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December 21, 2016

December 2016 Workplace Safety News & Notes

Here's a collection of safety news from around the web:

BLS: Fatal Work Injuries Increased Slightly in 2015
A total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S. during 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 reported in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Key findings include:
  • The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015, at 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43.
  • Hispanic or Latino workers incurred 903 fatal injuries in 2015—the most since 937 fatalities in 2007.
  • Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, down from 684 in 2014.
  • Roadway incident fatalities were up 9 percent from 2014 totals, accounting for over one-fourth of fatal occupational injuries in 2015.
  • Read more.
DOL Announces Final Rule to Help Diversify Workforce and Apprentice Programs
The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that updates equal opportunity requirements, hoping to broaden career opportunities in apprenticeships for under-represented groups. The rule extends protections against discrimination to include age, disability, genetic information and sexual orientation. It also simplifies the process of ensuring compliance. Read more.

Mobile App Helps Identify Air Quality Issues

Workplace air quality can be impacted by a number of factors, and the interrelationships between these factors can be quite complex. AirAssess is a new mobile app from the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) designed to uncover health and safety issues related to indoor air quality in the workplace. The comprehensive survey app consists of three scientifically recognized questionnaires on air quality, job strain and asthma symptoms. Learn more.

Is Web-Based Safety Training Right for You?
There’s no question that digital media provides a new delivery channel for training – one that offers significant advantages – but it also comes with limitations that must be considered. In a recent article, the safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis discuss those advantages and limitations, and explain how web-based training can address the needs of many organizations. Read the article.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S
  • Jan. 18 - Changes to OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule in 2017
  • Jan. 26 - Standards Updates Affecting Flame, Arc, and High-Visibility Clothing for 2017
  • On Demand - Prepare for Cold Weather! Top Five Ways to Protect Workers’ Hands from Winter Elements
  • On Demand - OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard 1926.1201-1213 and how it compares with ANSI Z117.1 revised 2016
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