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December 2015 Archives

The aging workforce and safety considerations in Minnesota

A large number of baby boomers are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer times than did their predecessors. This means that the workforce is gradually aging. By 2022, it is estimated that 25 percent of workers will be 55 or older.

Microwave popcorn workers at risk for lung disease

Factory workers in Minnesota who deal with various types of food flavorings may be at risk for developing flavorings-related lung disease. Workers in microwave popcorn plants may be especially at risk for developing an obstructive lung disease like obliterative bronchiolitis. The lung disease is irreversible and can be severe.

Electrical hazards and safety precautions at the workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 160 U.S. workers were fatally wounded from an electric-related accident in 2014. These accidents in Minnesota and around the country are most commonly caused from high-voltage shocks and shocks that are followed by burns.

Outdoor workers at risk for Lyme disease

Outdoor workers in Minnesota could be exposed to Lyme disease if they work in areas with ticks carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 22,500 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the United States in 2010, and Minnesota was among the states with the highest number of reported cases.

Minnesota employers advised to provide job-specific protection

In December 2015, workplace safety advocates zeroed in on the welding industry in an analysis of different kinds of protection employers ought to provide. In addition to recommending that employers create EHS management systems and accompanying procedures specifically geared towards assessing and controlling the risks associated with welding, industry observers pointed to a number of hazards that welders and those around them might face in the workplace.