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Waiward Steel Wins COAA 2017 Safety Leadership Award
WASHINGTON -- Waiward Steel LP was recognized for its commitment to safety and workforce competency at the Construction Owners Association of Alberta`s (COAA) Best Practices Conference. [FULL STORY]

U.S. Army and 3M Provide Hearing Protection for Soldiers
ST. PAUL, MN -- The U.S. Army has accepted two 3M products to equip soldiers with hearing protection and auditory situational awareness. [FULL STORY]

Landmark Workplace Safety Regulation Approved to Reduce Risk
OAKLAND, CA -- The Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved a landmark regulation to strengthen workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. [FULL STORY]

Fire Protection Research Foundation hosts 21st Annual Symposium
QUINCY, MA -- The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, announced it will co-hosting the 21st annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium (SUPDET 2017). [FULL STORY]

Hot off the ASSE press: Actively Caring for People’s Safety
PARK RIDGE, IL -- A new behavior-based safety guidebook published by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is now available on the Society’s website. [FULL STORY]

How to Safeguard Press Brake to Prevent Operator Injuries
ROCKFORD, IL -- Press brakes are especially dangerous pieces of machinery that require operator caution, regular maintenance, and protective safeguards. Used extensively in the forming of sheet metal and plate materials, press brakes are a frequent cause of amputations and crushing injuries. [FULL STORY]

Liberty Mutual Closes Work Injury Research Center
HOPKINTON, MA -- Liberty Mutual is shutting down its research arm in Hopkinton that for six decades put it at the forefront of workplace injury prevention, prosthetic limb development, and the push for safer car features, including collapsible steering columns, reports the Boston Globe. [FULL STORY]

Free Webinars on Preventing Heat Stress Scheduled For May and June
RALEIGH, N.C. -- With summer fast approaching, the North Carolina Dept. of Labor is offering a series of free 90-minute webinars on the hazards of heat stress in construction and general industry. [FULL STORY]

Identifying Workplace Hazards Crucial to Improving Safety Conditions
SAN DIEGO, CA -- The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said that new legislation to prevent employers from hiding workplace injuries is crucial to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers. [FULL STORY]

Analysis Finds Increases in Illicit Drugs, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity
MADISON, N.J. -- Drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years, according to an analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results released by Quest Diagnostics, provider of diagnostic information services. [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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