Follow-up Info from May’s Meeting

From Maryann:

Hello Everyone – Just a few follow-up items from this morning:

1.  Here is a link to the NIOSH Science blog which discusses the most accurate sound level meter apps:

2.  Here is a link to the new OSHA page on  Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment (includes

3.  Here is a link from OSHA Quick Takes to the four free webinars on electrical safety (includes minimum approach distance calculator:

 OSHA and partners to host new regulation Subpart V webinars

Edison Electric Institute, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and OSHA will host a series of webinars on topics relating to recently published regulations on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment.

There are a total of four webinars on the following subjects: Minimum Approach Distances, Fall Protection, Host Employer/Contractor and Arc Protection. These webinars are open to the general public. Click here to see an agenda and to register

CDC/NIOSH Ladder Injury Study

From Maryann:

Hi Everyone – There are a lot of falls from ladders.  The CDC/NIOSH has recently published a study about ladder injuries.  This study provides a good deal of data on the height of the fall, gender of employee, type of industry and other issues. Below is a link to the study. This may be useful to you as you plan and provide ladder safety training. NOTE: CDC issued an errata removing a statistic from the sentence “43% of fatal falls involved ladders”.

NIOSH Science Blog

From Maryann:

Hello Everyone – You may be interested in linking to the NIOSH blog, A NIOSH Role in Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, detailed below. It has some interesting information regarding the use of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers, in the treatment of work-related injuries.

Prescription drug abuse and overdoses are a major public health concern. Workers may face unique risks as injuries sustained at work are increasingly treated with powerful prescription drugs including opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Demerol . Read more on the NIOSH Science Blog about how NIOSH is working to prevent the risk of opioid dependence among workers receiving workers’ compensation medical care.