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NIOSH, Nail Guns, and Consensus Standards: Where We Stand

Categories: Construction

 

Recently, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released a revision to ANSI SNT-101, “American National Standard for Power Tools – Safety Requirements for Portable, Compressed-Air-Actuated, Fastener Driving Tools (ANSI SNT-101 2015)” (i.e., nail guns). NIOSH participated in the consensus process used to revise the standard. In all stages, NIOSH recommended changes that were consistent with the current scientific research about the safety risks attributable to nail guns, and interventions that are available to reduce them. Despite NIOSH’s participation throughout the consensus process, the revised ANSI standard does not reflect current scientific research evidence and is therefore not sufficiently protective of workers. We encourage stakeholders to rely on NIOSH publications on nail guns for the most protective recommendations concerning nail gun safety.

The Stand-Down Is On! Join the National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Categories: Construction, Falls, Observances

fallsThe construction industry is one of the most dangerous, and within construction, falls are the leading cause of death and injury. Every year, workers fall from ladders and roofs, down stairs, through floors and holes, and off of scaffolding. In 2013 across the United States, three-hundred and five construction workers died because of a fall. These fatalities were preventable.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Workers’ Memorial Day 2015

Categories: Construction, Falls, Healthcare, Observances, Respiratory Health

 

On Workers’ Memorial Day we acknowledge the toll that work-related exposures have taken on American workers, their families, and communities. Each year, NIOSH collaborates with the staff of the CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) to publish the most recent NIOSH analyses of occupational illness and injuries, and investigations of occupational hazards. The Workers’ Memorial Day issue of MMWR also presents the most recent annual statistics from several major occupational injury and illness surveillance systems. However, since there is no comprehensive occupational health surveillance system in the U.S. these numbers only partially describe the annual burden of occupational injuries and illnesses. Workers’ Memorial Day is an appropriate time to highlight occupational health and safety research and to point to the work that still needs to be done.

The Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership – All Good Things Need Not Come to an End

Categories: Construction, Engineering Control, Respiratory Health, Silica

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A recent ceremony at World of Asphalt 2015 celebrated the success of the Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership’s accomplishments to develop and validate engineering controls for silica dust in asphalt milling operations. The partnership between government, industry, labor was coordinated by the National Asphalt Pavement Association over the past decade to design, test, and implement engineering controls for asphalt milling machines to effectively reduce potential silica exposure below NIOSH’s recommended exposure limit (REL) of 0.05 mg/m3.

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