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07/26/2017 2:17 PM

NIOSH & Workforce Tulsa Promoting Young & Temp Worker Safety

NIOSH and Workforce Tulsa are collaborating to develop and pilot test a new training program, "Developing Work Safety Skills," to promote workplace safety and health practices among young adults seeking career services and temporary employment opportunities.

 
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07/25/2017 1:00 PM

Some Important But Little Known Safety Fixes: Part 1

Guest poster Rick Franklin has worked for 42 years as a forensic engineer. During that time, he has seen 14 significant, but mostly unknown, improvements to consumer products and automobiles that prevented fires, incidents, injuries and deaths. In the first of a three-post series, he talks about the first five improvements on his list.

 
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Want a Chance to Win a $100 AMEX Gift Card? Take Our Survey

Earn a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card by completing our survey about the July 2017 issue of Professional Safety. Your feedback will help ASSE improve the journal and deliver the best reading experience.​

 
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Administrator's Message to the Consultants Practice Specialty

Carol Keyes, the new Administrator of the Consultants Practice Specialty (CPS), provides information on the upcoming CPS Open Web Meeting and the launch of the CPS Mentoring Program. Details about the upcoming Ethics Webinar sponsored by the CPS (members get a discount) are also included.

 
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OSHA/MSHA Regulatory Agenda: July 2017

On July 20, 2017, the Trump administration released the 2017 spring regulatory agenda, which was issued in separate parts, rather than in a combined format. ASSE's Federal Representative Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, provides an overview of what it contains.

 
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Public Sector Practice Specialty Recap of Safety 2017

Elliot Laratonda, Content Coordinator for the Public Sector Practice Specialty, shares highlights and a brief recap of the groups events and awards.

 
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07/20/2017 1:00 PM

ASIS Seeking Volunteers for Active Assailant Standard Committee

ASIS International, an association for security management professionals, is seeking volunteers to serve on the technical committee for its ANSI/ASIS Active Assailant Standard. The standard will address incident prevention and preparation, to include security design considerations and protocols, as well as response strategies, and post-incident recovery best practices specific to active assailant events.​

 
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07/19/2017 3:00 PM

PBS Newshour: Government Contracts With Shipbuilders Despite Safety Lapses

PBS Newshour recently featured a story about U.S. shipbuilders that continue to receive military contracts to build Navy and Coast Guard vessels despite serious safety lapses.

 
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07/19/2017 1:03 PM

NIOSH Assesses Young Worker Fatality Trends

A new NIOSH report examines young worker fatalities that occurred between 1994 and 2013. The report presents information by demographic characteristics, employer characteristics, incident circumstances and temporal patterns. During this time period, 942 occupational fatalities occurred among youth workers, 88% of whom were male.

 
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07/18/2017 1:11 PM

ISO 45001 Moves One Step Closer to Publication

The widely discussed and highly anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational safety and health management systems has moved another big step toward publication. Under ISO's standards development process, the second version of the draft international standard (DIS #2) has been approved.

 

Register now! YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: John Gambatese on “Prevention through Design (PtD) in Construction”

Register now to learn about "Prevention through Design (PtD) in Construction: From Research to Practice" featuring John Gambatese during this YPs in OSH education event provided to you as a member benefit.

 

WISE News Digest - 07/17/17

Read WISE Assistant Administrator Abby Ferri's EHS Works blog and register for a webinar on recruiting women in the construction industry presented by the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.

 
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Engineering PS special election results

The results are in the for the recent special election held for the Assistant Administrator of the Engineering Practice Specialty. Congratulations Daren Williams, P.E.

 

Understanding Systems is the Jet Fuel That Leads to Successful Implementation of an ANSI/ASSE Z10 Management System

ASSE is hosting a webinar about Z10 on July 26th at noon eastern time and our speaker is the highly regarded Z10 Committee chair Jim Howe. If you attend the event it also includes the new and just published reaffirmed standard.

 
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Take the PSJ Survey, Earn a Chance to Win a $100 AMEX Gift Card

Participate in a survey about the July 2017 issue of Professional Safety and earn a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card.

 
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OSHA Updates - Construction Practice Specialty Open Call Meeting

Find out about recent events and regulatory actions being taken by OSHA. Join the Construction Practice Specialty on their Open Web Meeting to get recent updates and find out how they might affect you, your job, and/or your company.

 
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2018 Call for Nominations - Now Open

The 2018 Call for Nominations is now open! Serving in a Society Leadership position enables you to contribute your leadership and vision to the ASSE community, while further developing your personal leadership and business skills.

 
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Open Web Meeting with Consultants Practice Specialty as they Launch their Mentoring Program

The Consultants Practice Specialty (CPS) is launching their new Mentoring Program. Procedures will be explained and questions answered. This is a great opportunity for those seeking a mentor or those wishing to give back to the profession by mentoring others.

 
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07/17/2017 1:18 PM

OSHA E-Recordkeeping Portal to Open Aug. 1

OSHA's portal for collecting e-recordkeeping data will open Aug. 1. This follows a June 28, 2017, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the deadline for submitting these data to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities more time to familiarize themselves with the system.

 
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07/17/2017 1:00 PM

An ASSE Member's Perspective on Safety in Saudi Arabia

ASSE International member Raghuvaran Chakkravarthy is a safety professional from India, working for a company based in the U.S., overseeing safety in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this guest post he shares some thoughts on construction safety, lessons learned and best practices that form how safety is performed in his part of the world.

 
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07/14/2017 2:00 PM

CCOHS Infographic Tackles Causes of Slips & Trips

A fall on the same level is a slip, trip or fall in which a worker impacts either the surface or an object at the same level or above the surface on which s/he is standing. These incidents an occur just about anywhere and they are among the leading causes of work-related injuries in workplaces around the world. In its latest infographic, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety offers a snapshot of the causes of falls from slips and trips and outlines several ways to reduce risks.

 
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From Silo to Synergy: New Frontiers in Risk and EHS Collaboration

The world has gone digital, yet many companies aren't when it comes to safety. While machines, methods and processes have evolved, risk and safety management has more or less stayed the same. It may have made sense a decade ago to seperate risk and safety functions, but in today’s environment, neglecting collaboration can hinder business performance and profitability.

 
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07/14/2017 1:00 PM

Grainger White Paper Offers New Safety Culture Model

Grainger’s white paper, “How We Should Talk About Safety Culture: Rewriting the Conversation,” introduces a model that redefines safety culture as an outcome of what management says about safety and what workers see, rather than a starting point that regulates safety practices.

 
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07/13/2017 6:32 PM

Resources for Integrating Safety & Health

Over the years, workplace safety and employee wellness functions have largely operated independently within many organizations. More recently, however, there's been a movement to better integrate health protection (safety) and health promotion (wellness). Resources include NIOSH's Total Worker Health program and ACOEM's white paper on integrating health and safety.

 
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07/13/2017 3:30 PM

EU-OSHA Guide Targets Vehicle Safety

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published a VeSafe e-guide that covers safe driving, workplace transportation and working on or near a road. The tool enables a person to explore risks and preventive measures based on various factors, including vehicle type, task and location. It also includes specific guidance on roles that workers, employers and safety experts play.

 
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07/13/2017 1:00 PM

Workforce Drug Test Positivity Hits Highest Rate in 12 Years, Quest Diagnostics Reports

Drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years, according to an analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results assessed by Quest Diagnostics. Overall, positivity in urine drug testing among the combined U.S. workforce in 2016 was 4.2%, the highest annual positivity rate since 2004 (4.5%).

 
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07/12/2017 3:30 PM

Inconsistent Enforcement of OSHA Fall Rule Feared

Employers fear inconsistent enforcement of an OSHA rule allowing some work to be done without ordinarily required fall protection because key terms are not defined. OSHA’s updated fall protection rule, which went into effect Jan. 17, allows certain activities to be done without fall protection systems as long as the work is “temporary and infrequent.” However, the agency has not yet provided guidance on what that means and how it will be enforced.

 
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07/12/2017 3:12 PM

House Appropriations Bill Would Save Chemical Safety Board

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released its FY2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which is now being considered in subcommittee. The legislation address funding for the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate. Under this bill, CSB is funded at $11 million, equal to the FY 2017 level.

 
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07/12/2017 2:30 PM

Our Roads, Our Safety Campaign Seeks to Increase Safety Among Truck Drivers & Public

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s has revved up its Our Roads, Our Safety campaign via a new partnership with American Bus Association, AAA and American Trucking Association. The campaign's newest material aims to raise awareness among the general public about how to safely operate around and share the road with large trucks and buses.

 
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OSHA, FCC Booklet Addresses Communication Tower Climbers, Ground Crew Safety

OSHA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a booklet to help reduce injuries and fatalities among communication tower climbers and ground crew employees. The booklet compiles information and best practices from industry stakeholders and worker safety advocates. It is tailored to tower climbers and ground crew employees, carriers and tower owners, turfing vendors, and tower construction and maintenance contractors.

 
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07/11/2017 8:23 PM

NIOSH Flyer Explains FACE Program & Resources

NIOSH has a new informational flyer on its Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The flyer explains the program's purpose and describes the information that is available in the reports generated by the federal and state FACE programs.

 
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07/11/2017 1:30 PM

CCOHS Names Youth Safety Video Contest Winners

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety announced the winners of its youth safety video. The Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest challenged Canadian high-school students to produce an original video to educate young workers about safety on the job.

 
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07/10/2017 7:39 PM

Brady Releases Arc Flash Regulatory White Paper

Brady Safety Software and Services published a white paper that provides background on NFPA 70E arch flash standards, how they are enforced through OSHA and the National Electric Code, and commonly cited arc flash standards.

 
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Meet Lori Schroth - New Administrator of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

Lori Schroth steps in as the new Administrator for the Public Sector Practice Specialty. Here's her recap on some exciting events at Safety 2017 and a look at the new leadership team for 2017-2018.

 
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Changing with the Times and Creating the Future

Your membership in the Environmental Practice Specialty is a gateway to obtaining new and deeper skills in the environmental safety area, and in volunteering to develop additional environmental leadership skills in the international organization that ASSE has become. I encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities.

 

Reaffirmed Z10 OHSMS is Available!!!

Title:ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Scope: This standard defines minimum requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. The primary purpose of this standard is to provide a management tool to reduce the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

 
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Administrator's Message to the Training & Communications Practice Specialty

Michael Coleman, Administrator, gives a short update after Safety 2017. See who's on your 2017-2018 leadership team.

 
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Administrators Message to the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty

Outgoing Administrator Fran Sehn, send a message to the Members of the RMI Practice Specialty.

 
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07/06/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: A WISE Fellow

Set aside everything you think you know about the word fellow. Fay Feeney, an accomplished risk and safety professional, became just the fourth woman to receive the honor of ASSE Fellow, joining Kathy Seabrook (2016), Nancy McWilliams (2016) and Margaret Carroll (1999).

 
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07/05/2017 1:00 PM

A Quick Primer on OSHA's Safety & Health Guidelines

OSHA's best practice guidelines for safety and health management in the construction industry provide useful insights that safety managers can absorb and incorporate into their workplaces.

 

WISE News Digest

News on a new WISE Fellow, reflections on Safety 2017, WISE member happenings, and more!

 
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07/01/2017 5:01 AM

Make a Difference

As I start my year as Society President, I think of all the volunteer leaders with whom I have worked over the past 38 years in various chapters, work groups, committees and boards of directors. Their passion, combined with their willingness to contribute time, share ideas and support the Society, has truly made a difference. I am committed to continue making a difference and I ask you to help me make our profession and organization better.

 
06/30/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: WISE Members Honored at Safety 2017

As I cheered on award winners at the Council on Practices and Standards (COPS) Luncheon during Safety 2017, I began to take note of award winners honored during the conference who are members of ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group. When I checked the list after returning to my office, I realized that this had to be highlighted and celebrated.

 
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06/29/2017 1:45 PM

OSHA Reform Blueprint

ASSE has developed an "OSHA Reform Blueprint" with ASSE's government affairs priorities and a vision for how OSHA can improve in a time of political change.

 
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06/29/2017 12:00 PM

Friends of NIOSH Work to Stop Administration's Cuts

Over the years, ASSE has been an active member of Friends of NIOSH, an informal gathering of organizations that support NIOSH’s overall funding. The Trump Administration's budget proposal would cut NIOSH funding by 40%. Member voices are needed to alert elected officials to the importance of a fully funded NIOSH.

 
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06/28/2017 6:00 PM

OSHA to Host Public Meeting on VPP

OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting July 17, 2017, in Washington, DC, to discuss the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action.

 
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06/27/2017 3:56 PM

OSHA Wants to Extend E-Recordkeeping Compliance Deadline

OSHA is seeking to delay the compliance date of its e-recordkeeping rule from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and says the delay "is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy."

 
06/27/2017 12:27 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: What’s Your 8, 5, 3?

8 – 5 – 3, that’s kind of cryptic, isn’t it? It is not a reference to a verse, a combination, or any other common numeric sequence. What it does refer to is a powerful hazard recognition technique developed by Decision Point Associates, Inc. out of Denver, Colorado.

 

BISE In the Know Series: Sheldon Primus, COSM, COSS, MPA on "The Future of OSHA: The Donald Trump Administration"

Register now for the second installation of the BISE In the Know Virtual Series, featuring Sheldon Primus.​

 

YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: Mary L. Silva, CSP on "How to present a proposal for 2018 PDC", 6/28

Learn about the benefits of speaking at the PDC and how to submit a proposal for Safety 2018.

 
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06/26/2017 1:00 PM

Build a Business Case for Safety

Changes in the regulatory landscape may affect how companies decide to manage employee safety and health. So how do we respond to this change? We adapt. In the words of Stephen Hawking, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Just as the landscape is shifting, it’s time to change how we position OSH management within an organization.

 
06/22/2017 2:15 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: The State of our Profession Is Strong!

Day 2 of Safety 2017 was a lot of fun. Attendees were settled into the schedule and flowed from session to session. The general session was again informative and inspiring, as was the plenary town hall.​

 
06/21/2017 7:05 PM

Insights from Safety 2017: Enjoying the Process

Safety 2017 opened with record participant attendance, record vendor presence and plenty of inspiration for our profession. I have attended many of these conference over my 30 years in OSH and I come away enriched each time. This time, however, it feels different. It feels like our profession is hitting a new phase of maturity.

 

Insights From Safety 2017: A Positive Spin on Discipline

The word discipline is often associated with punishment. As a result, its use in response to safety violations has been highly debated. Safety 2017 presenters Mike McCarroll and Michael Belcher outlined issues organizations must understand before using discipline and recommended three steps to make its use most effective.

 
06/21/2017 4:01 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Overcoming Four Viruses That Infect Culture

In his session on Tuesday, June 20, David Maxfield of Safety VitalSmarts, four viruses that can infect culture and prevent effective performance and inhibit change: resistance, silence, collusion and cynicism.​

 
06/21/2017 3:09 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Helping Supervisors Become Better Safety Leaders

Judy Agnew, Ph.D., talked to Safety 2017 attendees about proactive ways to help frontline supervisors succeed in safety. Agnew is senior vice president of safety solutions for Aubrey Daniels International. Frontline supervisors have a crucial role in workplace safety. “Frontline supervision is where safety comes together: where the vision and values are executed, where the procedures are complied with, where decisions are implemented, and where safety can be seen."

 
06/21/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Unique Hazards in Urban Environments

ASSE's Safety 2017 conference is unique in the breadth and depth of topics it presents. Take the session delivered on Tuesday, June 20, by Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM, CET. Braun delved into the unique hazards encountered in homeless encampments and urban environments.

 
06/21/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Helping Employees Work in the Heat

On Tuesday, June 20 at Safety 2017, I moderated a panel of four speakers that included *only* one safety professional! The topic of heat illness has been high priority for many years, especially with specific guidance from Cal/OSHA on what employers are required to have in place. Alhough most session attendees said they do not work in California, nearly all of those with a written heat illness prevention program model it after the Cal/OSHA Standard.

 
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Insights From Safety 2017: Role of Wearable Technology in Safety

Rachel Michael, CPE, CHSP, a senior consultant with AON, notes that more than 100 wearable technology devices are marketed has having some safety application. Those applications range from personal gas monitors and GPS location to lone-worker tracking and personal data monitors (i.e., fitness and sleep activity).

 
06/20/2017 5:05 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Overcome Inertia With the ABC Rule

Dr. Tom Morris spoke on the 7 Cs of Success in the opening session of Safety 2017. The fourth C, "A stubborn consistency in pursuing our vision” seems so simple. Just be consistent, do something every day that gets you closer to your goal, but barriers often abound, as Morris noted. Those barriers include ignorance, indifference and inertia.

 
06/20/2017 5:01 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Bridging the Gap to the C-Suite

OSH professionals are always looking out for ways to better communicate with the C-suite. John McBride, national recruiting team leader with Consortium Search LLC has a few ideas, all of which are founded on developing business acumen. He shared those ideas with attendees at ASSE's Safety 2017 conference on Tuesday, June 20.

 
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Insights From Safety 2017: OSH Community to Pursue Its Passion

This is my second year guest blogging about ASSE's annual conference. When I arrived in Denver, I was impressed to learn that this is ASSE's largest conference ever, drawing a record number of attendees and exhibitors. What impressed me immediately was the energy surrounding the event.

 
06/20/2017 10:45 AM

ASSE honors top innovators for creatively improving workplace safety

ASSE honored Samantha J. Horseman from Saudi Arabia with its 2017 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management during a ceremony at Safety 2017. The award honors those who bring creativity to managing safety in the workplace. Her winning innovation is a driver safety management system called Intellisense.

 
06/19/2017 7:15 PM

ASSE and Sinopec partner to advance workplace safety globally

ASSE and Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation today signed a bilateral agreement for cooperation during Safety 2017 in Denver. The signing ceremony was part of the annual Global Presidential Reception attended by ASSE’s Board of Directors and international attendees from more than 40 countries.​

 
06/19/2017 5:45 PM

House of Delegates supports ASSE’s new name while keeping current logo

A significant step was taken toward a new name for ASSE when its House of Delegates voted in favor of a title that better reflects its diverse membership. The proposed new name is the American Society of Safety Professionals, which now heads to an electronic membership vote that spans 45 days.

 
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Insights From Safety 2017: ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 2016, Lockout, Tagout & Alternative Methods Standard

During his session on Tuesday, June 20, during ASSE's Safety 2017, Master Lock's Todd Grover will offer an insider's view on the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2016 standard: The Control of Hazardous Energy: Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods. In this guest post, he offers a preview of the key changes he'll be highlighting.

 
06/19/2017 3:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Fatigue Risk Management

Do you yawn repeatedly, slap your own face to wake up or even catch yourself taking a micronap while driving? Chances are you or others you know have experienced symptoms of sleep debt and, ultimately, fatigue. It seems to be an emerging issue and one that is garnering more and more attention.

 
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Insights From Safety 2017: How'd You Get So WISE?

It's a rare opportunity in life to be presented the opportunity to be a part of a force, a movement or organization that has momentum, enthusiasm and hearts in the right places. I've had a couple of such opportunities in my life, and right now, the biggest one is ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group.

 
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06/16/2017 6:30 PM

NIOSH-OSHA Update Heat Safety App

The updated OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using a smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull current weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites.

 
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06/16/2017 4:00 PM

What to Know About Summer Storm Safety

Along with fun in the sun, summer also bring the increased threat of dangerous storms. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 5 office offers several tips for reducing lightning risk while outdoors.

 
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Government Affairs Update

ASSE's 2017 professional development conference is breaking records before it begins, hitting all-time highs for attendance and exhibitor registration. More than 5,000 safety professionals will assemble June 19-22 in Denver, CO for safety's premier learning and networking opportunities.

 
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06/16/2017 1:25 PM

Managing Heat Stress: The Role of Fitness in the Workplace

Safety managers are well aware of the dangers of heat stress. Most also are aware of the appropriate measures for preventing and responding to heat-related illnesses, including acclimation, pacing, rest, hydration and cooling. But what about a worker’s physical attributes? How do these intrinsic factors affect an individual’s tolerance to heat stress?

 
06/16/2017 11:15 AM

CSHS names Advisory Council chair and new member

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability names Darryl C. Hill as its new Advisory Council chair, and Malcolm Staves as its newest Advisory Council member. Hill succeeds Zack Mansdorf, whose term is ending. Mansdorf had chaired the council since the Center’s inception in 2011 in addition to serving on its Board of Directors.

 
06/15/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE developing global network of safety instructors

Occupational safety and health professionals worldwide face changing demands and expanding roles that require continuing education and skills updates. Through its new Global Instructor Program, ASSE is taking a major step toward addressing this need by authorizing its first group of global instructors at Safety 2017 in Denver.

 
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Joint Employment Changes at DOL May Affect Safety

On June 17, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. The effect on OSH is unknown at this early stage.

 

Young Professionals Digest – Administrator Update and Safety 2017 Updates

A message from the incoming YP Administrator and updates on Safety 2017 including volunteer opportunities, ICYMI, and how to find the YP leadership team.

 
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Military Branch welcomes over 400 members of the US Air Force

Military Branch welcomes over 400 members from the US Air Force. New members can find out how to get involved.

 
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06/12/2017 1:00 PM

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Vary Considerably by Occupation, Study Finds

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease “vary considerably” by occupation, says a new study by NIOSH and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Overall, police and firefighters were most at risk for cardiovascular disease, followed by service occupations (e.g., food preparation, building and groundskeeping, cleaning, hairsyling), and sales, office and administrative support.

 
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06/08/2017 12:36 PM

Canadian Workplace Fatalities Lowest Since 1999

Canadian workplaces have the lowest rate of occupational fatalities since 1999, according to 2015 workplace fatality statistics from Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).

 
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06/07/2017 1:00 PM

Governor Declares Florida State of Emergency for Opioid Epidemic

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order on May 3, 2017, declaring a public health emergency due to the opioid epidemic across Florida.

 
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06/06/2017 2:35 PM

What a Stanley Cup Champion Can Teach Us About Safety Leadership

With the 2017 Stanley Cup finals underway, Select International's Shawn Wilhelm takes a look back at Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup winning season to see what it can teach about the importance of leadership and safety. Hockey may not be your favorite sport, but there are some nice parallels to consider.

 

WISE News Digest

News on WISE members and other resources of interest to members.

 

The SPALW Guide to Safety 2017

Attending Safety 2017? Download your copy of the SPALW Guide to Safety 2017 today!

 
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The Young Professional's Guide to Safety 2017

Attending Safety 2017? Order your very own YPs in OSH conference T-shirt and download your copy of the YP Guide to Safety 2017, designed to help you navigate the conference, connect with peers and make the most of your PDC experience.

 

Technical Update - ANSI/ASSE Z10 Article and Management Review of an OHSMS

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training has been active with the ANSI/ASSE Standards Development Program and is a member of the Z490 Training Committee.

 

BISE News - Administrator and Asst Administrator Messages

Special messages from outgoing BISE Administrator Patricia Reed and incoming Administrator Kevin Slates.​

 
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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Z359.1 Fall Protection Standard

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Z359.1 Fall Protection Standard. With the approval of Z359.1 on June 4, 1992, for the first time, a voluntary consensus standard provided guidance for the manufacturers of fall protection equipment, and offered employers a way to gauge how well a device would protect its workers.

 
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Oil & Gas Practice Specialty Networking Event at Safety 2017

The Oil & Gas Practice Specialty invite you to join them at their Networking Event at Safety 2017.

 
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Safety 2017 to deliver record attendance, insightful programs in Denver

More than two weeks before Safety 2017 in Denver, ASSE already knows this year’s turnout will rank No. 1 in the event’s 56-year history. Registrations have climbed to 4,730, and the event has a chance to exceed 5,000 attendees. ASSE’s previous record crowd occurred at Safety 2011 in Chicago, which attracted 4,535 participants.

 
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06/01/2017 5:01 AM

Hail & Farewell

"Serving as ASSE president this past year has been an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am grateful that members entrusted me to lead this great organization," writes 2016-17 ASSE President Tom Cecich in his final message to members.

 
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FY18: NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

 
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Proposed Changes in 2017

As your Delegate from the Training & Communications Practice Specialty, the Administrator Michael Coleman would like to hear from you on the pending Society branding and dues changes.

 
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Administrators Message to Members of the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty

Message from the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty Administrator regarding OGPS events going on at Safety 2017. Please join us for as many as you can.

