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October 2014 Archives

Ebola takes center stage in workplace accident prevention

Anyone in the country who watches the news is aware of the fact that a deadly virus -- Ebola -- is threatening the lives of Americans. Workers in certain seem to share a greater risk of contracting the virus. They include healthcare workers, laboratory workers and emergency responders. Therefore, the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA announced certain safety recommendations for anyone in a high-risk profession to follow in an effort to reduce the possibility of a workplace accident involving exposure to Ebola.

Helping California workers prevent a repetitive injury

A California resident does not have to work in a hazardous environment to suffer a work-related injury. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as those caused by a repetitive injury can cause serious -- and even permanent -- damage. There are steps that both employers and employees can do in order to reduce the risk of such injuries.

Chemical exposure for electronics industrial workers is hazardous

Many California residents believe that simply throwing away old electronics is dangerous to the planet and the population because of the metals and chemicals they contain. This may be true, but not as much thought is given to the industrial workers who are continuously exposed to the chemicals in electronics every day they are at work. This issue was recently given attention by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in a post on its Science Blog.

Update: Cal/OSHA completes workplace accident investigation

At the end of February, a luggage worker at one of California's largest airports died ("California luggage worker dies in workplace accident at LAX," March 3, 2014). The man was not properly restrained when he fell off a tow tractor while working at the airport. Now, the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed its investigation into the workplace accident that took his life.

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