Category: Health & Safety

Some Food Flavorings Can Be Dangerous for Food Workers

Posted by BCTGM - October 26, 2016 - Health & Safety, News for Stewards, OSHA fooddangers

WHY ARE FOOD FLAVORINGS A PROBLEM FOR FOOD INDUSTRY WORKERS? Some chemicals may be present in food flavorings that can cause permanent lung damage when inhaled. This danger initially became public when federal investigators identified a serious lung disease in workers exposed to a chemical known as diacetyl, which is used in butter-flavored popcorn production. […]

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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Posted by BCTGM - June 22, 2016 - Health & Safety, News for Stewards The-Fight-for-Latino-Workers-Lives-on-the-Job_blog_post_fullWidth

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction […]

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OSHA’s final rule to ‘nudge’ employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

Posted by BCTGM - May 11, 2016 - Health & Safety, OSHA News USdepartmentoflabor

New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety […]

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150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

Posted by BCTGM - April 27, 2016 - Health & Safety, Workers Memorial Day Safe-Jobs-Save-Lives-Poster_large

(Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a daily loss of nearly 150 workers from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses. “Working people should not have to risk […]

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OSHA official: Incentive Programs Problematic for Ergonomic Injuries

Posted by BCTGM - March 23, 2016 - Health & Safety, OSHA News

Some safety incentive programs are “especially problematic with ergonomic issues,” according to OSHA’s deputy director. Jordan Barab told attendees at the 19th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference in Orlando that it’s difficult to hide an injury like a broken leg, but it’s not as hard to hide a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). Barab continued a dialog on safety incentive […]

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