 

Utilities Practice Specialty Administrators Message

Message to members of the Utilities Practice Specialty featuring events at Safety 2017, Awards and Recognition, Regulatory Updates, changes in leadership, and more.

 
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05/30/2017 3:27 PM

NIOSH Finds Certain Job Factors Relate to Fair or Poor Health in U.S. Workers

Occupation, lack of paid sick leave and multiple psychosocial factors are related to workers’ own perceived low health status. That's the key finding of a new NIOSH study. “Knowing which aspects of a person’s job can lead to poor health can help public health and employee wellness professionals develop tailored workplace interventions to advance worker well-being," says lead researcher Sara Luckhaupt.​

 
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05/25/2017 3:27 PM

Impact of the Trump Administration’s Budget on Federal OSH Programs

The Trump Administration sent its Taxpayer First budget for FY 2018 to Congress. From funding levels provided in the 2017 continuing resolution (CR), OSHA would receive a surprisingly small cut; MSHA remains about the same; NIOSH is neutered with a 40% cut and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is given enough funds to close its doors.

 
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05/24/2017 1:00 PM

Utility Contractors to Hold Trench Stand Down

As part of its alliance with ASSE, OSHA shares information about safety activities of its many alliance partners. Doug Kalinowski, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, reports that National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) will hold a Trench Safety Stand Down, June 19-24, 2017.

 
05/23/2017 11:30 AM

ASSE to bestow Fellow designation on two longtime members

ASSE is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Fay Feeney and C. Gary Lopez are the 2017 recipients of the Society’s highest honor. "Fay and Gary are highly deserving of this special designation," said President Tom Cecich.

 
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05/22/2017 5:08 PM

OSHA Suspends E-Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA has suspended the rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically. The rule took effect Jan. 1, 2017, and included a July 1 submission deadline, but according to a statement on its website, the agency is not currently collecting data electronically and expects to extend the deadline.

 

New Book Published by ASSE – Written by E. Scott Geller - Actively Caring for People

OSH Professionals historically have great interest in books and materials written by Dr. E. Scott Geller. ASSE just published his newest book and we think this should be of interest to many of you.

 
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05/22/2017 1:45 PM

View From the OSH Bar: Petition to Reopen Silica Rule Unneeded

On May 3, 2017, a coalition of construction industry associations formally petitioned OSHA to begin a limited reopening of the agency’s March 25, 2016, final rule setting requirements for reduction of respirable crystalline silica in general industry, construction and maritime workplaces. Reopening the silica rulemaking does not make sense at this juncture. The standard’s validity is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals, and a ruling is expected soon.

 
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05/19/2017 3:30 PM

The Status Quo: Congress Funds Federal OSH Programs through September

On April 30, Congress agreed to a funding bill to keep the government open through Sept. 30, 2017. According to Adele Abrams, ASSE's federal representative, funding levels will remain relatively the same for OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH and CSB.

 

BISE Guide to Safety 2017 and Member Recognition

Download the BISE Guide to the PDC and learn about a BISE member's achievement.

 

WISE Safety 2017 Guide and High School Outreach

Download your WISE Guide to the PDC and learn more about how you can do high school outreach by reading about one member's activities.

 
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05/19/2017 1:00 PM

Closing of the Research Institute for Safety a Loss for OSH

Liberty Mutual is closing its Research Institute for Safety in June 2017. The institute has long been a prime source of scientific workplace safety data and peer-reviewed OSH research. Former director Tom Leamon, shares some history on the institute and its impact on the OSH profession and worker safety.​

 

Employer & Job Seeker Opportunities at Safety 2017

As part of Safety 2017, ASSE will host a Career Center for college students, young professionals and experienced practitioners seeking new employment opportunities. The career room will be located in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 501 and open on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m.

 
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ASSE’s Suggestions for OSHA Reform

ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Jim Thornton reviews key elements of ASSE's new Blueprint for OSHA Reform. "ASSE’s recommended changes can help us all get off the plateau of safety and health outcomes on which we seem stuck," he says.

 
05/18/2017 10:00 AM

Hot off the ASSE press: Actively Caring for People’s Safety

A new behavior-based safety guidebook published by ASSE is now available on the Society’s website. "Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture" features lessons on the fundamental principles for cultivating an actively caring culture in any organization.

 

Call for Authors for the ASSE Book "EHS Leadership & Professional Development"

You are invited to contribute technical contents, relevant to your area of specialty, to the ASSE Book Publication of "EHS Leadership & Professional Development", edited by Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D, CEP, CSP and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP.

 
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Announcing: Actively Caring for People's Safety

ASSE is happy to announce the publication of Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture, by E. Scott Geller and Krista S. Geller. This behavior-based guidebook is designed for self study or group training, with lessons that focus on the fundamental principles of cultivating an AC4P culture in your organization.

 
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Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting – May 19, 2017

Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting for Members. Find out what's going on in the CPS, activities planned at Safety 2017 and join us for a special presentation on Fatigue Management, including criteria in developing an effective fatigue management program.

 
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Manufacturing Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting - May 25, 2017

Open Web Meeting for all members of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty. Join us for a special presentation on "Machine Safety in 2017." How are companies embracing all the changes that have taken place in standards and technology over the past decade? Learn ways of moving forward with this ever changing challenge.

 

Update on the proposed ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 - Virtual Training

ASSE launched a standards development project addressing virtual training (BSR/ANSI/ASSE Z490.2-201X). A draft is being developed and the initial subgroup work is taking place. Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is on the subgroup and recently wrote an update article on the initiative that should interest those OSH Professionals working with virtual training

 
05/15/2017 2:15 PM

ASSE statement on closure of Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the planned closure of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, a leading researcher in the occupational safety and health field. The statement is attributable to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH.

 
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Revoking the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13782 that revoked former President Obama’s EO 13673 (the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order) that was originally signed into law on July 31, 2014. Worker safety advocates supported the rule, and see the revocation as a clear sign that Congress and the administration are focused on business interests and not worker safety.

 
05/11/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE crafts OSHA Reform Blueprint to improve workplace safety and health

ASSE has crafted an “OSHA Reform Blueprint” that details its priorities and vision for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a time of political change. The eight-page proposal calls for reforms to emphasize the management of risk, sharpen the agency’s focus on productive policies, and fill legislative and regulatory gaps.

 
05/09/2017 3:45 PM

Society’s election results highlighted by Smith’s move to president

ASSE has completed the 2017 Society elections and congratulates its new leaders, whose terms begin July 1. Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, will become ASSE’s new president for 2017-18. The succession of candidates from senior vice president to president-elect, and from president-elect to president, is automatic.​

 
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Administrators Message to the Environmental Practice Specialty

Administrators Message to the Members of the Environmental Practice Specialty.

 

Informative Update Article on the ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2017 Standard for Managed Fall Protection

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wrote an informative update article on the ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2017 Standard for Managed Fall Protection.

 

Government Affairs Assessment Survey

ASSE is reviewing its government affairs priorities and policies. What do you want your government affairs program to look like?

 
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SPALW News - SPALW SPY Announced and Safety 2017 en Español

Congratulations to Jose A Perez, CSHM, CET, OHST, CSHT, STS on his selection as SPALW Safety Professional of the year!

 

Three Highlights - Revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 Managed Fall Protection

There is a great deal of interest from OSH Professionals about newly revised ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 Standard, which addresses managed fall protection programs. The new standard was approved at the end of Calendar Year 2016 and was recently published in 2017.

 

WISE News - Congratulations to WISE Members Elected to Society Office!

WISE congratulates members newly elected to Society office and ascending to the ASSE Presidency.

 
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05/05/2017 1:00 PM

ISO 20400 Guides Sustainable Purchasing

All organizations purchase things, and many are looking for guidance to help them make informed decisions when it comes to the effect those purchases have on an organization, its employees and the environment. ISO 20400, Sustainable Procurement–Guidance, is the first international standard on this topic.​

 
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05/04/2017 1:00 PM

Inadequate Crash Scene Reports Hamper Safety Efforts

In a new report, "Undercounted Is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives," National Safety Council (NSC) suggests that too little is known about the key driver behavior factors in motor vehicle crashes. This underreporting, NSC says, detracts from prevention efforts across the U.S.

 
05/03/2017 3:00 PM

Record attendance taking shape for Safety 2017 in Denver

ASSE is busy preparing for its biggest event of the year, and it may turn out to be the Society’s most-attended event in its 106-year history. Organizers say registration is on a record-setting pace for the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver. Attendance has topped 4,200 and will continue to rise.

 
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05/02/2017 1:00 PM

ASSE Working on Proposed Standard for Automated Vehicles

The subgroup developing a proposed American National Standard addressing automated vehicles is working on developing the content and identifying next steps. The subgroup (Z15.3) is part of the ANSI/ASSE Z15 Accredited Standards Committee that focuses on safety requirements for motor vehicle operations. The proposed standard aims to help organizations define and develop policies, procedures and management processes to control risks and exposures associated with the operating autonomous vehicles.

 
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Get Involved in OSH Campaigns

ASSE's “Is Your Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster highlights national campaigns that focus on worker safety. Download your copy today!

 

Proposed ANSI/ASSE Z15.3 Standard Moves Forward American National Standard - Automated Vehicles

ASSE recently proposed an American National Standard addressing automated vehicles and the subgroup (Z15.3) recently met for the first time to discuss the content of the standard and how to move the document forward.

 
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YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: "OSHA Outlook & Impact of Regulatory Reform" featuring Adele Abrams, 5/16

Join us for a Lunch & Learn on 5/16/17 1 PM Central time featuring Adele Abrams, who will share insights on the OSHA outlook and the impact of regulatory reform in the new administration. new Administration's impact on OSHA and MSHA.

 

PDC en español!

ASSE is proud to offer a Spanish track for the 4th year in a row at our annual PDC. 10 exclusive technical sessions in Spanish for those bilingual OSH professionals working with the Hispanic workforce or international attendees from Spanish speaking countries! Spanish track attendees will have the opportunity to connect with more than 4,000 OSH professionals from more than 40 countries and attend one of the largest OSH expo. Learn more at safety2017.org/es

 

WISE News - Register for the WISE Retreat and Call for Mentors

A digest of this week's news - mentors are still needed for the WISE mentoring program, and information on accessing WISE Lunch & Learns.

 
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Manufacturing Practice Specialty Open Call with Presentation on Machine Safety 2017

The Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty invites you to join us in our open web meeting. Find out what’s going on within the practice specialty and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will also include a special presentation by guest speaker Jeff Winter on Machine Safety in 2017. We hope you can join us.

 

Upcoming Change to the Mining Practice Specialty

Merger of the Mining and Oil & Gas Practice Speicalties

 

Upcoming Change to the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty

The Oil & Gas Practice Specialty and the Mining Practice Specialty will merge into the Oil, Gas, Mining, and Mineral Resources Practice Specialty with the abbreviated name being OGM Practice Specialty. This change will take effect July 1, 2017.

 
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05/01/2017 1:00 PM

Fatigue Prevention Requires Robust, Vigorous Approach

Technology and night-shift work are common elements in the U.S. workplace. Both factors can create fatigue hazards on their own, and when combined, the prevalence of sleep deficiency becomes anything but deficient. A myriad of factors causes fatigue, which is why Susan Murphy, principal consultant at DEKRA Insight, says a vigorous and robust fatigue risk management system is necessary.

 
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05/01/2017 5:01 AM

Time for a Change?

ASSE's Board of Directors approved two recommendations 1) Change the organization’s name to American Society of Safety Professionals. 2) Adopt a new logo. Both of these changes will now go before the House of Delegates for a vote on June 19.

 
04/28/2017 3:45 PM

ASSE statement on new Secretary of Labor

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the confirmation of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The statement is attributed to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH, on behalf of ASSE's membership of 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals.

 
04/28/2017 11:45 AM

Popov and Rajendran named ASSE’s 2017 Outstanding Safety Educators

Georgi Popov and Sathy Rajendran, highly regarded educators within the OSH profession, have each been selected to receive ASSE's 2017 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The two educators will be honored during ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver.

 
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April GA Update: 21% / 100 Days / 3 Months

President Trump released his “America First” budget blueprint last month, asking Congress for a 21% reduction in the Department of Labor's budget and the complete elimination of the Chemical Safety Board. ASSE supports the Chemical Safety Board and has signed onto letters in support of level-funding OSHA, NIOSH, and the CSB for FY2018.

 
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Administrator's Message to Members of the Ergonomic Practice Specialty

Message from the Administrator to the members of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty.

 
04/26/2017 2:30 PM

Bethancourt named ASSE’s 2017 Safety Professional of the Year

Jeremy Bethancourt, government affairs chair of ASSE's Arizona Chapter, has been selected as ASSE's 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year. He plays a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving and the hazards of heat stress.

 
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Arizona ASSE Chapters Government Affairs Help to Organize Distracted Driving Summit

More than four hundred concerned people from across Arizona (including some guests from Illinois and Texas) came together at the Arizona State Capitol on January 25th for the first Distracted Driving Summit. The Summit brought together victims, law enforcement, advocates, legislators and others to learn about the issue.

 
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04/25/2017 3:01 PM

Build an Effective Safety Stand-Down Campaign

OSHA's National Safety Stand Down is 2 weeks away. ASSE has compiled a list of free materials to help OSH professionals build an effective campaign.

 
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04/25/2017 1:00 PM

How & Why to Use Die Safety Blocks

Die safety blocks are called by many names: safety blocks, ram blocks, die blocks or prop blocks. Regardless of the term, die safety blocks all have the same purpose: ptotect employees working in the die area from a free-falling upper die/slide.

 

Control of Hazardous Energy - OHS Article on ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 - Technical Information and Update

We thought you would be interested in the attached article and technical information addressing the control of hazardous energy

 

Update - The ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Standard - The Fall Protection Code

Member interest continues to grow since the newly revised version of the ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Standard, The Fall Protection Code, has been released and will be completely in effect during the Summer of 2017.​

 
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04/24/2017 12:35 PM

Zika Virus Not a Worry to Americans, Gallup Says

More than 90% of adults in the U.S. think they are not likely to get the Zika virus, says a Gallup Poll conducted March 10-11 of 1,025 Americans. The report made comparisons to previous Gallup surveys during two other high-profile viruses in recent U.S. history—Ebola and H1N1/swine flu.

 
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Short Survey for Environmental Practice Specialty Members

Environmental Practice Specialty is conducting a short survey of its members to help set the direction of the group.

 

BISE News - New Administrator and Member Achievement Spotlight

Learn about your new incoming Assistant Administrator and about BISE member achievements - including how you can share yours!

 
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04/21/2017 6:00 PM

Resources to Combat Violence Against Female Workers

Homicide is the second leading cause of injury death among female workers, CDC says. Approximately 43% of women fatally assaulted while at work in 2015 were killed by relatives or partners; for men, the corresponding figure was 2%.

 
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04/21/2017 1:30 PM

Asbestos Still a Threat, CDC Says

A total of 445,221 people died from asbestos in the U.S. from 1999 to 2015, according to CDC. The report says that the occurrence of mesothelioma deaths has increased, particularly among younger populations, at a greater rate than previously projected by the CDC.

 

Looking for a few good ... safe and sound companies

OSHA wants companies to submit Safe + Sound Week safety events for their interactive U.S. map online.​

 

ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

An interesting article on our ANSI/ASSE A1264.1 Standard, which should interest many of you. Any OSH Professional with an interest in the safety of walking/working surfaces should have interest in this article

 

Update ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 Standard for Motor Vehicle Operations - Current Status

OSH Professionals are actively involved in safety practices impacting motor vehicle operations. The Society is currently finalizing a revision to the existing standard and we expect to see a newly revised standard during Summer 2017. Due to this interest there have been a number of inquiries addressing implementation of the standard.

 
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04/20/2017 1:00 PM

NIOSH Publishes Skin Notation Profiles: Ethyl p-nitrophenyl phenylphosphorothioate

A critical component of modern OSH programs is to understand the hazards related to skin contact with chemicals, NIOSH says. The agency has created a Skin Notation Profile that provides the SK assignments and supportive data for ethyl p-nitrophenyl phenylphosphorothioate.

 
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04/19/2017 1:04 PM

Celebrate Hearing Protection With the Safe-in-Sound Awards

Do you work with or for (or know of) a company that has adopted noise control or developed innovative approaches towards hearing loss prevention? Consider nominating the company for a Safe-in-Sound Award. The deadlines for nominations are: June 2, 2017, for third-party nominations and July 15, 2017, for self-nominations.

 
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Open Web Meeting for all members of the Construction Practice Specialty

Invitation to find out what's going on in the Construction Practice Specialty and hear Paul Colangelo of ClickSafety speak on Fatigue Management.

 
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Administrators Message to Members of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

Administrator's Message to members of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

 
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04/17/2017 5:03 PM

ASSE Encourages Members to Get Involved in OSH Awareness Campaigns

This year, ASSE created the “Is My Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster to help members and others in the OSH community to engage employers, workers and the public in five upcoming campaigns to keep every person safe and healthy on the job.

 
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2017 Society Election Results

The 2017 Society elections are complete and ASSE congratulates its new leaders, whose terms will begin July 1, 2017. The Society thanks all the candidates and all members who voted in this important election process. Visit ASSE’s 2017 Society Election Results web page to view the newly elected leaders.​

 
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Administrator's Message to members of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty

Administrator's Message to the members of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty

 

ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

Keith Vidal, M.S., P.E., CXLT, is chair of the ANSI Accredited A1264 Standards Committee. He recently spoke with ASSE about the ANSI/ASSE A1264.1-2017 standard, which addresses walking and working surfaces. This should interest you due to the impact of slips, trips, and falls on the economy and the occupational safety and health profession.

 

ASSE Encourages Members to Get Involved in OSH Campaigns

ASSE's “Is Your Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster aims to help members and others in the OSH community engage employers, workers and the public in five national campaigns that focus on worker safety.​

 

Support SPALW!

Learn more about how you can support SPALW programs!

 
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04/13/2017 8:25 PM

ASSE Considering Name & Logo Change

As the OSH profession continues to evolve, it encompasses more disciplines, roles and industries than ever before. To help members meet these demands, the Society is evolving, too. ASSE is considering a new name and logo to better reflect the diverse makeup of the Society's membership and to ensure relevance among future OSH professionals.

 
04/13/2017 8:45 AM

ASSE urges involvement in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries

There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: “Is my loved one safe at work today?” This spring, ASSE is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.

 
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04/12/2017 6:43 PM

NIOSH Seeks Comments on Occupational Exposure Banding

NIOSH is seeking feedback on its draft Current Intelligence Bulletin that outlines its occupational exposure banding process. This process intends to help OSH professionals make “timely, well-informed risk management decisions about chemicals that lack occupational exposure limits.” Comments are due June 13, 2017.

 
04/12/2017 11:00 AM

ASSE considering new name and logo to reflect diverse membership

ASSE is considering a new name and logo after more than 100 years of being at the forefront of the occupational safety and health field. If approved by members, the new name would be the American Society of Safety Professionals. "Our name should reflect the diverse makeup of our membership," said ASSE President Tom Cecich.

 

Earth Day 2017 is almost here.

Earth Day is April 22, 2017.

 

Technical Update Article - Color Coding Machine Guards

This update addresses color-coding of machine guards and discusses the applicable American National Standards that would assist. The Society has gotten a number of inquiries on this issue and this update should help answer this question along with directing interested parties to where they can order the impacted standards.

 
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Administrator's Message Risk Management Practice Specialty

Message from the Administrator to the members of the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty

 
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04/10/2017 2:04 PM

MSHA Workplace Exam Rule Delayed, Challenged in Court

In a March 27, 2017, Federal Register notice, MSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its Workplace Examination final rule for surface and underground metal/nonmetal (MNM) mines from May 23 until July 24, 2017. The delay is connected to the Trump Administration's order on reviewing pending regulations as well as litigation initiated by several industry groups.

 

Technical Update - ISO 31000 Risk Management and Assessment Interviews

ASSE member interest continues to grow in the ISO Risk Management and Assessment Standards, (ISO Technical Committee TC-262). This committee is responsible for ISO 31000, 31010, Guide #73, and the ISO 31004 Implementation Guide. Dr. Frank Herdmann of Germany is very active on the ISO TC-262 Committee and also served as the Head of the German Delegation.

 
04/10/2017 11:15 AM

Media Advisory: Journalists invited to Safety 2017 in Denver

Journalists are invited for free to ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, a global safety event with people from more than 40 countries participating as presenters, exhibitors and attendees. It will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver from June 19-22.

 

Special opportunity at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore!

The ILO is taking submissions for the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition. Learn more about this contest and how it could take you to Singapore!

 

Video Update - Application and Implementation of the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard for Tower Construction and Demolition

There have been a lot of questions about the new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard, (Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures).​

 
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Webinar Invitation to join us to learn ISO 39001: 2012 - Road Traffic Management Systemv

BS ISO 39001 sets out the minimum requirements for a Road Traffic Safety Management System. Governments, road authorities, safety groups and private companies were keen to develop such a standard due to the rising number of people killed or injured on the road each year. This webinar describes the salient features of the standard for Road Traffic Safety ISO 39001:2012. This standard has been accepted worldwide for demonstrating effective implementation of road traffic safety in any organization.​

 
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04/07/2017 1:53 PM

Effects & Non-Effects of Congressional Action on Volks Rule

Legislation directed at OSHA seldom makes it through Congress or makes national news, so when an OSHA bill is signed into law, it gets attention and generates questions. And so it has been with H.J. Res. 83, the “resolution of disapproval” of OSHA’s so-called Volks rule that passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed by President Trump. Guest poster Gary Visscher answers some of those questions.

 
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04/07/2017 12:45 PM

To Reduce Fatigue, Subdue Blue Hues

In the hours before bedtime, the blue light from electronic devices antagonizes the circadian clock from synchronizing daily sleep rhythms to external time cues. Even small amounts of this blue light transmitted from many electronic devices, such as smartphones or televisions, inhibits the brain from producing melatonin, the chemical responsible for coaxing the body into sleep.

 
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04/06/2017 8:06 PM

OSHA Delays Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction

OSHA is delaying enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

 
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04/05/2017 8:59 PM

President Trump Axes Volks Recordkeeping Rule

President Trump signed H.J. Res 83 into law, blocking the so-called Volks rule that would have allowed OSHA to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written among other provisions.

 

American Society of Safety Engineers, Environmental Practice Specialty, Administrator’s Message

Message to members of the Environmental Practice Specialty from the Administrator.

 

Update - ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Standards

We sent out an announcement on our four recently published new/revised Z359 Fall Protection Standards. You are all well aware of the impact these standards have so the announcement is available at the URL below for those with an interest.

 
04/05/2017 9:15 AM

ASSE Foundation awards record amount of scholarships and grants

Thanks to a growing group of generous donors, the ASSE Foundation is celebrating a record year by awarding more than $303,000 in scholarships and grants to 116 students and society members. The Foundation announces its annual recipients every April in support of the occupational safety and health profession nationwide.

 
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04/03/2017 2:09 PM

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch’s Dissent in the Freezing Truck Driver Case: What Does It Mean for OSH Professionals?

Guest poster Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP, examines a worker-safety-related case ruled on by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and what it means to OSH professionals.

 
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04/03/2017 11:00 AM

Last Chance to Apply for 2017 Innovation Award

Applications for the 2017 ASSE Cintas Innovation Award are due April 7, 2017. The award will be presented at Safety 2017in Denver, CO, and the recipient will receive a plaque and $3,000; honorable mention recipients will receive $500.

 
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04/01/2017 9:11 PM

The Challenges Facing OSH

I was recently asked by Safeguard, a New Zealand publication, to share the U.S. perspective on key challenges facing the OSH profession. I’d like to share those thoughts with you as well.

 

Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting - May 19, 2017

Invitation to the Members of the Construction Practice Specialty to join the open web meeting on May 19, 2017.

 

Utilities Practice Specialty Administrator's Message

Message from the Administrator to the members of the UPS.

 

WISE Lunch & Learn Feat. Adele Abrams 4/28

WISE will hold a "Lunch & Learn" on 4/28/17 1 PM Central Time featuring Adele Abrams, who will share insights on the new Administration's impact on OSHA and MSHA.

 

Environmental PS Member Survey

The Environmental Practice Specialty is asking its members to complete a short survey to help set the direction of the community.

 
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03/30/2017 1:00 PM

Making the Right Choices for Safety

Terry Hughes does not have any letters behind his name. However, Hughes has a message for OSH professionals and delivers it with passion. “My definition of safety is the elimination of human suffering,” he says. “We have to make the right choices so that we do our job the right way every time. We have to make safety a full-time job and not a part time practice,” he says.

