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

Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

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Google, other companies must endorse ban Originally posted on www.stopkillerrobots.org Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon,… Continue Reading Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

Worker fatalities at road construction sites on the rise: CPWR

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Worker fatalities at road construction sites on the rise: CPWR Silver Spring, MD — A total of 532 construction workers were killed at road construction sites from 2011 through 2016 – more than twice the combined total for all other industries combined – according to a recent report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, also known as CPWR. About half… Continue Reading Worker fatalities at road construction sites on the rise: CPWR

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

Warehouse Worker Crushed by Driverless Forklift

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Warehouse Worker Crushed by Forks of Laser Guided Vehicle Automation / Robot Fatality Narrative Published by Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program In December 2015, a 45-year-old warehouse dock coordinator at a water bottling company died after he was crushed when the elevated forks of an automatic laser guided vehicle came down on him. The company used… Continue Reading Warehouse Worker Crushed by Driverless Forklift

ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

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ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety From Occupational Safety & Health Reporter (SM) Workers’ rights groups are connecting a federal worker safety inspection to an immigration raid at an Ohio company—which may make it more difficult for undocumented workers to come forward about workplace safety issues. Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in… Continue Reading ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

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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

Handford Vapors

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Vapors weekly update June 12, 2018 By WRPS Admin on Jun 12, 2018 06:35 pm Starting today, some workers in the AP tank farm will have the option to use full-face air-purifying respirators (FFAPRs) equipped with filter cartridges for low-hazard non-waste-disturbing work in the AP tank farm https://hanfordvapors.com/ https://hanfordvapors.com/vapors-weekly-update-june-12-2018/