BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release, Rail

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BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The… Continue Reading BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

OSHA Clarifies Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

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OSHA Clarifies Its Position on Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Published October 17, 2018 by AIHA – A memorandum issued by OSHA on Oct. 11 clarifies the agency’s position that its rule prohibiting employer retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing. According to the memo, OSHA believes that many employers… Continue Reading OSHA Clarifies Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release

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Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced Posted Aug. 9, 2018, 8:30 AM Bruce Rolfsen – BNA Eight years after OSHA issued its rule to improve construction crane safety key provisions have yet to be enforced because of disagreements over requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s current proposal to rewrite unenforced portions of the rule covering operators… Continue Reading BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release

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CDC, OSHA: Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit (Construction Dive) After an analysis of 25 OSHA heat-related illnesses — 14 fatal and 11 nonfatal — the Centers for Disease Control suggested that employers start screening their workers for heat stress when the heat index reaches 85 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the 91 F OSHA currently recommends. Heat stress covers a… Continue Reading Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Truck on the Washington Highway

Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid (Prof. Michael Belzer – The Conversation) Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes. A 2010 survey by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that, on average, long-haul truck drivers work 50 percent more hours than typical workersand regularly violate U.S. regulations… Continue Reading Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

Asher TobinIn The News, Rail

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Researchers test transportation safety of radioactive fuel (SantaFe New Mexican – The Associated Press) The preliminary data from a test shipment of mock spent nuclear fuel that traveled from Spain to Colorado is showing promising signs, Sandia National Laboratories officials said. Researchers from the Albuquerque lab tested the safety of transporting highly radioactive fuel last year by sending a mock… Continue Reading Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Freight trucks along a highway from the perspective of a car driver behind them

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing By Jill Dunn of CCJ Central Cal Transportation must pay a driver $16,723 after the Department of Labor concluded the carrier violated whistleblower protection by firing her for refusing an overweight load. A DOL administrative law judge ordered CCT to pay Bernadine Poulter $11,723 in back wages and interest, $5,000… Continue Reading Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

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3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators Enough evidence to go to trial that faulty 3M respirators led to two workers’ asbestos exposure deaths Internal 3M memos show problems with masks; company recently held liable for $67m in similar case 3M Co. must face trial on more wrongful death claims alleging its respirators failed to protect workers against… Continue Reading 3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) Initiative

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

Wondering about the latest and greatest research information to prevent injuries and illness in construction check out the Research to Practice Library CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) initiative is designed to: Encourage widespread adoption of evidence-based solutions by contractors and workers Increase r2p capacity through partnerships of researchers and stakeholders Inform future stakeholder driven research (practice-to-research or p2r) Develop r2p tools,… Continue Reading CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) Initiative

Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure

Asher TobinAirline, Building and Construction, In The News, Laundry

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(NIOSH) A new, co-branded, Safety and Health Information Bulletin from NIOSH and OSHA on Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure. https://go.usa.gov/xQ3gx Millions of workers are exposed to noise in the workplace every day and when uncontrolled, noise exposure may cause permanent hearing loss. Research demonstrates exposure to certain chemicals, called ototoxicants, may cause hearing loss or… Continue Reading Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure