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Safety and Health - MERS: Outbreak, Epidemic, or Pandemic?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, May, 22, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

The Middle East Respiratory Virus - or MERS - has arrived in the US and is dominating the headlines.  What is it?  Who is most at risk?  What can we do to protect ourselves?

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Topics: health & safety

Pine tar, Chew, and Other Baseball Safety and Health Hazards

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, May, 08, 2014 @ 16:05 PM

Baseball is a quintessential American sport.  The sport goes back to 1869, when the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed.  Millions of kids play baseball, and attendance at Major League Baseball games tops 74 million people each year.  This popular summer sport evokes feelings of Americana, nostalgia and happy times.    

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Topics: health & safety

Safety and Health - OSHA's Top 10 List

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, May, 01, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

Each year OSHA publishes its list of the 10 most frequently cited standards.  The most current list follows.  Do these standards apply to your company?  If they do, are you meeting OSHA requirements?  Are you effectively managing these programs in order to foster a safe and healthful workplace?

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Topics: health & safety, workplace safety, OSHA, GHS, Hazard Communication, Certified Industrial Hygienist, safety and health programs

Safety and Health - PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Apr, 18, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

Each day countless workers put on gear in order to protect themselves from workplace hazards.  This gear is called personal protective equipment, or PPE.  Unfortunately, some of these workers aren't being protected enough - or in some cases - at all.  It turns out that certain fundamentals must be met in order for you to have a successful PPE program that both complies with OSHA requirements and protects your workers.

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Topics: health & safety, OSHA, Certified Industrial Hygienist, safety and health programs, Personal protective equipment, PPE

Industrial Hygiene - Silica Exposure, OSHA Regulations and Health

Posted by Robert Cashins on Fri, Jan, 24, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

A report recently published in CA Cancer Journal Titled “Silica: A Lung Carcinogen” highlights the latest toxicity information relative to silica and lung cancer. In thinking about silica, its toxicity, and OSHA’s disgraceful regulatory history also brings to mind the many other contaminants that workers are being exposed to that either do not have exposure limits or have inadequate limits.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene, OSHA, Certified Industrial Hygienist

Safety and Health - Getting to Know OSHA Region 1

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jan, 08, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

OSHA Region 1 is comprised of the 6 New England states:  CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT.  It is headquartered in the JFK Federal Building in Boston, MA.  Region 1 is further organized into 9 area offices and 6 consultation offices.  It's important to note that the area and consultation offices have very different purposes.  While the area offices focus on enforcement, the consultation offices offer free services to any company who needs assistance in improving its employee safety and health programs and/or performance metrics.  The consultation services are confidential - information about your company is kept private and not shared with OSHA enforcement personnel. 

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Topics: health & safety, workplace safety, OSHA, Region 1

OSHA Facts and Figures

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Mon, Dec, 02, 2013 @ 13:12 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration - better known as OSHA - was established 42 years ago.  Its core mandate is to ensure the safety and health of US workers.  Since its inception, OSHA has made significant, positive impacts on worker health and safety.  For example, workplace fatalities have dropped from an average of 40 per day in the 1960's to an average of about 12 per day.  Occupational injury and illness rates have been reduced by about 40% over the same time frame.

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Topics: health & safety, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA

Ergonomics: Is Your Company at Risk?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Oct, 31, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

What is ergonomics?  Does it apply to me and my business?  Do I have to do anything about ergonomics?  While the term "ergonomics" is somewhat strange and unusual sounding, the concept is simple.  Ergonomics can be thought of as the study of the human body at work.  More specifically, ergonomics evaluates the ways that people interact in their work environments and identifies those aspects of the job or workplace that put workers at risk for a musculoskeletal injury.  Ergonomics also identifies ways to modify jobs and the workplace in order to reduce the risk of these types of injuries.

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Topics: health & safety, ergonomics, musculoskeletal injuries

Hazardous Waste Management

Posted by Mike Cashins on Fri, Sep, 13, 2013 @ 16:09 PM

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Topics: health & safety

Safety and Health - Can PCBs Cause Diabetes?

Posted by Mike Cashins on Tue, Feb, 12, 2013 @ 08:02 AM

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) belong to a group of commercially-made organic compounds also known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. From 1929 to their ban in 1979, these compounds were used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial processes because of they were anti-corrosive, chemically stable, and had a high boiling point. It was also mixed with products as a plasticizer in order to make things more durable, flexible, and weather-resistant.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene

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