West Virginia Gov. Tomblin Orders Mine Safety Stand-Down

West Virginia Gov. Tomblin calls for statewide mine safety stand-down during a press conference at the State Capitol on Feb. 20. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 20 issued Executive Order 1-13 directing all operators, supervisors, miners and other employees of the state’s coal industry to engage in safety stand-down to honor the miners who were killed and thoroughly review applicable health and safety laws and regulations, communication protocols and any safety issues apparent in their operations. According to the Executive Order, the decision to call for a mine safety stand-down was made in response to the sixth fatal mining accident in West Virginia since last […]

NIOSH and NHCA Recognize Organizations Dedicated to Prevention of Hearing Loss

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), announced the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards at the 38th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on Feb. 22 in St. Petersburg, Fla., This year’s winners come from the manufacturing sector and the educational field. The awards honor organizations that have shown dedication to excellence in hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment and beyond.   “This year’s recipients confirm that the benefits of noise control go far beyond the prevention of hearing loss and make good business sense, as a safe and healthy workforce benefits workers, […]