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August 2017 Archives

Reducing digital eyestrain and computer vision syndrome

When Minnesota workers are required to spend long work days staring at a computer, they can suffer from what is known as computer vision syndrome or digital eyestrain. There are a number of symptoms associated with CVS, including blurry vision, headaches and eyestrain. While these symptoms are usually temporary, they can become recurring problems that could continue to worsen over time.

Report says companies lack standards for injury reporting

Minnesota workers may be employed at companies that lack consistent standards for safety and health data collecting and reporting. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability is an international organization made up of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the United Kingdom's Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. It released a report in 2013 that examined the companies in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations that found that the companies lacked consistency in tracking and reporting on safety and health. Its followup report released in 2017 said that there had been little change since then.

Workers may face hazards during pipe repairs

Minnesota construction workers may be surprised to learn that a method of repairing water pipes that was once considered safe may actually result in toxic materials being thrown into the air. This was the finding of Purdue University researchers who studied seven sites that used the cured-in-place pipe method. It was once thought that plumes released during the CIPP process contained harmless water vapor.

The disclosure of workplace safety concerns

A large majority of companies in Minnesota and across the United States see public disclosure as important to improving safety on the job. The results of a survey carried out by a provider of operational software and information services show that more than three-quarters of respondents see public disclosure as positive for workplace safety initiatives.

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