 

Welcome to the Crossroads

RM/I Practice Specialty Admin Message

 
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03/29/2017 1:00 PM

OSH Professionals Influence Community Safety, Too

Guest poster Chris Laszcz-Davis reminds ASSE members that they can also influence community OSH issues. "I believe that public safety is part of our broader domain, not necessarily industrial hygiene or occupational health, but certainly emergency response. The public is often the first line of defense in crisis situations."

 
03/29/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE’s Nigeria Safety Summit demonstrates that safety is a universal language

As a global organization, ASSE works with its members from more than 80 countries to elevate the safety profession and help protect workers through education, advocacy and standards development. Its latest success was the 2017 Nigeria Safety Summit held March 21-25 that included sessions led by ASSE President Tom Cecich.

 

The ASSE Young Professionals Present: John McBride on “Your Resume: Ferrari, Fiat or Flat Tire”

Worried about putting together a great resume? Register to learn resume strategies from a top safety recruiter!

 

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Reports Positive Finding on ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Space Standard

Greetings All: ASSE got a nice finding from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board impacting our ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard.For those OSH Professionals working with confined spaces hazards and exposures this update might interest you.

 
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03/28/2017 4:15 PM

NIOSH Network Occupational Safety and Health Network Now Tracks Sharps Injuries & Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

NIOSH's has added two modules to the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) that allow for the tracking of sharps incidents and blood and body fluid exposures among healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities use OHSN voluntarily to share injury data, track injury trends and devise effective interventions.​

 
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03/27/2017 1:00 PM

First Responder Stress Is Cause for Concern

First responder suicides are a growing concern in the U.S. ASSE professional member emeritus Don Garman, a veteran first responder shares some insight on the topic.

 
03/24/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE recognizes anniversary of factory fire that spurred workplace safety

ASSE encourages workers across the country to pause on Saturday, March 25, and join the society in paying tribute to the workers who lost their lives in the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 106 years ago that day. The safety of the American worker has increased progressively since that tragedy.​

 
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03/23/2017 4:06 PM

ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

Keith Vidal, M.S., P.E., CXLT, is chair of the A1264 Accredited Standards Committee. He recently spoke with ASSE about the A1264.1-2017 standard, which addresses walking and working surfaces.

 

ASSE Update – Status of the proposed ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

We posted an update on the proposed ISO 45001 Standard, written by leadership of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI, (Vic Toy and Kathy Seabrook). You can read the full report via the ASSE 45001 site under “What’s Happening Now”: http://iso45001.asse.org/ ASSE also did a shortened summary recently posted on the homepage at: http://www.asse.org/update-on-the-proposed-iso-45001-standard-on-ohs-management-systems/ ​

 

United States Chemical Safety Board - Recognition of ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard

The United States Chemical Safety Board released a positive comment/update on a recommendation they submitted to ASSE addressing future revisions of the ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard.

 
03/21/2017 1:40 PM

ASSE stands behind U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – representing more than 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals across the globe – supports the mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and is deeply troubled that the CSB is targeted for elimination in President Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018.

 
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03/20/2017 7:37 PM

Update on the Proposed ISO 45001 Standard on OHS Management Systems

It seems like it’s been a long time since work began on the proposed ISO 45001 standard for OHS management systems. Read on to learn more about the latest developments.

 
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03/17/2017 2:49 PM

Reporting on OSH Metrics to Advance Organizational Decision Making

Safe Work Australia, a national policy body in Australia, has published a report that explores the processes for gathering and communication workplace safety and health performance information to guide organizational decision making. This work ties in well with the work being conducted by Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS), which advocates for integrating occupational safety metrics and performance into an organization’s business model and thinking.

 

Technical Article - ANSI/ASSE Z359.16 Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems)

We believe OSH Professionals will have interest in the newly released ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 American National Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems).

 

Update – ANSI/ASSE Z359.16 Standard is Published - Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems

We believe OSH Professionals will have interest in the newly released ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 American National Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems). This is an issue/concern faced by many of you and we believe this standard will help in preventing worker fatality and injuries. Ladder risks and exposures are always a significant safety issue and this document should help address this issue from the perspective of fall protection and arrest.

 

Bresnahan Standards Medal Update

Greetings: Just a notice that we are soliciting candidates for the Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal. Information on the award is below – nominations need to be submitted electronically to Tim Fisher (TFisher@ASSE.Org) by April 7th. The form is below, and a reminder that a complete and detailed packet of no more than three pages should be submitted for review by the ASSE Standards Development Committee. The selection process is very rigorous and the competition for the Medal is formidable.

 
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03/16/2017 5:09 PM

Trump Administration Releases First Budget, Safety Takes a Hit

The Trump Administration’s budget blueprint for FY2018 is out. It’s mostly an outline with some specifics. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is eliminated off the bat.

 
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03/13/2017 7:06 PM

Regulatory Reform Shakes Up DC

Leadership President Trump is 45 days into his first 100 days. Secretary of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta needs to pull together his paperwork before the Senate HELP Committee will schedule his hearings. Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has been elected Chair of the Democratic National Party.

 
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03/13/2017 1:33 PM

Research to Assess Effectiveness of OSH Education Programs

Researchers are seeking to determine the effectiveness of current OSH education programs at community and technical colleges. The project is being conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and West Virginia University and funded through a grant from CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training.

 
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03/13/2017 1:00 PM

UK Lawmakers Debate High Heels Petition, Say Workplace Policies Present Safety Hazard to Women

The British Parliament debated a petition to make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work on March 6, 2017. The petition, which received more than 152,000 signatures, was created by Nicola Thorp after she was she was sent home without pay for refusing to wear high heels between 2 and 4 inches high while at work, causing a revolt across Britain on discrimination and women's rights' to health and safety.

 
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03/08/2017 8:13 PM

Risk Assessment Institute Video Examines Bowtie Diagrams

ASSE's Risk Assessment Institute has released it's latest video, Bowtie Methodology. The video offers a brief overview of bowtie methodology, which is a tool used to visually map and analyze causal relationships in complex workplace risks.

 
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03/08/2017 5:41 PM

Combustible Dust: Avoid These Three Oversights

Combustible dust is a recurring yet often overlooked hazard in many industrial facilities. For many, it can be hard to understand how something called dust can pose dangers. Other oversights include underestimating the hazards present and having an apathetic attitude toward them.

 
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03/07/2017 9:31 PM

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? CDC Examines Sleep Duration by Occupation

A CDC study published in this month's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found significant differences in short sleep duration (less than 7 hours a night) among occupational groups. “Short sleep duration has been linked to various negative health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, as well as to safety issues related to drowsy driving and injuries,” says study author Taylor Shockey, M.P.H., of NIOSH.

 
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03/07/2017 3:59 PM

Senate Votes Down Worker Safety Rule for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that would have required contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations in order to compete for federal contracts. A similar measure already passed in the House, and it is expected that President Trump will finalize the move.

 
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03/07/2017 2:17 PM

ISO Aiming to Make 31000 Risk Standard Easier & Clearer

ISO 31000:2009 on risk management principles and guidelines (adopted in the U.S. as ANSI/ASSE Z690.2) is being revised to make the standard easier to apply and clearer in its guidance. The revision is now at the draft international standard (DIS) stage and is available for public comment. The next step will be the final DIS stage. ISO expects to publish the new version of ISO 31000 in late 2017 or early 2018.

 
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03/06/2017 10:27 PM

Five Things You Need to Include in a Risk Assessment

Everyone knows that you need to do a risk assessment before starting anything. The next bit is the tricky part, though. What do you actually have on a risk assessment? In this post, guest blogger David Cant shares a list of five essential points OSH professionals must cover on any risk assessment.

 
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03/06/2017 5:00 PM

App Promotes Young Worker Safety

A new mobile app aims to educate young workers about workplace safety by awarding users with basic safety knowledge certificates. The young workers can then present the certificates to current or potential employers as a way to demonstrate their ability to be a safe worker.

 
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03/04/2017 4:31 AM

Steep Rise in U.K. Safety, Health Fines, FOIA Report Reveals

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed a steep rise of U.K. safety and health fines imposed in 2016. According to IOSH’s report, there were 19 fines of £1 million (about $1.25 million at press time) or more in 2016, whereas in 2015, there were only three fines for £1 million or more. In 2014, no such large fines were imposed.

 
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03/03/2017 2:00 PM

Raising the Profile of Human Capital in Sustainability

Most companies today are involved in sustainability in some way, be it basic recycling programs, waste reduction efforts or comprehensive global supply chain initiatives. These efforts all contribute to corporate performance, but one factor often overlooked in sustainability initiatives is workers themselves. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability is working to change that.

 
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03/02/2017 3:49 PM

NIOSH Wants Your Feedback on PPE Info Database

NIOSH is seeking public comments on PPE-Info, a draft web-based database that contains a collection of national PPE information. The database enables users to conduct general- or advanced-criteria searches of relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications and related information. Comments are due by April 13, 2017.

 
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03/01/2017 2:25 PM

OSHA Delays Effective Date of Beryllium Rule to May 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a second delay in the effective date of its Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The announcement follows a White House memorandum issued Jan. 20, 2017, that directed the department to undertake a review of any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone the date that they would take effect.

 
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02/28/2017 6:56 PM

Position Yourself to Win

For safety professionals, what does preparing to win look like? It means we continuously build our business skills and technical capabilities. We establish what we do well and understand what uniquely prepares us for the next opportunity. We determine what we need to do to make ourselves most valuable to our organizations or to potential new employers.

 
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02/28/2017 4:14 PM

Tattooists' Occupational Pain Prevalent, Studies Say

Professional tattooists have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints about back pain, says a survey of 448 tattoo workers across France.

 
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02/24/2017 2:00 PM

Shortcuts Are Killer

Most people have the necessary skills and knowledge to do our jobs well, and most of us don’t want to hurt ourselves or anyone else. So why do we take shortcuts that set up us and others for injury?

 
02/22/2017 7:33 PM

Representative Byrne Seeks to Rescind OSHA Volks Recordkeeping Rule

Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chair of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, has introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to block an OSHA rule expanding recordkeeping requirements for injuries and illnesses. The so-called Volks Rule that would have given OSHA the authority to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written.

 
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02/22/2017 3:12 PM

Labor pains, confirmation machinations, and Congress takes the week off

Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration late last week hours after reports surfaced that six Republican Senators were hesitant to support him.

 

Call for Awards Nominations

Each year the Practice Specialties (PS) and Common Interest Groups (CIG) are requested to award one of their members as the Safety Professional of the Year for their PS or CIG. If you know of a member within your PS or CIG whom you believe is worthy of this award, please feel free to nominate him/her. You may also nominate yourself if you wish.

 

Please join us for our Open Web Meeting (It's Free)

Wednesday , December 7, 2016 (60 minutes) 1:00 pm EST; 12:00 pm CST; 11:00 am MST; 10:00 am PST Find out about the new programs and initiatives in your Practice Specialty. This is a perfect opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas as well.

 
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Keene State WISE Students Offer Active Shooter Training

By Jamie Ingalls I am so proud of the work the students did to put this together! We had 58 people in all register, and 50 in attendance! Not bad for our first event. There is a future for the student ASSE WISE group at Keene State.

 
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WISE Member Coauthors OSH Textbook

WISE member Rosalene Graham, CSP, recently coauthored a textbook, Occupational Safety and Health. According to American Technical Publishers, the introductory text provides an overview of potential workplace hazards, safety practices and how various processes need to be managed to maintain a safe workplace.​

 

Tarheel Chapter WISE Clothing Drive

At the Tarheel Chapter November monthly meeting, the Tarheel ChapterWISE team sponsored a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success, whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

 
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Making Training Fun and Effective - Part 2

Chris Vochoska presented Part 2 of Making Training Fun and Effective at the Bakersfield WISE Professional Development and Networking meeting on October 20th.

 

WISE Mentoring Program - New Matches!

Thanks to our smart and savvy mentors and dedicated and enthusiastic mentees, we kicked off the Fall Session with 14 matched pairs and 3 "re-ups"!

 

WISE Sponsors Needed

Invest in women in safety by sponsoring WISE.

 

Foundation - Consider making WISE part of your giving!

WISE offers a $1000 professional education grant each year through the ASSE Foundation.

 

Administrator Message

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be." -Marsha Petrie Sue Welcome 2017! Today is another chance to make things better and that’s what we do every day as part of our WISE mission. I am honored to be, once again, at the helm of WISE, this time as the Administrator.

 
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02/21/2017 2:02 PM

Wayne Jones: 1,005 Members ASSE Recruited & Counting

Wayne Jones, Ed.D., gives new meaning to the title "top recruiter." A professional member of ASSE's Southwest Chapter, Jones recently became the first-ever ASSE member to recruit more than 1,000 colleagues to join the Society.

 
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02/15/2017 3:00 PM

ALI Designates March Ladder Safety Month

More than 300 people die each year in ladder-related incidents, and improper ladder use is consistently on OSHA’s 10 most frequently cited violations. To raise awareness among employers, employees and the public, American Ladder Institute (ALI) has declared March as National Ladder Safety Month.

 
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02/09/2017 6:17 PM

External Microphones Improve Sound Measurement App Accuracy

Calibrated external microphones greatly improves the overall accuracy and precision of sound measuring iPhone and iPad apps, a NIOSH study published in The Journal of Acoustical Society found. According to the study, external microphones remove most of the variability and limitations associated with built-in smartphones.

 
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02/08/2017 9:45 PM

Campus Safety Challenges

ASSE’s Management Practice Specialty has started a Campus Safety Committee to facilitate opportunities for OSH professionals who work on some type of campus to connect. Jonathan Klane, who chairs the committee, wanted to try a different approach to explaining the range of challenges encountered in these environments. Read his post to learn more.

 
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02/08/2017 7:04 PM

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Strengthen Worker Health & Safety Law

Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee reintroduced the Protecting America's Workers Act, legislation that would strengthen and modernize the OSH Act of 1970. The bill would also give OSHA tools to ensure that employers correct hazardous working conditions, protect whistleblowers and hold employers accountable for violations that cause death or serious injury to workers.

 
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02/07/2017 9:00 PM

Trump Makes Moves, Puzder Waits in the Wings, Congress Readies for Battle

Government Affairs Update, American Society of Safety Engineers

 
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02/07/2017 7:18 PM

Noise-Related Hearing Loss: Not Just a Work Problem, CDC Finds

One in four U.S. adults who think their hearing is good in fact have hearing damage. The latest Vital Signs report, “Too Loud! For Too Long!” from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a lot of this damage is from loud sounds encountered during everyday activities, such as using a leaf blower or going to loud concerts. These activities can damage a person’s hearing just as much as working in an extremely noisy environment.

 
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02/07/2017 2:00 PM

EPA Issues Proposed TSCA Risk Evaluation Rule

EPA has proposed a rule about how the agency plans to conduct risk evaluations when determining whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment “without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use.”

 
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02/06/2017 9:28 PM

NATE Video Promotes Safety in Communication Tower Industry

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has produced a video that highlights ANSI/ASSE A10.48. "This video is an outstanding resource for companies and workers,” says Josh Forrester of Vertical Limit Construction LLC in Wanamingo, MN. “Embracing and implementing the A10.48 standard into daily tower activities will enhance the culture of safety in the industry.”

 
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02/06/2017 6:59 PM

Trump Signs 2-for-1 Executive Order to Reduce Regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 30 that will require agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.

 
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02/06/2017 6:00 PM

Wyoming, Texas Rated Worst for Smoke-Free Workplaces

Wyoming and Texas are the worst states for smoke-free workplaces, says the American Lung Association’s 15th annual State of Tobacco Control report for 2017. Both states received ALA’s lowest possible score—a zero—for smoke-free public and private work sites. Illinois, Maine, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington all received the highest possible grades for these categories.

 
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Safety Training: Gaining Employee Buy-In

Safety training is a leading tool implemented to promote incident and injury prevention. The objective of any training is to help people make safer decisions about actions they take in the workplace. "The catalyst to successful safety training is employee buy-in," says guest blogger Brei Richardson, "If employees are not sold on the information presented, they will not practice safer methods in the field."

 
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02/01/2017 6:01 AM

Standards: Influencing the Practice of Safety

As we all know, OSHA standards are only a starting point for ensuring worker safety. Many are outdated and less protective than other measures. That is why voluntary consensus standards are so vital. The consensus process brings together diverse parties—companies, government agencies, academics, individuals and others—with a direct interest in the subject matter.

 
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Mental Health Issues Adversely Affect Physical Health, Survey Says

More than 80% of workers who have experienced mental issues say their physical health has been adversely affected, according to a survey of more than 4,000 British adults.

 
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01/30/2017 4:30 PM

Safety Tools, Checklists Aren't Enough to Save Lives

About 65% of workers say they have been in a situation where they had the proper safety tools to avoid a situation, but nobody listened to them. A recent ASSE webinar discussed new research surrounding psychological safety’s role in workplace safety.

 
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01/30/2017 2:00 PM

Change Safety Climate to Initiate Culture Change

"Culture can form at a glacier-like pace and feel just as difficult to move as a mountain of ice. It’s impossible to change culture overnight," says Gary Higbee, president/CEO of Higbee & Associates and a senior consultant with ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart. While that fact may be frustrating, OSH professionals can make progress by focusing their attention elsewhere. "Forget about trying to enact a cultural change and focus instead on developing a workplace climate that takes safety seriously,"​

 
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01/27/2017 8:12 PM

Training Tips: ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 & Learning Objectives

In the January 2017 issue of PS, Jeff Dalto began a series of Training Tips articles that will analyze the recently updated ANSI/ASSE Z490.1, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.

 
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EU-OSHA Publishes Visual Tool on Aging Workforce

Nearly 27% of the EU population is expected to be over age 65 by 2040. To help understand OSH issues in the context of the aging workforce, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) carried out a 3-year project, “Safer and Healthier Work at Any Age,” to examine the safety and health of older workers and identify ways to ensure sustainable work.

 
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01/27/2017 2:00 PM

5 Steps to Effective Injury Management

Companies that work aggressively to provide the right treatment at the right time following an injury-producing incident have lower injury costs, fewer recordables and workers' compensation cases, and more engaged, successful employees.

 
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01/26/2017 6:14 PM

NPR, NIOSH Investigations Reveal Scope of Black Lung Disease is Bigger than Reported

The surge of black lung disease’s most progressive form, Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), is significantly larger than what federal regulators report, two new investigations have found.

 
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01/26/2017 3:22 PM

Shortened Workdays Bring Health, Happiness & Costs, Swedish Experiment Says

Sweden’s 2-year experiment for a 6-hour workday came to an end earlier this month with workers happy and pockets empty. The experiment was funded by the Swedish government to learn whether a shorter workday without payouts can boost productivity.

 
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01/24/2017 5:00 PM

ASSE RegBrief Examines OSHA's Walking/Working Surfaces Rule

In latest ASSE's RegBrief, Adele Abrams, the Society's federal representative, reviews key changes made in OSHA's walking and working surfaces rule, shares key compliance dates and highlights other standards affected by the changes.

 
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01/24/2017 1:49 PM

Trump Administration Freezes Regulations Pending Review

In an e-mail on Jan. 25, 2017, Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, advised small business representatives about the Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, which was issued to heads of executive departments and agencies on Jan. 20. The memorandum "is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."

 
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01/18/2017 2:00 PM

Solving Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips and falls are a constant concern in many work environments. BLS reports that falls, slips and trips accounted for 27% (309,060 cases) of the total occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015, with falls on the same level being a leading type of event or exposure. In its Solving Slips, Trips & Falls Guide, ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart reports that human factors, wet/slippery surfaces and housekeeping issues are the leading causes of slip/trip/fall incidents.

 
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01/13/2017 2:00 PM

Incident Investigations: 15 Key Steps

Most every OSH professional has conducted an incident investigation. Here are 15 steps to follow to ensure a quality investigation.

 
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ISO 45001: Anticipating March 2018 Publication Date

According to an article posted by The Auditor, the much-anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems may not be published until March 2018. Read on to see the latest timeline for publication.

 
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01/12/2017 2:00 PM

Protecting Convenience Store Employees Against Robbery

Convenience stores are a frequest target of robberies, putting store employees at increased risk of being injured or killed. The Kentucky Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) program issued a hazard alert advising convenience store employers and employees on robbery safety.

 

ASSE Applauds OSHA for Recognizing the Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace

This statement is attributable to ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH: “The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for recognizing, in its white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health,” the great opportunity the corporate sustainability movement provides to encourage better commitment to worker safety and health."

 
01/11/2017 4:00 PM

Safety Climate: What It Means, Why You Should Measure It

What is safety climate and why should companies measure it. According to Emily Huang, lead author of the cover story in this month's Professional Safety, "Safety climate is one of the best leading indicators of future safety outcomes." She also notes that safety climate surveys help organizations identify benchmarks that provide insight into interventions.

 
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01/11/2017 2:00 PM

OSHA & MSHA Regulatory Agendas Issued

On Dec. 23, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, covering its agencies including OSHA and MSHA. This is the final agenda issued under the Obama administration, and its contents will be subject to revision by the incoming Trump administration. However, because that transition will take time, OSH professionals can view this as a non-binding work plan for the agencies.​

 
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01/10/2017 4:00 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant

Deborah Roy is one of several SeminarFest speakers ASSE is featuring in anticipation of SeminarFest 2017, set to take place Feb. 9-16 in Las Vegas, NV. She recently talked with us about Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant, one of the seminars she will present at this year’s SeminarFest.

 
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01/10/2017 2:00 PM

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Updates Reflect New ICAO Technical Instructions

Every day, about $18.6 billion worth of goods are transported by air. We take our laptop computers, cell phones, hair spray and even our duty-free liquor for granted. But each item poses significant hazards if mishandled, poorly manufactured or is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. No transport mode sees more dangerous goods regulatory changes than air transport. So it is essential to have a complete grasp of each year’s changes as soon as possible, writes guest blogger Neil McCulloch.​

 
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01/09/2017 5:00 PM

OSHA Highlights Importance of Worker Sustainability in New White Paper

OSHA's "Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health" white paper supports the work of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) by recognizing the sustainability framework as an opportunity to advance OSH. ASSE, AIHA, CSSE and IOSH founded CSHS to encourage organizations to consider the safety, health and well-being of workers as part of their sustainable business practice.

 
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01/09/2017 2:00 PM

Distracted Driving: A Risk for All Businesses

Whether or not your company operates a fleet or employs professional drivers, distracted driving is a topic that should interest you. As ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart explains, "Everyone drives or rides in a car. And that means distracted driving affects every single business in the world."

 
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Open meeting

Free WISE Open Web Meeting Wednesday 1/25/17. Join us at 1 PM Central to hear what WISE is up to and get ideas for how to locally network, mentor, and do student outreach to increase awareness of our profession.

 
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01/06/2017 7:33 PM

OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.

 
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01/06/2017 5:06 PM

New Article Offers Deep Dive In Automated Vehicle Safety

The Liberty Mutual Research institute for Safety has released “From Research to Reality” a document discussing automated vehicles and the changing role of the driver

 
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01/06/2017 2:00 PM

The Future of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 Standard

As the global ISO 45001 OHS Management Systems Standard continues to develop, some OSH professionals have wondered about the future of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 OHS Management Systems standard. Because Z10 is widely recognized and was a base document referenced in drafting ISO 45001, the Z10 Accredited Standards Committee has decided to reaffirm the 2012 version of Z10 and to begin revising the standard during 2017.

 
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01/05/2017 5:00 PM

Let's Have a Conversation: Rethinking Communication in Today's Workplace

Guest blogger Stephen Hughes (@AskSafetySteve) advises that face-to-face conversations can help bridge communication gaps in the workplace.

 
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01/05/2017 4:35 PM

ASSE Goes Global With Train-the-Trainer Program

An update on ASSE's continuing education outreach in UAE and Saudi Arabia, including information on the global train-the-trainer program.

 
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01/05/2017 3:00 PM

Howard Identifies OSH Challenges of Temporary, Contract & Gig Workers

NIOSH Director John Howard penned an article in American Journal of Industrial Medicine that tackles safety and health concerns affecting workers in nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract or gig workers. A NIOSH Science Blog post highlights the article's key points.

 
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01/05/2017 2:00 PM

Workplace Fatalities Highest Since 2008, BLS Says

Workplace fatalities were the highest since 2008, says the annual BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injury report, which was released last month.

