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Oil and gas industry safety
OIL AND GAS WORKERS

Safety during a downturn

The oil and gas industry is struggling. How do employers promote worker safety in a lean job market?
A recent downturn in the oil and gas industry has created challenges for safety professionals. How can they keep workers safe amid more stress and fewer resources?
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Diabetes and worker safety
WORKER HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Diabetes and worker safety

Managing the condition is crucial
About 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say that an individual who has diabetes can work safely if he or she can effectively control the condition and perform the job’s essential duties.
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FECA
WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Federal Employees’ Compensation Act reform

Lawmakers seek to amend the federal workers’ compensation system. Can they strike a fair balance?
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act has had no significant changes for 40 years. Now, policymakers and politicians are debating how to balance appropriate use of taxpayer funds with ensuring injured workers receive appropriate benefits.
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hr safety
COLLABORATION IS KEY

HR and the safety department

Collaboration between the departments is vital to a strong safety culture, experts say
Human resources and safety professionals have similar objectives: ensure effective work processes while complying with the law. Although the departments don’t necessarily need to work together to achieve their goals, experts say that failure to do so may come at a cost.
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PPE MANUFACTURERS

Trends in personal protective equipment

PPE manufacturers weigh in
What are some of the recent trends in worker protection? Safety+Health, with the help of the International Safety Equipment Association, invited PPE manufacturers to weigh in on this question.
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lab safety
SAFETY CULTURE

Improving academic lab safety

Guidance focuses on safety education, incident reporting
In the wake of severe injuries – including a death – involving laboratory researchers at U.S. universities, the Chemical Safety Board and the American Chemical Society are exploring the issues of education and training, near-miss reporting, and safety culture in university labs.
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arc flash
ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Avoiding arc flash

Electrical events can severely injure – or kill – workers
NIOSH estimates that five to 10 arc flash incidents occur every day – each with the potential to cause serious injury or death. The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 70E standard provides guidance on arc flash safety, and its newest edition aims for further clarity while focusing on risk assessment.
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PREPARATION IS KEY

Preparing for an OSHA inspection

Do you know what to do if OSHA pays a surprise visit?
Just as safety pros need to be prepared to identify and abate even the rarest of safety hazards, employers always should be ready for the possibility of a surprise visit from OSHA. Do you know what to do?
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