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Safety risks of gig economy work

Many people in Louisiana and across the U.S. are engaging in more gig economy work. These workers contract with various employers, employment agencies or internet platforms for short-term tasks, being paid per project rather than through an hourly wage. Rideshare services and e-commerce sites are common providers of gig work.

Adapting to age diversity in the workforce

In Louisiana and around the country, more and more people are putting off retirement. The Pew Research Center has found that the workforce percentage of Americans 65 and older who work full- or part-time increased from 12.8 percent in May 2000 to 18.8 percent in May 2016. This has led to greater age diversity in the workplace, especially in the construction industry and other fields involving manual labor.

Wearable technologies can assist injury rehabilitation

The management of workplace injuries is changing due to smart technologies and wearable options. These technologies are being used to improve the quality of care and rehabilitation for Louisiana workers who are injured on the job.

Workplace safety

Employee safety should be a main priority for Louisiana companies as people are the cornerstone of their business. However, survey results from the National Safety Council indicate that many people believe that employee safety is not as important as it should be.

Teens face rising injury rate on the job

When it comes to work-related injuries, teens who hold summer jobs may be especially at risk. In 2015, slightly more than 400 people under the age of 24 suffered fatal injuries while on the job, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration report. Although these findings are not specific to the state of Louisiana, research supports at least one child labor specialist's belief that teens and young adults are more likely than older employees to be injured at work.

Causes of occupational skin diseases

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that skin disorders are among the most prevalent occupational disease that military members are treated for. hat conclusion was based on reviewing nearly 500,000 injury and illness cases involving acting Navy and Marine Corps members. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, skin diseases are the second most common form of workplace illness in America.

Workplace safety signs can prevent accidents and save lives

While most Louisiana residents pay little attention to the safety signs posted about their workplaces, research shows that notices warning workers of hazardous conditions or dangerous machinery can play a crucial role in preventing job-related accidents and injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets the standards for workplace safety signs, and in 2013 the federal safety agency began recommending signs that meet the American National Standards Institute's Z535 guidelines.

Noise exposure rules from OSHA and NIOSH

Regulatory groups such as OSHA have set legal limits as to how much noise a worker in Louisiana or elsewhere in the country may be exposed to. The exposure limit per OSHA regulations is 90 decibels per eight hours worked. This is considered to be a 100 percent noise dose. However, workers may be exposed to greater volumes depending on how long that they are exposed to them.