 
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01/04/2017 9:18 PM

EPA Amends RMP Regulations for Chemical Facilities

EPA has amended its Risk Management Program regulations to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities.

 
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01/04/2017 3:45 PM

Marijuana Users Have Abnormally Low Blood Flow to Brain, Study Says

Marijuana users have abnormally low blood flow to the brain, a new, large-scale study has found. The researchers were able to reliably distinguish (95% accuracy) marijuana users from 100 healthy controls by low blood flow to the hippocampus, a major component of the brain responsible for long-term memory and emotional responses, using the SPECT scans.

 
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01/03/2017 3:40 PM

Asbestos to be Banned in Canada by 2018

Canada plans to ban asbestos beginning in 2018 under new rules set forth by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

 
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01/01/2017 6:01 AM

Safety Research: Show Me the Data

We must commit to being lifelong learners with curious and discerning minds. Furthermore, as a leading voice for the profession, ASSE must drive the expansion of our body of knowledge and push out the boundaries of what we know about the practice of safety. To achieve this, ASSE is working to establish an OSH research agenda.

 
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OSHA’s Final Rule on Recordkeeping as “Continuing Obligation”

On Dec. 19, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule entitled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Read on for a brief explanation of the new rule.

 
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12/20/2016 3:37 PM

OSHA Considering Workplace Violence Standard for Healthcare

OSHA is seeking public input on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The submission deadline for comments is April 6, 2017.

 
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12/19/2016 2:00 PM

Small Employers Can Implement Quality Management Systems, Too

Small businesses interested in implementing a quality management system (QMS) have a new resource: ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises: What to Do? According to ISO, the guide offers practical advice and examples tailored specifically for small businesses; topics range from getting started to seeking certification.

 
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OSHA Chief Discusses Injury/Illness Tracking Rule

In a post on the Labor Department's blog, OSHA chief David Michaels provides some additional explanation of OSHA’s final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The post also includes a whiteboard video that offers further insight into how injury tracking rule uses behavioral economics to "nudge" employers to do more to prevent worker injuries and illnesses.

 
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12/16/2016 1:55 PM

Help Your Employees Recognize Cold-Weather Risks

CPWR, the Center for Construction Research and Training, issued a hazard alert for employees who work in cold weather. The alert describes the symptoms and risks of weather-related ailments such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot.

 
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EPA Moves to Fast-Track Five Chemicals Under New TSCA Law

The Environmental Protection Agency is fast-tracking five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals under requirements established by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

 
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12/14/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA's David Michaels 'Optimistic' About Agency Under Trump

In an article with Bloomberg BNA, current OSHA Administrator David Michael's tells reporter Stephen Lee that he "expects Trump to leave OSHA alone because many of the agency's initiatives have taken on lives of their own, meaning Trump couldn't rescind them even if he wanted to."

 
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12/13/2016 2:00 PM

Study Says 4 to 5 Hours Sleep Imposes Same Risk as Drunk Driving

Drivers who get behind the wheel with 4 to 5 hours of sleep pose a similar risk as those by drunk drivers, a new study reports.

 
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12/12/2016 5:00 PM

Database to Bring Transparency to Drug, Alcohol Violations in Trucking Industry

Truck drivers who fail a drug and alcohol test will now be listed on a national clearinghouse, set to be established by by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

 
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12/09/2016 4:30 PM

OSH Professionals Are Key to Creating Sustainable Organizations

During International Labor Organization's 16th Asia Pacific regional meeting held this week in Bali, Indonesia, Vincent Ho, vice president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), spoke about the key role OSH professionals play in building sustainable organizations and highlighted the work being done by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS).

 
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12/09/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA Proposes 18 Standards Revisions

OSHA has proposed 18 revisions to its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards to address provisions that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary.

 
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12/08/2016 4:59 PM

Trump Expected to Name Fast-Food Exec Puzder Labor Secretary

The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting that President-Elect Donald Trump will name Andy Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's

 
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12/08/2016 2:00 PM

Changes to NIOSH’s Coal Workers’ Medicial Examination Regulations Now in Effect

Coal miners became further protected against black lung disease Nov. 23 after a final rule took effect that establishes spirometry facility testing for coal miners’ health exams. The rule updates medical surveillance standards established in 1969.

 
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12/07/2016 4:54 PM

Mining Deaths Fall to All-Time Low in FY2016

A record-low 24 deaths led the 2016 fiscal year to be the “safest year in mining history” says data published by MSHA. Mining deaths decreased by nearly 37% from 38 fatalities recorded in FY2015, MSHA says.

 
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12/06/2016 5:52 PM

New Resources and Information for the Construction Industry Released

OSHA has just released the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction. The recommended practices are flexible and can be adjusted to fit small and large construction companies handling short-term or multi-year projects. Working with employees to implement a program offers benefits including improvements in production and quality; greater employee morale; improved employee recruiting and retention; and a more favorable image and reputation among customers, suppliers and​

 
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12/05/2016 2:00 PM

Three Key Updates in the Z117.1-2016 Confined Space Standard

The newly revised ANSI/ASSE Z117.1-2016 Confined Space Standard contains significant changes in three critical areas: identification and evaluation of a confined space, non-permit confined spaces and training.​

 
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12/05/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Take Effect

With the anti-retaliation provisions in OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping rule taking effect today, Dec. 1, 2016, ASSE has created an infographic that explains the provisions and offers some guidance on what OSH professionals and their companies should do to confirm that they are complying with the new requirements.

 
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12/02/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Find a Few Risk Champions

Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers a few tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch from compliance based to risk-based systems in her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems". Walaski recommends finding risk champions. “As we deepen our professional understanding of risk-based approaches, identify our organizations’ high-risk work and shift from compliance to risk thinking, OSH professionals should also identify like-minded people.

 
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12/01/2016 3:11 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Moving Past Root Cause

Bob Edwards is one of several SeminarFest speakers ASSE is featuring in anticipation of SeminarFest 2017, set to take place Feb. 9-16 in Las Vegas, NV. He recently talked with us about the seminar he'll be presenting during the event.

 
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12/01/2016 6:01 AM

We Are All Safety Leaders

When a safety vacuum occurs in an organization, either something bad is going to happen or someone will rush to fill the void, for better or worse. OSH professionals are uniquely qualified to ensure that safety vacuums do not exist. Doing so requires leadership, and we must be clear that as OSH professionals we are all safety leaders.

 
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11/30/2016 2:57 PM

The Boy Scouts Are Right: Reflections on the Ties Between OSH & Emergency Management

The safety, security and emergency management disciplines share and compete for resources; attempt to protect the same clientele; struggle with a host of common issues; and lean heavily on the principles of risk management to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control both life and occupational risks. Ultimately, and at the 10,000-ft level, each discipline is about protecting people, property and the environment using mindful and economically sustainable strategies and countermeasures.

 
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11/30/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Deep Dive Into the Data

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers tips for making a switch between systems. She says a deep dive into data is necessary and can help along in the process.

 
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11/28/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Identify & Promote One New High-Impact Leading Metric This Year

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch. One tip is identifying and promoting one new high-impact leading metric within the year. Most organizations (including Walaski’s) still rely primarily on lagging indicators as the key measures of OSH program success.​

 
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11/22/2016 2:00 PM

So You Want to Pass the CIH Exam?

Many different OSH certifications are available to increase your marketability to employers and clients. To help you better understand these options, the volunteer Advisory Committee of ASSE's Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty is developing a series of articles. This article focuses on the certified industrial hygienist (CIH) designation and shares study tips and links to useful free online resources.​

 
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11/21/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Stop Saying “OSHA Says"

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, says OSH professionals must stop relying on compliance with regulations to ground recommendations to reframe the discussion between moving from system to system. Walaski says that avoiding starting off the conversation quoting OSHA regulations is best.

 
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Micromanaging May Shed Years off Workers’ Lives, Study Says

New research suggests that workers with micromanaging bosses are more likely to die young. The research found that workers in highly demanding jobs with little control over their workflow were 15.4% more likely to die early than people with less demanding jobs. Meanwhile, workers with a high level of control in a high-demand job were 34% less likely to die early compared to people with low-demand jobs.​

 
11/17/2016 10:47 PM

OSHA Updates Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

OSHA issued a final rule to update its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section establishing employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

 
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11/17/2016 2:00 PM

Keeping Young Workers Safe

Through video and a Young Worker website, OSHA shares the important message that young workers have a right to a safe, health workplace, and to be trained on job hazards and safe work practices.

 
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11/14/2016 3:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Become The Expert

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM offers tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch.

 
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11/09/2016 2:40 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Predicting Errors Using Human Performance Measurement Tools & Managing Disruptive Industries

Shane Bush CPT, President of BushCo, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID, will be presenting both “Predicting Errors Using Human Performance Measurement Tools” and Disruptive Safety: Managing Safety in an Industry Facing Changes Forced by Competition” at SeminarFest 2017.

 
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Alleviating Job Burnout Can Improve Safety

Beth Genly takes a deep look into safety and job burnout in Professional Safety’s October 2016 issue. She lists five broad skills and behavior areas individuals can pay attention to when feeling burned out.

 
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Three Tips to “Fall Back” into Fall

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 6. FEMA is reminding us that in addition to enjoying the extra hour of sleep, we can take a few simple steps to make our homes more disaster-resilient.

 
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11/01/2016 5:01 AM

Reimagining Education at ASSE

Earlier this year, ASSE’s board of directors identified professional development as one of the Society’s strategic initiatives. We adopted the theme of “reimagining education” as a means of implementing that strategy.

 
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10/28/2016 3:40 PM

Major Risk: Moving From Symptoms to Systems Thinking

In the October 2016 issue of Professional Safety, James Loud, CSP, CHMM, posits that major risk is an organizational problem, not a personal problem. In his article, “Major Risk: Moving From Symptoms to Systems Thinking,” he says that OSH must move from symptoms to systems thinking to effectively address major risk and achieve sustainable safety.

 
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10/28/2016 3:16 PM

Exceed Expectations, Your Break From Average

Denis Baker, CSP, President of ASSE’s Oklahoma City Chapter and Vice President, Region III, recently spoke at the ASSE Leadership Conference as part of his presentation, “Exceeding Expectations, Your Break from Average”. In a recent blog post, Baker shared his 9 personal insights about expectations as well as 10 thoughts, tips and actions to help individuals exceed expectations. A few are listed below, be sure to visit Baker's blog for an in-depth list.

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

"The best-performing companies employ occupational safety and health professionals to implement and manage safety and health programs throughout the U.S. and across the globe. These Recommended Practices can encourage more employers to embrace what ASSE members already know: applying the risk management principles inherent in safety and health management programs succeed in helping make workplaces safe and productive in companies of all sizes.

 
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10/27/2016 7:34 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Report: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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Top 5 Ways to Improve Safety: What Are Yours?

If you were to make a list of five ways to improve workplace safety and well being for employees, what would be on your list? Share your thoughts with us.

 
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10/27/2016 12:33 PM

OSHA Video Examines Fall Protection

Falls once again top the list of violations cited most frequently by OSHA compliance officers. In addition to a web page dedicated to fall protection, OSHA has a video that details the dangers of falls in construction and reroofing.

 
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10/27/2016 12:00 PM

CPWR's Work Safely with Silica Page Allows Visitors to Ask Questions

CPWR’s Work Safely with Silica page is a one-stop source on how to prevent silica hazards and protect workers. The page has resources on learning about a hazard, regulation requirements and offers users the ability to create a plan with a built in tool on the website. There is a new feature on the page available to those who may want to know more. The “Ask a Question” page allows users to ask a question of their own via form.

 
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10/26/2016 1:00 PM

Charting Your ASSE Leadership Path

During ASSE's 2016 Leadership Conference in Oak Brook, IL, four current Society volunteer leaders shared how they became involved in ASSE. Their goal was to illustrate the many different ways members can help advance ASSE and support the OSH profession.

 
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10/25/2016 1:00 PM

IOSH Guide Tackles Workplace Health

The mystery around the so-called “Cinderella to safety”—workplace health--is unpacked in a free guide from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

 
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10/24/2016 5:45 PM

Case Study Demonstrates Shared Responsibility for Temp Workers

OSHA, American Staffing Association and National Safety Council recently partnered on a fictional case study that provides staffing agencies and host employers information to better protect temporary workers. The case study also provides an example for which party could be found responsible for injury recordkeeping of temporary workers.

 
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10/24/2016 2:30 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Controlling Cognitive Bias & Uncovering the Causes of Catastrophic Events

Don Martin, M.P.H., CSP, CIH, senior vice president at DEKRA Insight, is presenting two sessions at SeminarFest 2017: “Cognitive Bias in Safety: Controlling the Consequences” and “Uncovering the Real Causes of Fatalities and Severe Loss.” Martin took some time to discuss the major role cognitive bias plays in safety and how to best analyze situations in which a catastrophic event has occurred.

 
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10/21/2016 7:15 PM

The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016

The October 2016 issue of Professional Safety includes an article on the 2016 revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Fall Protection Code. The article offers a brief history of the revisions to the voluntary consensus standard through the years, and explains why the 2016 revision is a landmark change for manufacturers as well as companies that employ workers at height.

 
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10/21/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Memo Explains Employee Involvement Provisions

OSHA has issued a memorandum to its regional administrators that provides further explanation of the employee involvement provisions of the agency's e-recordkeeping rule issued earlier this year. These provisions require employers to have a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and incorporates explicitly the existing prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

 
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10/20/2016 5:26 PM

ILO Releases New Book Detailing Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints

International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a new book titled “Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints” that details practical improvements for stress prevention in the workplace.

 
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10/20/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Employee Involvement Provisions of e-Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA has extended its enforcement delay for the employee involvement provisions of the rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Dec. 1, 2016. OSHA initially delay enforcement of these provisions until Nov. 10, 2016, to conduct additional outreach. The additional extension is in response to the request of a federal court hearing a challenge to the provisions.

 
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10/20/2016 1:00 PM

Communication Skills Integral for OSH Professionals, SeminarFest Speaker Says

SeminarFest presenter James Boretti explains why communications skills are so important for today's OSH professionals--and how these skills can help them engage senior leaders in their efforts.

 
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10/18/2016 4:35 PM

OSHA Releases Updated Safety & Health Program Guidelines

OSHA has published the long-awaited update to its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs guidance.

 
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10/18/2016 1:02 PM

ASSE Joins National Conversation on Growing OSH Profession

The OSH Professionals Pipeline Work Group within OSHA's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) is meeting today in Washington, DC. ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, and ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Jim Thornton, CSP, CIH, are representing ASSE, and Thornton will discuss some of the Society's initiatives to attract young people to the profession and support their career development.

 
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10/17/2016 10:33 AM

Air Force Safety Center Hosts ASSE in New Mexico

The Occupational Safety Division of the Air Force Safety Center (AFSEC) hosted representatives of the American Society of Safety Engineers on Sept. 7, 2016, to discuss ways to continue building on the relationship through collaboration and development of safety professionals.

 
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10/13/2016 11:21 AM

New Issue of NIOSH's Behind the Wheel At Work Now Available

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety recently released a new issue of its quarterly eNewsletter, Behind the Wheel at Work.

 
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10/12/2016 1:36 PM

EPA Guide Offers Compliance Help for Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

EPA and Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative have released a how-to guide that helps explain compliance to EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard.

 
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10/12/2016 12:21 PM

Hazards of Professional Cleaning

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 2.3 million workers in building custodial services occupations in the U.S.; that total is expected to rise to 2.56 million by 2020. Cleaning workers face all types of dangers and hazards when performing their regular tasks, especially in these five categories: biological, chemical, physical, indoor air quality and stress.

 
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10/10/2016 6:12 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Strategic Thinking for Safety Professionals

Former ASSE President Trish Ennis, M.S., CSP, ARM, CRIS, is presenting two sessions at SeminarFest 2017 – “Strategic Thinking for Excellence in Safety” and “Effective Communications for the Safety Professional.” Recently, Ennis took some time to discuss why strategic thinking and effective communication are essential to OSH professionals.

 
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10/10/2016 4:39 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Fifth of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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10/05/2016 3:02 PM

October Is National Protect Your Hearing Month

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Audiology Awareness Month. Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to ototoxic chemicals

 
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10/05/2016 2:11 PM

NIOSH Study Shows Drivers' Sleep Patterns Are Connected to Driving Performance

A study done by NIOSH in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examined sleep patterns of 96 commercial truck drivers during their non-work periods and evaluated the influence of these sleep patterns on subsequent performance during work periods. This was measured by safety-critical events (SCEs), which include crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant conflicts, and unintentional lane deviations.

 
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10/04/2016 9:07 PM

Improving Safety Through Participatory Learning

Engaging employees in learning is one of the most effective ways to help them transfer skills learned in the classroom to the shop floor. It also helps if you enlist them in training their family members to be safe.

 
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10/03/2016 9:11 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Fourth of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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10/03/2016 12:00 PM

Get WISE!

ASSE President Elect Jim Smith, a WISE guy himself, encourages OSH professionals to consider signing up for the mentoring program offered by ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group.​

 
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10/01/2016 5:01 AM

The Business of Safety

As OSH professionals, we talk about incident rates, reportable injuries and illnesses, workers’ compensation losses and similar metrics. Our language is often confusing to business managers and executives. Their language is finance (or dollars, for short). as part of a management team, we must communicate in the language that corporate leaders understand. We cannot expect senior management to communicate in our terms.

 
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09/30/2016 3:00 PM

Court of Appeals Disallows OSHA Revision of PSM Retail Establishment Exemption

The DC Court of Appeals recently vacated OSHA's July 22, 2015 memorandum on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Application of the Retail Exemption. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the July 22, 2015, enforcement memo was a “standard” under the OSH Act and, therefore, required notice and comment in accordance with section 6 of the OSH Act.

 
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09/30/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable White Paper Aims to Reach Small Contractors

The OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable has published a white paper, "Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction," that aims to help OSH professionals reach small residential construction contractors.​

 
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09/28/2016 1:00 PM

Zika Virus Resources

Using the online platform Storify, ASSE is providing an update with some facts about the Zika virus as well as links to the latest resources available from CDC.

 
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09/27/2016 7:26 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Third of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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09/27/2016 1:00 PM

Get Onboard the ISO 45001 Train

ASSE member Sharon Kemerer, corporate OSH director for Baxter Healthcare, has been involved in helping the Society create its new ISO 45001 Certificate program. Read on to find a link to her video talking about the program.

 

ASSE President Thomas Cecich to Speak at 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing

American Society of Safety Engineers President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH will participate in an executive panel discussion on protecting workers at the 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing Sept. 27-29, 2016, a three-day event that is attracting safety experts from across the globe.​

 
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09/23/2016 4:49 PM

OSHA Awards $1.5 Million in Safety & Health Grants

OSHA awarded $1.5 million in 1-year federal safety and health training grants to 77 organizations. The awards were through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations for the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of workplace safety and health.

 

ASSE Foundation Seeks Applicants for $275,000 in Scholarships and Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is offering more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational grants to students looking to complete their studies in occupational safety and health or professionals seeking to continue their education in the field.

 
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09/21/2016 6:58 PM

Hazardous Chemicals Toolkit Makes Up for Antiquated OSHA Standards

Tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals every year. How can we prevent this from happening? OSHA created a toolkit in 2013 to aid businesses in transitioning to the practice of safer chemicals.

 
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09/20/2016 1:00 PM

NATE's Todd Schlekeway Talks Communications Tower Safety

ASSE's Professional Safety recently spoke with Todd Schlekeway, executive executive director of National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), about the newly released ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016 standard on communications tower safety.

 
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09/16/2016 2:05 PM

Small Construction Firms Behind Industry in Safety Measures, Study Says

Small firms lag behind larger firms in most safety management and safety culture measures, says a new report by The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).

 

ASSE AND TIA Announce Effort to Raise Awareness Around Important New Communication Tower Standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are launching a joint effort to raise awareness of new standards that are important for all workers and companies that install, alter or maintain communication towers.

 
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Respiratory Protection Resources From OSHA, NIOSH & ASSE

Respiratory protection is an ongoing challenge for employers. OSHA, NIOSH and ASSE offer a selection of resources designed to guide the selection, use and care of a wide range of respirators, employee training and program development.

 
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09/09/2016 6:07 PM

NIOSH's World Trade Center Health Program Helps Responders

As the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, OSH professionals should remember just how much NIOSH is involved in helping first responders and other victims of the events of that day, all in addition to its core mission as the only federal resource for OSH research and education support.

 
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09/09/2016 1:43 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Second of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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09/08/2016 2:00 PM

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

EPA is establishing a Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The 14-member committee will provide independent advice and expert consultation on the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches.

 

ASSE to Offer Safety Certificates in Key Global Markets

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the longest standing occupational safety and health professional society in the world, is establishing opportunities for safety and health professionals around the world to earn the Society’s Global Safety Management and Risk Assessment certificates.

 
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N95 Day: A NIOSH-Approved Holiday

Today is the 5th annual N95 Day, which focuses on respiratory protection awareness and proper use of N95 respirators. Read on for some ideas on how you can participate.

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2017 To Help Safety Professionals Enhance Their Skills

Occupational safety and health professionals looking to get ahead of the latest industry trends, prepare themselves for the adoption of the next global safety management system, or build on their professional certifications will be impressed with the content and experts lined up for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ SeminarFest 2017.

 
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09/06/2016 1:41 PM

U.S., Canada Aligning on GHS

OSHA and Health Canada have developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan that aims to aiign current and future requirements for classifying and communicating the hazards of workplace chemicals.

 

ASSE Webinar Offers Tips on Keeping Highway Construction Workers Safe

To share best practices on how employers and safety professionals can help keep these workers safe, the American Society of Safety Engineers is hosting a live webinar called Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

 
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09/01/2016 2:03 PM

September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. What are your plans? Learn about resources available from FEMA to help you plan for and respond to emergencies.

 
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09/01/2016 1:00 PM

Connecting Human Capital, OSH & Materiality

ASSE Fellows and former Society presidents Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, recently presented a webinar that examined the connection between human capital, OSH and materiality. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and the risks and opportunities they present are becoming increasingly important factors to the investment community.

 
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09/01/2016 5:01 AM

Sustainability: Why You Should Care

How do we get more companies to include the protection of their human capital in their sustainability efforts? ASSE began to address this issue in 2009, when it formed a task force to examine how companies address OSH in their sustainability initiatives. As OSH professionals, we must promote the value of occupational safety and health in the global workplace for current workers, as well as for future workers

 
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08/30/2016 4:08 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes First of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

 
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08/29/2016 7:47 PM

Register by Sept. 1 for Meeting on Center for Motor Vehicle Safety

CDC will hold a public web meeting to discuss future directions for NIOSH's Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS). The meeting will be Sept. 14, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT, and will be available only by remote access.

 
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Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Guidance Published

On August 25, U.S. Department of Labor published final guidance on the Obama administration's Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order. This law aims to ensure compliance with labor laws for employers awarded federal contracts by helping the government identity responsible companies with a history of labor law compliance.

 
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08/29/2016 5:14 PM

Nearly 14 Workers Die Each Day--Where's the Attention?

OSHA Administrator David Michaels has raised the issue of how the media and the public pay little attention to the nearly 14 deaths that occur each day in U.S. workplaces, especially when so much attention has been focused on the 14 deaths surrounding the Takata air bag scandal.

 
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08/29/2016 12:59 PM

Brewing Up Safety

Craft brewers have carved out a unique niche in the beer industry, and the segment continues to grow. Recent data from The Brewers Association shows that independent craft brewers now have a 12% market share in the industry. As market share grows so, too, do the number of operating breweries, up 15% in 2015, according to The Brewers Association. With that growth comes the need to hire more workers, and with more workers comes an even greater need to focus on workplace safety.

 

DOL publishes final guidance on Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

On August 25th the US Department of Labor published final guidance on the Obama administration's Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

 
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08/25/2016 3:54 PM

Interactive Infographic Explores Motor Vehicle Safety at Work

The latest CDC Foundation Business Pulse interactive infographic examines motor vehicle safety at work, paying particular attention to four challenges facing businesses: fatalities, cost burden, complex risk, international business travel.

 
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08/23/2016 9:18 PM

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Revision Approved for Fall Protection Standard

The revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components, recently received final ANSI administrative approval. Z359.1 underwent fundamental changes from the 2007 version. Essentially, it is a new standard with regard to technical content, not simply a revision of the requirements in the previous editions.

