Cambridge, MA — Injured workers who are older, employed by organizations with smaller payrolls and in counties with fewer uninsured people are more likely to receive opioid prescriptions, according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute.
Phoenix — Workers are far less likely to take time off for mental health reasons than for physical ailments because “negative stereotypes and barriers still exist that keep people from taking time off for mental health,” according to the results of a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by the University of Phoenix.
West Sussex, England — Nearly 3 out of 4 plumbers in the United Kingdom say they experience knee problems, yet only 41 percent report discussing the issue with a health care professional, according to the results of a recent survey.
Silver Spring, MD — A total of 145 construction workers were killed in elevator-related incidents from 2011 through 2016 – more than twice the combined total for all other industries, according to a recent report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, also known as CPWR.
Kirtland Air Force Base, NM — The Air Force has released a mobile version of its Airman Safety App, which allows service members and their families to immediately report hazardous conditions or events to safety staff at their installation.
Washington — OSHA is reminding employers to take precautions to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide exposure during the operation of portable generators and other equipment in enclosed spaces.
Tumwater, WA — The Washington state Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention Program has released a Hazard Brief warning logging industry employers and workers of the dangers of cellphone-related distractions.
Toronto — Handling receipts may boost cashiers’ exposure to bisphenol A and bisphenol S – two chemicals with possible links to cancer and other adverse health effects – results of a recent study from Canadian advocacy group Environmental Defense shows.
Washington — The National Employment Law Project and two other labor advocacy groups have filed a complaint against the Department of Labor, claiming DOL violated the Information Quality Act in its move to roll back child labor laws to allow unsupervised teens to operate powered patient lifts in health care settings.