With New Norms, Unions Should Bargain Over Work Closures and Respirators

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

Remembrance

WITH CALIFORNIA FIRES AND BAD AIR QUALITY THE NEW NORM, UNIONS SHOULD BARGAIN OVER WORK CLOSURES AND THE PROVISION OF RESPIRATORS Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld By: David Fujimoto and Caren Sencer There is a collective, but muted, sigh of relief as the deadliest wildfire in California history is finally contained. But as the last two years have shown, any relief will… Continue Reading With New Norms, Unions Should Bargain Over Work Closures and Respirators

Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release, Rail

Image of cancer in the lungs CT scan

CPWR: Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection Overview: Low-dose CT scans can save lives by identifying lung cancers at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be effective. A newly published CPWR study, “Early detection of lung cancer in a population at high risk due to occupation and smoking,” validates the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendation… Continue Reading Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

Asher TobinAll Divisions, In The News

DC Public WOrks CMV

The 2017 BLS fatality census was released Tuesday December 18th, 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/iif/#News. Below is an article originally posted on Overdrive.  (Overdrive) Truck driver occupational fatalities rose in 2017 to the highest number since at least 2003, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS says the 840 truck drivers killed on the job in… Continue Reading Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

OSHA Releases Top 10 List of Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for FY 2018

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Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal Year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017) The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards… Continue Reading OSHA Releases Top 10 List of Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for FY 2018

OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Industrial Trades

Photo of Drone by Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections  Robinson & Cole LLP These days, it is not uncommon to see drones flying overhead. But employers beware…you might see one during your next workplace inspection. Earlier this year, OSHA issued a memo formalizing its use of drones for inspection activities, and, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Law, it used drones for 9… Continue Reading OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

Higher carbon dioxide levels in cockpit affect airline pilot performance: study

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Pilot in Cockpit

Higher carbon dioxide levels in cockpit affect airline pilot performance: study Boston — Higher levels of carbon dioxide in airplane cockpits may diminish commercial pilots’ ability to perform maneuvers, recent research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health indicates. For the study, 30 commercial airline pilots completed three, three-hour flight sessions in a simulator. They were paired up… Continue Reading Higher carbon dioxide levels in cockpit affect airline pilot performance: study

CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

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Worker Complying with Silica Table 1

CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has recently developed a new website called the Exposure Control Database. This online tool helps construction health and safety practitioners predict worker exposure to four major hazards including silica, noise, welding fumes, and lead based on a combination of work factors like task,… Continue Reading CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

Ottawa Testing Saliva For Cannabis

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The DrugTest 5000 is an easy to use mobile drug screening system that uses oral fluid to test for seven types of the most commonly abused drugs. This quick drug test provides a non-invasive alternative to the hassle of collecting urine or blood samples. FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY

The Province: Ottawa set to approve first device for testing drivers’ saliva for cannabis Roadside saliva-testing devices were authorized by Bill C-46, a massive overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws that passed in June The Draeger DrugTest 5000, produced by a company based in Germany. The device is already approved in other countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany, though a… Continue Reading Ottawa Testing Saliva For Cannabis

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

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Railroad Equipment

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 Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos

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OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 29 C.F.R. § 1926.1153 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for the Construction Industry On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (silica) in the construction industry (the standard). 81 Fed. Reg. 16286. OSHA… Continue Reading OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos