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3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a limited number of Lad-Saf X2/X3 sleeves with the locking lever not working properly. This condition can allow the sleeve to disengage from the cable during use. The assembly error is believed to affect only a limited number of units and has been corrected.

Click here to review the inspection notice.

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From the National Safety Council - Safety+Health Magazine:

Thirty-four percent of workers in the United States do not feel they are well trained in emergency practices, including evacuation, according to the results of a National Safety Council poll. In light of this, NSC is calling on employers to review emergency processes and procedures.

“A disaster can occur at any time, without warning, and workers must be ready to respond,” John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute and director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at NSC, said in a press release. “Employers are responsible for ensuring not only a safe work environment, but also the proper training so employees return home every day safe and sound.” … read more

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The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking an industrial hygienist to provide technical services to workers throughout downstate Metropolitan New York. The job will entail working with a wide range of unions and worker organizations to provide technical assistance, industrial hygiene services, and training. Candidate must be a self-starter, able to work independently and have a demonstrated record of successful IH work.

For more information, including how to apply, please click here.

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From Susan L. Polan, PhD, Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, American Public Health Association (APHA):

On behalf of the American Public Health Association, I am thrilled to announce the call for applications for the 2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. This is the ninth year APHA is offering this fellowship, which has been described as an “amazing,” “phenomenal” and “life altering” experience by previous fellows.

For more information, including how to apply, please click here.

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Joseph S. Pete, The Times

U.S. Steel agreed not to discipline steelworkers who report injuries later because they didn’t initially know they were injured.

The U.S. Department of Labor reached an agreement in a federal court case with the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker last week. U.S. Steel, which has mills in Gary, Portage and East Chicago, has updated its company-wide injury reporting policy so that steelworkers can report accidents after they become aware of their injuries. ... more

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The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is seeking a campaign organizer to organize and expand a dynamic grassroots advocacy campaign, Stop Runaway Inequality. The campaign focuses on addressing economic inequality, and the outsized influence of corporations, particularly Wall Street firms, which often thwarts progress on a range of policy demands on issues of public health, environmental protection, workers’ rights, civil rights, etc. The campaign organizer will work to build a broad-based alliance and coordinate a large education initiative to train thousands of people, feeding new activists into the movement.

For more information about the opening, including how to apply, please click here.

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Brennan Lockwood and Trudi McCleery, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The hierarchy of controls shows us that engineering controls can protect workers by eliminating or reducing hazardous conditions to acceptable exposure levels. The idea behind the hierarchy is that the control methods at the top of the graphic are potentially more effective and protective than those at the bottom. Following the hierarchy of controls can lead to safer systems, where the risk of illness or injury has been substantially reduced.  Examples of controls include elimination, substitution, local exhaust ventilation to capture and remove airborne emissions, or machine guards to protect the worker. Well-designed engineering controls can be highly effective in protecting workers. Controls generally do not interfere with worker productivity or personal comfort and make the work easier to perform rather than more difficult. The initial cost of engineering controls can be higher than some other protective methods, but over the longer term, operating costs are frequently lower, and in some instances, can provide a cost savings. The new NIOSH Engineering Controls Database provides information on effective engineering controls.  You can search by occupation or work process to find a solution that may work to control the exposure in your workplace. ... more

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The National Employment Law Project is looking to hire a Workplace Safety and Health Policy Analyst.

The National Employment Law Project seeks a dynamic and committed Policy Analyst for Workplace Safety and Health to work with NELP staff in support of campaigns to strengthen worker safety and health protections for low wage workers and empower low-wage workers in our economy. Reporting to the Senior Fellow on Workplace Safety and Health, this position offers an opportunity to join a high-impact program at NELP that, in partnership with national and grassroots advocates, is working to improve health and safety protections for low-wage and immigrant workers.

If you’re interested in learning more about and applying for this position, please click here.

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Richard Kline, Firehouse

Does your department report and act upon near-miss events? If not, you’re missing a prime opportunity to prevent, rather than react too, the occurrence of “accidents.” Research has shown that for every accident (an unexpected, unplanned event which may or may not result in a loss) a number of near-miss events precede that event. Major industries such as health care, petrochemical, and aviation use near-miss reporting to effectively identify and eliminate unsafe practice or behavior, and modify administrative control.

The under reporting of near-miss events is reported to be common in general industry. For example, a high rate of under reporting was found following a 12-country systematic literature review which suggested the average rate of under-reporting of adverse drug events was as high as 94 percent (Hazell & Shakir, 2006). ... more

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Hard hats sold online were marketed to protect against electric shock, but they do not provide this protection, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Sold at:
Online at, and from January 2008 through April 2016 for about $15.

For more information and to review the full recall summary, click here.

Information courtesy of United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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