June 2017 Archives

Changing workforce demographics contribute to job injuries

An inability to afford retirement has prompted many older Minnesota workers to stay on the job. Longer lifespans have added to the trend as well for people who desire to remain employed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified these two factors as major contributors to the aging of the nation's workforce. It estimates that people age 65 and older will be the fastest growing segment of employees through 2024. The proportion of workers in the 25-to-54 age group will increase at a much slower rate.

Hazard alert regarding vapor ignition

The ignition of vapors emitted from vehicles or motorized equipment can result in worker fatalities. In order to prevent these fatalities, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have worked together to create a hazard alert that not only addresses the risks associated with ignited vapors but also suggests preventative measure and engineering controls.

OSHA and NIOSH release heat index app for outdoor workers

Summer temperatures in Minnesota can sometimes reach into the triple digits, and emergency room doctors in the state are often called upon to treat cases of heat exhaustion. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has collaborated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a smartphone application that could help employers to better protect their workers from debilitating conditions including potentially deadly heat strokes.

Skin disorders a major hazard for workers

Minnesota workers may be interested to learn that skin disorders are considered to be the second most common type of work-related illnesses. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 13 million people are potentially exposed to occupational skin disorders caused by chemical exposure.

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