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2009 News Archive

  • 12/13/2009 - Ergonomics
    Micro to Macro Success StoriesThe OSHA ergonomics standard was rescinded several years ago, yet many companies continue to establish and/or expand ergonomics programs in their workplaces. Why is that? The reason is that effective ergonomics programs save companies money!Ergonomic risk factors in the workplace continue to plague many employers. In Pennsylvania in 2004, sprains and strains represented 43.1 percent of the claims by nature of injury. The number one cause of accidents or ...
  • 12/8/2009 - Accident and Illness Prevention Programs
    A Formula for SuccessThe Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires insurers, individuals who are self-insured, and group self-insurance funds to develop and maintain accident and illness prevention programs (AIPP) in order to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Failure to do so may mean the removal of the right to provide such coverage.Why are these programs required? Prior to implementing this requirement and other workers’ compensation reforms in the mid-1990s, ...
  • 10/13/2009 - Special Education Ergonomics
    Caring for the CaregiversThe School Districts Insurance Consortium (SDIC); 1Source Safety and Health, Inc.; and Coastal Training Technologies, Inc., recently worked together to develop a DVD entitled Special Education Ergonomics: Saving Your Back. Providing education to students with physical and/or mental disabilities can be a very demanding job. This DVD was developed to help identify ways to prevent the caregivers providing these services from developing work-related musculoskeletal ...
  • 8/12/2009 - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Concerns
    A Concern in a Variety of Occupational SettingsHave you ever been working at your desk trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you have in your hand and wrist? Then, a sharp, piercing pain suddenly shoots through your wrist and up your arm. This may not be just a passing cramp. More likely, you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 31,000 workers developed this ...
  • 8/11/2009 - Managed Safety and Health Outsourcing
    Occupational and environmental health and safety professionals are responsible for the recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors and stresses within the workplace that may cause injury, sickness, disability or death; impaired health or well-being; or significant discomfort and inefficiency among workers. As such, it is essential that the individuals tasked with these responsibilities have the support of upper management and the necessary resources and become ...
  • 7/24/2009 - What Smells?
    Whenever an unfamiliar odor is perceived within a building, it conjures up a level of concern that the air quality is poor and the air is unhealthy. Odors do not equal unhealthy air. This is rarely the case. Unfortunately, if just one employee believes it, you now have a problem. Legitimate or not, it has to be addressed. If you have ever had an odor issue within your facility, you will know how difficult it is to identify a source and a cause. This is especially true when the odors are ...
  • 7/21/2009 - Reduce Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cost
    For most companies, the cost of workers’ compensation insurance is a major expense. However, there is a way to reduce that expense. Forming a safety committee can provide real savings for your company. A well-designed and administered safety committee can help to reduce the burden of running a safety program and increase the return on the investment.The benefits to forming an effective safety committee include:Increased employee involvement Increased productivity Increased morale ...
  • 7/15/2009 - A Process of Continuous Improvement
    It has been said that if something can be measured, it can be improved. This principle not only applies to increased quality and performance of products used in our daily lives, but it equally applies to everyday business practices. Yes, including safety and health programs. Fact is, most safety and health programs do not reach their full potential for one of many reasons, one of which is failure to implement a successful continuous improvement process. The basic framework for ...
  • 7/6/2009 - OSHA’s VPP Benefits Employers and Workers
    If you want to excel professionally, lead your industry in the health and safety field, and have a strong positive impact on your company’s bottom line, you should consider being part of the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPPs promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Acceptance into the VPP is ...
  • 7/6/2009 - OSHA Chromium VI Update
    Chromium (VI)OSHA recently passed a new comprehensive standard for employee exposure to hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium (VI), 29 CFR 1926.1026. Industries that use chromium-plated products, chromium-based paints or stainless steel must not only reduce employee exposure but must also address other requirements under the standard.Some operations that may expose workers to chromium (VI) include chromium electroplating, steelmaking, spraying chromium-based paint or lead-chrome ...
  • 6/30/2009 - Sewage Contamination Evaluation
    Sewage contamination can arise from pipe leaks or breaks, drain or toilet backups, and even flood waters. Sewage is often referred to as “black water,” which is grossly unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents such as bacteria and viruses, body fluids, feces, and possibly blood and other contaminants. As such, it is critical that no one comes in contact with sewage contamination unless he or she is fully trained and protected. Do not allow personnel to walk through the ...
  • 6/25/2009 - Mold - What you need to know
    What You Need to KnowWhat causes mold growth and what kinds of problems can result from mold growth in a building?Mold growth in buildings is caused by moisture: liquid flow (a leak), high humidity/condensation, and/or capillary action (moisture through a block wall). Excess moisture can deteriorate structural components, adversely affect HVAC systems, and cause mold (fungal) and bacterial growth. The mold and bacterial growth in structures and within HVAC systems is not hygienic and can ...
  • 6/21/2009 - NFPA 70E
    It’s Now Effective. Is Your ProgramOn August 13, 2007, the revisions for the OSHA Electrical Installation Standard, Subpart S, 29CFR 1910.302-308, which were issued on February 14, 2007, became effective. This standard was last updated in 1981. What are the major changes and how might they affect you?While there was no change to these OSHA standards from 1981 to 2007, there were substantial changes in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. The NFPA is the ...
  • 6/17/2009 - OSHA Outreach Training Programs
    10-Hour and 30-Hour Construction and General Industry TrainingThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Outreach Training Program is a voluntary train-the-trainer training program through which OSHA authorizes trainers to teach construction and general industry occupational safety and health standards and policies. OSHA has promoted workplace safety and health by authorizing trainers since 1971. In the last three years, over 1.1 million workers have received training ...
  • 6/17/2009 - Vapor Intrusion
    What is vapor intrusion? Why is it now a concern? Is occupant health affected? Are there risk-assessment criteria? According to the EPA, “Vapor intrusion is the migration of volatile chemicals from the subsurface into overlying buildings. Volatile chemicals in buried wastes and/or contaminated groundwater can emit vapors that may migrate through subsurface soils and into indoor air spaces of overlying buildings in ways similar to that of radon gas seeping into homes.” As ...
  • 6/16/2009 - Proactive Building Moisture and Mold Evaluations
    Buildings with moisture problems pose health risks for the occupants. Moisture not only degrades building materials but also can cause microbiological growth, including a wide variety of bacteria and molds. Mold growth is not necessarily the problem, it is the symptom – moisture is the problem. Moisture affects buildings and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in the form of liquid (pipe and water tank leaks, sewage backups, floods) but also in the form of high ...
  • 5/13/2009 - Summary of Odor Issues
    If you ever had an odor issue within your facility, you will know the difficultly in identification of a source(s) and cause(s). The following summary and recommendations have proven to be successful in the identification and mitigation of odor sources. Chemical compounds from chemical products or microbiological activity typically cause odors. Odors can be perceived with olfactory senses even when the contaminant concentration cannot be ...

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