September Workplace Safety News & Notes

Industrial / Construction, Medical / First Aid, Safety News

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

CDC: Construction Workers at Highest Risk of Death from Drug Overdose

A new CDC study of fatal overdose data from 21 states found that construction workers are more likely than workers in any other occupation in the U.S. to die of a drug overdose, and they also had the third-highest rate of prescription opioid overdoses. Another recent study in Massachusetts found construction and mine workers there died of overdoses at a rate six times higher than the general working population. The CDC study showed that miners, food industry workers, health-care practitioners and support staff, and personal care workers also had elevated overdose death rates. Review the study.


OSHA Offers Updated Info on Protecting Workers from Legionnaire’s Disease

OSHA recently updated its Legionellosis Safety and Health Topics page to provide the latest information on preventing, identifying and controlling Legionella bacteria hazards in workplaces. Updates include Chapter 7 of the OSHA Technical Manual and the Legionella eTool. Employers, healthcare providers and health and safety professionals can use the new resource to protect workers and collaborate during worksite investigations. Approximately 6,000 cases are reported each year in the United States. Visit the page.

Easier Navigation on Redesigned OSHA Regulations Webpage

OSHA has redesigned its Law and Regulations webpage that features information on standards and rulemaking. Now users can search standards by keyword or number, find a list of key resources and see the latest updates on active rulemaking. The page also features information buttons to explain regulatory language that may be unfamiliar to some users. Visit the new page.

Did You Meet the August 30 Prop 65 Deadline?

Effective August 30, new rules took effect for California Prop 65 warning labels and signs – and you don’t have to be in California to be impacted. The new rules apply to goods sold in California, regardless of where they’re manufactured. We’ve assembled a variety of resources to help you learn how to comply with the new rule, including an informational video. Watch the video and access Prop 65 resources here.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S

  • Sept. 25 – Managing Respiratory Protection Programs
  • Sept 26 – Newly Released AGA Fire Study – Takeaways for Fire Hazards in YOUR Industry
  • Sept 27 – NFPA 70E: Are You Compliant or Safe?
  • Oct 4 – The Opioid Epidemic and its Impact On the Workplace
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