Friday, October 28, 2011

New Chairman at OSHA

From OSHA: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that Erich J. (Pete) Stafford has been appointed as the new chair of the agency's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
"Pete's wealth of knowledge and experience on a wide range of construction health and safety matters makes him an ideal choice to chair this important committee," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "We appreciate his commitment to protect the welfare of our nation's construction workers and look forward to his leadership."

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation calling for solidarity in the fight to eradicate this dreadful disease:

"This month, pink ribbons will be displayed around our country, adorning jackets and public spaces alike. A sign of solidarity, these ribbons remind us of our commitment to preventing and treating breast cancer, and to supporting those courageously battling this disease. Countless Americans will participate in events to raise awareness alongside survivors and their families, working together to support research that will save lives. ..."

Read the entire Proclamation here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New York State Safe Patient Handling Conference - October 18 and 19, 2011

The New York State Safe Patient Handling Conference is October 18 and 19, 2011 in Albany, NY. According to the New York State Department of Labor, this conference:

. ...will give you knowledge and skills that will benefit you at work. We will introduce you to the latest technology and best practices to improve how you interact with patients. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can keep both patients and caregivers safe and healthy....
Click here for registration and the Conference agenda.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's Flu Season!

From the CDC, three important steps to take in protecting yourself and others from the influenza virus:

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic....
Read the whole article here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bed Bugs!

From the CDC's NIOSH Science blog (this is a seriously great information resource in general, by the way), an interesting article on bed bugs:
...Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but they are a troublesome health nuisance. Their bites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, and people living in infested homes have reported anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.4 These bites don't just occur at home. Using workers' compensation (WC) claims data from California between 2000 and 2011, the California Department of Public Health identified 96 workers who were bitten by bed bugs while traveling for work. The majority of bed bug-related WC claims in California consisted of complaints of bed bug bites or rashes caused from bites; however there were several reports of physical injuries (such as strains) sustained by workers while moving furniture to look for or treat bed bugs....
Read the whole article here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Safety Groups #140 and #251 press release -- dividends!

Lovell Safety Groups Earn Dividends

Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC, announced the 2009 - 2010 dividend earnings of two of its Safety Groups:
         New York Electrical Manufacturers, Safety Group #140
         New York State Movers and Warehousemen's Association, Safety Group #251
Safety Group #140 returned to members a 30 percent dividend.  Qualifying members received an advance discount of 20 percent.

Safety Group #251 paid a 20 percent dividend.  Qualifying members received an advance discount of 20 percent.

Lovell Safety Groups are fully insured, non-profit entities that return any underwriting profit to group members. Any extra premium dollars collected-not used to pay losses or expenses-can be returned to members in the form of a dividend. Lovell Safety Groups provide businesses with the benefits of a guaranteed cost premium with additional savings earned through dividends.