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August 1, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 15

CSB Renews Call for Combustible Dust Standard

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) stressed the need for an OSHA general industry combustible standard after the CSB issued its final report on a dust explosion that killed three workers and injured another. The incident took place in December 2010 at a metal recycling facility in West Virginia.

In its report, the CSB noted that most solid organic materials, as well as many metals, will explode if the particles are strong enough, and they are dispersed in a sufficient concentration within a confined area, near an ignition source.

The report also warns that even seemingly small amounts of accumulated dust can lead to catastrophic damage.

Included in the report is a safety video that illustrates how the incident occurred. View the safety video.

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Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in First Half of 2014

Sixty-seven law enforcement officers have died on the job in the first six months of 2014, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). This represents a 31 percent increase from the same time period in 2013.

In a new report, the NLEOMF said that of the 67 deaths, 26 were traffic-related, 25 were from gunfires, and 16 were caused by job-related illnesses and other causes.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Traffic-related incidents were the primary cause of death and increased by 37 percent.
  • The number of firearms-related deaths increased 56 percent.
  • Job-related illnesses rose 62 percent.
  • California had the highest number of deaths followed by Florida and then New York.

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Building without Safety: Residential Construction Lack Safety Programs

A study published in the journal, Industrial Health, revealed some gaps in safety training in residential construction in Wisconsin.

The survey focused on Wisconsin based residential construction contractors, and revealed that about 33 percent of respondents did not have any form of safety program.

The survey also uncovered that:

  • Slips, trips, and falls, as well as cuts and lacerations, were the most typical injuries.
  • About 30 percent of respondents said their firms communicated with workers weekly; 19 percent did so daily; and 14 percent did so monthly.
  • Safety training on equipment was the most common, while cranes received the least attention.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

For more information, download a draft of the paper.

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CDC Launches Action Plan Against Infertility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility. Part of the focus of the plan is to look at reducing exposures to environmental, occupational, infectious, and iatrogenic agents that can threaten fertility.

The two other main focus areas of the plan are 1) promoting healthy behaviors that can help maintain and preserve fertility and 2) promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions that threaten fertility.

The Action Plan overlaps with workplace safety since environmental and occupational exposures can contribute to infertility. The CDC recommends addressing such risk factors, including radiation, repetitive motion or posture, and injury.

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