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OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI)
was introduced in 2013 to improve safety for temporary
workers and clarify the responsibilities for
the primary and host employers regarding workplace
safety. Considered by OSHA as joint employers, the
staffing agency (primary employer) and controlling
employer (host employer) each share responsibility to
achieve the fundamental principles of a safe work environment
for each temporary worker.
As early as the 1940s, the temporary workforce concept began emerging to fulfill industry needs.
The demand for temporary workers has since evolved, but the inequalities experienced by some of
these workers remain the same. In many cases, temporary workers are treated at a subpar level as compared to permanent workers. Temporary workers often receive lower pay,
little job security and limited to no benefits
Ultimately, the loaded gun comparison is used widely in healthcare regarding needles and sharps because without vigilance and diligence to safety procedures, both can kill the user or those around them. Guns may do so more quickly and violently, but needles and
sharps can just as certainly kill. They must be handled with the same diligence as that of guns. This danger can be mitigated with the use of safe devices, training and
awareness of human factors, and human errors.
The Communicator, A Technical Publication of ASSE's Training & Communications Practice Specialty. This issue includes three articles by Howard Spencer: 1) Caution vs. Careful; 2) Are You a Zipper Pull and 3) OSH Professionals & Open-Source Safety.
Working in the marine terminals and longshoring industry that caters to ships engaged in international
trade allows one to gain a perspective of the impact on safety data sheets (SDS) brought about by the implementation (via national regulations across the globe) of the United Nation’s (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The technology for drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is developing. The use of these aircraft to capture aerial photos and data is becoming readily available. As a result, commercial drone operators are becoming more prevalent and available for hire. Here are some best practices to adopt when hiring a commercial drone operator.
The blue light region in the visible light spectrum has captured the interest of scientists due to its role
in nonvisual biological mechanisms such as regulation of the circadian cycle. This part of blue light can
have a positive effect on health, and it ranges from 465 to 495 nanometers (nm) (Blue-Turquoise light) (Hattar, Liao, Takao, et al., 2002). However, in the range of 415 to 455 nm (Blue-Violet light), it has been established that light induces a high level of mortality in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells (Arnault, Barrau, Nanteau, et al., 2013). Blue light (also known as high energy visible light) ranges from 380 to 500 nm. It is emitted by both natural (sun) and artificial light sources (e.g., LED lighting).
Thousands of workers suffer every year from hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. The good news is that this is preventable. OSHA says exposure to an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) sound level of 85 decibels (dBA) or more can cause hearing damage. Most work-related hearing loss can be eliminated by reducing employee exposure to below this level.
For practitioners who have some responsibility to manage or address ergonomics
concerns within their organizations, the question is what knowledge and skills do
they need to be successful in their roles? A voluntary survey was administered online and consisted of 14 questions to learn about the ergonomics training,
skills and needs in the OSH practitioner’s working area. More than 300 ergonomics practitioners were surveyed to iearn:
•Where have you obtained training in ergonomics and does the
training meet the marketplace expectations of your role?
•What resources benefit you in the management and
implementation of workplace ergonomics programs?
•What are the driving metrics behind your organization’s
The U.S. is suffering high
incidence of catastrophic
incidents and worker fatalities
despite lower incident
tactics and zero
goals are not protecting
against more serious
•Major risk is an organizational
problem, not a
•The safety practice must
move from symptoms thinking
to systems thinking to
effectively address major
risk and sustainable safety.
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