 

New Fall Protection Standard Makes Picking and Using Equipment Even Easier

In the world of fall protection, the amount of equipment available to prevent workers from being injured is as dizzying as the heights they climb do to their jobs.

 

ASSE Government Affairs Update -- June & July 2016

ASSE Government Affairs Update for June & July 2016

 
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08/11/2016 3:56 PM

DOL, NIOSH Issue Noise Safety Challenge

OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH have partnered in a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs that the agencies hope will result in a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and hearing loss.

 
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08/10/2016 1:37 PM

Final Rule for Drones Aims to Spur Job Growth, Advance Scientific Research

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created the first operational rule for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) weighing less than 55 lb that conduct nonhobbyist operations. FAA reports the regulations will create new innovations safely, spark job growth and help advance scientific research.

 

First Safety Standard for Working with Communication Towers Approved

A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, said the American Society of Safety Engineers.

 
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08/09/2016 6:30 PM

MSHA’s Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule Moves to Final Phase

MSHA is continuing its effort to prevent black lung disease among coal miners with its respirable dust standard, which took effect in 2014.

 

Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

 
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08/04/2016 5:24 PM

EPA Rule to Limit Formaldehyde Exposure

EPA has issued a final rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported to the U.S.

 
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Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

 

R. Ronald Sokol Appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

R. Ronald Sokol, a 29-year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, was appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which is charged with advising the agency on setting construction standards and policy matters affecting federally financed or assisted construction.

 
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08/01/2016 5:01 AM

It’s All About Risk

The OSH profession is transforming. While regulatory standards will always be part of OSH programs, we deliver the greatest value to our organizations and clients when we use our technical knowledge to identify and assess risks, then apply our business skills to develop and communicate effective solutions. By doing so, we protect workers and ultimately contribute directly to our organizations’ success.​

 

Two Prominent ASSE Members Appointed to the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors

wo prominent members of the American Society of Safety Engineers were appointed to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee formed to give the NIOSH director advice and guidance.

 
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07/25/2016 1:50 PM

Work, Stress & Health 2017 Proposals Due Oct. 31, 2016

Presentation proposals for Work, Stress and Health 2017 are due Oct. 31, 2016. The conference will be held June 7-10, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN. Read on to learn more about topics of interest.

 
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OSHA & MSHA Penalties Significantly Raised

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final rule raising civil penalties by nearly 80% in some cases, for occupational and mine safety and health violations, and certain other types of employment law infractions. The stated goal for the increase in all agencies was to conform to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended in 2015.

 
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Safety 2016 Poster Sessions Highlight OSH Research

Poster sessions at conferences offer students and academicians an opportunity to report on their research. At ASSE's Safety 2016, 31 posters were presented on topics ranging from employee involvement, emergency action plans and latex allergies to firefighter safety, modified risk assessment methods and culture change.

 
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Steel Tank Groups Publish Guidance Document

Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI-SPFA) have published an educational brochure to help owners understand the risks created by poor operations and maintenance procedures for monitoring and removing water from storage tank systems.

 
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07/18/2016 1:30 PM

New OSHA Reporting Requirements

On May 12, OSHA published the new injury and illness reporting rule. Under the new system, called “Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” OSHA will post on-line injury information from a vast number of employers. The agency says that Information about the injured worker will be removed.​

 
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07/15/2016 4:30 PM

Pokemon Go Popularity Creates Public Safety Fears

The phenomenal success of Nintendo's Pokemon Go has brought with it an unexpected and likely unintended consequence--people placing themselves in danger.

 
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Compliance Assistance Resources From OSHA

During the third quarter of FY2016, OSHA issued a wide range of compliance assistance resources.

 
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Walking-Working Standard to OMB For Review

On June 22, OSHA sent final text of the walking-working surfaces rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for what is anticipated will be the last review before publication. This means the final rule could be published by late September.

 
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07/13/2016 1:36 PM

Advance Your OSH Career Through Professional Certification

Are you considering getting a professional designation such as the CSP? BCSP offers a seven-step guide to help you navigate the necessary steps as well as an online safety calculator.

 
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07/12/2016 1:31 PM

CDC’s 7 Decades of Firsts

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, CDC has created a timeline of the many firsts the agency has experienced in helping prevent diseases around the globe.

 
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07/07/2016 2:57 PM

EPA Standard Protects Farmworkers & Their Families

In a recent EPA Forward blog post, EPA reminds farmworkers and their families of the protections provided by the agency’s updated Worker Protection Standard, revised last fall.

 
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Shifting the Crisis Mind-Set

What does it take to implement a crisis-ready culture? An infographic from crisis management strategist Melissa Agnes offers a clear strategy for changing the organizational mind-set.

 
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07/06/2016 9:52 PM

Researchers Develop Map to Predict Hazards of Chemicals

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed what the team calls a map of the world’s chemical landscape. Essentially, it is a catalogue of 10,000 chemicals for which safety data is available that can be used to predict the toxicity of some 90,000 other substances in consumer products for which no such information exists.

 
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Understanding the Top 5 Laboratory Hazards

According to OSHA, more than 500,000 workers are employed in laboratories in the U.S.Many occupational incidents that occur in laboratories can be avoided or minimized with proper preventive measures. Workrite Uniform Co. offers a top 5 list of laboratory hazards and how to prevent these hazards from causing injuries and illnesses.

 
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07/01/2016 7:00 PM

EU-OSHA Seeks to Improve Small Enterprise Safety

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a project designed to identify success factors of policies, strategies and practical solutions to improve OSH in Europe’s micro and small enterprises (MSEs), which tend to be at greater risk of workplace injuries and illnesses than their larger counterparts.

 
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07/01/2016 4:05 PM

Meaningful Connections

ASSE's 2016-17 President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, shares his first message with ASSE members. His focus: making meaningful connections through ASSE.

 
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07/01/2016 3:59 PM

NIOSH Curriculum Addresses Home Healthcare Risks

Home healthcare caregivers typically work alone and often do not have the same protections against workplace hazards as their counterparts in traditional healthcare settings. To help these caregivers and the agencies that employ them, NIOSH has developed a web-based training curriculum.

 
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07/01/2016 1:49 PM

Bangladesh Accord Making Progress Slowly But Surely

he horrific images and stories published in the aftermath of the 2012 Tazreen Fashion factory fire and the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 caused public outrage, protests and angry declarations from all corners. But the tragedies did more than just turn the world's spotlight on the plight of workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh and other developing countries. They also have brought about needed reform and alliances aimed at improving workers' safety and better protecting workers' rights.

 
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06/29/2016 1:00 PM

From Safety 2016: Right Time, Right Place – for Risk Assessment

Guest blogger Steve Minshall talks about his change encounter with Bruce Lyon at Safety 2016. Bruce has coauthored several articles in Professional Safety and now has coauthored the book Risk Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risks. According to Minshall, it's a must-have for today's risk-focused OSH professional.

 
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06/28/2016 8:35 PM

CDC Develops Epidemiology Game App

CDC has developed an application called Solve the Outbreak that lets users take a peek into the world of epidemiology by getting to the bottom of a disease related mystery. CDC scientists try to solve disease outbreaks every day to help save lives and protect the public by figuring out how the outbreak started to help prevent it from spreading.

 
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06/28/2016 2:00 PM

From Safety 2016: The OSH Profession Comes Together

From guest blogger Chet Brandon: "Great opening day at Safety 2016! One of my favorite parts of the annual conference is the opening session. Most of the attendees are present in one big hall with a dramatically arranged stage. The large number of people, and the grand stage with our leadership owning it, gives a dramatic effect that helps me feel proud to be an OSH professional."

 
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06/28/2016 12:00 PM

From Safety 2016: Done in a Flash (Session, That Is)

Guest blogger attended his first flash session at ASSE's Safety 2016. These sessions are 15 minutes long and are held in the exposition hall. His conclusion? "The sessions are a good idea: they hold your attention; don’t take too long; and are conveniently located in the expo hall. Give ‘em a try – find out for yourself."

 
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06/28/2016 8:51 AM

From Safety 2016: How Opioid Abuse Affects the Workplace

The stories about the opioid abuse continue to grow, and the statistics are even more alarming. According to CDC, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, and its estimated that 78 people die every day in the U.S. Katherine Schofield, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, CHST, CSRM, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, shared those facts in setting the stage for her presentation, “Preventing Opioid Overuse in Workers’ Compensation,” at ASSE’s Safety 2016 on Monday, June 27 in Atlanta, GA.

 
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06/27/2016 6:23 PM

From Safety 2016: An Update on ISO 45001

Today at ASSE’s Safety 2016 in Atlanta, GA, several leaders of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI for the standard shared the latest updates on its development.

 
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From Safety 2016: Frans Johannson Inspires Conference Attendees

Frans Johannson, author of the best-selling The Click Moment, shared his unique perspective on what drives innovative ideas in an uncertain world during the open general session at Safety 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Johansson advised, "Find inspiration in industries, cultures and disciplines other than your own" to become the best innovator.

 
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06/27/2016 2:18 PM

From Safety 2016: ASSE Is Leading the Profession

Guest blogger Jeff Camplin offers his key takeways from ASSE's House of Delegates meeting and Mike Belcher's comments on the "Golden Age of Safety."

 
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06/27/2016 10:27 AM

From Safety 2016: An Attendee's Perspective

Guest blogger Chet Brandon, President-Elect of ASSE's Central Indiana Chapter and corporate safety officer and vice president, operations, at ATI Worksite Solutions, shares his experience from the first day at Safety 2016. "It is at this conference that I believe some of our profession’s best traits are on display: collaboration, inclusion and commitment," Brandon writes.

 
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From Safety 2016: Members Honored, Society Year Reviewed During Annual Meeting

Today ASSE held its annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting to kick off Safety 2016 events in Atlanta, GA. During the meeting, members were recognized for their contributions to the Society, the ASSE Foundation and the profession. Delegates also heard from ASSE President Mike Belcher and incoming president Tom Cecich.

 

From Safety 2016: Conference Underway

ASSE's Safety 2016 is underway in Atlanta, GA. ASSE staff, members and exhibitors already have been busy setting up booths and conference registration, finalizing speeches for the annual House of Delegates meeting and mapping out their plans for the week.

 
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06/24/2016 9:20 PM

Ergonomics Study Finds User Needs Vary for Standing Workstation Setups

A group of researchers set out to determine whether a study could help in the development of guidelines for the ideal setup of workstation components for a standing workstation similar to those for seated computer workstations.

 
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CDC Takes Aim at Legionnaires' Disease

In the June 2016 Vital Signs, CDC focuses on Legionnaires' disease and how employers can prevent outbreaks by implementing water management programs.

 

Government Affairs at Safety 2016

Safety 2016 will feature many opportunities to learn more about government affairs

 

David Michaels charges NACOSH to provide recommendations for more OSH professionals; ASSE comments

During a meeting this week, ASSE spoke with the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) about the OSH profession. NACOSH is a Congressionally-established advisory body to OSHA and NIOSH. The discussion focused on the need for more qualified safety professionals in the field and how stakeholders such as ASSE can work with NACOSH to encourage the growth of the profession.​

 

ASSE Government Affairs Update – April & May 2016

Safety 2016: ASSE’s Professional Development Conference & Exposition takes place in Atlanta, GA from June 26 through June 29, 2016. GA highlights: Monday, June 27, 4:30 pm: NIOSH Director John Howard shares his insights into the world of OSH research in a blockbuster session in Exhibit Hall B-1; Tuesday, June 28, 1 pm: OSHA Administrator David Michaels leads a plenary session in Exhibit Hall B-1, includes a Q&A

 

ASSE RegBrief on OSHA Enforcement Activity

Federal Representative Adele Abrams, Esq. explains how businesses and safety professionals will be affected as OSHA ramps up on enforcement.

 
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06/23/2016 1:25 PM

Tips for Protecting Young Workers in Retail

NIOSH recently developed a web page for young retail workers that includes safety tips for recognizing hazards and understanding the injuries they can cause.

 
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06/20/2016 1:43 PM

NIOSH Releases Hazard Recognition Simulator for Aerial Lift Operators

NIOSH has developed an aerial lift hazard recognition simulator to help potential aerial lift operators acclimate to aerial lift operation and to identify the common occupational hazards that can be present during use, such as depressions, crushing hazards, tip over hazards and others.

 

ASSE Applauds OSHA’s Efforts to Explore How to Attract More Professionals to the OSH Field

The American Society of Safety Engineers applauds Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels for charging NACOSH with exploring how OSHA and NIOSH might encourage more professionals to enter the occupational safety and health field.

 
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06/13/2016 1:06 PM

National Forklift Safety Day is June 14

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, is commemorating National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), on June 14, which recognizes and promotes the vital role everyone connected to the material handling industry plays in the creating and maintaining a safe working environment.

 
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06/09/2016 6:30 PM

Congress Passes TSCA Reform Bill

On June 7, 2016, Congress sent President Barack Obama a long-awaited and often-delayed bill that would regulate thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. Obama is expected to sign the legislation.

 
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Better Injury & Illness Data Need for Meat & Poultry Industry

Injury and illness rates in the meat and poultry slaughtering and processing industry declined from 2004 through 2013, similar to rates in all U.S. manufacturing, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, yet hazardous conditions remain. Government Accountability Office recently issued a report specific to injury/illness data collection challenges in the meat/poultry industry that includes three recommendations for improvement

 
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Update: International Delegates Meeting on ISO 45001

The international standards-development community is meeting this week in Toronto, Ontario, to address public comments on the draft international standard (DIS) ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS): Requirements With Guidance for Use. ASSE is administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group under the auspices of ANSI, the ISO member body for the U.S.

 
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06/03/2016 8:23 PM

Videos Explain NETS Electronic Novice Driver’s Road Map Tool

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released two videos that explain the Electronic Novice Driver’s Road Map (eNDRM), which helps adults teach teens how to become safe, focused drivers. The videos, available on YouTube, introduce the eNDRM and provide instructions on how to use it. NETS recommends watching the videos before using eNDRM.

 
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06/01/2016 4:50 PM

CPWR Toolbox Talk: Lyme Disease

As more people head to the outdoors in these approaching summer months, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) reminds workers to be aware of ticks and the diseases they carry, particularly Lyme Disease.

 
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Workplace Well-Being Linked to Leadership Support

A survey from American Psychological Association shows that support from senior leadership is a primary ingredient to the success of workplace well-being.

 
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New Article Details Brand Waste Reduction Innovations

A recent article from Fortune details what several brands are doing to eliminate waste.

 
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TranBC's Annual Cone Zone Campaign Begins

TranBC, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Online for British Columbia, has launched this year’s version of its annual Cone Zone campaign highlighting roadside worker safety.

 
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06/01/2016 5:01 AM

The Golden Age of OSH

The OSH profession is in midst of a golden age. Our profession is enjoying unprecedented levels of recognition, innovation, advancement and employment. We are making a significant positive impact on businesses around the globe as more organizations embrace safety as a core value. While much work remains, the future is certainly bright.

 

ASSE Board Appoints Dennis Hudson as New Executive Director

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Board of Directors has appointed Dennis Hudson as Executive Director effective June 1, 2016.

 
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05/23/2016 3:35 PM

ASSE RegBrief on OSHA's e-Recordkeeping Rule

On May 11, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that will require employers in high-hazard industries to send their injury and illness data (which they must already collect) for posting on the agency’s website. To help members better understand what the rule will mean to them and their employers/clients, ASSE has published a RegBrief that presents an analysis of the final rule.

 

NIH to Host Telebriefing on Pathways to Prevention Workshop

On May 31, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be hosting a telebriefing on the final report from the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Total Worker Health—What’s Work Got to Do With It? Independent Panel.

 
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05/19/2016 2:00 PM

Safety & Health Management System Performance Measurement

Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) 
are receiving much attention in the safety community, as well as among regulators and consensus industry groups. “Safety Management Systems: Comparing Content & Impact,” by Joel M. Haight, Patrick Yorio, Kristen A. Rost and Dana R. Willmer, explores OHSMS in detail.

 

OSHA finalizes record-keeping rule

On May 12, OSHA finalized the new rule on electronic record-keeping, effective August 2016.

 
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05/17/2016 1:16 PM

Fleet Safety: Developing & Sustaining an Effective Program With ANSI/ASSE Z15.1

"Fleet Safety: Developing & Sustaining an Effective Program With ANSI/ASSE Z15.1," by Brian S. Hammer, Stephanie G. Pratt and Peggy Ross, discusses the risk of work-related motor vehicle crashes and how they cut across all industries and occupations.

 
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05/16/2016 4:00 PM

NFPA Podcast Explains Changes to 2017 National Electrical Code

NFPA reports the upcoming 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code is “jam-packed with emerging issues.” In the podcast episode, “Issues Addressed in 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC),” NFPA discusses three main issues the updated code will address: photovoltaic, direct current micro grids and energy storage systems.

 
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05/16/2016 1:00 PM

Revised Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard Available Soon

Confined space entry can expose workers to a multitude of hazards, ranging from poor air quality, fire and residual chemicals, to noise, entanglement, temperature extremes and uncontrolled energy. Standards such as OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 and ANSI/ASSE Z117.1, Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces, aim to help employers address these hazards. The latest revision of the widely used Z117.1 consensus standard will be available this summer.

 
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05/13/2016 2:42 PM

A Systematic Approach For Fleets Not Managed By DOT

Peggy Ross's article, "Fleet Safety: A Systematic Approach for Fleets Not Regulated by DOT," details how to manage cars, SUVs and small vans that employers offer to their employees.

 
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05/12/2016 2:20 PM

OSHA Rule Means Employer Injury Data Will Be Posted Publicly

In introducing OSHA’s recordkeeping rule that will require employers in high-hazard industries to send their injury and illness data (which they must already collect) for posting on the agency’s website, OSHA Administrator David Michaels called the rule a “simple change” that will improve safety for many reasons. ASSE opposed the rulemaking and issued a statement reiterating its concerns that the focus on lagging indicators is a step backward for the OSH profession.

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

 
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05/11/2016 1:00 PM

Stand-Down at Zoo Interchange

Walsh Construction’s Milwaukee office invited 3M Fall Protection to the Zoo Interchange construction site for a National Safety Stand-Down event. When building a bridge or highway interchanges, contractors are not only working at height, but they are doing so in low-light conditions where traffic is present. ANSI/ISEA recently updated the 107-2015 consensus standard standard for high-visibility safety apparel.

 
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05/10/2016 7:53 PM

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Five Common Management Approaches

Strategies used to manage musculoskeletal injuries range widely from reactive to proactive and are based on various approaches, including changing personal wellness, fitness and employee work behaviors, and changing the workplace to better fit employee capabilities.

 
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05/10/2016 7:15 PM

OSHA Publishes Guidance Documents on Temporary Workers

With its release of two guidance documents on temporary workers, OSHA reminds both host employers and temporary staffing agencies that they are responsible for temporary worker safety. The new documents address temporary workers in relation to HazCom, and safety and health training.

 
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05/10/2016 3:47 PM

Understanding Workplace Fatalities: A Resource From NIOSH

Each day, 13 U.S. workers die as a result of a traumatic injury. Companies typically investigate these incidents to identify causal factors and hopefully take action to prevent recurrence. Unfortunately, the findings of and lessons learned through those investigations may never be shared outside those organizations. However, OSH professionals can gain insight into work-related fatalities through the investigations conducted by NIOSH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

 
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05/09/2016 8:36 PM

Aon Reports Findings on Ergonomics Program Management

To help organizations understand how their ergonomics programs measure up to others and how these programs are structured, Aon conducted a survey of OSH and ergonomics professionals about the function and effectiveness of ergonomics programs.

 
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05/09/2016 4:42 PM

22 Million Workers Exposed to Hazardous Noise Levels

A recent NIOSH study quantifies the disability-adjusted life years attributable to hearing impairment for U.S. workers exposed to occupational noise, and estimates the prevalence of six severity levels of hearing impairment by industry sector.

 
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05/09/2016 3:43 PM

AFL-CIO Reports on the State of Safety

This is the 25th year that AFL-CIO has produced its report on worker safety and health protections in the U.S. "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect" provides a national and state-by-state profile of worker safety and health. It highlights the higher risk experienced by Latino workers, older workers and those in the oil and gas industry, as well as the growing problem of workplace violence.

 
05/09/2016 1:12 PM

Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard Entering Final Revisions

ASSE members and Occupational Safety and Health Professionals continue to ask for a status on the pending revision of the ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Standard (Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces) and the proposed new standard ANSI/ASSE A10.43. Both of these standards address confined space entry, but A10.43 is meant for construction and demolition operations. This article will focus on the current ongoing revision of Z117.1. There will be an additional article for A10.43.

 
05/05/2016 8:54 PM

Only 18% of Outdoor Workers Always Wear Sunscreen, Survey Finds

In a survey of U.S. adults who work outdoors at least half the time, Deb Group found that only 18% always wear sunscreen while on the job, despite their increased exposure to UV radiation and the accompanying increased risk of developing skin cancer and other problems.

 
05/05/2016 6:43 PM

NIOSH Launches National Agenda to Advance Total Worker Health

NIOSH recently launched its 10-year National Occupational Research Agenda to advance Total Worker Health (TWH) research, practice and policy.The 2016-2026 agenda addresses stakeholder comments and expands the definition of TWH, fine tuning what it means for a workplace to place priority on a hazard-free work environment that protects the safety and health of all workers.

 
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05/05/2016 6:24 PM

Twin Cities Firms Host Safety Stand-Down

Historically, the leading cause of death of construction workers is falls. Throughout OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down this week, construction workers across the country have been taking a break from their work day to discuss fall protection. In the Twin Cities, three Minnesota-based companies came together to host Stand-Down event at the former Seven Corners Hardware site in St. Paul. Read on to learn more about what the firms did.

 
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05/04/2016 7:10 PM

Senators Introduce Bipartisan VPP Act

U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 2881) that would make the OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) a permanent part of the workplace safety picture. An identical measure (H.R. 2500) was introduced last year in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 
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05/04/2016 4:30 PM

Information Silos Can Hurt Your Organization

Melissa Agnes, international keynote speaker on crisis management, discusses information silos and how they can affect an organization’s culture. Information silos may be ingrained within the workplace culture, so to break down these silos, employees must make small changes that chip away at the barriers.

 
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05/03/2016 10:40 PM

Fall Protection for Residential Housing Projects: Stand-Down Events in Arizona

In the U.S., falls remain a leading cause of death for construction workers. 3M Fall Protection partnered with several organizations in Arizona--including ASSE's Arizona Chapter--to spread the message about preventing falls during OSHA National Stand-Down events this week.

 
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Fall Protection in Focus: From Stand-Down to NAOSH Week to Safety 2016

Falls from height are a major cause of work-related injuries and illnesses across the U.S. That's why ASSE, throughout North American Occupational Safety Week, is asking members to support the OSHA/NIOSH/CPWR ​National Stan​d-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

 

ASSE Urges Participation in National Fall Prevention Events to Help End Worker Deaths from Falls

In 2014, 345 construction workers lost their lives in falls, the leading cause of death in construction. Adding in workers from all other industries, a total of 660 Americans at work lost their lives in falls at various heights, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What may surprise most people is that nearly 2 out of every 3 were fatal falls were from 20 feet or less. Of these falls, 191 people lost their lives falling from 10 feet – the height of a basketball hoop – or less.

 
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Safety Stand-Down: 3M Capital Safety Helps OSHA Bring National Focus to Fall Prevention

Since May 2014, fall protection and safety leaders across the country have rallied to support OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down.The event offers a powerful platform from which experts can remind employers and workers of the prevalence of deaths and incidents from falls; make sure they understand the dangers they face each day; and give them access to the fall protection equipment and resources they need to protect themselves and their coworkers.

 
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05/01/2016 5:01 AM

The Right Plan & the Right People

As ASSE moves forward, I am confident that the board will continue to provide the oversight, resources and direction necessary to fulfill our mission. But there is another key piece of this process—the ASSE employees who oversee the Society’s day-to-day operations. This month, I would like to share with you some significant changes on that front.

 
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04/29/2016 8:39 PM

Ergonomic Benefits for Boomer Workforce

With trends such as a growing number of baby boomers staying in the workforce and an increasing number of women delaying retirement, the need to implement ergonomics in the workplace has become increasingly more apparent.

 

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ASSE Government Affairs Update – March 2016

 
04/28/2016 4:37 PM

ASSE Asks You to Observe Workers' Memorial Day

My name is Michael Belcher. I am a certified safety professional and president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society. On behalf of my fellow 37,000 members and safety professionals everywhere, we ask you to take a moment to observe Workers’ Memorial Day.

