Employers and employees in Minnesota and throughout the country don't necessarily agree on what workplace safety means. Companies that have younger workers may need to try even harder to communicate workplace safety plans and goals. Of those under the age of 45 who took part in a Rave Mobile Safety survey, 53 percent were either not aware that their employer had a safety plan or said that there was no plan.
Minnesota paramedics have a very stressful and tiring job. In order to address this issue, the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have established a set of guidelines to help emergency medical services workers cope with on-the-job fatigue.
Workers in Minnesota who use electronic gas detectors often use devices with pumps. When to use a pump is a common question, and the decision whether to utilize one of these devices can have serious impacts on the safety of workers on the job. The use of a pump on a gas monitor can add a significant level of safety to gas detection tasks. These devices allow workers to collect air from an atmosphere with unclear properties and bring it to a gas monitor location, allowing individuals to view the results of the monitor in a location where the air is known to be safe.
Workers in Minnesota, especially those in the construction, transportation, and food industries, should know that in 2016, the number of workplace fatalities rose by 7 percent around the country to a level not seen since 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report, which states that there were a total of 5,190 fatal injuries in the U.S. that year.
Poultry workers in Minnesota and across the country face a unique set of hazards in the course of carrying out their work. However, some poultry workers feel afraid to tell federal inspectors about workplace hazards or workplace injuries they sustain. They're fearful that if they talk, they may lose their employment.
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.
An increasing number of Minnesotans are earning income by working in the gig economy. While this term is used loosely to describe piecework that workers might do on the side by signing into apps, the work is widely varied across industries.
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.
Employers in Minnesota and throughout the country may have employees of all ages. This may require tailoring a working environment that caters to a variety of experience levels and backgrounds. Although older people may not use technology as frequently as younger generations, they tend to be able to master it quickly. For example, a Pew Research Center survey in 2013 found that 55 percent of Americans own smartphones while only 18 percent of those aged 65 or older had them.
Construction workers in Minnesota who routinely cut into concrete block products risk exposure to silica dust. This summer, new regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came into effect. They require employers to make written plans to prevent workers from breathing the hazardous dust. Someone needs to be specifically assigned the task of putting the safety plan into practice. Employers should also offer medical exams to workers whose duties include wearing a respirator more than 30 days in a year. Medical checks could alert a worker to dust exposure before serious sickness develops.