OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App

From the CDC website…

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The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first aid information for heat-related illnesses

Find out more and download the app here.


Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Software

There are a lot of apps and pieces of software out there but when it’s NIOSH who puts it out it’s time to pay attention.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has just released the NIOSH Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator designed to help simulate potential hazards for companies using aerial lifts, including scissor lifts.

To sweeten the pot, NIOSH is giving it away for free.

“The Simulator, available at no cost, provides a realistic workplace with multiple, dangerous hazard types that users must navigate. Experienced aerial lift operators can refresh their knowledge, and new operators can familiarize themselves with hazards they may encounter on the job”

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Download the software in zipped format, install it on your tablet or PC and start improving aerial lift safety at your company while having fun.



NIOSH addresses aging workforce

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From the NIOSH website…

Today, one in every five American workers is over 65, and in 2020, one in four American workers will be over 55, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although there is no consensus on the age at which workers are considered “older workers,” the aging workforce phenomenon is real. These demographic shifts have made the issue of healthier workers, especially those of advanced age, much more pressing. Aging is a relevant process experienced by all workers throughout their life. Vital to any workplace is the safety, health and well-being of workers, from their first day on the job to their last.

To address this issue, NIOSH has put together a resource on it’s website designed to help employers deal with their aging workers.

Check out their information, data, resources and tools. If you don’t need it now, you will soon.


NIOSH Ladder Safety smart phone App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)just announced the availability of a new smart phone app designed to help protect workers on ladders.

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According to the NIOSH website “This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at”.

The Android app download site states: “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is dedicated to ensure the safety of extension-ladder users by developing and disseminating an easy-to-use interactive ladder safety application for smart phones. The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual and sound signals to assist the user in positioning an extension ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs. The ladder safety app is also 508 compliant.”

The NIOSH website claims that the app is also available for the iPhone but as of the writing of this post, the link they provide takes you to a contraceptive app. Ooops!



NIOSH Funding to be cut under Obama Proposed Budget

President Obama is certainly no stranger to criticism and opposition and he’s about to get more of both with his proposed 2016 budget plan, not just from republicans but from democrats as well. Estate plans, retirement, tax on the wealthy means the President is going to face a tough uphill battle in getting the budget approved.

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NIOSH (The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) is one of the agencies that has been put on the chopping block. The proposed budget seeks a 15% reduction in funding for the agencies which employs around 135 full-time employees. NIOSH (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/) “is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness.” NIOSH claims that cuts in funding will set back advances in safety and ultimately raise healthcare costs.

To add insult to injury, OSHA, under the same budget, stands to get a $592,071,000 raise.


Leading Edge not Only Danger in Fall Protection

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When we think about working at heights and devise a fall protection program we most commonly think about the leading edge. Unfortunately, that isn’t the only fall protection issue to worry about.

Skylights and roof openings are fall protection hazards that are often overlooked. Here area a few pointers from NIOSH on skylights and roof openings:

  1. Be aware of all skylights and roof openings in your work area.
  2. Do not sire or step on skylights – they may not support your weight.
  3. Read any safety decals affixed to the skylights.
  4. Use fall protection for any work that might result in falls.
  5. Make sure that all skylights and roof openings are appropriately guarded before work begins.
  6. Use nets, catch platforms, or fixed covers if guardrails, screens, protective grillwork, and safety belts are not practical.

For more information on skylights and roof openings fall issues, check out the NIOSH “Preventing Worker Deaths and Injuries from Falls Through Skylights and Roof Openings


9/5 = N95 Day

Tomorrow, 9/5 has been designated by NIOSH (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) as N95 day.

The purpose of N95 day is to raise awareness concerning respiratory protection and to increase “workers’ knowledge of on-the-job respiratory safety and protection”.

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NIOSH estimates that some 20 million people who need to be protected from airborne particles, aren’t.

From the CDC website:

N95 awareness day activities include: a live webinar with NIOSH professionals discussing respirator preparedness in the healthcare setting, an online blog, Pinterest-ready infographics, tweets throughout the day (#N95Day), as well as a twitter chat with NIOSH N95 respirator experts. The twitter chat (#N95Chat) will touch upon various industries as the panel of experts discusses best practices for using this type of respiratory protection while taking questions from participants.

You can read more about N95 day on the CDC website.


New “Workplace Solutions” addresses vehicles backing up

“According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics review of the 962 fatal workplace injuries at road construction sites from 2003to 2010, 443 were due to a worker being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment [BLS 2013]. Workers were fatally struck143 times by a vehicle or mobile equipment that was backing up. In 84 of these cases, the worker was fatally struck by a dump truck that was backing up.”
A new “Workplace Solutions” published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) seeks to help address the issue.
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The 4-page, downloadable pdf document lists the standards, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), recommendations and best practices to help you make sure your job site or place of business doesn’t end up with one of your employees on next years’ list.