Women In Trades Portrait Project - Sep 10, 2015

A look into Puget Sound's hardworking women in traditionally male jobs.

Washington state: Car wash chemical dangerous to workers - Aug 22, 2015

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report Friday based on research from the agency, which looked at workers’ compensation injury reports from 2001 to 2013. It found 48 workers suffered burns from hydrofluoric-acid-based car wash products, and one, a 38-year-old man,... Read more

With number of insured on the rise, nurse practitioners may be key solution - Aug 13, 2015

With more people using the health-care system, the nurse practitioner may play a key role in providing primary care. Bob Smithing is an easygoing, approachable guy — traits his patients surely appreciate in their primary-care provider. But there is one thing patients can do to get a rise out of him. They can call him “Dr. Smithing.” Smithing is a nurse practitioner, a medical professional who works in a family clinic in Kent with four other nurse practitioners and no medical doctors. While... Read more

Fire District 1 Hosts Course on Oil Train Risks, Preparedness - Aug 07, 2015

More than 30 safety professionals and first responders learned about crude oil rail transportation risks and preparedness in a class at Snohomish County Fire District 1 last week.

“This will help Fire District 1 in our response planning for the oil trains coming through our service area in unincorporated south Snohomish County and the City of Edmonds,” Assistant Chief Bob Eastman said. He was one of five senior officers from Fire District 1 who attended.

The course was... Read more

Crude Oil Spill Disaster Classes Offered As Communities See Increased Oil Train Use - Jul 31, 2015

UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs course director John Malool was interviewed about the Bakken Oil Transport: Emerging Risk Awareness Training courses put on by DEOHS CE.

35,000 gallons of Oil Spills after Montana Train Derailment - Jul 21, 2015

“We’re lucky it didn’t ignite,”said the Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff. Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the accident... Read more

OSHA Launches Hazard Identification Training Tool - Jun 29, 2015

OSHA’s new Hazard Identification Training Tool is designed as “an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification.” Users enter a rudimentary virtual world where they are able to choose to visit one of four scenarios: OSHA Visual Inspection Training, Manufacturing, Construction, and Emergency Room.

Millions of Workers Participated in National Stand-Down: OSHA - May 21, 2015

OSHA announced that millions of workers and thousands of employers participated in the May 4-15 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, setting a new record for participation in this event, which was expanded to two weeks this year for the first time. Businesses and workers in several countries took part. Participants as far away as Hindon, India and the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean took part in the May 4-15 event focused on preventing construction falls.... Read more

New OSHA Confined Spaces Rule - May 11, 2015

The new rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule on May 1, 2015 to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not... Read more

Adding Inequality to Injury: The Cost of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job - Mar 31, 2015

New OSHA report examines the heavy costs imposed on workers, families, and the economy by workplace injuries and illnesses.

"Work injuries and illnesses exact a tremendous toll on society. Despite the decades-old legal requirement that employers provide workplaces free of serious hazards, every year, more than three million workers are seriously injured, and thousands more are killed on the job. The financial and social impacts of these injuries and illnesses are huge, with... Read more