10 Banned Foods That We Need to Stop Eating

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

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Machine Safety Handbook

Looking to put together a policy for machine safety at your facility? Start with this booklet from Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA). This 10 page handbook walks you through the whole process with graphics and checklists and it’s completely free.

Download the booklet by clicking on the image below.


Truck Driving – One of the Deadliest Jobs

Trucks, we share the highways and roadways with them every day as we commute back and forth to work; we get aggravated at them when we’re stuck behind and can’t pass them; they’re indispensable in getting product, food, livestock and pretty much everything we need across the country. The men and women that drive them also have one of the deadliest jobs in America.


Right now the death rate for truck drivers accounts for around 12% of all work related deaths in America.

The reasons why this job is so deadly are many and are not necessarily what you might think.

1. Long hours means that drivers are often sleep deprived. There are laws that say that truck drivers can only drive for 14 hours straight and must then take at least 10 hours off before they start driving again. There are also laws regulating how much they are allowed to work a week. Unfortunately in a job where the driver is paid by the load, not by the hour, these laws are more often than not circumvented and ignored. Additionally, truck drivers are finding it harder and harder to find safe and convenient places to pull over and sleep for the night.

2. Healthy eating and exercise is hard to come by on the road. Truck drivers sit almost all day and most often stop only to eat at truck stops and fast food restaurants simply because that’s what’s available along their routes. This means that among truck drivers 86% are classified as overweight or obese. Many truck drivers are forced to get other jobs when their diet and lack of exercise leads to becoming insulin dependent diabetics. Laws force insulin dependent diabetics to give up driving trucks.

3. Because they are on the road so much, truck drivers often do not take the time to get checkups and schedule doctor visits. Time off work is time they aren’t getting paid for and scheduling doctor visits often means turning down routes that they need in order to pay the bills. Truck drivers tend to “push through” and ignore health symptoms.

4. Isolation and lack of social interaction also leads to a higher than normal rate of depression among truck drivers. This, in turn, leads to additional health problems.

5. Stress of driving all day adds to the problem. Any truck driver will tell you that cars cutting in front of them without giving them enough space to stop is a continuous issue for them. The larger the truck, the more weight they are carrying, the longer it takes for them to stop. Traffic jams, road construction, detours and other roadway problem can often put truck drivers behind schedule adding to the stress of driving for so many hours.

Next time you’re tempted to get irritated because a semi in front of you isn’t accelerating fast enough or because you can’t get around it fast enough, stop and think about how hard it is to do what that truck driver has it. After all, as one truck driver put it “If you don’t like all these trucks on the road, stop buying stuff!”.

May is National Electrical Safety Month

If you’re reading this post you’re probably using it, namely electricity. It’s the pulse of our homes and our workplaces and powers our lives. It can also be deadly.

According to the NFPA, some 24,000 fires originated from faulty wiring between 2007 and 2011. 455 people die in those fires and 1,500 people were injured.

Here’s a list of things that you can do to make sure your home is safe:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are a kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. Use a qualified electrician.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI-protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they’re not running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Extension cords are intended for temporary use; have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.

(Source: http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2015/nfpa-reinforces-importance-of-electrical-fire-safety-during-national-electrical-safety-month)

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Confined Space Work

News Release from the U. S. Department of Labor:

Confined spaces rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year
from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards

Construction protections now match those in manufacturing and general industry

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule* to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces.

Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also difficult to exit in an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.

Last year, two workers were asphyxiated while repairing leaks in a manhole, the second when he went down to save the first – which is not uncommon in cases of asphyxiation in confined spaces.

“In the construction industry, entering confined spaces is often necessary, but fatalities like these don’t have to happen,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This new rule will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces. In fact, we estimate that it will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.”

The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers have had for more than two decades, with some differences tailored to the construction industry. These include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards – a safety option made possible by technological advances after the manufacturing and general industry standards were created.

“This rule will save lives of construction workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.”

Compliance assistance material and additional information is available on OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Web page.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov

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Media Contacts:

Laura McGinnis, mcginnis.laura.k@dol.gov, 202-693-4653
Lauren North, north.lauren.a@dol.gov, 202-693-4655

Release Number: 15-819-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA’s Office of Communications at 202-693-1999 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

Global Worker Watch Releases the List of the Most Deadly Companies

Global Worker Watch (http://www.globalworkerwatch.org) just release the list of the most deadly companies around the world. They made the list by having several fatalities over the course of the year or by having a single event that resulted in more than 50 victims.

Georgia Pacific, Chevron, Fed Ex, Bradken, Nucor, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Duke Energy, Nordstrom and Walmart made the list of companies from the USA and 3 of the top four most dangerous company were mining companies (Soma Kömür İşletmeleri in Turkey, Fuxin Coal Corporation in China and Harmony Gold in South Africa).

Check out the complete list and see how these companies got put on this list at http://www.globalworkerwatch.org/worst-companies.html

New “It’s The Law” Poster from OSHA

OSHA unveiled the newest “It’s The Law” poster this past week. This poster must be posted in places of business where employees can see it. It lists the rights of the workers and the responsibilities of the employer with regards to safety.

PosterYou can download a 12.75″ x 17.75″ copy directly from the OSHA website or you can call 1-800-321-6742 and request a copy.

The poster is also available in Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. To download one of the foreign language posters visit the OSHA website at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html

Interactive Map of Nepal’s Devastation

We’ve talked many times on this blog about earthquake safety and what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones in case an earthquake strikes. Nepal’s death toll continues to climb.

If you want to see what can happen when a massive earthquake hits, check out this interactive map of Nepal before and after the earthquake. You can slide the bar to the right to see what it was like before the earthquake hit and to the left to see what it looks like now. You can also zoom in and zoom out. Click on the colored dots for more information about the buildings and what happened.