Louisiana workers as well as their employers may be interested to learn about a new study that shows that inspection citations with penalties reduce workplace injuries. The study was conducted by the Institute for Work and Health.
Louisiana construction workers who use certain types of equipment that exposes them to repeated vibration may experience a neuromuscular disorder known as hand-arm vibration syndrome. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, early detection and changing the job of a worker who uses vibrating tools and is exhibiting symptoms of HAVS is key to the prevention of further harm.
Whether an individual is exposed to a single loud noise or moderate noise over time, the result can be permanent hearing loss. This means that the damage cannot be reversed either through surgery or by the use of a hearing aid. However, it may be possible to prevent such damage before it occurs. OSHA recommends that a worker not be exposed to noises louder than 85 decibels per eight-hour shift as loud noise can also make it harder to communicate on a construction job site.
Louisiana health care workers who are injured in a workplace accident may feel more comfortable reaching out to OSHA for assistance thanks to the organization's stricter guidelines for inpatient facilities. OSHA's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor announced a commitment to a new health care enforcement initiative in June 2015. OSHA's detailed health care enforcement initiative was released in the Guidance Memo.