May 5, 2023

NIOSH studies driving safety in oil and gas industry, OSHA launches fall prevention emphasis program and more

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH seeks oil and gas employees for driving study

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are responsible for over 50% of fatalities in oil and gas extraction. In an effort to identify causes and solutions, NIOSH is calling on employers and employees to participate in its study on motor vehicle safety in the oil and gas industry. The agency is conducting virtual interviews with employees and focus groups with managers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA launches new emphasis program for falls

OSHA has started a National Emphasis Program aimed at preventing injuries and fatalities caused by falls. Under the program, OSHA compliance officers can open inspections whenever they see employees working at heights. The officers will focus on outreach to educate employers about effective fall prevention methods.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Benefits of pre-employment physicals

An Industrial Safety & Hygiene News article discusses important considerations for conducting pre-employment physical ability testing. The article explains the benefits of having a program, which businesses need a program and potential legal exposures to understand before implementing one.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day takes place this weekend

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on the first Saturday in May. NFPA offers a downloadable toolkit, which provides safety tips, ideas for decreasing risk and other resources.

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