Argonne scientists discover new way to diagnose cracks in concrete | Argonne National Laboratory

A chemical reaction that causes concrete to crack and deteriorate can now be identified without harm, according to Argonne scientists. (Image by Shutterstock / Budimir Jevtic.) Although they are built to last for decades, bridges, dams, nuclear plants and other concrete structures are far from indestructible. One culprit is the alkali-silica reaction (ASR), often referred … Continue reading Argonne scientists discover new way to diagnose cracks in concrete | Argonne National Laboratory

In the Face of Despair – by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

I can feel the dread, the despair, the fear, the anguish, and the yearning. I hear it in questions I get from family and friends. I read it in the comments posted here and elsewhere online. And I have been around long enough to sense it in the tenor and trembles of our fraught moment. … Continue reading In the Face of Despair – by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Climate change: There’s a 50:50 chance the world will exceed 1.5C of warming soon

The report says that surpassing the limit is likely to be temporary -- temperatures could come back down again -- but science shows that even a temporary overshoot could bring irreversible changes to the planet. — Read on http://www.cnn.com/2022/05/10/world/climate-warming-warning-wmo-intl-scli/index.html

Biden-Harris administration, US Department of Labor award more than $90M to grow clean energy workforce with education, training for young adults | U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $90.4 million in YouthBuild grants to prepare young adults not enrolled in school or participating in the labor market for jobs in construction and other in-demand industries through apprenticeship and other career pathways, especially jobs that support clean energy technologies. Following its Nov. 23, … Continue reading Biden-Harris administration, US Department of Labor award more than $90M to grow clean energy workforce with education, training for young adults | U.S. Department of Labor

The role of prosocial and proactive safety behaviors in predicting safety performance – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

ABSTRACT Employees’ engagement in safety is assumed to be a significant contributor to safety performance within the chemical industry. The current study tested this assumption by examining the role of prosocial safety behaviors (e.g., helping others) and proactive safety behaviors (e.g., seeking change) in predicting four safety performance outcomes: micro-accidents, property damage (accidents without injury),… … Continue reading The role of prosocial and proactive safety behaviors in predicting safety performance – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

If You Fail To Kill Your Workers the First Time Around — Try, Try Again.

I consider myself a fairly reasonable person.  True, I believe that any employer who kills one of his workers in an unprotected trench deserves jail …If You Fail To Kill Your Workers the First Time Around — Try, Try Again.

The Future of Unions

News reports have focused the nation's attention on labor unions in recent months. Workers have voted in favor of unionizing at a number of Starbucks stores across the country, workers voted to form a union at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island and are now voting in other locations, workers at an Apple Store in … Continue reading The Future of Unions

Silica is the New Asbestos: New OSHA Regional Emphasis Program Will Target Respirable Silica Hazards in Six States | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

By Brent I. Clark, James L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, Patrick D. Joyce,  and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has developed a new Regional Emphasis — Read on http://www.environmentalsafetyupdate.com/osha-compliance/silica-is-the-new-asbestos-new-osha-regional-emphasis-program-will-target-respirable-silica-hazards-in-six-states/

Arizona OSHA is on the Chopping Block: DOL Announces Proposal to Reconsider or Revoke Approval of Arizona’s State OSHA Plan | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

By James L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, A. Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) — Read on http://www.environmentalsafetyupdate.com/osha-compliance/arizona-osha-is-on-the-chopping-block-dol-announces-proposal-to-reconsider-or-revoke-approval-of-arizonas-state-osha-plan/

April: The Month of Workplace Disasters

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day — a day dedicated to memorializing those killed on the job and rededicating ourselves to fighting for the living. …April: The Month of Workplace Disasters

Safety-I and safety-II: opportunities for an integrated approach in the construction industry – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

This explored how Safety-I (S-I) and Safety-II (S-II) perspectives can be jointly adopted in construction projects – one in Brazil and another Norway. Safety planning and event reporting were evaluated. For background, S-I has a long and established history and is largely “based on understanding of risk through failure and past events” whereas “Safety-II has… … Continue reading Safety-I and safety-II: opportunities for an integrated approach in the construction industry – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

Sitting time, physical activity, and risk of mortality in adults – Safety & Performance Research Summaries

What is the relationship between physical activity and prolonged sitting with health risks of sitting? This study found that the amount of physical activity needed to offset sitting risks is substantially less than has been previously highlighted (particularly during that militant “era” of sit-stand desks a few years back). ** ABSTRACT Background: It is unclear… … Continue reading Sitting time, physical activity, and risk of mortality in adults – Safety & Performance Research Summaries