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Today's Highlights from EHS Works:
FHWA Launches New Tunnel Inspection Program

7/24/2015

Just like bridges, no two tunnels are exactly the same. (read more)

Listen to Safety Lately 7/24/15

7/24/2015

Safety Lately is a look at the past week in the world of OSH. This week’s show covers the proposed ISO 45001 standard, rethinking parking signs, and standardizing tunnel inspections. (read more)

Fall Protection Is Critical to Worker Safety

It never seems that high up – until you hit the ground. From seasoned construction workers to inexperienced do-it-yourselfers, nearly 600 people die from injuries sustained from falls. The safety community, working with construction business owners, unions, trade associations and the public must do a better job of making the case that working at heights requires fall protection equipment.

Noted fall protection safety expert Thom Kramer made a compelling argument during ASSE’s At-Risk Symposium held earlier this year in Washington, DC. As he pointedly asks, if these 600 fatalities occurred at the same time, wouldn’t society do everything possible to ensure that procedures were in place so people working at heights were protected from danger?

To learn more about fall protection and available resources, be sure to read ASSE's Tech Brief on the Z359 Fall Protection Code. You can also download ANSI/ASSE Z359.0-2012, Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest, for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Government Affairs

Obama Administration Allows Shell to Drill in Arctic

05/18/2015

The Obama administration recently gave conditional approval to allow Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer. (read more)

BSEE Announces Near-Miss Reporting System, Annual Report

05/14/2015

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has launched a near-miss reporting system in an effort to improve the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.(read more)

Health

New Toolkit Aims to Better Protect Hospital Workers From Respiratory Hazards

05/15/2015

OSHA and NIOSH have developed a new toolkit to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs to protect hospital staff from the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATD) and other respiratory hazards.

OSHA Updates Job Safety & Health Poster

05/15/2015

OSHA has redesigned the Job Safety and Health—It’s the Law worker's rights and employer responsibilities poster seen in workplaces.


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