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May 22, 2012

News and Notes - May 2012

OSHA renews focus on laser hazards. Laser Warning sign
The Laser Institute of America has renewed its alliance with OSHA to reduce and prevent worker exposure to laser beam and non-beam hazards in industrial, research and medical workplaces. The Alliance will also share information on laser regulations and standards, effects lasers have on the eyes and skin, laser control measures and laser safety program administration. During the two-year agreement, the Alliance will develop fact sheets with questions for facilities that use lasers and will conduct Laser Safety Seminars for OSHA field staff. OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages on Laser Hazards, Laser/Electrosurgery Plume, and Radiation provide information on how to recognize and reduce laser hazards, OSHA standards related to lasers and training on laser safety. offers a variety of Laser Safety signs and labels.

NIOSH produces "Move It! Rig Move Safety for Roughnecks" video.
This 23-minute training and education video covers rig move safety for roughnecks in the oil and gas fields. It helps to make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location.
Watch online or order a DVD here.
Cost of workplace injuries and illness reaches $250 billion.
New research puts the annual price tag for occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S. at well over $200 billion, higher than generally assumed. The study of 2007 data estimated there were:
  • 8,564,600 fatal and non-fatal work-related injuries, which cost $192 billion
  • 516,100 fatal and non-fatal work-related illnesses, which cost $58 billion
The study also estimated 59,102 combined U.S. deaths from occupational injuries and diseases - higher than all deaths from motor vehicle crashes, breast cancer or prostate cancer the same year. Read more here.

NIOSH posts fatal injury cost fact sheets.
NIOSH Fatal Occupational Injury Cost Web-based fact sheets are now available for these industry sectors:

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