 
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04/28/2016 4:22 PM

A Tribute to Workers

Earlier today, ASSE President-Elect Tom Cecich participated in a webinar hosted by East Carolina Univeristy to focus attention on Workers' Memorial Day. Read his remarks in our post.

 
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04/28/2016 1:58 PM

Dangers Remain for Many Workers in Bangladesh

In an article posted to the Women in the World section of the New York Times website, Colleen Curry reports on the dangers that garment workers in Bangladesh continue to face 3 years after the Rana Plaza collapse.

 
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Study Says Drivers Understand Flashing Yellow Traffic Arrows Better Than Yielding on Green

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 22% of crashes that occur in intersections are associated with left-turning movements. Improving safety conditions for left turns has become an important issue to address both intersection design and traffic operations as a result.​

 
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04/27/2016 12:36 PM

CPWR Offers Webinar Ahead of National Safety Stand-Down

With the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week, May 2-6, CPWR is offering a series of resources for participants. The stand-down was conceived by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. In the first 2 years, the stand-down reached more than 3.5 million workers.

 
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04/27/2016 12:33 PM

Upcoming National Safety Stand-Down Events Across the Country

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction takes place next week, May 2-6, across the country. The purpose of the stand-down is to raise awareness of preventing falls in the construction industry. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the stand-down.​

 

EU-OSHA launches the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the European Commission and the Netherlands’ EU Council Presidency, has launched its 2016-17 campaign, Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. This new campaign focuses on sustainable work and healthy aging from the beginning of working life and highlights the importance of risk prevention throughout a person’s career.

 

ASSE to Bestow Fellow Distinction on Two Women for Their Work in Occupational Safety and Health

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced two past Society presidents -- Nancy McWilliams of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Kathy Seabrook of Mendham, New Jersey -- will receive the honor of Fellow, its highest distinction, recognizing their career-long commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational safety and health profession.

 

CDC & OSHA Warn Against Exposure to Zika at Work

CDC and OSHA issued new interim guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus.​

 
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Infographic: Off-Campus Housing Fire Safety

A U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) infographic is reminding students who want to live off campus to “see it before you sign it.” Checking to see if off-campus housing has important fire safety aspects will help ensure safety in the event of a fire and help prevent deadly fires.

 
04/22/2016 1:11 PM

The First Earth Day

In a guest post, Jay Brakensiek, CSP, recalls the first Earth Day in 1970.

 
04/21/2016 2:14 PM

NETS Offers Free Online Toolkit to Improve Seat Belt Usage

To help employers improve seat belt usage among employees and, in turn, reduce the human and financial toll of traffic crashes, NETS has developed a free online toolkit called 2seconds2click.

 
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04/20/2016 12:00 PM

ISO 14001 Webinar Explores New Environmental Standard

On Wednesday, April 20, Heather Ingraham, principal, environmental scientist at AECOM will present the "ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for a New Era" webinar just in time for Earth Day. The presentation will offer a deep dive orientation of the newly organized standard, as well as give insight into the updated focus, conceptual approach and registration benefits to applications of this standard. It will also include an ISO 14001 case study of an ASSE member company.

 

ASSE Recognizes Thomas Kramer as the 2016 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Thomas Kramer, managing principal at LJB Inc., an Ohio-based civil engineering firm, as the 2016 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his leadership in helping develop more than 18 fall protection standards.

 
04/14/2016 6:32 PM

GAO Report Calls for Better Protection Against Workplace Violence in Healthcare

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the need to provide additional measures to protect the 15 million healthcare workers in the U.S. from workplace violence. The report reviews efforts by federal OSHA (and state OSHA plans) to address workplace violence in healthcare. OSHA does not currently require employers to implement workplace violence prevention programs, but does provide voluntary guidelines.

 

Zika Virus: NIOSH Offers Steps to Prevent Mosquito Bites

A new page on the NIOSH website provides information on the Zika virus, including information regarding travel, prevention and risks.

 
04/13/2016 8:17 PM

Trucker Groups Criticize FMCSA Approach to Safety-Fitness

A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed safety fitness determination rule.

 

Electrical Safety Foundation International Tackles Common Workplace Electrical Hazards

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is raising awareness to educate the public about electrical safety hazards to reduce the number of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

 
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04/13/2016 6:15 PM

Characteristics of Original Thinkers

In his TED talk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers,” organizational psychologist Adam Grant shares three things that he has learned about originals—what he calls people who “dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.”

 

NIOSH Offers Free Health Screenings for Miners

NIOSH is offering free, confidential health screenings to coal miners to provide early detection of the occupational lung disease known as black lung.

 
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04/12/2016 3:50 PM

NIOSH Releases Nail Gun Safety Videos

NIOSH has released a new series of videos in conjunction with the agency's Small Business Assistance Program and its Office of Construction Safety and Health. The videos, Know Your Nailer: Nail Gun Safety, provide brief and practical advice that contractors can use to prevent nail gun injuries on the worksite.

 
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04/12/2016 5:01 AM

INSHPO Framework Creates Road to Professionalization

In "Globalizing the Health and Safety Profession," the cover story in the March 2016 issue of OHS Professional from the Safety Institute of Australia, editor Craig Donaldson takes an in-depth look at INSHPO's OHS Professional Capability Framework and its implications for the profession.

 
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04/11/2016 1:42 PM

New Report Presents High-Level Gap Analysis of Worker Safety in Bangladesh

National Fire Protection Association recently issued "Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry High-Level Assessment Report." The document presents an independent review of efforts by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to improve worker safety.

 
04/06/2016 5:07 PM

New Climate Change and Health Document includes Effects on Workers

A new report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program shows the potential health effects of climate change on workers. The report, U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment provides an overview of the potential health effects of climate change in the U.S., and breaks down specific areas of concern including vulnerable populations.

 
04/06/2016 3:51 PM

Construction Groups Seek Judicial Review of Silica Rule

Eight construction industry organizations have filed a petition for review of OSHA's final crystalline silica rule with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Among the issues of concern is the industry's stance that the permissible exposure limit included in the rule is technologically and economically infeasible.

 
04/05/2016 3:49 PM

MEWP Fatal Injury Rate Remains Constant Despite Growth

The fatal injury rate for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) has remained constant, despite the increase of the total MEWP rental fleet and the number of rental days worldwide, according to IPAF’s release of the 2015 MEWP-related incident data. Both the data and its preliminary fatal injury rate calculations confirm that MEWPs are one of the safest ways to perform temporary work at height.

 

The ASSE Foundation Awards $275,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation set a new record in 2016 by granting $275,000 in scholarships to 106 students pursuing college degrees, and safety professionals furthering their credentials, in occupational safety and health (OSH), at universities across the country.

 
04/05/2016 2:30 AM

How Small Businesses Can Prepare Before Disaster Strikes

According to Manta’s latest Wellness Index, 37% of business owners said that they do not think that they could recover from a catastrophic event such as a natural disaster. The Wellness Index is put together based on interactions with small business owners and subject-matter experts. Manta CEO John Swanciger recently spoke with Professional Safety about how small businesses can prepare for such events. ​

 
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ASSE to Recognize Dr. Tracey Cekada as Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Dr. Tracey Cekada, associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as the William E. Tarrants, Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year for her proven excellence in teaching, research and service in the school’s Department of Safety Sciences.

 

Nominations open for WPAC

The Department of Labor is seeking nominations to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC). WPAC is comprised of 12 members, of which six slots will be available for a two-year term that begins December 1, 2016: Two management representatives Two labor representatives Two public representatives

 
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04/01/2016 5:01 AM

Our Strategic Outlook

ASSE's board of directors has been working diligently to assess the Society’s core competencies to identify which activities truly advance the OSH profession, add value to membership and distinguish ASSE from others. The group has identified four key areas of strategic importance: member communities, professional development, standards and the value of the profession.

 
03/31/2016 4:00 PM

OSHA Issues Eye and Face Protection Standard Final Rule

OSHA recently issued a final rule to revise its eye and face protection standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring and construction by updating the references to national consensus standards approved by ANSI.

 
03/31/2016 2:20 PM

National Safety Stand Down is May 2-6, 2016

This year’s National Safety Stand Down will take place May 2-6 to coincide with ASSE’S NAOSH Week and National Construction Safety Executive’s Safety Week.

 

OSHA Releases Final Silica Rule

On Thursday, March 24, OSHA released the final silica rule: Key points: The new standard for silica exposure is 50 ug/m3 PEL. The construction industry has one year to comply, general industry two. Fracking gets an additional three years to come into compliance with the engineering controls.​

 

Infographic: Guide to the New ANSI and EN388 Cut Levels

International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recently announced the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Hand Protection Classification. The new standard brings many changes, one of which includes changing current cut testing practices to increase the accuracy in test results among glove manufacturers. Superierglove created an infographic to help make these changes easier to understand.

 
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03/24/2016 2:37 PM

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited Silica Rule

OSHA today issued a long-awaited final rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule aims to reduce development of lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. The agency estimates that the rule will save 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime.

 
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03/17/2016 5:40 PM

10K+ Severe Injuries Reported to OSHA

In a new report penned by OSHA Administrator David Michaels, employers notified OSHA of more than 10,388 severe work injuries in 2015. These cases included 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. The report also breaks out the top 25 reporting industries.

 
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03/17/2016 3:00 PM

ASSE Member Leads Effort to Raise Awareness of Distracted Driving

As cofounder of Drive Smart Arizona, ASSE member Jeremy Bethancourt is leading a local effort in Arizona to raise the public awareness of distracted driving. A coalition of safety organizations, government bodies and businesses in the state, the group will debut billboards in Phoenix and Tucson urging drivers to stop risking their lives and the lives of others by texting and driving.

 
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03/17/2016 1:20 PM

ASSE Three Rivers Chapter Holds Presentation on ISO 45001

On March 11, 2016, Tim Fisher, ASSE’s director, practices and standards, spoke to members of ASSE’s Three Rivers Chapter about the proposed ISO 45001 global standard on occupational health and safety management systems.

 
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03/16/2016 8:11 PM

Join ASSE in Supporting Federal OSH Funding

ASSE is calling on members and the broader OSH community to contact their legislators and urge them to support the funding bills for OSHA and NIOSH. Take a couple of minutes to send a letter to your representatives in Congress to encourage them to join their colleagues in support of OSHA and NIOSH.

 
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03/16/2016 2:29 PM

Videos Provide Insights Into ISO 45001

ASSE has published a series of videos addressing the proposed ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. ASSE is administrator of the technical advisory group (TAG) to ANSI for the standard, which will address occupational health and safety systems.

 

Drive Smart Arizona to Post Billboards Urging Drivers Not to Text and Drive

Drive Smart Arizona, a coalition of safety organizations, government bodies and businesses in the state, will have billboards in Phoenix and Tucson debuting Thursday urging drivers to stop risking their lives by texting and driving. The initiative is part of a campaign for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a National Safety Council observance that takes place every April.

 
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03/14/2016 4:00 PM

Safety Lately Podcast: A Conversation Between OSHA’s David Michaels & ASSE’s Mike Belcher

The latest edition of ASSE's Safety Lately podcast features ASSE President Michael Belcher, CSP and Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSH David Michaels.

 
03/14/2016 2:30 PM

Grainger Answers 5 Things You Need to Know About GHS

Do you have questions about the revised HazCom Standard, as it is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)? Grainger’s GHS Frequently Asked Questions web page provides answers to some questions that may be of concern to industry personnel.

 
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03/10/2016 10:32 PM

NIOSH Seeks Public Comment on 1-BP Draft Document

NIOSH is seeking public comment on its draft document, NIOSH Criteria Document on Occupational Exposure to 1-Bromopropane (1-BP).

 
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03/10/2016 6:30 PM

OSH Management Systems: What Safety Professionals Do Best

ASSE President Michael Belcher participated today in OSHA's stakeholder meeting on the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. Read on to learn what he said.

 
03/09/2016 9:22 PM

CPWR Foundations for Safety Leadership Webinar Is March 17

Linda Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR, will present a webinar-based CPWR Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training course March 17, 2016. The webinar introduces construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities, to critical safety leadership skills and describes specific actions they can take to be an effective safety leader and improve job site safety climate.

 

60 Minutes Interviews Former Miners of the Upper Big Branch Mine

Three months after the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, 60 Minutes interviews former miners of the Upper Big Branch mine, victims' families, jurors and prosecutors to share stories and frustrations surrounding the trial.

 
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03/08/2016 5:30 PM

Incident Investigations: Four Critical Stages

In a recent post to On the Safe Side, a blog published by Peak Safety Performance, David Lynn talks about the four critical stages of incident investigation. Here's a quick recap of the stages and key steps to consider within each.

 
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03/07/2016 7:00 PM

EU-OSHA’s Next Healthy Workplaces Campaign Launches April 2016

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016-17 is scheduled to launch April 14, 2016. The campaign, “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” will focus on sustainable working lives, highlighting the importance of good safety and health management at any age, and providing practical tools and guidance in safety and health management.

 

ASSE & CPWR Release Safety Resources for Construction Workers

ASSE and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released a collection of construction safety materials in Spanish.

 
03/02/2016 6:00 PM

ASSE and CPWR Release Workplace Safety Resources for At-Risk Construction Workers

More than 50 Safety Tool Boxes now available in Spanish aim to protect vulnerable workforce

 
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03/01/2016 6:01 AM

Our Pursuit of Professionalism

As our professional association and primary advocate, ASSE is constantly reevaluating all the tenets of professional OSH practice to ensure that we anticipate and adapt to changing knowledge needs, understand the evolving work environment and thrive within any economy. To that end, ASSE has undertaken a series of initiatives in the past few years to put all members on the road to professionalism. This will produce many benefits for the profession and for each of us as well.

 
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02/25/2016 3:15 PM

U.S. TAG Makes Progress on ISO 45001 DIS

This week's meeting of the U.S. TAG on ISO 45001 is heading into the home stretch. The meeting has brought together thought leaders from nearly 50 U.S. organizations to work on the disposition of comments received to the draft international standard (DIS) and to develop the U.S. position for the upcoming ISO meeting this June.

 
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02/25/2016 2:00 PM

ASSE Comments on OSHA's Proposed Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines

In its comments to OSHA on the agency's proposed Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, ASSE continued its advocacy of safety and health management systems as the "highest expression of our members' professionalism."

 

ASSE comments on OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently updating the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, last updated in 1989. These guidelines offer on overview of what the safety professional does and how to implement a safety management plan in the workplace. Although not legally binding, these guidelines are a powerful tool and an opportunity to communicate the value of the profession.

 
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02/23/2016 9:10 PM

CDC Report Warns of Fatal Exposure When Working With Hydrocarbon Storage Tanks

A recent report from CDC details a study of deaths among U.S. oil and gas workers exposed to a lethal combination of high concentration of hydrocarbon gases and vapors (HGVs) and oxygen-deficient atmospheres.

 
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02/18/2016 6:00 PM

ASSE Launches Dedicated ISO 45001 Website

ASSE has developed and launched a website dedicated to ISO 45001. The site is a comprehensive resource for information on the standard, its development and progress; related news articles and multimedia; as well as relevant educational resources.

 
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02/17/2016 8:41 PM

Making Safer Drivers Through Advanced Vehicle Safety Features

A guest post on the NIOSH Science Blog authored by Stephanie Pratt, Ph.D., and Rebecca Olsavsky discusses how to make safer, more knowledgeable drivers on and off the job by utilizing the advanced safety features found in newer vehicles.

 
02/17/2016 3:19 PM

OSHA Issues New HazCom Classification Guidance

Guest blogger Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, sums up OSHA’s long-awaited technical guidance for classification of chemicals under the revised HazCom-2012 standard.

 

Tristan Bainum of Alta, Iowa is Recipient of ASSE Foundation $10,000 Family Scholarship Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Tristan Bainum of Alta, Iowa as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000.

 

Hannah Pinkerton of Lincoln, Nebraska is Recipient of ASSE Foundation $10,000 Family Scholarship

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Hannah Pinkerton of Lincoln, Nebraska as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000.

 
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02/11/2016 3:00 PM

Newton's Third Law & the Power of Risk Assessments

Guest poster Greg Gerganoff takes a swing at applying Newton's Third Law, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction," to safety--specifically to risk assessments.

 
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02/11/2016 2:30 PM

National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Webinar: Feb 16

The fifth year of the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction is here. To mark this, an hour-long webinar will bring together leaders from OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR to showcase the past successes of the campaign and its major event, the National Safety Stand-Down, as well as to highlight plans for 2016. The event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at 2 pm EST.

 
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02/10/2016 6:57 PM

NHTSA Reports Increase in 2015 Traffic Deaths From Previous Year

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced its latest estimate of traffic deaths, which shows a 9.3 % increase for the first nine months of 2015.

 
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02/10/2016 3:00 PM

Update on Proposed ISO 45001

With the proposed ISO 45001 standard making its way through the stages of standards development, now is a good time to learn more about what it will mean to OSH practice and the OSH profession overall.​

 
02/09/2016 5:34 PM

OSHA Seeks NACOSH Nominations

National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) advises, consults with and makes recommendations to the secretaries of labor, and health and human services on matters relating to administration of the OSH Act, including regulatory, research, compliance assistance and enforcement issues.

 
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02/09/2016 2:30 PM

OSH Plans Are What We Do

OSHA wants to hear from OSH professionals about its updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.These guidelines can be a calling card for OSH professionals once published, so ASSE members are encouraged to review the guidelines and submit feedback to OSHA.

 
02/05/2016 9:04 PM

What Are Your 2016 Risk Resolutions?

A guest post on the Risk Management/Insurance blog from Joe Kopko, CSP, offers 3 Risk Resolutions that are fundamental building blocks in developing and sustaining the fragile culture of an organization.​

 

ASSE Foundation Awards $8,750 to Three Universities to Help Fund OSH Program ABET Accreditation

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation recently awarded three universities a total of $8,750 to support efforts to have their occupational safety and health programs receive ABET accreditation.

 
02/04/2016 9:27 PM

CDC Offers Zika Virus Prevention Tips

The Zika virus, occurring in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, spread to Brazil in 2015 and has been reported in the continental U.S. as well as in U.S. territories, not locally, but from returning travelers. According to CDC, the “Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week."

 
02/04/2016 8:52 PM

Micro Learning: The Future of Workplace Training

Technology has played a major role in changing the landscape in which people learn. As attention spans shrink due to the immediacy of the Internet, traditional teaching methods are becoming less and less relevant. According to an eLearning Industry article, one way educators can adapt to newer learning styles is by learning to break down lessons into digestible chunks that can be delivered quickly.​

 
02/03/2016 9:42 PM

33 Tips for Mastering Conversation

Learn several ways to master the art and science of conversation, a critical skill for anyone but particularly for safety practitioners who deliver training, want to influence the C-suite and manage human resources.

 
02/02/2016 10:36 PM

STOP Occupational Skin Disorders

In 2010, more than 34,000 people were diagnosed with occupational skin disorders (OSDs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but other data indicates that incidents may be up-to 50 times higher. To help organizations protect employees’ hands, Deb Group offers tips to prevent OSDs in the workplace.​

 
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02/01/2016 7:40 PM

ASSE Continues Work to Frame the OSH Profession

On Friday, Jan. 29, ASSE brought together a group of subject-matter experts to continue the process of framing the OSH profession. The Society's efforts in this arena began with the OSH Competency Summitt last April in Des Plaines, IL. On Friday, the group reconvened to identify a set of student learning outcomes (or SLOs) within each domain that will guide higher education OSH programs.

 
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02/01/2016 3:00 PM

Coffee Workers at Risk for Lung Disease

New NIOSH research suggests that workers at coffee processing facilities may be at risk for a lung disease called obliterative bronchiolitis.

 
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02/01/2016 6:01 AM

Our Calling Card

OSHA's current effort to update its 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines represent an opportunity to advance OSH as well as the interests of OSH professionals. ASSE members are encouraged to review OSHA's list of questions and share their comments, The finished guidelines will be a useful calling card for every ASSE member to take to employers.

 
01/29/2016 8:18 PM

CSB Unanimously Approves Fertilizer Facility Explosion Final Report

On Jan. 28, 2016, CSB conducted a news conference regarding its draft final report on the April 17, 2013 fire and explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer storage facility. The board then held a public meeting in Waco, Texas, where the investigative staff presented the report, took public comment and then voted unanimously to approve the final report.

 
01/27/2016 3:47 PM

CSB Report on Fertilizer Company Explosion Available

CSB's Investigation Report into the April 2013 fire and explosion at West Fertilizer Company is now available for public preview.

 
01/26/2016 11:27 PM

UL Publishes Standard for Integrating OSH in the Workplace

UL’s Integrated Health & Safety Institute, published a new standard to highlight how closely aligning safety and health strategies can benefit an organization.

 
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01/25/2016 3:30 PM

Incorporating Safety Into Business Strategy

In a recent interview with Working Capital Review, L. Casey Chosewood, director of NIOSH’s Office for Total Worker Health, spoke about the importance of making worker health and safety part of an ongoing business strategy.

 
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01/25/2016 3:15 PM

What to Do in a Stalled Elevator

National Elevator Industry Inc. has released guidance on best practices for the public if an elevator stalls.

 
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01/18/2016 3:00 PM

White Paper Tackles Post-Boomer Workforce

A new white paper from Bruce Tulgan and RainmakerThinking Inc. discusses what it calls the “Great Generational Shift”—the transformation in the workforce in the wake of the Baby Boomer exodus. This is more than a change in numbers, the white paper says. Rather, it is an “epic turning point.”

 
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01/15/2016 3:00 PM

Workplace Injuries Cost $62 Billion Per Year, Liberty Mutual Says

According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, workplace injuries and incidents that cause workers to miss 6 or more days of work cost U.S. employers almost $62 billion in 2013. The 10 most disabling work-related injuries account for more than $51 billion, or 82.5% of the total cost.

 
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01/14/2016 3:19 PM

NASA Maps Human Impact on Global Air Quality

NASA analysis of satellite observations shows air quality changes over time.

 
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01/13/2016 3:00 PM

Study Correlates OSH With Stock Market Performance

A new study sponsored by UL’s Integrated Health and Safety Institute adds to the growing evidence that a safe and healthy workforce correlates with a company’s performance and its ability to provide positive returns to shareholders. As one researcher concludes, "“The study supplements the growing body of research establishing correlation between a true culture of health, safety and well-being for workers and an organization’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

 
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01/13/2016 3:00 PM

It’s Good to Be Green & Safe

EU-OSHA E-Fact Sheet examines OSH hazards associated with green building--including how green projects can add new layers to well-known hazards.

 
01/08/2016 3:07 PM

Final Silica Rule Expected in February 2016

OSHA’s fall 2015 semiannual regulatory agenda projects that the final rule for occupational exposure to crystalline silica, which has been in development for more than 15 years, will be completed in Feb. 2016.

 
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01/08/2016 2:41 PM

Participate in Research on Latino Worker Incident Rates

Recent studies indicate that work-related incident rates among Latino workers continue to grow. ASSE's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) Common Interest Group has been assisting Ahmed Al Bayati, a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University, with a research study related to the safety and health of the Latino workforce. The SPALW leadership team encourages ASSE members to support this important project by completing a 10-minute online survey.

 
01/01/2016 2:00 PM

Supporting Our Latino Community

Latinos have also changed the makeup of ASSE’s membership base and we have responded with various outreach activities--from translating technical materials to creating the Safety Professionals & the Latino Workforce Common Interest Group and forging relationships through events in Latin America. We must continue to make our products and services more culturally suitable, bring more Latino viewpoints into the Society’s leadership and strengthen our relations with the Latino community.

 
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12/28/2015 3:16 PM

Proactive Steps Help Prevent Workplace Violence

Carol Fredrickson, a presenter at SeminarFest 2016 and a former law enforcement officer, shares her insights on workplace violence--why it occurs, how it can be recognized and proactive solutions employers can take.

 
12/01/2015 3:30 PM

Growing in India, Growing Globally

In 2011, India was not yet viewed as a strategic market for ASSE. This changed quickly, and the country is now one of the Society’s most active global groups. From 2012 through 2014, chapter membership grew from the initial 40 members to nearly 400, and it has since surpassed 700. As we look to 2016, interest in forming ASSE chapters in Gujarat, Karnataka and New Delhi continues to build. This growth is fueled by a critical need to protect the lives of millions of workers throughout the country.​

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

ASSE President Michael Belcher comments on OSHA's Updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.​

 
11/01/2015 2:50 PM

Global Trends in OSH

ASSE’s global advocacy continues to expand as we foster and sustain OSH communities throughout the world. This month, I’d like to highlight five global trends that are affecting the OSH profession now and likely into the future.

