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Published: November, 2017; Vol 14, Num 6


Health & Safety Headlines

OSHA Releases Top 10 Violations for 2017

OSHA has released its list of the 10 most common safety violations for 2017, with nine of the ten staying the same from 2016. Can you find the one new addition?

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Ladders (1926.1053)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  8. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

The answer is number nine – training requirements for fall protection. Four different violations on the list are related to fall protection. The LHSFNA has toolbox talks and other publications that can help LIUNA signatory contractors and other LIUNA affiliates address all of these topics. To order, visit and click on Publications.

Have Asthma? Don’t Miss This Important Vaccination

Adults with occupational asthma are at higher risk for pneumococcal disease, an infection that can cause ear infections, meningitis and pneumonia. But according to a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), only a little over half of adults with work-related asthma get this vaccination. If you have asthma, talk to your doctor about this vaccination, which is covered under Medicare and most major health insurance plans.

Drug Positivity Rates on the Rise

After decades of steady decline, workplace drug testing positivity rates are at their highest levels since 2004. Quest Diagnostics reported that in addition to marijuana positivity rates rising sharply, rates for cocaine and methamphetamine are also up among safety-sensitive employees who undergo federally-mandated drug testing. The LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Division is available to assist LIUNA signatory contractors with developing or updating drug-free workplace programs and policies. For assistance call 202-628-5465.

[Nick Fox]