NIOSH Study a Warning to Noise-Exposed Workers

A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that more than half of noise-exposed workers didn’t use hearing protection “always” or “usually” when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. Hearing protection device (HPD) non-use was only measured in workers who reported exposure to noise on the job. The study was published online Oct. 1, 2021, in the American Journal…

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NSSGA Names Safety Award Recipients

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the winners of the Safety Excellence Awards and the Louis Griesemer Sterling Safety Awards. The Safety Excellence Awards recognize operations that maintain a safe workplace, evidenced by its safety performance over a consecutive period without an MSHA-reportable injury. The Louis Griesemer Sterling Safety Awards recognize NSSGA member companies that have the lowest total accident incidence…

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Martin Marietta District Achieves Safety Milestone

Martin Marietta’s North Texas/Oklahoma District has been here before. In April, the group celebrated a full year (more than 1 million hours) of work without a reportable incident across all 18 of its operations. It’s the second such achievement in the district’s history and this time, the team is far better positioned to make it endure. 

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Marijuana Consumption Skews Workforce Drug Test Positivity Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis. Based on seven million-plus urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020, the overall rate of 4.4% was down only slightly in 2020 versus 2019, whose 4.5% level marked…

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