Exoskeletons in Construction: Will they reduce or create hazards?

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

A person wearing a mechanical exoskeleton welds a larger peice of metal

Posted to CDC.gov on June 15, 2017 by Alissa Zingman, MD; G. Scott Earnest, PhD, PE, CSP; Brian D. Lowe, PhD, CPE; Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE; Wearable exoskeleton devices can reduce some of the mechanical stress of manual labor (1). These wearable machines can be powered by electricity or by human motion, and they can be as large as a space… Continue Reading Exoskeletons in Construction: Will they reduce or create hazards?

Clearing the Air: How Reforming the Public Waste Sector Can Address Air Quality Issues in Environmental Justice Communities

Asher TobinIn The News, Solid Waste Recycling

(Transform Don’t Trash NYC) Decades of lax regulatory policies have permitted commercial waste haulers and facilities to prioritize their bottom line above the environment, community health, and worker welfare. Haulers bypass close by transfer stations with available capacity in favor of inefficient and overlapping routes to truck roughly three-quarters of the City’s putrescible and construction/demolition solid waste through a handful… Continue Reading Clearing the Air: How Reforming the Public Waste Sector Can Address Air Quality Issues in Environmental Justice Communities

OSHA Releases Top 10 Violations for 2017

Asher TobinIn The News

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OSHA has released its list of the 10 most common safety violations for 2017, with nine of the ten staying the same from 2016. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) Hazard Communication (1910.1200) Scaffolding (1926.451) Respiratory Protection (1910.134) Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) Ladders (1926.1053) Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) Machine Guarding (1910.212) Fall Protection – Training Requirements Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

Protecting Workplace Safety in the Public Sector

Azita MashayekhiIn The News, Public Services

A recent Supreme Court case to be decided in 2018, Janus v. AFSCME, would make public service member’s workplaces all the more unsafe by attempting to weaken the very unions that protect them and hold their employers accountable. An unfavorable decision by the Supreme Court on Janus would make the entire public sector a Right-to-Work (RTW) style employer by eliminating… Continue Reading Protecting Workplace Safety in the Public Sector

Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

A crane working at a construction site raising material over a wall

OSHA published a final rule delaying its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until November 10, 2018. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period. The Rule takes effect immediately. Previously this duty was scheduled to terminate on November 10, 2017.… Continue Reading Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension

AIHA Joins with the White House and More than 20 Stakeholder Groups to Help Protect First Responders from Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl

Asher TobinIn The News

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Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A, Nov. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The opioid epidemic gripping our nation has claimed the lives of approximately 64,000 Americans in 2016 alone. Along with this rapidly rising tide has come a sharply increased risk of occupational exposure to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. Responding to this crisis and the need for new protective guidance, the… Continue Reading AIHA Joins with the White House and More than 20 Stakeholder Groups to Help Protect First Responders from Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl

Flu Virus Generated in Coughs and Exhalations

Asher TobinIn The News

The logo for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Flu Virus Generated in Coughs and Exhalations It’s flu season. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research on protecting health care providers and other workers from infectious diseases including influenza. A significant portion of our research deals with understanding how the influenza virus is transmitted. Influenza is known to be transmitted through respiratory secretions containing the… Continue Reading Flu Virus Generated in Coughs and Exhalations

Cold Stress – Workplace Safety and Health NIOSH Topic

Asher TobinIn The News

Trucks on winter highway during snowstorm

Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress. Extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. What constitutes cold stress… Continue Reading Cold Stress – Workplace Safety and Health NIOSH Topic

Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure: Leveraging Research from the Mining Industry

Asher TobinIn The News, Mining

A crane at a mining site drops something into a long dump truck

Check out the below resources on a webinar that discusses requirements under Table 1 of the new silica standard for enclosed cabs and how research conducted for the mining industry can be applied in the construction industry to reduce exposures. Presented by: Joe Coble and Patricia Downs, OSHA Directorate of Standards & Guidance Andy Cecala, NIOSH Mining Division A recording… Continue Reading Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure: Leveraging Research from the Mining Industry

Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

A hard hat, ear plugs, work gloves, and a dust mask laying on a wood floor

OSHA issued a memorandum providing interim enforcement guidance to Agency compliance officers on the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction. Construction employers can expect to get cited by OSHA for violations on the new standard for Respirable Crystalline Silica. Before an October 23rd deadline OSHA would not cite employers who made a good faith effort to comply. The memo is intended… Continue Reading Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153