1. Avoiding Slips and Falls on Ice

    Winter isn’t coming; it’s here.

    That means more hazards for employees, including the risk of slips and falls. There have been reports of employees slipping on ice, resulting in injuries or death.

    In Maine, from January 2012 to June 2013, 1,035 workers filed “lost-time injury claims” from incidents involving workers slipping and falling on ice and snow, according to the Maine Department of Labor.

    Although these incidents occurred across multiple industries, the transportation and material moving industry and the office and administrative support industry saw the most ice or snow-related slips and falls. Across all industries, they mainly occurred on parking lots and ground surfaces and resulted most often in sprains, strains and tears.

    To avoid incidents like these happening, there are steps employers and employees can take.

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  2. MSHA leader touts ‘significance’ of proposed silica rule’s appearance on regulatory agenda

    Arlington, VA — The inclusion of a long-awaited Mine Safety and Health Administration proposed rule on respirable crystalline silica in the Department of Labor’s Fall 2022 regulatory agenda represents a milestone for which MSHA administrator Chris Williamson wants to “underscore the significance.”

    Speaking during a Jan. 25 conference call for agency stakeholders, Williamson spoke of the long path the proposal has taken since first appearing in the Spring 1998 regulatory agenda. MSHA forecasted a proposed rule on silica would be in place in December 1998, Williamson noted.

    The latest agenda, issued on Jan. 4 by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, lists April as a target date for publication of a proposed rule.

    Although the interagency review process is “out of our hands,” Williamson said, he remains optimistic about the advance

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  3. Welcome to the ESG Evolution

    The world, and the world of work, has changed a lot over the last three years. In many ways, both have become more unpredictable, with supply chain disruptions, economic concerns and geopolitical volatility becoming part of our daily lives. Yet through it all, frontline workers have been there to keep the machinery of the global economic engine moving. As a result, it's never been more important to keep them safe while improving the way they work and the impact that work has on the planet.

    Increasingly, corporate leaders are taking note of the relationship between environment, health and safety(EHS) and environmental, social and governance (ESG). EHS and ESG are moving from critical to strategic priorities for every organization, not only for regulatory compliance and worker safety, but also as part of the bigger business picture.

    The vast majority (86%) of the 450 EHS professionals recently surveyed by Intelex as part of the research report “Big Ambitions. Complex D

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  4. Safety training: The best way to boost productivity, save money, reduce downtime

    Is it your company’s slow season? Are workers idly pushing brooms just because the production line is down for routine maintenance? Then it’s the perfect time for safety training.

    Why, you may ask? Because:

    • most safety training is required by OSHA anyway and must be completed at some point

    • safety training leads to fewer injuries, which will save the company money, and

    • safety training can’t really be considered downtime since it’s both a necessary and constructive activity.

    OSHA’s thoughts on the value of training

    “Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive,” according to OSHA.

    This provides workers, managers and supervisors with:
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  5. More Than Nine in Ten Respondents Say Employee Prioritization of Physical Safety is ‘Very Important,’ Report Shows

    Findings from a report show that a majority of respondents think physical safety needs to be an employer priority.

    The Workplace Safety Report from Ansell Inteliforz™ addressed elements of worker health and safety such as physical safety, training and technology.

    The results show almost 95 percent of the more than 500 respondents described the employer priority of physical safety as “very important,” according to a news release on the findings. Only six percent said it is “somewhat important,” per the report. More than three in four even said if an employer prioritizes this, they would be “more likely to join or stay with an employer.”

    In the report, Head of Commercial Strategy and Business Development for the Americas, Ansell Inteliforz, Beemal Vasani said, “People are choosing where they work based on the culture that they see there. Your safety program

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  6. 5 Ways Technology Can Improve Manufacturing Safety

    Even through uncertainties—and there has been no shortage of them in recent times—innovation in technology is maintaining its relentless pace.

    Setbacks in past years have called for unprecedented ways to adapt and improve more conventional practices. As we begin to settle into the new normal, there has never been a better time to push through and explore new ideas within the manufacturing industry.

    The old proverb reminds us that necessity is the mother of invention. The saying has never been more relevant than in the shift of global production and safety demands.

    2022 saw a lot of promising trends that could define (or redefine) the future of the manufacturing industry. We hope these trends continue to gain traction in the new year. Now is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and assess these ideas, which might not yet be fully embraced and imp

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  7. The aging workforce’s effect on electrical safety

    Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War” that “in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” The manufacturing world and the electrical industry are currently in such a position because of the “silver tsunami” – the coming wave of retirements among older workers – and a severe lack of younger workers entering the field to fill the void. However, they’re also on the possible precipice of an exciting new chapter.

    The chaos for employers – and the industry itself – is a skills gap that has existed for years, yet the current situation can aptly be described as growing meteorically. There’s a great loss of institutional knowledge when the employment funnel doesn’t refill to a level high enough for it to be passed on and adopted. Numerous industry and human resources studies estimate that 10,000 baby boomers are leaving the workforce each day. According to “Bridge the Gap,” a wh

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  8. Feds: 2018 fire that injured 23 workers caused by multiple process safety issues

    An investigation into the 2018 fire that injured 23 workers at the Kuraray America chemical plant in Texas was caused by 17 safety issues, including multiple process safety failures, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

    The CSB report offers a dozen recommendations on how the company can prevent a similar incident from occurring.

    2,300 pounds of ethylene released in 3 minutes

    On May 19, 2018, a chemical reactor system startup that occurred following a scheduled maintenance shutdown caused high pressure conditions inside the reactor.

    The high pressure activated the reactor’s emergency pressure release system, discharging flammable ethylene vapor through piping into an area where several contractors were working. More than 2,300 pounds of ethylene were released in three minutes.

    Work being done by the contractors included welding, which “most likely ignited the flammable vap
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  9. New Study Looks at Apprentice Training and Safety at Work

    The study, which used data from over 4,000 journey level plumbers, examined workers’ compensation claim rates.

    Can workplace safety be improved by apprentice training? A new study published late last year shows that there may be a relationship.

    The study, from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, looked at data on 4,036 journey level plumbers (JLP) from 2000 to 2018.

    The workers’ compensation claim rates of those who finished apprentice training were 31 lower than those who lacked apprentice training, according to an L&I news release. The adjusted estimates claim rate for JLPs with apprentice training was 73.1 per 1,000 full-time equivalent. For those with no apprentice training, it was 106.4 per 1,000 full-time equivalent.

    “This study p

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  10. How to Properly Store and Label Hazardous Substances

    For many businesses, daily activities necessitate the use of hazardous substances. To use and store them safely, it is critical to recognize the risks they pose and to meet the highest levels of workplace safety. Occupational safety protocols must therefore account for all hazardous substance handling, storage and comprehensive risk management.

    In the UK, such occupational safety precautions are governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Act. Following an annual review of workplace safety, COSHH emphasizes the need of meeting and routinely refreshing safety procedures in all businesses.

    In addition to meeting regulatory safety standards, we will explain below how to correctly store and label hazardous substances in the workplace, as well as outline the safety procedures and regulations you should implement to keep all those on site safe.

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