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National Forum Explores New and Emerging Health & Safety Challenges
HAMILTON, ON -- The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety will host Forum 2019: The Changing World of Work, March 5-6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [FULL STORY] 

Companies Can Gain Competitive Advantage by Certifying Processes
PARK RIDGE, IL -- The new ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute LLC, an independent entity of the American Society of Safety Professionals, is working with companies to certify their safety and health processes to voluntary consensus standards geared to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. [FULL STORY] 

Comment Period Extended for Study of Firefighter Turnout Gear
FALLS CHURCH, VA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended to Nov. 21 the comment period for a proposed NIOSH research project that would attempt to link the performance of firefighter turnout gear to its conditions of use. [FULL STORY] 

Staples Sees Co-Workers Often Blamed for Flu at Work
FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Every year, workplaces throughout the U.S. become incubators for the flu virus, with employees and employers likely fueling the flames, according to a new survey from Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. [FULL STORY] 

Small Construction Contractors See Increase in Fatalities
PARK RIDGE, IL -- In its most recent quarterly data report, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has found a troubling disparity in construction industry fatalities. The report states that from 2008 to 2016, small construction contractors saw a 57 percent increase in fatal injuries while construction contractors with 20 or more employees experienced a 30 percent decrease in their fatality injuries.  [FULL STORY] 

Creative Safety Supply Announces Winter Scholarship Deadline
BEAVERTON, OR -- Creative Safety Supply announced the 2019 Winter Scholarship competition. The scholarship funds will be sent to the student’s school so they can be used for educational expenses during the 2019 spring semester. [FULL STORY] 

Cal/OSHA Issues Safety Advisory for Regions with Wildfire Smoke
OAKLAND, CA -- Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions must be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke. [FULL STORY] 

Minnesota workplace injury rate reaches all-time low level
ST. PAUL, MN -- Minnesota’s estimated workplace injury and illness rate for 2017 is at its lowest rate since the measurement started in 1973. According to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the state had an estimated 3.3 OSHA-recordable nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers in 2017. [FULL STORY] 

Cintas Recognized as an Aon Best Employer in Canada for the 11th Time
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO -- Cintas Corporation is one of the country’s top employers, according to the 2019 Aon Best Employers in Canada Study, released on November 8. This is the 11th year that Cintas has been named a leader in workplace excellence. [FULL STORY] 

Protecting Students from Hazards While Visiting the Workplace
HAMILTON, ON -- November 14, 2018, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reminds all organizations involved in the national Take Our Kids to Work day to take extra care to protect the visiting students from any hazards that may be present in the workplace. [FULL STORY] 

Insider News...
Emissions & Exposure PPE Use for 3D Printing, Manufacturing

The Health Hazard Evaluation Program received a management request from a facility that manufactures products using 3-dimensional printing. The owner was concerned about employee exposures to emissions from the 3-dimensional printers. The organization visited the manufacturing facility in April 2017 and released a report called, “Evaluation of 3-D Printer Emissions and Personal Exposures at a Manufacturing Workplace.” They evaluated 3-dimensional printer emissions and measured personal exposures to printer workers. Also, they evaluated different ways to reduce emissions from the 3-dimensional printers.

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