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May 2017 Archives

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.

Man sues companies after son is killed in explosion

On May 10, it was reported that the father of a worker who was killed in an explosion that occurred in a Louisiana plant in February filed a lawsuit against two companies associated with the plant. It was found that unsafe working conditions may have caused the explosion to occur at the paper packaging plant. The man had only been working there for several days when the accident occurred, and he left behind a 16-year-old son.

Report shows that 150 workers die every day

Although unions attempt to ensure that workplaces are safe, Louisiana employees may be interested to learn that, in 2015, it was estimated that 150 workers across the nation died every single day. The fatalities were caused by both work-related injuries and illnesses.

OSHA launches young and temp worker safety campaign

As part of its efforts to keep workers in Louisiana and across the country safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched another safety campaign, and this time it's aimed at a specific part of the workforce: young workers. With the promotional message 'Young workers! You have rights!" the campaign aims to educate both workers and employers about special circumstances that may apply to younger, newer or temporary workers.

Workers’ comp vs. disability: Details matter

As an office executive, you think that you are safe while in the workplace. However, dangers lurk everywhere, from a spill in the break room to loose carpeting in the lobby. Even years spent typing away on the computer can lead to debilitating cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.