Construction Employers: Do You Have a Silica-Competent Person?

A key component in preventing overexposure to silica and subsequent disease is to have at least one individual on the job site who is capable of recognizing and evaluating situations where overexposure may be occurring; who knows how to evaluate the exposure potential; and who can make an initial recommendation on how to control that exposure. This is the role of the “silica-competent person.” The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released the white paper, “Recommended Skills and Capabilities for Silica Competent Persons,” which represents a common, minimum body of knowledge needed by a competent person to provide meaningful worker protection from silica. The document was prepared by the […]

Office Workers Face Musculoskeletal Mayhem

Sitting at a desk all day can wreak musculoskeletal mayhem: A new survey reveals that 74 percent of office workers experience pain a few times a week or more while sitting at their desks. Additionally, more 70 percent of respondents endured back pain and more than half felt eyestrain or headaches in the last 3 years. Nearly 10 percent of workers, meanwhile, experience pain all day long while sitting at their desks. The survey, “Comfort in the Workplace,” examined the ergonomic habits of full-time employees and their exposure to painful musculoskeletal disorders such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. According to survey results, 72 percent of respondents spend 6 or […]

The Link Between Job Stress and Hazardous Drinking

Calling alcohol consumption “a major occupational health concern,” researchers who studied Brazilian bank workers uncovered a potential link between job stress and hazardous drinking. Researchers from the State University of Feira de Santana in Brazil surveyed 1,080 employees of a major bank in Salvador, a city in a northeastern Brazil, between December 2003 and April 2004. They uncovered a potential association between high job strain, hazardous drinking and alcohol-related disorders. The study authors, Carlos Tadeu Lima, Ph.D., Michael Farrell, M.B., and Martin Prince, M.D., found a prevalence of hazardous drinking of 25.5 percent and a 13.5 percent prevalence of alcohol-related disorders. They explained their analysis “implied that increased risk of […]

OSHA Outlines Safe Procedures for Responding to Combustible Dust Fires

OSHA has released a new resource, Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust, to provide emergency responders with a framework for responding to combustible dust fires. Since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions. Combustible dusts include fine particles, fibers, chips, chunks or flakes that, under certain conditions, can cause a fire or explosion when suspended in air. Types of dusts include metal (for example, aluminum and magnesium), wood, plastic, rubber, coal, flour, sugar and paper, among others. OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels said the new booklet will help keep both emergency response workers and facility workers safe. “Stakeholders that […]

MSP Global’s bright young apprentice

MSP Global apprentice technician Mikey Durgan Mikey, who works as an apprentice technician at MSP Global, is carving out an impressive career as he focuses on developing his skills in creative lighting. Despite joining MSP Global less than a year ago, he is already playing a vital role in staging major events including two award ceremonies in London and a Strictly Come Dancing- style charity event at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. His employers Lisa Richards and Colin Reader are so impressed with Mikey that they have entered him into the city’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards. Lisa, a director at MSP Global, urged other Merseyside employers to consider recruiting […]

XL Events supplies video for HTC’s new flagship smartphone launch

Paul Milligan, April 3, 2013 Be the first to comment on this article HTC has launched its new flagship mobile smartphone, the HTC One, at two simultaneous events in London and New York. Brand experience agency, SSG Create, producers of the global event, brought in XL Events for the London launch to provide projection, media servers, plasma screens, HD camera system/PPU, and HD recording system. XL Video for HTC One launch To unveil the new device, XL Events provided a two projector blend using XL’s new Barco HDF-W26 units on to a screen behind the presenter. This front projection was challenging due to the requirement not […]