Category Archives: Coastal / DuPont

10 Incredible Facts About Breasts (Bonus: How to Administer a Breast Exam)

Oct 04, 2016
Photo Credit: Cienpies Design/ 123RF So we’re straying a little bit from our usual topics involving workplace safety because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those of you never touched by the dark, rampant reign of cancer of any kind, you’re lucky. When it comes to breast cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. [3] Additionally, 1 in 8

9 Ways to Save Your Body From Lasting Effects of Hard Labor

Sep 23, 2016
Good ‘ol fashion manual labor can certainly be tough on the body of the working man (and woman!). In fact, the National Bureau of Economic Research States that “The rate at which health deteriorates with age is faster in manual occupations than in non-manual occupations. For many people, work wears out their health” [3]. Now, this doesn’t apply to every person, and there

Cultural Competency: We’re Depending On You

Sep 13, 2016
Seriously, We’re Depending On You In a harmless social setting among family and friends, we virtually can’t talk about race, culture or gender disparities in America without there being some sort of disagreement regarding our perceptions about how said disparities unfold in front of our very eyes. Everyone seems to have something to say about religion, age, sexual orientation and cou

Safety Tolls to Match the Time: OSHA Penalties Rise to Accommodate Inflation

Jul 08, 2016
The year is 1990. Pretty Woman was one of the top grossing movies, and we were on the brink of one of the most technological advancements of all time. Grunge was starting to be the fashion, and the wild, loud, erratic styles of the ’80’s were on their way out (gone, but never forgotten). It was also the last time OSHA made any changes or upgrades to the ways in which they penalize comp

Dirty, Filthy Blood

Jul 01, 2016
“VICE: Tell us about yourself. Do you consume human blood? Galatea: I am a modern vampire. I was awakened at a very early age. It is part of who I am. It’s very beautiful, very spiritual. I do consume real human blood. Oh yes, I have read all the medical hoo-ha about no human having any medical or psychological need for blood. I personally, do not care what modern medicine or the psych

Your First Reaction in the Event of a School or Workplace Shooting

May 24, 2016
It’s sad. It’s tragic. It has an impact profound enough to rattle an entire nation; launching citizens, students and employees into a state of fear and panic. While science and research hasn’t quite allowed us to pinpoint the mental and psychological reasons behind why school or workplace shootings take place, we have been able to pinpoint what steps should immediately be taken i

Laptop battery explosion sets home on fire

Feb 22, 2017
HMN-A laptop battery explosion sets a home on fire.  Wickedlocal.com reports a resident had just gotten up to leave the room when the battery exploded. BROCKTON – Minutes sooner or inches closer and Rodney Johnson would have been scorched, just like his living room is now. The Brockton resident was relaxing on the couch in his Carl Avenue home at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with his lap

ANSI Welcomes 9 New Members

Feb 22, 2017
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced nine new members are joining the organization this month: Artegraft, Inc., CCAD LLC, The Continuity Project LLC, Level 5 Safety, McCormick & Company, Optimizely, Powder Actuated Tool Manufacturers Institute, Valtrek Group LLC, and Velazquez Hydraulic Services, Inc. “Active participation in ANSI and its programs can serve as both

FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug

Feb 22, 2017
According to a news release, the FDA has approved Siliq to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. It is administered as an injection. The drug will be used by patients for whom other methods, such as systemic therapy and phototherapy, have failed. “Moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, and today’s approval pro

Supporting a Culture of Caring Can Reduce Injuries and Costs, Improve Performance

Feb 22, 2017
We recently worked with a company that was having problems getting its employees to use their personal protection equipment (PPE). We convinced management to change its message – which had been focused on penalties and reprimanding employees who ignored PPE – to one stressing that using PPE was in the workers’ best interest, for their own protection. The company even purchased nonslip shoes

ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 (2016): Bringing the Latest Practices to Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods

Feb 22, 2017
Without question, the methods of protecting workers against the sudden startup of machinery have greatly evolved over the years. OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.147 regulation became law in 1989 and was heavily based on ANSI’s original Z244.1 Lockout Standard first published in 1982. Industry has come a long way since then in terms of technology and new methods, but there certainly is a long way to go.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief

Feb 22, 2017
EHSToday.com/Getty Images On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma. As that state’s attorney general, Pruitt sued EPA 13 times in an attempt to overturn several rules, including: those impacting the amount of pollution emitted

Groups Urge Congress Not to Pull Back Worker Safety Regulations

Feb 20, 2017
Washington – A letter signed by 125 organizations urges lawmakers to oppose using the Congressional Review Act to pull back regulations focused on worker safety and other issues. The CRA allows members of Congress to nix multiple regulations in a short amount of time. Congress used the tool during the first few weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration to undo federal contractor disclos

Traveling Employee Faints, Is Injured While Driving: Can She Get Workers’ Comps?

Feb 20, 2017
Employees usually don’t receive workers’ comp benefits for injuries suffered while traveling. But what if the nature of the job itself requires travel from one place to another? Lillie Miller worked as a licensed practical nurse for Horizons Health Services in Ohio. Her job required travel to her clients’ homes. On Dec. 17, 2014, Miller was scheduled to travel to a client’s home in Clevel

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years

Feb 20, 2017
Open any newspaper, log on to your local news web site or tune into the evening news and it’s obvious we have a problem:In Ohio, a retired firefighter was driving his Dodge Caravan when a Ford Fusion, driven by a 21-year-old man, crossed left of center and struck the van head on. Both men died in the crash, and state police believe drug use and texting by the driver of the Ford Fusion was the

Time Management Infographic

Feb 20, 2017