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OSHA to Revise Silica Standard for Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon be revising its final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. Specifically, OSHA intends to collect information regarding control measures not currently listed in Table 1 (Specified Exposure Control Methods When Working with Materials Containing Crystalline Silica) including: the effectiveness of other control measures; tasks…

Office Worker Injuries

Industries such as construction, health care, and law enforcement are notoriously dangerous. However, office workers also face unique risks and hazards which can cause injury. Office workers may suffer various types of compensable injuries depending on their job duties and environment, among other factors. Common Office Injuries Those who work in an office environment are…

Employee Burnout

The signs of employee burnout are not that difficult to pinpoint. One of the most recognizable is the feeling of always being tired, with a lack of energy. Another is decreased job performance; others experience negative or cynical feelings about their jobs and a more distant feeling about their position, work responsibilities, and employer. Employee…

Can I Get Workers’ Comp for Asthma?

Work-related asthma is fairly common, as workers in many industries from healthcare to construction may be exposed to workplace irritants that cause the condition. In Pennsylvania, most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation for occupational illnesses under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act). However, due to the number of possible triggers for asthma, it…

Ambulance Crews at Risk

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are at higher risk for occupational health issues than the general working population. According to the most recent injury data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 21,900 EMS providers were treated for their injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2016. Common events leading to these…