The Year's Biggest News Items Regarding Worker Health

The Year's Biggest News Items Regarding Worker Health

The top 10 safety stories of 2010
From massive tragedies caused by safety lapses to a renewed, enforcement-driven OSHA, 2010 was a major year for the safety industry.  Here are the top 10 safety stories of last year, in no particular order, compiled by the editors of Safety Compliance Alert.

1. Multiple-fatality incidents spur call for OSHA/MSHA reform.  From BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine explosion, much of 2010 was marked by tragedy. Those disasters prompted lawmakers to push for reform with the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act. The bill ultimately failed in the last weeks of the lame-duck Congress.

2. New Crane & Derricks Rule.  The new standard replaces the 40-year­old rule and affects nearly 5 million workers.

3. Per-instance violations.  OSHA continued to hit companies with larger fines by issuing citations based on the total number of hazards present or workers exposed.

4. National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping.  Firms were hit with massive fines for failing to properly document injuries and near-misses.

5. Noise standard update.  OSHA announced changes that may force companies to make big adjustments to hearing conservation programs.

6. State plan audits.  Federal OSHA took a close look at enforcement efforts of the 25 state-run plans.

7. Injury & Illness Prevention Programs.  This proposal would change how many companies handle safety -from complying with OSHA regs to identifying hazards on their own.

8. Commercial texting ban.  Drivers are no longer allowed to text behind the wheel.

9. Greater whistleblower protection.  Now it's easier for workers to log complaints against their employers, and they have more legal options if companies retaliate.

10. Ergonomics column on OSHA 300 logs.  It's still not finalized, but companies may soon have to report ergo injuries to OSHA.

Reprinted with permission from:

Safety Compliance Alert  1/20/11


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Gisele wrote:
Goupon posted an exmterely discounted Brazilian Blowout Zero at a salon in my area. I became interested in it when I realized that this product does not contain formaldehyde, as the original formula does, that I have heard so much controversy about. I did some further research to find out if this is a product I would feel comfortable using and I came across this blog. I have read some of the readers comments about a vegan formula that does not contain formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals (quoted from their website), called RealLisse, produced by a company called Zerran. Unfortunately I cannot find much information/research/safety information about this product, only what appears to be a PR release on several different websites. Does anyone have any information as to this product's safety? I would like to use a hair smoothing product, but I don't want to risk my health!

Tue, January 1, 2013 @ 10:38 PM

2. Parkur wrote:
Sorry for my last comment. I slhuod have read on about the negligble amount of lye present in the new formula. Allow me to restate:BB was great the first time. My hair was manageable for more than 12 weeks. Unfortunately, I could not complete a second treatment. My scalp had a bad burning sensation as the product was applied. Unlike the first time, the burning did not subside. I asked that the product be rinsed out and just got my hair cut instead. The burning stopped when the product was rinsed out and my hair conditioned. I was sorry that I could not complete the treatment because I wanted to retain the same results as the first treatment. I'll be going back to using a true Japanese process that is safer amd does not have the same side effects and potential health risks.

Tue, January 1, 2013 @ 10:38 PM

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