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U.S. Drug Overdoses Hit Record High in 2021

An estimated 107,622 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That’s a 15% increase from the previous year. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was involved in the most deaths. While overdose deaths have been on the rise for years, they surged during the pandemic, especially in its first...

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Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Spending time outside is a great way to be active and reduce stress. However, the sun’s rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, so it’s essential to protect your body from sun damage and skin cancer. Here are a few tips to protect yourself while enjoying the summer weather:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays that...
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OSHA PROPOSED RULEMAKING AGENDA

OSHA’s long-awaited “Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” has been posted online by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Three “major” final rules are slated for 2022 on COVID-19, electronic submissions, and hazard communication. In fact, the Electronic Submissions (or Improve Tracking) final rule appears to...

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A Daily Dose of Coffee Could Benefit Your Heart

According to the American College of Cardiology, drinking two or three cups of coffee every day may benefit your heart. Researchers found that the consumption of caffeinated beverages is associated with a 10% to 15% lower risk of coronary heart disease, heart failure and dangerous heart rhythms—as well as a longer lifespan.

Some people may worry that...

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OSHA TO FOCUS ON INDOOR AND OUTDOOR HEAT STANDARDS

On April 8, 2022, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on indoor and outdoor heat-related hazards. The NEP is effective for three years. State Plans are encouraged, but not required, to adopt this instruction. Each region is expected to double their annual heat inspections compared to 2017 through 2021.

The NEP targets high-hazard industries...

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