December 15, 2023

OSHA recommends safety helmets over hard hats, workers’ compensation health care costs are decreasing and more

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA publishes bulletin on safety helmets

An OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) discusses the differences between traditional hard hats and safety helmets with an emphasis on advances in safety helmet materials, design and features. Guidelines are given to help employers and employees make informed decisions about choosing the right head protection. The bulletin also includes storage and inspection tips for all forms of head protection.

OSHA staff to wear safety helmets instead of hard hats

OSHA announced that its employees will switch to wearing modern safety helmets instead of traditional hard hats. This change was made to better protect their employees with the increased protection and features offered by safety helmets. The agency recommends safety helmet use for those in construction, oil and gas, and other specialized environments where safety helmets could offer enhanced protection.

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)

A report from the Workers' Compensation Research & Evaluation Group examines medical costs and utilization in the Texas workers' compensation system from 2012 to 2022. Overall, health care costs decreased by 30% throughout the decade with the total number of claims, professional service costs and hospital service costs each decreasing 20% or more. Throughout this same time frame, pharmacy service costs decreased by 71%.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Tips for retail employees during the holidays

A recent NIOSH Science Blog article explores the challenges faced by retail workers, including fatigue, violence and stress, especially during the holiday season. Strategies for improving safety and health outcomes for these employees are discussed for each of these challenges, such as implementing a total worker health program and using other research-based approaches.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Women face different hazards than men in construction industry

An Industrial Safety & Hygiene News article explains four hazards that pose a greater safety risk for women than men. The article details how women are exposed to more risk through hazards such as ill-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE), heat-related illnesses, bladder and hydration problems, and mental health conditions.