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Trivia Question

According to data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a worker died every 101 minutes from a work-related injury in 2021. Which of the following statements is correct:

  1. Compared to the previous year, 2021 saw an 8.9% increase in work-related injury fatalities.
  2. Compared to the previous year, 2021 saw a 1.9% decrease in work-related injury fatalities. 
  3. 2021’s fatal occupational injury rate of 3.6 represents the lowest annual rate since 2011. 
  4. The numbers in the BLS report for 2021 were significantly skewed by work-related COVID-19 deaths.

Answer: A. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in December 2022, shows an 8.9% increase in the number of work-related injury fatalities compared to 2020 and the highest annual rate (3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers) since 2016.

Two students finished their MESH Certifications during the last week of December of 2022 in Irmo, SC.

The Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) Certificate Program is designed for environmental, safety and health professionals who want to improve their practical knowledge while earning a valuable credential.

Timeout for Safety 

Our next Timeout for Safety is Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m. This month’s Timeout will feature information related to work-related fatalities and efforts to reduce risk and protect workers. As always, everyone is encouraged to bring questions and ideas to discuss with fellow safety professionals in an informal but informative session.

Save the Zoom link below and join the session on the scheduled date and time.

Upcoming Sessions 

  • Feb 15, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Mar 15, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Apr 19, 2023 02:00 PM
  • May 17, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Jun 21, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Jul 19, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Aug 16, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Sep 20, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Oct 18, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Nov 15, 2023 02:00 PM
  • Dec 13, 2023 02:00 PM


Trainer Toolbox

OSHA Penalty Increases

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the yearly cost of living increases to the OSHA maximum citation penalties. These penalties apply to all citations issued by OSHA beginning January 16, including for employers with an open inspection with OSHA. 

OSHA Construction Infrastructure Webpage 

OSHA’s construction infrastructure webpage provides resources for employers, workers and others involved in improving and building our nation’s infrastructure. It includes information about common construction hazards and how to identify better and control them using safety and health programs.

Save the Date: Fall Stand-Down

The next annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls will be held May 1-5, 2023. Visit the campaign webpage for updates. Do your part to prevent every workplace fall hazard!

The Problem with Workplace Safety – It’s Not News

Despite widespread concern for workplace safety, the issue is not getting enough news coverage. Read the blog »

Zoom Practice Sessions 

Need some Zoom practice? Come check equipment, learn some features of Zoom, ask questions about upcoming courses and more in our upcoming Zoom Practice Sessions. 

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Featured Courses

OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction, Maritime, and General Industries
March 13 | Raleigh, NC

This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries.

OSHA 7120 Introduction to Combustible Dust Hazards
March 15 | Virtual 

The focus of this course is to provide private businesses within the general industry with an opportunity to enhance their awareness of the hazards posed by combustible dust. This course will help these industry leaders to gain the knowledge and strategies that can help them to assure employee safety while using or producing materials that generate combustible dust. In addition, details from OSHA’s newly released Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program will be reviewed.

OSHA 7210 Pandemic Illness and Workplace Preparedness
March 16 | Virtual

This course describes the recognition of hazards and risks associated with a pandemic illness event and introduces strategies to assist a business, community, or family with realistic preparation for a pandemic event to assure business continuity and employee safety. Information will be provided on strategies that can be used to control the spread of the illness, minimize exposure to employees and family, and offer resources available from OSHA and other government agencies.

(NEW!) Auditing Skills for Safety Professionals
May 17 | Greensboro, NC
October 4 | Raleigh, NC

One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to recognize hazards that are present, or hazards that could have been anticipated. A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and assess such hazards. This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct workplace safety audits for their organization.


Upcoming Courses

OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction, Maritime, and General Industries
March 13 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
March 14-16 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 7400 Occupational Noise Exposure Standards
March 14 | Virtual

OSHA 7210 Pandemic Illness and Workplace Preparedness
March 16 | Virtual

DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training
March 22-23 | Raleigh, NC

Hazardous Waste Management for Generators
March 24 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry
March 28-31 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 521 OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
April 4-7 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 2225 Respiratory Protection
April 11-14 | Raleigh, NC

Auditing Skills for Safety Professionals
May 17, 2023 | Greensboro, NC
October 4, 2023 | Raleigh, NC