New HAZCOM Standard In Effect

The updated Hazard Communication standard took effect on June 1st, 2015. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and gives chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

Labels should include a:

  • Signal word
  • Pictogram
  • Hazard statement, and
  • Precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.

For more information, visit OSHA’s HAZCOM page.

Annual Rate of Deaths in Oil and Gas Industry Declined

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the annual occupational fatality rate in the US oil and gas extraction industry declined 36.3 percent between 2003 and 2013. During this time period the workforce doubled and the number of rigs increased.

Other highlights of the MMWR include:

  • Sixty-six percent of the fatalities involved transportation and contact with objects/equipment
  • Drilling companies had the highest fatality rate
  • Most deaths occurred to workers between 25 and 34 years old
  • Majority of the fatalities involved non-Hispanic whites.

Drafts of the document will be presented and discussed during a NACOSH meeting on June 17th.

Other causes of fatalities were fires or explosions; exposure to harmful substances or environments; and slips, trips and falls.

The MMWR is based on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), along with other safety databases.

Read the complete MMWR.

Test Your Employees’ MSD Knowledge with this Pop Quiz

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses.

Are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and back pain affecting productivity in your workplace? Test your employees’ ergonomic and back safety knowledge by sharing the below quiz.

  1. Your back can be strained and aggravated by:
    1. a. Sitting or standing too long
    2. Lying in the wrong position
    3. Over-exertion
    4. Carrying too much weight around the middle
    5. All of the above
  2. Warning signs of back injuries include all of the following, except:
    1. Numbness
    2. Burning
    3. An increased range of motion
    4. Stiffness
    5. Tingling
  3. Lifting, pushing, pulling or any forceful or dynamic motion is a risk factor for developing a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD).
    1. True
    2. False
  4. All of the following describe proper workstation setup, except:
    1. When typing on a keyboard your wrists should flex upward.
    2. The top of your computer screen should be at or just below eye level so you don’t tilt your head.
    3. Keep your feet flat on the floor or use a footrest.
    4. Place your mouse beside your keyboard.
  5. If your job requires standing for long periods of time, you can ease the strain on your lower back by staggering your feet or placing one foot on a footrest.
    1. True
    2. False

Get the answers.

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Our programs will help familiarize your employees with proper body positioning, correct lifting procedure, signs and symptoms of injury and risk factors associated with strains, sprains and back injury.

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OSHA Offers Restroom Guide for Transgender Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages businesses to provide transgender employees access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

A transgender individual is defined as someone whose internal gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a transgender man may have been assigned female at birth and raised as a girl, but identify as a man.

US law mandates that employees be provided with toilet facilities with “no unreasonable restrictions” thereto. For transgender employees, this means that they can use the men’s restrooms if they consider themselves men and vice versa.

Furthermore, OSHA suggests that transgender employees can use single-occupancy gender-neutral (unisex) facilities and multi-occupant, gender-neutral restroom facilities with lockable single occupant stalls. It also stresses the importance of knowing other federal, state and local laws on restroom access and anti-discrimination initiatives.

For more information, download "Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers."

CDC: New Melanomas Doubled Over the Last 30 Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011, from 11.2 per 100,000 in 1982 to 22.7 per 100,000 in 2011. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and melanoma is the deadliest type.

There were over 65,000 cases diagnosed in the US in 2011. Over 90 percent of melanoma cases result from skin cell damage due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure.

The CDC recommends that community skin cancer prevention programs can help prevent about 230,000 cases of melanoma and save $2.7 billion in treatment costs. Communities can:

  • Increase shade on playgrounds, at public schools, and other public places
  • Promote sun protection in recreational areas
  • Encourage employers, childcare centers, schools, and colleges to provide sun safety and skin protection education
  • Restrict the availability and use of indoor tanning mirrors.

The data was gathered using CDC statistics and information from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER).

For more information, read the CDC press release.

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