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Pump usage in gas monitoring can protect worker safety

People in professions where electronic gas detectors are an important part of ensuring a safe environment often use those devices accompanied by pumps. The decision to use a pumped or unpumped monitor can have a serious effect on workplace safety. Using a pump on a gas monitor can boost the safety of tasks that involve the detection of toxic or flammable gases. The use of a pump allows a worker to collect air from the environment and bring it to the gas monitor location, rather than having to enter an unknown and potentially dangerous atmosphere in order to assess it.

Injured workers may be entitled to multiple benefit packages

Georgia residents may be able to get both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time. Workers' compensation programs are run by the state while SSDI is a federal benefit program. As such, there may be different rules as to whether a person qualifies for a particular benefit. It is also important to point out that workers' compensation benefits only apply if a person is hurt while at work.

The number of OSHA inspectors has decreased in recent months

Over the course of the last three months, the total number of workplace safety inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has declined sharply. According to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, OSHA has lost over 40 inspectors due to normal attrition in the last few months. However, the federal government has not moved to fill any of these vacancies since October 2, 2017. This decline has accounted for a 4 percent drop in the total number of OSHA inspectors.

Multiple hazards impact meat and poultry processing workers

All agricultural jobs in Georgia include safety dangers, but a report from the Government Accountability Office highlights the numerous problems that confront workers in meat and poultry processing plants. Knives and hand saws result in cuts and sometimes amputations. Exposure to peracetic acid that is sprayed on meat to kill germs causes respiratory illnesses.

Court tosses objections to OSHA rule

Workers in Georgia who are concerned about workplace safety may be interested in the recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The court threw out industry challenges to the rule and asked the agency to explain why medical removal provisions were not included.

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