Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

Google page search

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

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

3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Asher TobinIn The News, Media Workers, Press Release

A LulzBot 3D printer sits at the Aleph Objects Inc. production facility in Loveland, Colo., on March 14, 2018.

Desktop 3D Printers: Sales Soaring, Emissions Standards Coming More desktop 3D printers mean more questions about the chemicals and particulates they release First voluntary emissions standards expected this fall Desktop 3D printers’ popularity and sales have soared in recent years with consumers in homes, schools, and libraries snapping up the new technology. The increasing popularity of the printers are raising… Continue Reading 3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Don’t Rely on Backup Alarms to Stop Backovers

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

A sign reading "Temporarily closed for Construction"

(LIUNA) A co-worker being seriously injured or killed on the job from a backover is a preventable tragedy. However, backing construction vehicles were responsible for killing 24 construction workers and injuring 50 more at U.S. worksites in 2016. “When used in combination with LIUNA members who have been trained as spotters, technologies like backup alarms and cameras can help stop backover… Continue Reading Don’t Rely on Backup Alarms to Stop Backovers

Work-Related Asthma

Asher TobinIn The News

Construction work generating dust

Did you know many asthma triggers can be found in the workplace? In fact over 300 known or suspected substances at work can cause or worsen asthma. Avoiding triggers can prevent asthma from getting worse. Worsening asthma or new onset asthma in a worker should raise questions about workplace causes. Asthma symptoms can develop shortly after exposure, or they can develop… Continue Reading Work-Related Asthma

NIOSH Science Blog: Frequent Exertion and Frequent Standing Among US Workers

Asher TobinIn The News, Motion Pictures and Theatrical Trades

Nerves in the Human Hand - Compressed median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome

Have you ever wondered if your job involves more standing, bending, or lifting than other jobs? Or if there are ways you could avoid injuries from these movements while on the job? Last week, NIOSH published an article on frequent exertion and frequent standing among US workers by industry and occupation group. Using data from the Occupational Health Supplement (OHS) to… Continue Reading NIOSH Science Blog: Frequent Exertion and Frequent Standing Among US Workers

Brewery Chemical and Dust Hazard Investigation

Azita MashayekhiBeverages, In The News

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

At the request of Teamsters Local Union 95, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), initiated a health hazard evaluation  (HHE) at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Williamsburg, VA. The request concerned exposure to odors and dust at the laser coding stations on the can packing lines. A summary letter of their activities and initial findings has been issued and the final report… Continue Reading Brewery Chemical and Dust Hazard Investigation

Occupational exposures at electronic scrap recycling facilities

Asher TobinIn The News, Solid Waste Recycling

A worker in protective gloves in a warehouse scraps electronic parts for usable material.

(NIOSH Science Blog) Go Green! Recycle! We have all heard the call to be more environmentally conscious. However, not everyone is aware of the many health and safety hazards facing employees who handle the recycling of electronics. Many recycled electronics can contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. In 2011, the U.S. e-scrap recycling industry contributed… Continue Reading Occupational exposures at electronic scrap recycling facilities

All Teamster Safety and Health Trainers Check Out The New NIOSH Sound Level Meter App!

Asher TobinIn The News

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

NIOSH Sound Level Meter App  by CAPT Chucri (Chuck) A. Kardous, MS, PE, and Metod Celestina, B.Sc. EE (NIOSH) Imagine if workers around the world could collect and share workplace (or task-based) noise exposure data using their smartphones. Scientists and occupational safety and health professionals could rely on such shared data to build job exposure databases and promote better hearing… Continue Reading All Teamster Safety and Health Trainers Check Out The New NIOSH Sound Level Meter App!

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?