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Shift worker health and safety

Experts say collaboration and innovation key to stemming risks
Shift work is a way of life for nearly 15 million Americans, spurring numerous studies that link the practice to health problems and chronic conditions. “It’s really important to recognize these risks, and we need to understand them and we need to treat them,” a leading researcher says.
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The ROI of safety

What to consider when analyzing the economic benefits of safety
"When improving safety for the merit of just having a safer workplace is not enough, it's often a very powerful argument with leadership to help explain the cost of safety by showing the economic benefits of safety," one expert says. The challenge: lack of a universal formula.
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OSHA’s 'Top 10' most-cited violations

Which violation is making its first appearance on OSHA’s annual list of most-cited violations? Safety+Health presents the data on OSHA’s “Top 10” for fiscal year 2018. Also: An exclusive Q&A with Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the agency’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs.
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On the spectrum, on the job

Keeping workers with autism safe
What can safety pros do to help workers who are on the autism spectrum stay safe on the job? Safety+Health asked eight experts – some of whom are on the spectrum themselves – for advice.
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Trenching and excavation safety

Proper protective systems, competent person key to incident prevention
OSHA data shows 23 workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016 – surpassing the combined total from 2014 and 2015. “Employers need to realize that any excavation has the potential for exposure to serious injury and fatality,” one expert says.
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Electronic logging devices

Detractors persist as frequently challenged mandate takes effect
A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service is in effect, but critics remain vocal.
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The Hierarchy of Controls

Strategy for safety singles out hazards before work starts
The Hierarchy of Controls helps safety professionals identify and mitigate exposures to on-the-job hazards. “You can’t eliminate every hazard, but the closer you can get to the top, the closer you can reach that ideal and make people healthier and safer,” one expert says.
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