OSHA Final Rule: Submit Safety Data Online

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that will require businesses to submit electronically injury and illness data that they already record. In addition, some of the data will be made available to the public.

OSHA believes the rule will encourage employers to take safety more seriously, improve data accuracy, and help protect workers who act as whistleblowers from retaliation. It is also designed to improve enforcement and compliance assistance efforts.

The rule takes effect on January 1, 2017, but compliance schedule varies according to organizational size.

For more information, visit the dedicated page for the rule.

PPE Standards on your Fingertips: NIOSH Launches PPE Database

Last month, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other partner agencies launched the PPE-Info Database, which helps employers, users of PPE and others determine which PPE standards must be met by their equipment.

The database compiles Federal regulations and consensus standards for respiratory and non-respiratory PPE. Such standards come from the U.S. government and consensus standards organizations.

The PPE database is particularly useful for standards developers, certification organizations, manufacturers, purchasers, end users, safety and health professional [sic] and researchers.

The database will continue to expand so that it includes international and conformity assessment standards.

Visit the PPE-Info Database.

Study: More Exercise, Less Risk of 13 Types of Cancer

Here’s another reason to exercise.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have demonstrated an association between greater levels of leisure-time physical activity and a lower risk of 13 types of cancer.

In the study, leisure-time physical activity is defined as exercise done at one’s own discretion and it includes walking, running, swimming, and other moderate to vigorous-intensity activities.

Similar studies and findings had been done through the years, but most of their findings were inconclusive because of a lack of data, according to an NCI press release.

In contrast, the NCI study examined data on 1.44 million people aged between 19 and 98, included various cancers, and followed the participants for an average of 11 years. During this time, around 187,000 new cancer cases developed.

The impact of exercise on lowering cancer risk varies depending on the type of cancer, according to the study, which involved self-reported surveys.

Read the press release for more information.

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Environmental Factors Influence Snacking at Work

The proximity of snacks to free beverages increases the amount of snacking in workplaces, according to a study.

Dr. Ernest Baskin, an assistant professor of food marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues studied an office environment, and found that an extra few feet between snacks and beverages yielded a significant change in snacking frequency.

The study is part of broader, ongoing research on behavioral economics that illustrates how the environment influences decision-making.

Based on the implications of the study’s findings, Dr. Baskin identified potential measures including placing healthier snacks closer to beverages and less healthy snacks in harder to reach areas in order to help reduce snacking and potential weight gain.

To learn more about the study, read the press release.

Young Workers Take Spotlight in National Safety Month

In its blog, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) stresses the importance of protecting young workers, defined as age 24 and younger, in the United States. In 2014 this population numbered 18.1 million, many of them working in retail.

According to NIOSH, 25 percent of young workers in that industry were injured in 2014. The high injury rates are attributed to common workplace risks such as slippery floors and use of knives, and energized equipment. Physical and pscyhosocial factors also contribute to injuries.

To help address these conditions, NIOSH launched a web page dedicated to promoting safety for young workers. The page offers various safety tips and information on hazard recognition awareness.

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