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Marijuana in the Workplace: What Employers Should Know
KANSAS CITY, MO -- Pot is now legal in some form in 28 states and Washington, DC. Legalization of marijuana is leaving many employers scratching their heads about drug testing and workplace safety. [FULL STORY]

OSHA Renews Alliance to Promote Safety for Okla’s Oil, Gas Workers
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- OSHA and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network (MCEPS) renewed their alliance committing to provide information and guidance, and access to training resources and materials. The alliance’s goal is to improve the safety and health of oil and gas industry workers in the region. [FULL STORY]

NSC Announces Winners of Green Cross for Safety Awards
ITASCA, IL -- The National Safety Council presented its prestigious Green Cross for Safety Awards to individuals and organizations that have helped save lives and prevent injuries. The Council presented the Excellence Award to PotashCorp, the Innovation Award to The Boeing Company and the Advocate Award to Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen of the Park Ridge (Ill.) Police Department. [FULL STORY]

Perdue Receives NC Department of Labor Safety Awards
SALISBURY, MD -- The combined commitment to workplace safety by Perdue and its associates netted NC Department of Labor Safety Awards for Perdue’s North Carolina operations, including all three plants in the state. [FULL STORY]

FallTech Trains Thousands During National Safety Stand-Down Week
COMPTON, CA -- With the fourth year of the OSHA Safety Stand-Down completed, FallTech mobilized their fleet of mobile training and demonstration trailers across the US to train workers on the importance of using the proper fall protection with the proper donning and adjustment of their fall protection equipment. [FULL STORY]

NSC Welcomes New Member to the Campbell Institute
ITASCA, IL -- The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council announce ERM as its newest member organization dedicated to world class environmental, health, and safety (EHS) practices. ERM has joined the Institute – the global center for EHS excellence. [FULL STORY]

ASSE to Bestow Fellow Designation on Two Longtime Members
PARK RIDGE, IL -- The American Society of Safety Engineers is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two of its longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession throughout their distinguished careers. [FULL STORY]

MSHA Awards $250K in 2017 Brookwood-Sago Training Grants
ARLINGTON, VA -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it has awarded $250,000 to five organizations to develop training programs and materials to better identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. [FULL STORY]

Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Prepare For Sizzling Temperatures
OAKLAND -- As Northern California braces for triple digit temperatures, Cal/OSHA urges all employers to revisit their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and their emergency response procedures to make sure they are thoroughly prepared for high heat. [FULL STORY]

OSHA Suspends Electronic Workplace Injuries Recordkeeping Rule
WASHINGTON -- OSHA has suspended the rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically. [FULL STORY]

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Basic Elements of Ergonomics Risk Management Processes

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among people and other elements of a system to optimize their well-being and overall system performance.

When integrated with safety and health programs, ergonomics can be viewed as a third leg of a three-pronged risk management approach to reduce musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) rates. Safety focuses on hazards that may result in traumatic injuries, industrial hygiene concentrates on hazards that may cause occupational disease, and ergonomics addresses risk factors that may result in MSDs and other conditions, such as vibration- related illnesses.

 

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