 
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Rand McNally Appointed to ASSE Board as Its First Public Director

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce the appointment of Rand McNally as the Board of Directors’ first Public Director.

 

ASSE Applauds Two OSH Academic Programs for Receiving ABET Accreditation

Two more occupational safety and health academic programs have recently been awarded ABET accreditation. Receiving the accreditation for the first time are East Carolina University’s MS in Occupational Safety and Illinois State University’s BS in Safety.

 
10/01/2015 1:00 PM

The Rise of the Young Professionals

Today’s young professionals expect tangible benefits from their associations. Gone are the days when people join an association out of a sense of duty to their profession. Associations must offer appealing choices and provide new opportunities for people to participate in the process. Whether through enhanced mentoring relationships or other means, it is our duty to engage both younger and older members as we work to improve the member experience for all.

 

ASSE OFFERS GLOBAL OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH BEST PRACTICES AT SAFETY INDIA 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers is proud to announce that the Honorable Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, Shri Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary will inaugurate Safety India 2015 by sharing his thoughts on why this professional development conference is important to the future of India.

 

ProcessMAP Partners with ASSE Foundation to Support OSH Industry

ProcessMAP Corporation, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software for Health & Safety and Environment (HSE) solutions, announced today its partnership with the ASSE Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Society of Safety Engineers, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

 

ASSE Congratulates Howard on Being Reappointed as Director of NIOSH

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Michael Belcher’s statement congratulating Dr. John Howard on his reappointment to a third term as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2016 Offers Safety Professionals Opportunities to Grow Skillsets

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages occupational health and safety professionals to hone their knowledge and skills, including the potential of earning recertification points, by registering now for SeminarFest 2016, Feb. 5-11, 2016 in Las Vegas.

 

Does Our Profession Have a Marketing Problem?

This year, we are looking to elevate our public relationship efforts to new levels by refining our brand and creating a strong, resonant message about our profession. We want to develop a message that reaches audiences beyond our normal sphere of influence so more people come to understand the value of safety and what our members bring to the table. Our goal is to foster increased stakeholder acceptance of OSH as a worthwhile endeavor and to do so in a way that creates lasting change.

 

ASSE to Host Construction Safety Symposium in New Orleans This Fall

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is hosting a two-day Construction Safety Symposium featuring industry experts discussing the latest safety practices, innovation and risk management thinking from November 12-13, 2015 in New Orleans.

 
08/01/2015 3:08 PM

Going Global

Globalization is a defining trend of our time. As the middle class expands, so, too, do calls for social responsibility and improved worker rights, particularly when it comes to wages and safe, healthy working conditions. That’s where we as OSH professionals play a critical role, as we endeavor to protect people from harm and safeguard organizational assets. It’s a duty that transcends borders.

 

ASSE Salary Survey Reveals Strong Income Potential for OSH Professionals

A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.

 

Nominees Sought for the Inaugural D.L. Shah Trust / ASSE Safety India Awards

Committed to advancing the safety profession in India, American Society of Safety Engineers and D.L. Shah Trust announce the creation of the D.L. Shah Trust / ASSE Safety India Awards Program, intended to recognize the excellence and commitment of safety professionals in the fields of: occupational safety and health, environmental protection and sustainability.

 
07/01/2015 1:30 PM

Maximizing Our Capabilities

Our profession stands ready to leave its mark on society and to prosper as never before. But this will only happen if we maximize our capabilities, rise to the challenge and seize the opportunities in front of us

 

ASSE and OSHA SIGN FIVE-YEAR ALLIANCE AGREEMENT

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its alliance, signing a five-year agreement that will focus on construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within general industry.

 

The 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Goes to Dustin G. Richartz

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce Dustin G. Richartz as the winner of the 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his work in developing safety and health programs throughout his career.

 

ASSE Recognizes Four Members as Fellows and Safety Educator of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today awarded four members, Richard King of Centennial, Colorado, George Pearson of Hockessin, Delaware, Bill Propes of Mesquite, Texas and R. Ronald Sokol of Friendswood, Texas, the Fellow Honor, its highest distinction, recognizing their lifetime of commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational health and safety field.

 

The 2015 ASSE Safety Innovation Award Goes to Creator of Machine Safety Software

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today named Jack Reiter, president and CEO of Machine Safety Management, the winner of the 2015 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management for creating software that reduces machine guard accidents.

 

ASSE Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Study Workplace Fatigue

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to a University of Buffalo researcher who proposes the development of a sensor-based, real-time assessment system that will enable safety practitioners to better monitor workplace fatigue.

 
06/01/2015 3:01 PM

Mentoring Helps Shape Our Profession’s Future

We must do more now to increase interest in OSH as a profession. One way to achieve this is through active mentoring. Mentoring can take many forms. The only requirement for entering a mentoring relationship is the desire to exchange perspectives and share guidance.

 

A NIOSH and ASSE Report Explores Overlapping Vulnerabilities Facing Young Hispanic Immigrants in the Construction Industry

A joint report conducted by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concludes workers who are Hispanic, young and work for small construction firms likely face greater occupational safety and health challenges than almost any other employee segment or industry in the United States.

 
05/06/2015 4:50 PM

ASSE’s 2015 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication Goes to John Teague

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce John Teague as the winner of the 2015 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication for his role in raising awareness of the dangerous of distracted driving across the State of Texas.

 

Our Profession's Path

The OSH field has long struggled with the idea of professionalization. The debate often centers on one key question: Do years of experience count, or are formal education and certification required? While we’ve not reached a consensus to date, we do know that we operate in a far more complex and global environment than existed just 10 years ago, much less 20, 30 or 50 years ago.

 

ASSE Supports Women’s Workplace Safety with Mother’s Day Public Service Announcement

In a first for the world’s oldest professional safety society and the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers today released an online public service announcement promoting women’s occupational safety and health in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.

 
04/24/2015 2:23 PM

Safety Lately

The inaugural Safety Lately podcast covers employee mental health, rulemaking for communication tower workers and proposed sea drilling regulations.

 

ASSE to Host SAFETY INDIA 2015 in Mumbai, India

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, is proud to bring SAFETY INDIA 2015, a two-day professional development conference and exposition, to Mumbai, India on October 15-17, 2015.

 

The ASSE Foundation Awards $273,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation set a new record in 2015 by granting $273,000 in scholarships to 108 students pursuing college degrees, and safety professionals furthering their credentials, in occupational, safety and health, at universities across the country.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: The Challenges in Achieving Perfect Workplace Safety

Zero-injury safety targets are easy to communicate and seem to be everywhere, but such goals can be counterproductive to a company’s efforts if the context in which they are used does not go beyond slogans and good intentions, according to the lead article in the April issue of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Safety Journal.

 
04/01/2015 1:30 PM

Research Is the Foundation of Our Practice

Evidence-based decision making is the cornerstone of our practice as OSH professionals. Decisions based on good science and sound technology legitimize the strategies we champion and the tactics we implement each day to protect millions of workers around the world. By supporting research and working to translate the findings into effective evidence-based solutions, we can eliminate hazards and prevent costly injuries and illnesses.

 

ASSE Supports Updating OSHA National Standards for Eye and Face Protection

ASSE Supports Updating OSHA National Standards for Eye and Face Protection

 

ASSE Signs Agreement with KOSHA to Advance Global Occupational Health and Safety Issues

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) signed a memorandum of understanding that will explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs with the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA).

 

ASSE Webinar: What makes a great safety leader? Ask Paul O’Neill directly

The American Society of Safety Engineers invites safety professionals to register to learn how Paul O’Neill, the former chairman of Alcoa, transformed a company with an average safety record into one the safest manufacturers in the world, all while quintupling its market capitalization.

 
03/03/2015 3:00 PM

At-Risk Workers

The demographics of the global workforce have shifted over the past decade. The new normal consists of a wide range of employment arrangements, including temporary workers, seasonal workers, on-call workers and immigrant labor. As a profession, we must do more to safeguard at-risk workers who make up significant portions of today’s labor pool.

 

Registration opens for ASSE Webinar: Protecting Temporary & Non-Traditional Workers

The American Society of Safety Engineers invites safety professionals to register for its virtual symposium entitled, “Protecting Temporary and Non-Traditional Workers,” where they will learn the best practices in hiring and training this working class.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Outcomes-Based Accreditation Advances OSH Profession

Experts are calling for the development of minimum requirements to accredit academic programs in the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.

 
02/01/2015 3:00 PM

What About the H in OSH?

The names of agencies such as OSHA and NIOSH contain the word health, and many of us refer to ourselves as occupational safety and health professionals. Yet, most of our efforts are focused on safety. Now is an opportune time for us to bring much-needed attention to the health-related aspects of our roles.

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2015 Offers Safety Professionals Opportunities to Grow Skillsets

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages occupational health and safety professionals to hone their knowledge and skills, including the potential of earning recertification points, by registering now for SeminarFest 2015, Feb. 6-12, 2015 in Las Vegas.

 

ASSE Welcomes Second Member Chapter in Maharashtra, India

Expanding its reach in India, the American Society of Safety Engineers opens its second member chapter in Maharashtra.

 
12/31/2014 2:30 PM

Risk Management: Reputation Is Key

Texas City refinery. Upper Big Branch mine. Deepwater Horizon. Tazreen Fashions factory. Rana Plaza. Each of these tragedies was caused by a chain of events that included safety and health system deficiencies. They have something else in common, too: They all caused significant damage to the reputations of the organizations involved. So what does this mean to OSH professionals? It presents us with a significant opportunity to engage our executive leaders.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Mentors Help Ease Learning Curve for New Safety Hires

Companies that support a robust mentor program for new safety employees are more apt to reduce the learning curve they face and retain their services longer, an important feat considering competition to keep them will rise with an estimated 25,000 safety practitioners retiring by 2016.

 
12/02/2014 6:40 PM

ASSE & Fall Protection: Consensus Building, Cutting-Edge Solutions & Personal Commitment

Last month, as I was reviewing the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013, I noted that 574 of the 4,405 occupational fatalities—or 13%—were due to falls to a lower level. Most of those falls were related to construction activities. As most of us are also aware, fall protection typically resides near the top of OSHA’s annual list of most frequently cited violations.

 

ASSE Nigerian Chapter to Host Second Annual Professional Development Conference

American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, invites safety professionals to register for NIGERIA PDC 2015, a three-day professional development conference and exposition in Lagos, Nigeria on March 3-5, 2015.

 

ASSE Invites Kids to Enter Art and Video Contests Touting Workplace Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers announces the kick-off of its 2015 Workplace Safety Poster and Video Contest in recognition of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

 

CSB Warns of Danger in Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators were deployed the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, following a July 28, 2014 tank explosion that killed contract worker and severely injuring another.

 

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Draft Workplace Tobacco Policies Document

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking public comment on a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies. The public comment period is open for 30 days, closing on September 15, 2014.

 

GAO Finds Too Few Safeguards for Drinking Water Near Fracking Wells

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of EPA’s oversight and enforcement program over the injection of fluid into wells associated with oil and gas production found that EPA is not doing enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground. GAO concluded that EPA needs to take actions to ensure enforcement of regulations at both the state and federal levels.

 

California Proposes Major Changes to Refinery Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has developed a draft regulatory proposal for a new Cal/OSHA Process Safety Management Standard to “strengthen regulatory oversight” on California’s oil refineries.

 

OSHA Releases Earthquake Safety Information

OSHA has posted an online Earthquake Preparedness and Response resource on how to protect workers from earthquakes, which is available at https://www.osha.gov/dts/earthquakes/index.html

 

New OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources

Please see below for our monthly update on new OSHA compliance assistance resources, including Web resources and publications. See the New Compliance Assistance Products page for a continually updated listing of new resources.

 

NIOSH Blogs on Food Industry Safety

A recent NIOSH Science Blog tackles food industry safety in a post entitled, “A Wrench in the Gear: Lockout/tagout in the food industry,” which can be found at http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/07/07/loto/​

 

PHMSA Requests Help in Revising Emergency Response Guidebook

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a notice asking for input on ways to improve its Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) as it develops the 2016 version, particularly from those who have experience using the ERG. The ERG is for use by emergency services personnel to provide guidance for initial response to hazardous materials incidents.

 

FMCSA Exploring Minimum Training for Entry-Level CDL License Applicants and Negotiated Rulemaking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) concerning entry-level training for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

 

EPA on Emission Standards for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production

EPA has published a rule that finalized the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Flexible Polyurethane Foam (FPUF) Production source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP).

 

NIOSH Updates List of Drugs that Pose a Risk to Workers in Healthcare Settings

Healthcare workers who prepare or give hazardous drugs to patients, such as those used for cancer therapy, as well as support staff may face individual health risks when exposed to these drugs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates 8 million U.S. healthcare workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs in the workplace.

 

NIST Report Warns of 3D Printer Cyber Risks

A report recently published by the federal National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) documents a variety of risks associated with the use of 3D printers in industry and offers risk assessment tools to help address those risks.

 

MSHA Extends Comment Period on Criteria and Procedures for Assessing Civil Penalites

On September 16, 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish a notice in the Federal Register extending the comment period from September 29 to December 3, 2014, on the Agency’s proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties. In response to requests, MSHA is providing additional time for interested parties to comment on the proposed rule.

 

NIOSH Offers Tips on Helping Truckers Sleep Well

New NIOSH Resource Provides Quick Tips to Help Truckers Get a Good Night’s Sleep NIOSH Recognizes Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 14–20, 2014

 

PHMSA Holding Public Meeting on National Pipeline Mapping System

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is holding a public meeting to discuss a National Pipeline Mapping System Information Collection revision that PHMSA proposed in a Federal Register notice on July 30, 2014.

 

PHMSA Guidance for Strengthening Pipeline Safety through Rigorous Program Evaluation and Meaningful Metrics

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a December 2012 Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2012-10) to remind operators of gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities of their responsibilities under current regulations to perform evaluations of their Integrity Management (IM) programs using meaningful performance metrics.

 

Securement of Unattended Equipment

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its brake system safety standards for freight and other non-passenger trains and equipment to strengthen the requirements relating to the securement of unattended equipment.

 
 

CSB Warns of Methanol Risks During Lab and Classroom Combustion Demonstrations

From CSB at http://www.csb.gov/statement-of-csb-chairperson-rafael-moure-eraso-warning-against-use-of-methanol-during-laboratory-and-classroom-combustion-demonstrations-in-the-wake-of-reno-nevada-muse​um-fire/ where the entire statement can be found.

 

Fed Report on Promoting Culture of Safety in Academic Chem Research

A Committee convened the U.S. National Research Council has release a report, “Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research” aimed at establishing a strong, positive safety culture in academic chemical laboratories. Chemical hazards can be found in many academic fields and settings, including the biological sciences, medical schools, engineering disciplines, and art studios.

 

NIOSH Reports on Preliminary Field Studies of Worker Chem Exposures in Oil and Gas Extraction

NIOSH has published a science blog describing preliminary evaluations of worker exposures to specific chemicals during oil and gas extraction flowback and production testing activities. Included are descriptions of initial exposure assessments, findings, and recommendations to reduce worker exposures to potential hazards.

 

OSHA Extends November Crane Operator Certification Deadline for Three Years

OSHA has published a final rule extending its November 10, 2014, deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by three years until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same three-year period.

 

MSHA Proposed Rule on Fees for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products

MSHA has published a proposed rule to amend the its regulations for administering fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in mines. This proposed rule would revise the fees charged for these services.

 

MSHA Announces Public Hearings on Proposed Criteria and Procedures for Assessing Civil Penalties

MSHA has announced that it will hold two public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties. The hearings will be held on December 4 at MSHA in Arlington, Virginia and December 9, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. Post-hearing comments must be received or postmarked by midnight Eastern Time on January 9, 2015.

 

OSHA and NIOSH Announce Recommended Practices to Protect Temporary Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.

 

Bill Perry Named Director of OSHA Standards and Guidance

OSHA names new director of its Standards and Guidance Directorate WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels has appointed Bill Perry as the new director of the agency's Directorate of Standards and Guidance, effective Aug. 24, 2014.

 

OSHA Calls for ACCSH Nominations and Announces Next ACCSH Meeting

Nominations for membership on OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) must be submitted by January 2, 2015. OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will meet Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. ACCSH Workgroups will meet Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

 

PHMSA Issues Ebola Safety Advisory Notice

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a safety advisory to provide guidance on the DoT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR, parts 171-180) for those who prepare, offer, and transport materials contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with the Ebola virus.

 

CDC and NIOSH Releases Fact Sheet and Guidance on Ebola

Emerging infectious diseases are those whose incidence in humans has increased in the past 2 decades or threaten to increase in the near future. These diseases, which respect no national boundaries, can challenge efforts to protect workers as prevention and control recommendations may not be immediately available.

 

OSHA Final Rule Updating Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

OSHA has issued its finale rule updating the appendix to its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation containing a list of industries that are partially exempt from requirements to keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The updated appendix is based on more recent injury and illness data and lists industry groups classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

 

Summary of OSHAs Finalized New Recordkeeping Rules

On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries. For ASSE members, a summary of new recordkeeping changes was prepared by Adele Abrams, Esq.

 

OSHA Publishes RFI on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

OSHA has published an RFI stating that the Agency is reviewing its overall approach to managing chemical exposures in the workplace and seeks stakeholder input about more effective and efficient approaches that addresses challenges found with the current regulatory approach.

 

Supplement to ASSE Comments OSHA Silica Proposed Rules Addresses "Competent Person"

During the questioning period of the March 21, 2014, public hearing for OSHA's proposed rule on respirable crystalline silica, OSHA's staff asked ASSE's witness, Adele L. Abrams, to supplement the Society's comments by elaborating on OSHA's proposal to require a “competent person” to be responsible for establishing and overseeing written access control plans where respirators and protective clothing would be required if silica over-exposures were anticipated.

 

ASSE Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Triangle Award

The American Society for Safety Engineers today announced the opening of nominations for the third annual Triangle Award for heroic dedication to the occupational safety and health profession. ASSE will accept nominations through April 1, 2015 and present the Triangle Award on May 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. during ASSE’s weeklong observance of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH Week).​

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Design Gaps Cause 20% to 50% of all Safety Mishaps

Design-related safety issues in buildings account for 20% to 50% of all injuries or fatalities within an organization, yet most safety management systems do not capture or call attention to these factors, allowing these conditions to be repeated in existing and new structures.

 
11/01/2014 2:18 PM

Our Urgent Priority: Preventing Fatalities

On Sept. 11, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013. A preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work-related injuries were recorded in the U.S. last year, and the rate of fatal work-related injuries for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

 

ASSE Urges Employers to Protect Workers from Exposure to the Ebola Virus

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) encourages employers to review the latest government protocols established to protect workers who come in contact with people showing symptoms of the Ebola virus.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Incident Investigations Methods Maybe Flawed

Company supervisors who lead incident investigations are not qualified to offer recommendations for improving operating systems because they lack sufficient knowledge of hazard identification and analysis, and risk assessment.

 
10/01/2014 2:20 PM

Leadership in Safety

Why is it important to develop leadership skills? Beyond helping us be better volunteer leaders, these skills apply to every facet of our professional practice. As I have moved through various stages of my personal development as a leader, I have made several observations. I’d like to share three of them with you.

 
09/26/2014 6:19 PM

ASSE Backs NTSB Call for States to Adopted 0.05 BAC Level for Impaired Driving

Based on the development of Position Statement on the issue by ASSE’s Transportation Practice Specialty, ASSE offered the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) support for its call to adopt measures that can encourage states to reduce the legal standard of driver impairment due to alcohol consumption, as measured by blood-alcohol content (BAC), from 0.08% to 0.05%.

 
09/26/2014 6:15 PM

OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized

On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries.

 
09/26/2014 5:29 PM

2013 BLS Preliminary Fatality Numbers Show Overall Improvement but More Deaths Among Latino Workers and Contractors

Taken from BLS press release, at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm

 
NOIRS-2015

NIOSH Announces Call for Abstracts for NOIRS 2015

ASSE is a sponsor of NOIRS 2015, the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium. Please share this information with any safety and health researches you might know and encourage them to participate.

 
09/26/2014 5:17 PM

Tales from DC: Latest SBA OSHA and MSHA Roundtable

Latest SBA OSHA and MSHA Roundtable

 
09/25/2014 8:08 PM

GAO Stuff

GAO Stuff

 
09/04/2014 8:14 PM

ASSE Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship and Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Sept. 4, 2014) – The ASSE Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship and Professional Education Grant program is now accepting applications for students pursuing degrees in occupational health and safety and safety professionals working to advance their professional credentials.

 
09/04/2014 2:22 PM

Lifelong Learning

Ever since I was young, I have loved to learn. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed the excitement of discovering the next new bit of information. Even today, each time I learn something new I discover 10 other things I want to know more about.

 
09/03/2014 8:20 PM

NIOSH Announces Call for Abstracts for NOIRS 2015 Injury Research Symposium

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), will host NOIRS 2015 on May 19 to 21, 2015 at the Camp Dawson Training Center in Kingwood, West Virginia.​

 
08/28/2014 7:41 PM

ASSE's Professional Safety Journal: A New View of the Great Safety Pyramid

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Since its creation 83 years ago by H. W. Heinrich, the safety triangle offered a ratio formula that encouraged safety professionals to focus on the causes of minor injuries as a way to reduce the probability of having major accidents. It sparked a new way of interpreting safety data that may be flawed.

 
08/25/2014 7:44 PM

Applications International Corporation Pledges $250,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is proud to announce that Applications International Corporation (AIC) has pledged $250,000 over three years, partnering with the Foundation to strengthen the future of the safety profession through investing in education, leadership development and research.

 
08/07/2014 3:53 PM

ASSE Invites Safety Pros to Register for Webinar: Disaster Psychology – The Myths of Panic

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 7, 2014) – Can people be trusted in times of emergencies or does panic prevail?​

 
08/04/2014 2:24 PM

A New Day for ASSE

On June 8, 2014, ASSE’s House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved changes to the Society bylaws. The historic vote to restructure ASSE’s governance framework heralds a new day for the Society.

 
07/30/2014 3:52 PM

ASSE Foundation Asks Researchers to Submit Proposals for a Chance To Earn a $300,000 Grant Advancing Safety and Health in the Workplace

DES PLAINES, Ill. (July 30, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation will award a three-year, $300,000 grant in 2015 to a researcher who best describes how a proposed study will mitigate the risks of injury and illness in the workplace. The grant represents the largest award given in the Foundation’s 24-year history.

 
07/22/2014 2:34 PM

OSHA Regions Get Policy Background Memo on Temp Workers

OSHA has issued a memorandum on its Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative to its regional administrators. From Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs, the memo was posted July 21 on the OSHA web site. Temporary workers has been a key initiative of OSHA this year, as the Agency’s web page on the issue indicates.

 
07/11/2014 3:51 PM

Out-of-Service Equipment Pose Invisible Hazards If Not Handled Properly

DES PLAINES, Ill. (July 11, 2014) – Retiring equipment in the chemical processing industry may pose more danger than meets the eye as residual hazardous chemicals, live electrical connections or connections to in-service process machinery complicates how to safely remove these items from a plant, according to the July issue of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s monthly journal, Professional Safety.

 
07/01/2014 2:25 PM

ASSE Is a Member-Driven Organization

In a member-driven organization, members are actively engaged in the activities the organization performs. This includes participation and leadership at all levels in support of the organization’s strategic goals. Within ASSE, we as members are involved in all aspects of Society operations, from the elected Board of Directors to the activities carried out by councils, regions and chapters at the Society, region and local levels.

 
06/10/2014 3:49 PM

ASSE Recognizes Three Members as Fellows and Safety Educator of the Year

ORLANDO, FL. (June 10, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today awarded three members, Gary Barnett of Ocean New Jersey, Thomas Cecich of Apex, North Carolina and Don Jones, Sr. from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Fellow Honor, its highest distinction, recognizing their lifetime of commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational health and safety field.

