occupational health and safety News

Notre Dame Fire Reveals Global Safety Lapse Over Dangers of Lead Dust

PARIS (AP) — It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities. After the Notre Dame fire in April …

Workplace Quality, Not One Factor, Determines Worker Health, Job Safety: Study

The terms and conditions of employment — including pay, hours, schedule flexibility and job security — influence employees’ overall health as well as their risk of being injured on the job, according to new research from the University of Washington. …

Role of Workplace Hazards in Most Lung Diseases Is Overlooked: Researchers

More than 1 in 10 people with a range of non-cancerous lung diseases may be sick as a result of inhaling vapors, gas, dust or fumes at work, according to a joint American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society …

Research Suggests Marijuana Users More Likely to Be Fired or Laid Off

As U.S. rates of marijuana use continue to rise, workers who use marijuana may be at higher risk of losing their jobs. Job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use, according to the new research by Cassandra …

Coming Soon: New Global Workplace Safety Standard

For workplace safety professionals, March 12 is a big date. On that date, the world will learn of a new global standard for safer workplaces that has been in development for five years and involved input from more than 75 …

Study Links Obesity to Higher Workers’ Compensation Costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers’ compensation claims for major injuries, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and …

Work Comp Bureau Funding Workplace Safety Research at Ohio Universities

The state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has awarded two Ohio universities with money to research occupational health and safety. The grants support research in how injuries can prevented in the workplace and ways to improve the health and productivity Ohio’s …

Midlife Back Pain Traced to Heavy Physical Work Habits in Youth

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way …

All Risks Adds New Classes for Occupational Accident Product

All Risks, Ltd., an independent wholesaler, has added a variety of new classes for its occupational accident product, which is part of the Accident & Health division. Classes that All Risks can offer occupational accident coverage now includes behavioral healthcare, …

University of Kentucky to Study Workplace Safety in Appalachia

A center at the University of Kentucky is receiving a five-year, $5 million grant to improve occupational health and safety in central Appalachia and Kentucky. UK said the region reports higher rates of occupational injuries and fatalities than the rest …