Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of November 2017:
Fall Protection: Are You Fully Prepared? (OH&S)
Companies have a constant need to improve the safety of employees and the environment they work in. Supervisors and company leaders understand how quickly accidents can happen in the workplace and how devastating their effects can be.
OSHA’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2017 (Safety+Health)
A new entry emerged in the Top 10 list of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2017, joining the ranks of a rarely altered field. Assessing the addition of Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) at No. 9, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, treated the matter with the same urgency reserved for the list’s usual suspect.
U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017 (United States DEPARTMENT OF LABOR)
To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017.
New Eye Tracking Research Tackles Safety and Performance in Manufacturing (EHS Today)
The results of a new eye-tracking study, designed to understand how visual concentration impacts worker safety and performance in a high-risk, dangerous job, revealed unique insights for reducing the risk of accidents, creating new efficiencies in the foundry’s operations and improving how new hires are trained.
Marine Corps facility gets Star Status in safety (ISHN)
OSHA Regional Director Richard Mendelson presented MCAF Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Daniel Murphy with a plaque and flag signifying the facility’s Star Status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs.
President Trump nominates Scott Mugno to head OSHA (Safety+Health)
If confirmed, Mugno would take over from Loren Sweatt, who has served as acting assistant secretary of labor since July 24. Sweatt is the agency’s deputy assistant secretary of labor and President Trump’s first OSHA appointee.
One fall can be traumatizing- and costly (ISHN)
Fall prevention and protection is a primary focus of construction industry safety programs for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry.
How Are EHS Managers Spending Their Budgets? (EHS Today)
A global survey of 382 environment, health and safety directors has uncovered that EHS budgets will increase by an average of 5.4 percent in 2018. The survey was conducted by independent research firm Verdantix in 31 countries and 25 industries worldwide.