How You Can Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries with Next Generation Solutions

Musculoskeletal injuries among workers can have devastating impacts on both productivity and lives. Not only are they chronic, lifetime injuries that increase the chances of workers injuring themselves in the future, but the costs for loss in productivity and time can range from $18,000-$60,000 per injury.

There are many factors that contribute to the likelihood of musculoskeletal injury. Over-exertion and falls are by far the most significant factors, but these are exacerbated by such individual physical factors as asymmetry (in which one side of the body is stronger than another), poor motor control, high BMI (body mass index), posture and aging.

It doesn’t have to be this way. While many organizations track injuries and perform safety audits, new perspectives on safety and technology can help you to move from a reactive to a proactive safety approach so that we can anticipate and prevent injuries before they happen and increase worker … Read more...

EHS This Week: OSHA calls fowl on large Poultry Farm, Ebola Research & Employee Safety and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA fines large poultry farm over $100,000 for alleged violations
  • NIOSH creates new resource for: Health Hazard Evaluation Program
  • Proposed Ebola virus research and employee safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program Booklet: Click here
  • Eloba virus research workshop: Details here
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OSHA offers teleconferences to small business on proposed changes to 300 Log

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is looking for your feedback on plans to alter the 300 Log, a form containing details on workplace injuries and illnesses that must be completed by most U.S. businesses on a regular basis.

OSHA wants to restore a column to the log that would require employers to enter details on work-related muscoskeletal disorders (MSD).

Some opponents of the proposal to restore the column have complained that it is actually an attempt to revive an ergonomics standard that was repealed a decade ago. Before then, OSHA’s injury and illness log contained one column that lumped MSDs together with hearing. OSHA had planned on separating the two into separate columns, but the MSD column was removed altogether by 2003. Opponents also claim the new column might place an unnecessary burden on small businesses.

OSHA head Dr. David Michaels has insisted most small businesses won’t need … Read more...