 
06/10/2014 3:48 PM

Trish Ennis Begins One-Year Term as New ASSE President

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 10, 2014) – Trish Ennis was installed Tuesday as the 100th president of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

 
06/03/2014 2:26 PM

Veto Bill Stripping Safety Consultants of Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Immunity, ASSE Tells Illinois Governor

A letter from ASSE President Kathy Seabrook on behalf of ASSE’s Illinois members urged Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to veto legislation (SB 3287 ) that would strip from independent safety consultants current immunity from lawsuits under the state’s workers’ compensation law. ASSE and its Illinois members also opposed the legislation before votes in the Illinois Senate and Assembly. The bill went to the Governor’s desk for signature on June 3.

 
05/23/2014 2:03 PM

ASSE Gov’t Affairs Committee 2014 Capitol Hill Visits

ASSE’s Government Affairs Committee met May 5-7 in Washington, DC, for the Committee’s annual Capitol Hill Visits, combining a Committee meeting with a day visiting key occupational safety and health agencies in which ASSE is a stakeholder and Congressional committee offices that impact occupational safety and health.

 

The 2014 ASSE Safety Innovation Award Goes to Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today named Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi the winner of the 2014 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management for implementing a road safety program that helped reduce motor vehicle accidents.

 
05/19/2014 3:41 PM

Walt Disney Co. to Underwrite ASSE Foundation’s 20th Annual Silent Auction

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 19, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is proud to announce that the Walt Disney Co. will be the sole major underwriter of the 20th annual Safety Matters Silent Auction June 8-11, 2014 in Orlando.

 
05/16/2014 9:27 PM

ASSE and Friends of NIOSH Fight for NIOSH ERC and AgFF Research Programs

ASSE joined with 158 other Friends of NIOSH to urge leaders in both the Senate and House Appropriation Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, and Education to include in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget at least the Fiscal Year 2014 program level of $332.86 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). That funding level would counter the Administration's effort again this year to eliminate NIOSH's Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and the NORA Agriculture, Forestry​

 
05/16/2014 8:53 PM

ASSE Backs Effort to Save Independent Safety Consultant Lawsuit Immunity under Illinois Workers' Comp Law

On behalf of its member independent safety consultants in Illinois, ASSE has opposed a bill ( SB 3287 ) in both the Illinois Senate and House that aims to strip unfairly their current immunity from lawsuits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act but continue to protect insurers and companies who provide the same safety services. ASSE opposed the bill because it would unfairly limit independent business person’s ability to make a living, make it much more difficult for many Illinois compani​

 
05/14/2014 3:40 PM

ASSE Thanks Its Top 2014 Sponsors

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 14, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety society with more than 36,000 members, thanks its highest-level sponsors for supporting its efforts in promoting occupational, safety and health programs and initiatives throughout the year.

 
05/13/2014 3:40 PM

ASSE Nigerian Chapter to Host Its First Professional Development Conference

CHICAGO, Ill. (May 14, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages safety professionals to register for NIGERIA PDC 2014, a three-day professional development conference and exposition in Lagos, Nigeria on May 21-23, 2014.

 
05/08/2014 3:37 PM

ASSE Offers Revised Edition of “Construction Safety and Management Engineering” Book

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 8, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, released the second edition of its popular “Construction Safety Management and Engineering” book with updated standards and technical issues in construction.

 
05/05/2014 3:33 PM

The Challenges of Harnessing the Potential of Safety Management Systems

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 5, 2014) – As more companies shift to using safety management systems to monitor their occupational health and safety programs, the American Society of Safety Engineer’s monthly journal says the potential they hold may be lost if not properly integrated or measured against set goals. The devil is in the details.

 
04/25/2014 3:32 PM

ASSE SH&E Consultants Directory Now Available

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 23, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, is pleased to offer a directory guide filled with expert consultants to help nearly any business resolve safety, health, and environmental(SH&E) related issues.

 
04/22/2014 3:28 PM

ASSE’s 2014 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication Goes to Stefan Bright

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 22, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce Stefan Bright as the winner of the 2014 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication for his role in establishing a field manual, training and standards that reduced fatalities among professional window washers by 30 percent over the last two decades.

 
04/09/2014 9:31 PM

ASSE Urges Chapters and Members to Join in June 2-6 National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

ASSE and its Construction Practice Specialty are supporting fully OSHA’s June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. ASSE urged its chapters and members to embrace this opportunity to demonstrate safety and health professionals’ leadership in reducing the leading cause of death in construction. What ASSS members already do to help save workers lives should be done on every construction worksite. ASSE has encouraged each chapter to hold a meeting on falls and to reach ou​

 
04/09/2014 3:27 PM

The ASSE Foundation Awards $227,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 9, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation announced it set a new record in 2014 by granting more than $227,000 to 108 students earning occupational, safety and health degrees in universities across the country and safety professionals furthering their credentials.​

 
04/03/2014 3:26 PM

The Illusion of Being Invulnerable May Harm Employees at Work

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 3, 2014) – No matter how many safety training courses emphasis how dangerous it may be to work with electricity, chemicals or cargo unless proper safety protocols are followed, there is always a percentage of employees who believe they aren’t vulnerable to such risks — until it’s too late.

 
03/28/2014 8:16 PM

ASSE Urges OSHA to Withdraw Electronic Reporting Proposed Rule

In comments submitted for the record, ASSE urged OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until it develops clearer objectives and a stronger rationale for requiring establishments with 250 or more employees to submit quarterly electronically their injury and illness records and summary data annually; establishments with 20 or more employees to submit electronically the annual summary form; and certain employers to submit electronically other information on notification from OSHA. ASSE stated that it did not believe OSHA has explained adequately how collecting the information will actually improve workplace safety or how OSHA will manage the information collected. ASSE also said that publishing the information collected will make more difficult the efforts of safety professionals to focus companies on preventing hazards instead of reporting of injuries. On January 9, ASSE Government Affairs Committee Chair James Thornton said similar comments at OSHA’s public meeting on the proposed rule.

 
03/28/2014 8:15 PM

JOIN THE EFFORT: ASSE, AIHA and NSC Back OSHA and NIOSH FY 2015 Funding

In letters to US Senate and House of Representatives appropriations subcommittees with funding oversight for OSHA and NIOSH, ASSE joined with AIHA and NSC to back adequate funding for the agencies, including a rejection of the Administration’s repeated proposal to cut funding for NIOSH Education and Research Centers and the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector Research Program. You and the members of your chapter can join in the effort. April 1 and 2 Deadlines In both the Senate and House, “Dear Colleague” letters are being circulated to get Senators and Representatives to sign on to indicate their support for FY15 NIOSH funding, including the Education and Research Centers and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program. The National Safety Council has set up a CapWiz alert that you can use to contact members of Congress to encourage them to sign onto these letters. The deadline to sign both letters is April 1 st . Also, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Robert Scott (D-VA) are circulating Dear Colleagues in the Senate and House supporting the President’s requested level of $565.01 million for OSHA. The deadline to sign these letters is April 2 nd . The National Safety Council also has a CapWiz alert you can use to encourage support for the OSHA letters.

 
03/28/2014 8:14 PM

ASSE Testifies at OSHA Silica Hearing

At the March 21, 2014 session of OSHA’s informal public meeting for its proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica, Adele Abrams, Esq., represented ASSE with testimony that summarizing ASSE’s full comment for the record of the rulemaking. ASSE and AIHA testified together on the same panel, as a report on the day’s hearing describes. The hearings are scheduled to end on April 4, as OSHA’s schedule of appearances indicates.

 
03/28/2014 8:14 PM

OSHA Announces June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

ASSE members and, especially, its chapters, will be hearing more from ASSE about OSHA’s June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. ASSE fully supports this effort and wants to encourage ASSE members to spread the word and encourage organizations throughout the nation to participate. Find out more about the effort at https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ Date: March 19, 2014 OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction WASHINGTON – The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a national safety stand-down from June 2 to 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry. "Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "We're working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America's employers that safety pays and falls cost." During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA has also launched an official national safety stand-down website with information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterwards, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation. The stand-down is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign , which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program. The campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and...

 
03/28/2014 8:07 PM

CSB Shares FY 2015 Budget Justification

From CSB – The US Chemical Safety Board’s budget justification requests $12.25 million for fiscal year 2015. The requested funds will continue to allow the CSB to investigate high consequence chemical accidents, perform chemical safety studies, and advocate for effective safety recommendations. I thank the administration for its support of this request. Funding the Board at its full requested level will also enable the agency to hire additional investigators, help complete ongoing cases, and take on new investigations into other fatal accidents that continue to occur throughout the country every year. The 2015 budget justification highlights a number of important successes for the CSB over the past year including a detailed report and recommendations released in April 2013, on the August 6, 2012, fire and explosion at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California. Other accomplishments include the release of a final report on an explosion at a fireworks storage facility near Honolulu, Hawaii; a public meeting to release the CSB’s report on a combustible dust accident that killed two workers at the Carbide Industries facility located outside of of Louisville, Kentucky, and a public meeting to release the final report on a large explosion at the NDK America Inc. plant which launched debris 300 yards fatally injuring a member of the public. In 2013, the CSB deployed to a number of high consequence accidents including the fire and explosion at West Fertilizer in West, Texas, that fatally injured twelve emergency responders and at least two members of the public. And most recently the agency launched an investigation into the release of thousands of gallons of chemicals from a tank at Freedom Industries in Charleston, West Virginia, which impacted the water supply to hundreds of thousands of residents. The CSB plans to complete many of its open accident investigations and hold a number of public meetings in 2014. The board anticipates a highly productive year...

 
03/28/2014 8:07 PM

OSHA Releases Temp Worker Compliance Bulletin

OSHA has created a resource, Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 1: Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements , providing information on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are employed. Requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer are included. How to identify who is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log is also included. OSHA’s effort on temp workers can be found at https://www.osha.gov/temp_workers/

 
03/28/2014 8:06 PM

OSHA Issues 2014 Site-Specific Targeting Plan

From OSHA – Feb. 26, 2014 WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 * program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The SST program is one of OSHA's main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries. "By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. As part of the SST-14 program, OSHA is conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on 1,260 randomly selected establishments. Programmed inspections of nursing and personal care establishments will continue under OSHA's Nursing and Personal Care Facilities National Emphasis Program. In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs, which include programmed inspections, to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has 13 National Emphasis Programs that intensify inspections on hazards or industries such as lead, silica, shipbreaking, trenching/excavations and process safety management, and approximately 140 Regional and Local Emphasis Programs .

 
03/28/2014 8:05 PM

OSHA 2014 Site Specific Targeting (SST) Plan and Strategic Partnerships

OSHA has issued a directive, effective March 3, 2014, implementing its 2014 Site-Specific Targeting inspection plan. Below is a memorandum from the Law Offices of Adele Abrams, Esq. providing some further explanation of that directive, which can be found at https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-14-01.pdf From the Law Offices of Adele Abrams, Esq. – Last month (February 26, 2014), OSHA issued directive 14-01 (CPL 02) announcing its 2014 Site Specific Targeting (SST) inspection plan. OSHA uses the SST for scheduling most of its “programmed” inspections in general industry. SST does not include construction, which has its own inspection targeting directive (CPL 02-00-155) and is based on information about “construction starts” available through a couple of different databases. OSHA uses information from injury and illness records collected under the OSHA Data Initiative (ODI) to identify individual establishments for inspections under the SST. As more employer-specific information is obtained electronically in the future – assuming the passage of OSHA’s current electronic reporting initiative -- the SST criteria will no doubt be affected. The directive for OSHA’s 2014 SST states that OSHA is using 2011 injury and illness data that was collected in the 2012 ODI. However, the “primary inspection list” under the 2014 SST consists of 1,260 establishments that were identified under the 2010 ODI, on which OSHA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy are conducting a study of “recidivism rates of establishments that have been inspected.” If an Area Office completes its Primary Inspection List, it may then inspect establishments on its secondary inspection list, which are based on the establishment’s DART and DAFWII rates. Manufacturing establishments must have a DART rate at or over 5.0 or a DAFWII rate at or above 4.0 to be on the secondary list. Non-manufacturing establishments must have a DART rate at or above 7.0 or a DAFWII rate at or...

 
03/28/2014 8:03 PM

OSHA Seeks Nominations for Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

From OSHA – March 13, 2014 WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that nominations are being accepted for members to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA's whistleblower protection activities. OSHA seeks to fill 12 committee positions that will become vacant Jan. 1, 2015. The agency is initiating staggered terms whereby six members will be appointed to one-year terms and six will be appointed to two-year terms. OSHA is seeking to fill one public, one State Occupational Safety and Health Plan, two management and two labor representatives to one-year terms. The agency also seeks to fill two management, two labor and two public representatives to two-year terms. Additionally, the committee will have three non-voting members selected by the secretary of labor who are government employees from other federal agencies that have jurisdiction over statutes with whistleblower provisions. Current committee members can be re-nominated. Nominations may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov , the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Nominations must be submitted by May 12, 2014. OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of Section 11(c) of the OSH Act, and 21 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, maritime, health care, workplace safety and health regulations, and consumer product safety laws.

 
03/28/2014 8:00 PM

Latest Compliance Assistance Resources from OSHA

From OSHA’s Directorate of Compliance and State Plans – Please see below for our monthly update on new OSHA compliance assistance resources, including Web resources and publications. See the New Compliance Assistance Products page for a continually updated listing of new resources. Temporary Workers Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 1: Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements (Mar. 2014) Hazard Communication Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals (OSHA Publication 3695) (Mar. 2014) Steps to an Effective Hazardous Communication Program for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals Fact Sheet (OSHA Publication FS-3696) (Mar. 2014) Health Care Safe Patient Handling: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes Brochure (OSHA Publication 3708) (Feb. 2014) Hospital Safety Fact Sheets (Feb. 2014) How Safe is Your Hospital for Workers? Learn More and Take Action (OSHA Publication 3688) Worker Safety in Your Hospital. Know the Facts (OSHA Publication 3689) How Safe is Your Hospital for Workers? A Self-Assessment (OSHA Publication 3690) Communications Towers Communication Towers Web Page (Feb. 2014) Fatal Facts: Fall from a Telecommunications Tower (OSHA Publication FF-3710) (Jan. 2014) § DOL Blog: No More Falling Workers (Communications Towers) (Mar. 2014) Whistleblower Protection Filing Whistleblower Complaints under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Fact Sheet English (OSHA Publication FS 3714) (Feb. 2014) Spanish (OSHA Publication FS 3715) (Feb. 2014) Filing Whistleblower Complaints under the Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet – Spanish (OSHA Publication FS 3712) (Feb. 2014) § DOL Blog: OSHA Protects Your Right to Speak Up at Work (Mar. 2014) Emergency Preparedness Response Tornado Preparedness and Response Web Page – English and Spanish (Feb. 2014) Mold Hazards During Disaster Recovery Fact Sheet (OSHA Publication FS-3713) (Feb. 2014) Work-Related Asthma Do You Have Work-Related Asthma?...

 
03/28/2014 7:56 PM

NIOSH Total Worker Health Program Calls for Abstracts for October Symposium

NIOSH’s Total Worker Health Program announced that abstracts are being accepted for the International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health ( conference information ) that will take place October 6-8, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD. NIOSH is soliciting proposals for posters, pre- and post-symposium workshops, plenary sessions and two types of concurrent sessions – scientific paper or practice/intervention sessions and symposia sessions. The deadline for abstract submission is March 24, 2014.

 
03/28/2014 7:55 PM

PHMSA Adoption of Certain Special Permits and Competent Authorities into HazMat Regs

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding special permits and certain competent authority approvals with established safety records. According to PHMSA, special permits allow a company or individual to package or ship a hazardous material in a manner that varies from the regulations if an equivalent level of safety is maintained. An approval is a written consent required under an international standard (i.e., International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air) or specifically provided for in the HMR, and is issued by the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety. PHMSA states that the revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and approvals and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. This regulation is effective April 17, 2014. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-18/html/2014-05630.htm

 
03/28/2014 7:54 PM

OSHA Alliance-Sponsored Webinar on OSHA Emergency Response Standards

From OSHA Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances – Subject: Invitation to attend an OSHA Webinar “A Review of OSHA Standards for Emergency Action Planning and Response” - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Through the OSHA and American Supply Association (ASA) Alliance, ASA has extended an invitation to Alliance Program participants to attend a free Webinar from 2:00-3:00 pm EST on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Webinar, co-sponsored by OSHA and ASA, will address OSHA’s Emergency Action Plans (29 CFR 1910.38) and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (29 CFR 1910.120) standards, and the difference in applicability between the two; incidental releases versus emergency response operations; required plans and procedures; training of covered workers; and available compliance assistance and outreach products. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. Do you have questions regarding what to do in the event of an emergency such as a fire, bomb threat, or explosion? Join Sven J. Rundman III, Supervisory Industrial Hygienist, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of Health Enforcement (OHE), USDOL-OSHA, for the free webinar, which will review OSHA standards and guidance related to emergency action planning and emergency response for all types of businesses. Alliance Program participants interested in attending this Webinar should register as soon as possible by clicking here . If you need additional information regarding the webinar please contact Bill Willson ( willson.bill@dol.gov ) .

 
03/28/2014 7:50 PM

MSHA Issues Guidance on Post-Accident Wireless Communication

From MSHA – Who needs this information? This PPL is a general statement of policy that provides mine operators guidance in implementing: (1) post-accident wireless two-way communication between underground and surface personnel and (2) electronic tracking systems, both of which are required by the MINER Act. The two-way communication systems currently include infrastructure underground to provide untethered communications with miners. What is the purpose of this bulletin? The following guidance is provided to assist mine operators in developing post-accident two-way communication between underground and surface personnel and electronic tracking for their Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). http://www.msha.gov/regs/complian/ppls/2014/PPL14-V-01.pdf

 
03/28/2014 7:45 PM

GAO Stuff on Whistleblower Program, Climate Change and Fed Rulemaking

Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts. GAO-14-74, January 31. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-74 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660559.pdf Federal Rulemaking: Regulatory Review Processes Could Be Enhanced, by Michelle Sager, director, strategic issues, before the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-14-423T, March 11. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-423T Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661539.pdf Whistleblower Protection Program: Opportunities Exist for OSHA and DOT to Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms. GAO-14-286, March 19. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-286 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661769.pdf

 
03/28/2014 7:42 PM

JOIN THE EFFORT: ASSE, AIHA and NSC Back OSHA and NIOSH FY 2015 Funding

In letters to US Senate and House of Representatives appropriations subcommittees with funding oversight for OSHA and NIOSH, ASSE joined with AIHA and NSC to back adequate funding for the agencies, including a rejection of the Administration’s repeated proposal to cut funding for NIOSH Education and Research Centers and the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector Research Program. You and the members of your chapter can join in the effort. April 1 and 2 Deadlines In both the Senate and House, “Dear Colleague” letters are being circulated to get Senators and Representatives to sign on to indicate their support for FY15 NIOSH funding, including the Education and Research Centers and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program. The National Safety Council has set up a CapWiz alert that you can use to contact members of Congress to encourage them to sign onto these letters. The deadline to sign both letters is April 1 st . Also, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Robert Scott (D-VA) are circulating Dear Colleagues in the Senate and House supporting the President’s requested level of $565.01 million for OSHA. The deadline to sign these letters is April 2 nd . The National Safety Council also has a CapWiz alert you can use to encourage support for the OSHA letters.

 
03/28/2014 6:42 PM

ASSE Testifies at OSHA Silica Public Meeting

At the March 21, 2014 session of OSHA’s informal public meeting for its proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica, Adele Abrams, Esq., represented ASSE with testimony that summarizing ASSE’s full comment for the record of the rulemaking. ASSE and AIHA testified together on the same panel, as a report on the day’s hearing describes. The hearings are scheduled to end on April 4, as OSHA’s schedule of appearances indicates. (Photo: AIHA Vice President Daniel Anna and A​

 
03/20/2014 3:21 PM

Carretillas elevadoras: Prevención de riesgos de colisión

El martes 10 y miércoles 11 de febrero de 2014 en Málaga (España) el Comité Internacional de Seguridad / International Safety Panel (ISP) de la International Cargo Handling Coordination Association International Ltd. (ICHCA) celebró su 71 reunión periódica, a la que asistí como observador en mi calidad de miembro individual de ICHCA.

 
03/12/2014 7:50 PM

ASSE Urges OSHA to Withdraw Electronic Reporting Proposed Rule

In comments submitted for the record, ASSE urged OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until it develops clearer objectives and a stronger rationale for requiring establishments with 250 or more employees to submit quarterly electronically their injury and illness records and summary data annually; establishments with 20 or more employees to submit electronically the annual summary form; and certain employers to submit electronically other information on notification from OSHA. ASSE stated that it did not believe OSHA has explained adequately how collecting the information will actually improve workplace safety or how OSHA will manage the information collected. ASSE also said that publishing the information collected will make more difficult the efforts of safety professionals to focus companies on preventing hazards instead of reporting of injuries. On January 9, ASSE Government Affairs Committee Chair James Thornton said similar comments at OSHA's public meeting on the proposed rule.

 
03/11/2014 3:15 PM

ASSE-ME Chapter to Host 2014 Professional Development Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 11, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety society, announces its Middle East Chapter will host the 2014 Professional Development Conference and Exhibition (PDC&E) from March 16-20, 2014 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 
03/03/2014 4:14 PM

ASSE Responds to the Death of Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Dear

DES PLAINES, IL (March 3, 2014) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Kathy Seabrook responds to the passing of Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

 
03/03/2014 4:13 PM

The Challenge of Responding to a Hazardous Material Emergency and Treating Its Victims

DES PLAINES, Ill. (March 3, 2014) – The moves onsite safety professionals make to decontaminate a manufacturing chemical spill involving employee exposure and the information they provide emergency responders will determine how fast that employee receives medical attention.

 
02/26/2014 5:02 PM

ASSE Government Affairs Update - 2.26.14

ASSE Government Affairs Update - 2.26.14

 
02/26/2014 5:00 PM

Tales from DC: February 4 House Hearing on Changing OSHA Policies Outside Rulemaking Process

From the Offices of Adele Abrams, Esq. – Date: February 4, 2014 Re: House Committee on Education and the Workforce – Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing: “OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda: Changing Long-Standing Policies Outside the Public Rulemaking Process” Participants: Chairman Rep. Tim Walberg, Rep. Jim Courtney, Rep. John Kline, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Richard Hudson Witnesses: Mr. Brad Hammock, Mr. Scott VanderWal, Ms. Randy Rabinowitz, Ms. Maury Baskin Chairman Walberg opened the meeting with a prepared statement. He addressed concerns over the President’s threats during the State of the Union to act and use Executive Orders if Congress does not advance his agenda. Chairman Walberg was disturbed by the threat to Congress’ Constitutional powers and potential violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, which outlines the formal rulemaking process federal agencies, such as OSHA, are required to follow. He urged the administration to reverse course, and furthered enumerated his concerns by expanding on OSHA’s use of Guidance Letters instead of pursing formal rulemaking. Rep. Courtney, the senior democratic member, also opened with a prepared statement detailing what he believes to serious problem with a lack of resources and power afforded to OSHA. Which in turn, he believes is hampering OSHA’s ability to protect the workforce. His statement continued to include comments on Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) being out of date, the length of time to create a final rule or standard, and several workplace accidents (the explosions at West, TX and Middletown, CT) in efforts to confirm his opinion. Rep Courtney also believes the consensus between management and workers is for new OSHA standards and enforcement. Mr. Brad Hammock, a shareholder at the law firm of Jackson Lewis, testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the private sector, Hammock worked in the Department of Labor Solicitor’s Office with...

 
02/26/2014 4:55 PM

Fix Rulemaking Process and Begin with PELs, ASSE Tells House Subcommittee

In a letter to Subcommitee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg for the record of its February 4 hearing on OSHA policies and the rulemaking process, ASSE urged the adoption of specific measures to improve the rulemaking process. “ASSE has never been an organization that believes a new standard is the answer to a workplace risk,” President Kathy Seabrook wrote. “From that measured perspective, ASSE has no difficulty in telling the Subcommittee that the time has long passed when Congress needed to give OSHA better tools to advance more reasonably its rules.” Measures ASSE identified from its Draft Occupational Safety and Health Reform Bill included moving towards risk-based regulatory approaches, encouraging better use of collaborative rulemaking, and enabling OSHA to update its standards with voluntary consensus standards. ASSE also said that, if no other measure can be advanced, Congress should build on bipartisan agreement that OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) need to be updated.

 
02/26/2014 4:51 PM

Maryland Bills to Require Contractor Safety Prequalification Backed by ASSE

ASSE, on behalf of its members in Maryland, supported bills in the Senate and House of Delegates to require the Maryland Department of Labor to develop and adopt a safety questionnaire a