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July 2015 Archives

Robotics safety in the workplace

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the use of robotic systems in the workplace is rapidly increasing in Minnesota and around the country. In fact, the federal agency reports it is currently running a test case regarding worker/robot safety and may soon update its guidelines based on the results. Until then, OSHA encourages employers to rely on its current guidelines to protect employees working with robotic systems.

Improving hazmat transport safety

Minnesota employees who handle hazardous materials must follow complex procedures set down by their employer and the law. This is for their own protection, the protection of their company and the safety of those in the vicinity. There is the potential that many would suffer if hazardous materials were mishandled. Experts have pointed to several well-publicized disasters in the recent news as cases where handling techniques should have been improved. Some have put forward the idea of using the chain of custody process as a way to reduce the incidence of such disasters.

OSHA plans in-depth inspections of health care facilities

A new policy that was announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on June 25 could result in stricter inspections of health care facilities in Minnesota. When a health care facility is targeted for an inspection for any reason, OSHA representatives will now be tasked with looking for five specific workplace hazards. They include patient handling, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls.

Staffing company will improve workplace safety provisions

Minnesota workers may be interested in knowing about the actions taken by the U.S. Department of Labor against a temporary staffing company for a violation of federal occupational safety and health standards. Government regulators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Marathon Staffing Services Inc. for neglecting to make hearing tests accessible to its workers during a job at a concrete manufacturing company in New Hampshire in December 2014.

New safety report exposes hazards of recycling industry

People in Minnesota expect recycling centers to support good resource management, but they may be surprised by the workplace hazards associated with the industry. A recent study has found that many centers present many unnecessary risks and hazards.