Limiting exposure, proper PPE may prevent illnesses related to nanotechnology

A study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine documented the first case of an occupational illness caused by exposure to nanoparticles.

Nanomaterials have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers, which cause them to have unique and potentially harmful properties, according to the National Institute for Continue reading

Avoid amputation hazards in the workplace

While workers are trained to safely operate dangerous machinery, they may be at risk for occupational injuries if machines are not adequately guarded. One industrial machinery manufacturer recently was fined for exposing workers to unguarded equipment that may have resulted in workers being caught in equipment or having their limbs amputated. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the company will have to a pay a proposed penalty of $139,000 for several safety violations. Continue reading

Study: Obese workers at risk of gaining more weight

A recent study revealed adults who were obese by the time they were 25 years old were at greater risk for becoming more overweight in the future. Employers may want to establish wellness programs designed to help their employees maintain a healthy weight, which in turn may help businesses decrease workers compensation costs, should workers suffer injuries. Continue reading