Articles by Sarah Trotto

Job hazard analysis

Job Hazard Analysis/Job Safety Analysis

Procedure goes by various names but reaps many benefits, proponents say
Some call it a Job Safety Analysis. Others call it a Job Hazard Analysis, a Task Hazard Analysis or something else. Regardless of how you label it, the process of breaking down a task into steps, identifying the hazards, and determining how to mitigate those hazards remains crucial to preventing incidents and injuries.
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new workers

New workers, higher risk

Experts say orientation, training are crucial to keeping new workers safe
Research shows that workers who have been on the job for less than one month are more than 3 times as likely to have a lost-time work injury. Experts say orientation and training are crucial to keeping new workers safe.
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Silica rule

OSHA publishes final rule on silica

Agency updates standard for first time since 1971
OSHA announced on March 24 the release of a final rule intended to protect workers from respirable crystalline silica. The agency claims the rule will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 cases of the lung disease silicosis per year, but critics argue the rule is unnecessary and compliance will be costly.
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Workers with cancer

Six ways employers can help employees get back on the job
Workers who are dealing with or recovering from cancer often face challenges – such as fatigue – that can affect job performance and safety. But experts say employers can offer accommodations to help these workers stay on the job.
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Combustible dust: Small particles, big hazard

Combustible dust: Small particles, big hazard

OSHA is in the early stages of the rulemaking process, so where can employers find guidance right now?
The Chemical Safety Board has been urging OSHA to promulgate a general industry standard for combustible dust since 2006. But where can facilities look for guidance right now?
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Keeping hotel housekeepers safe

Keeping hotel housekeepers safe

Awareness and education can help prevent injuries
As hotels compete to offer more luxurious settings for their guests, “housekeepers often are having to work even harder and more quickly,” one expert says. While one state considers a safety and health standard for hotel housekeeping workers, advocates are calling for stronger protections and better ergonomics training.
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