Video: Preventable or not? Trucker can’t avoid foggy morning collision

Asher TobinIn The News

A bench near a road shrouded in fog

(CCJ) This video is an adaptation of a scenario pulled from the CCJ Preventable or Not manual. It is presented via a partnership between CCJ and Instructional Technologies. Driving through fog at the posted speed limit, John Doe was unable to avoid the pickup that pulled onto the highway and into his path. Was this a preventable accident?

Giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world

Asher TobinIn The News, Industrial Trades, Port

A wall of small red lights

Official launch of the Ocean Phoenix project (EcoBusiness) SAS OCEAN PHOENIX is proud to present the concept of a giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world. The design of this giant factory-ship, named “Ocean Phoenix”, enables the retrieval, compression and packing of ocean pollution in accordance… Continue Reading Giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world

State fines six employers for exposing workers to valley fever in Monterey County

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

Workers in safety vests and construction hats install solar panels on a roof.

(Bakersfield.com) Six construction outfits working on a solar project in Monterey County were fined more than $240,000 this week for failing to protect their workers from valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soil throughout the Southwestern United States. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials could not say how many people… Continue Reading State fines six employers for exposing workers to valley fever in Monterey County

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

The OSHA logo. The "o" is a camera lens

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

The AIHA logo with "protecting worker health" written beneath it

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