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OSHA postpones enforcement of new rule

Illinois workers as well as their employers may want to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has postponed the enforcement of the illness and injury record-keeping rule that it had issued earlier in 2016 to Dec.1. This is so that any misunderstanding regarding the post-accident testing of employees can be corrected. There is also a chance that the legal opposition initiated by certain employer groups could prevent the rules from being enforced on that date.

Industries with high rates of work injuries

According to a report issued by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 almost 3 million individuals sustained nonfatal workplace illnesses or injuries that were reported by an employer. Over half of them had to take time off, be transferred to another job or had restricted work duties. Illinois employees may want to know the five industries in which workers are most likely to incur an injury.

Proposed FMCSA sleep apnea testing rule gets a mixed response

In March 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a regulatory change that would require truck drivers and certain railroad workers in Illinois and around the country to undergo obstructive sleep apnea testing. The public was given until July 8 to submit feedback about the proposed rule, and 593 comments were subsequently received. While many of these comments supported the measure, some people questioned the costs involved.

Workers' compensation and the health care industry

Nurses in Illinois may be interested to learn that according to a report prepared by Aon Global Risk Consulting, the frequency of workers' compensation claims in the health care industry is expected to decrease. However, the seriousness of claims has been increasing. The report identified three significant areas as emerging risks.

The dangers of loud workplaces

Illinois workplaces like construction sites and factory floors can be extremely loud. That's why workers who perform their duties in these types of environments are usually encouraged to wear ear protection to prevent hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of workplace noise each year. Workers in the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors have the highest risks of getting some type of hearing injury.

How to prepare for an OSHA inspection

While an OSHA inspection can make any Illinois dairy farm owner nervous, there are things that can be done ahead of time to reduce that stress. First, any potential hazards should be identified and plans made to reduce or eliminate those hazards. Once that has been done, it is time to educate and train employees about those hazards and how they can stay safe while on the job.

The impact of the going and coming rule

Most Illinois employees are entitled to workers' compensation benefits whenever they suffer a work-related injury. However, the definition of work-related may be rather broad. For instance, if someone is hurt at a company party or other function outside of the normal job site, that injury may be considered work-related. However, workers who are injured when they are commuting to or from work are usually not covered due to what is known as the going and coming rule.

OSHA reinforces protections for workers reporting injuries

Workers in the state of Illinois enjoy strong federal protections against accidents and injury in the workplace. The federal agency in charge of overseeing employee safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has recently expanded their system for the reporting of workplace injury and reinforced the laws protecting those who disclose these problems.

Toxic welding fumes are a workplace hazard

Welders in Illinois and around the country should be concerned about toxic smoke and fumes as well as the fire risks associated with their jobs, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While a single stray spark can cause a fire, smoke and fumes containing metals like arsenic and lead and noxious gases such as hydrogen fluoride have been associated with several types of cancer and other catastrophic health issues.

Workplace hazards faced by health care workers

Hospitals and other health care facilities employ a lot of people in Illinois and across the U.S. As the fastest growing industry in the country, health care provides jobs for over 18 million people. Many of these health care workers are exposed to health and safety hazards on the job every day. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 6.8 percent of full-time health care employees suffered from a reportable work injury or illness in 2011.

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