IRS increases vehicle mileage rate for remainder of 2022 | Internal Revenue Service

IR-2022-124, June 9, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. — Read on http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-increases-mileage-rate-for-remainder-of-2022

Life and Death on the Power Plant Lake

Revised 6/18/2022 Originally posted on August 18, 2012: I have just finished watching the movie “Godfather II” with my son.  Toward the end of the …Life and Death on the Power Plant Lake

Heat Illness – Case Studies | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The following heat-related case studies are the result of from OSHA enforcement investigations. Some identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of workers and employers — Read on http://www.osha.gov/heat-exposure/case-studies

Heat – Protecting New Workers | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Heat - Protecting New Workers | Occupational Safety and Health Administration — Read on http://www.osha.gov/heat-exposure/protecting-new-workers

US Department of Labor announces $11.7M funding availability of Susan Harwood Training grants for workplace safety, health hazards training

US Department of Labor announces $11.7M funding availability of Susan Harwood Training grants for workplace safety, health hazards training WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent … Continue reading US Department of Labor announces $11.7M funding availability of Susan Harwood Training grants for workplace safety, health hazards training

We Need to Change the Bike Safety Conversation

NTSB Safety Compass Blog

By Chair Jennifer Homendy

This is the second in a three-part series examining the safety of vulnerable road users, as new federal data show a rise in traffic deaths among motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians last year. Read the first post.

I love nearly everything about bicycles, from riding around Virginia to creating art for the NTSB office with old parts. I say “nearly” everything because U.S. roads are far too dangerous for bicyclists — and it’s getting worse.

Wall art by Chair Homendy from bicycle parts hangs at NTSB headquarters

On World Bicycle Day, I’m calling on every road user to help change the conversation.

Outdated Thinking is Deadly

Bicycles have been around for two centuries. But that’s no excuse for our safety approach to be stuck in the past, as it currently is.

We have to stop telling bicyclists not to get injured. We have to let…

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Reaching Zero, from Helsinki to Hoboken

NTSB Safety Compass Blog

By Chair Jennifer Homendy

This is the last post in a three-part series examining the safety of vulnerable road users, as new federal data show a rise in traffic deaths among motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians last year. You can read the first two posts here and here.

I just got back from Helsinki, Finland, where I attended the International Transportation Safety Association’s annual meeting.

I am amazed at the Finn’s approach to road safety, especially their focus on road design and infrastructure that separates and protects pedestrians and bicyclists from each other and road traffic, which has enabled them to achieve a safety feat in their capital city that people in the United States still consider impossible: zero pedestrian deaths.

Pedestrian crossing sign in Helsinki

A Tale of Two Countries

The public health crisis on U.S. roads is devastating and getting worse. People at the greatest risk are vulnerable…

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MSHA Best Practice and Health Hazard Cards | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA has developed an extensive set of pocket cards with safety and health in mind, formatted to be easily printed, carried, and shared. Best Practice (BP) cards provide DOs and DON’Ts established to keep yourself and others out of harm’s way. Health Hazard (HH) cards provide important information you need to know to prevent occupational … Continue reading MSHA Best Practice and Health Hazard Cards | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Psychosocial safety climate, psychosocial and physical factors in the aetiology of musculoskeletal disorder symptoms and workplace injury compensation claims – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

ABSTRACT Causal agents for workers' compensation claims and physical injury have largely been identified as physical demands. We proposed an integrated theory of physical injury (i.e. musculoskeletal disorder symptoms [MSDs]) and workers' compensation claims, which combined psychosocial and physical mechanisms. A random, population-based sample of 1095 Australian workers completed a telephone interview on two occasions… … Continue reading Psychosocial safety climate, psychosocial and physical factors in the aetiology of musculoskeletal disorder symptoms and workplace injury compensation claims – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign | Occupational Safety and Health Administration — Read on http://www.osha.gov/heat

MSHA Launches Enforcement Initiative To Protect Miners From Overexposure To Respirable Crystalline Silica | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

By Brent I. Clark, Adam R. Young, A. Scott Hecker, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: We recently blogged that Silica is the New — Read on http://www.environmentalsafetyupdate.com/osha-compliance/msha-launches-enforcement-initiative-to-protect-miners-from-overexposure-to-respirable-crystalline-silica/

Back Forty: How to protect farmworkers from heat-related kidney disease | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Back Forty will bring you periodic reviews, interviews and reporter insights about the stories they wrote. You can subscribe here or below. — Read on thefern.org/blog_posts/back-forty-how-to-protect-farmworkers-from-heat-related-kidney-disease/