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Serious Workplace Injuries Cost Billions, According to Safety Index
BOSTON -- Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance. [FULL STORY]

Dr. David Michaels Departs OSHA after Seven Years
WASHINGTON -- After more than seven years as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dr. David Michaels, who began his tenure in December 2009, left the agency on Jan. 10, 2017. [FULL STORY]

NIOSH Launches Hearing Loss Prevention App
ATLANTA -- CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces the availability of a new mobile application (app) for iOS devices that will measure sound levels in the workplace to help workers learn about their noise exposure and reduce the chances of hearing loss. [FULL STORY]

Berko Infrared Heaters Melt Away Winter Safety Concerns
CHICAGO -- During construction of the 190-unit, 15-story JeffJack Apartments building in downtown Chicago, the owner sought an effective method to prevent snow and ice build-up on the building’s parking garage ramps during winter. Infrared heaters from Marley Engineered Products paved the way. [FULL STORY]

OSHA Stresses Fall Protection on Snowy Rooftops, Elevated Surfaces
BOISE, ID – The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges workers and employers in southwestern Idaho to be extra vigilant and aware of the dangerous hazards that exist when removing snow and ice, particularly from rooftops and other elevated surfaces. [FULL STORY]

New Standardized Arc Flash Symbol Marks Important Safety Step
MILFORD, PA -- Clarion Safety Systems, designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels shares insight on safety communication and symbols following the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) adoption of a new symbol meaning “to warn of an arc flash.” [FULL STORY]

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs to help employers create workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing their concerns without fear of retaliation. [FULL STORY]

NFPA is Accepting Nominations for James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal
QUINCY, MA -- The National Fire Protection Association is accepting applications for the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to recognize outstanding advocacy efforts that further NFPA’s mission of helping to save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. [FULL STORY]

Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005-2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program. [FULL STORY]

US Mining Deaths Drop to Another New Low In 2016
ARLINGTON, VA -- Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate that in 2016, 26 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines – down from 29 in 2015. [FULL STORY]

Insider News...
Putting the Money Where the Mouth Is
Safety Coins Help Put People First

Good companies focus on making a quality product for their customers. Great companies know that creating a quality product comes down to the people behind their product: the machine operators, process engineers, and technicians down the line. Creating a working environment that workers can be proud of is the first step to creating a product to be proud of—a pride customers reward.

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