FLU SEASON: Now is the Time to Prepare for the Flu at Work

Flu Season is Here Sore throats, fuzzy heads, nausea, and tiredness — most people have been unfortunate enough to experience the flu and its symptoms at least once in their lives. Each year on average, between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down...

MSHA Issues RFI on Respirable Silica

Mining and Silica Exposure On Aug. 29, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a request for input on ways to monitor and regulate miner exposure to quartz - the most common form of respirable silica.This request follows a push from...

How to Use Leading Indicators on Your Work Site

On Aug. 9, OSHA launched a new page on its website to help employers understand and use leading indicators. Leading indicators are factors that can be tracked to prevent injuries and illnesses on a jobsite. This could be the number of managers and workers...

OSHA Requests Industry Feedback on Silica Standard 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is officially seeking industry input on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction and general industry. OSHA's concern centers around Table 1 of the standard, which lists...

Cabinet Manufacturer Cited for Silica, Hearing Violations

On Aug. 12, OSHA cited a Decatur Georgia countertop manufacturer company for exposing employees to amputation, silica, and other safety and health hazards at its manufacturing plant.  Cited for Silica Exposure Following the inspection, the administration...

Will Mining Adopt a New MSHA Silica Standard? 

Mining union leaders called for a new silica standard in June in the wake of a resurgence of black lung disease, also known as pneumoconiosis. More than 4,600 coal miners developed the most severe form of black lung disease since 1970, with over half of...

Is Silica the New Asbestos?

The Asbestos & Silica Connection Asbestos has been a deadly word in various industries since 1929, when the first lawsuit was filed.This natural silicate material is responsible for more than 11,000 deaths each year, as nearly 1.3 million Americans go to a...

How to Reduce Risk in Shift Work

Rotating Schedules and Shifts Nowadays, many businesses and industries are expected to function around the clock. This calls for a rotating work schedule, known as shift work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shift work is a way of life for...