November 2017 Archives

OSHA enforces BBP standards in recycling industry

Minnesota residents who work in the recycling and waste collection field probably know how needlestick injuries are a common risk. Used hypodermic needles, lancets, and other sharps contain blood, which may be contaminated with bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis B and HIV. Standards for the determination and control of BBPs are something that OSHA has been working to enforce from facility to facility.

Why floor mats make for safer workplaces

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, private industry employers reported close to 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2016. Accidents that caused employees to miss at least six workdays cost employers in the U.S. nearly $62 billion. Slip and fall accidents are a particular danger for businesses in Minnesota and across the U.S., accounting for $2.35 billion in business costs alone.

Nurse safety: common hazards to be aware of

While the nursing profession comes with great rewards, such as saving a patient's life, it also comes with serious hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has begun to take strides in addressing the dangers that threaten hospital staff. For example, OSHA has been expanding enforcement practices to address threats from patient lifting, exposure to bloodborne pathogens, violence in the workplace, and even slip-and-fall accidents.

New workers may be at a higher risk of injury

Workers in Minnesota and around the country may have a higher risk of getting hurt during their first month on the job. According to the Institute for Work & Health, their risk for a lost-time injury is three times greater than for someone who has been on the job for more than a year. For some who are just starting a job, they may be performing tasks that they have little prior experience with.

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