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Workplace Integra’s 2017 Conference Schedule:


We’ve updated our site with our 2017 conference schedule below:

NHCA Annual Hearing Conference
February 23-25, 2017 in San Antonio, TX

AAOHN 2017 National Conference
April 24-27, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

NCAOHN Spring Conference
TBD  2017

87th Annual NC Statewide Safety Conference
May 16-18, 2017 in Greensboro, NC

40th Annual Occupational Safety & Health Summer Institute
July 23-28, 2017 in Portsmouth, VA

Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference
September 6-8, 2017 in Savannah, GA

2017 BISE Conference
September 2017 in Greensboro, NC


Doctors Replacing Man’s Ear By Growing A New One From Tissue In His Arm


Source: WFMY News 2

NEW ORLEANS – After a devastating car wreck caused a man to lose his ear, doctors are creating a medical milestone by growing him another ear.

The special thing about this is, is that it’s growing in his arm.

Just before Thanksgiving last year, a mother panicked because she couldn’t find her son for nearly four days.

He was unconscious in the UMC Trauma Center.

In December 2015, Kip Nelson, 31, struggled in physical therapy for independence again. He had no memory of the Kenner Police chase and crash the month before. With no seatbelt on, he went through the windshield, causing brain, neck, spinal cord, facial and shoulder injuries. His mother, Yolonda, is thankful Kip is no longer unconscious, and the feeding and breathing tubes are gone, so she can care for him at home.

See video and full article here.

OSHA Updates


OSHA Update:

Attended the Western Carolina Safety & Health Conference last week.  Listened to Edwin Foulke, Jr. from Fisher Phillips of Atlanta, GA.  Edwin was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety & Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 until November 2008.

Some of the WOW slides in the presentation follow:

OSHA Top 10 Most Cited Violations 2015
1) Fall Protection general requirements
2) Hazard communication
3) Scaffolding
4) Respiratory protection
5) Lockout/Tagout
6) Powered industrial trucks
7) Ladders
8) Electrical
9) Machine guarding
10) Electrical- general requirements

OSHA’s New Penalty Increases
11/12/2015 Congress Passed Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act
Allows up to 150% increase based on inflation
OSHA increases will be 78% started August 1, 2016
Serious and other than serious from $7,000- $12,471
Willful and repeated from $70,000 to $124,709

Most Frequent General Duty Clause Citation
1) Forklift hazards- 26.9%
Lack of seatbelts and Improper lifting of personnel
2) Crane hazards 21.7%
3) Dust Explosions- 12%
4) Struck by Vehicle- 10%
5) Ladder Fall- 5.8%
6) PVC Piping Rupture-5.4%
7) Fire and Explosions-5.4%
8) Fall Hazards-5%
9) Automobile lifts and Jacks- 4.6%
10) Storage Rack Hazards-3.6%
*Source- Tracy Cekada and Christopher Janicak-Indiana University Pennsylvania 2016

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Why noise is so harmful to your health

Source: Protectear, October 11, 2016

Like most things in life that affect us if taken at the proper amounts for the proper time frame we will enjoy the benefits, but if taken at too high a level or for too long a time we can see negative effects or if taken a too low a level or for too short a time you may not see any benefits at all.

Sound is no different. Too soft and we cannot enjoy the pleasure of hearing it, too loud and it can produce damaging effects. At the right level sound can have a tremendously beneficial effect on us.

What we need to know then, is at what level noise can be harmful to your health and how that can negatively affect us. Let’s first look at noise levels that harm.

See full article here.

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements


Recordkeeping Requirements
Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.
 How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?

How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?
o Any work-related fatality.
o Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
o Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
o Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
o There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
 How does OSHA define first aid?

See full article here.


Levitate with sound- Get the hoverboard


This Kickstarter project is the first in my series that will teach you the science needed to develop your own technologies in a particular field of interest.

This project focuses on SOUND and more importantly, ultrasonic levitation.  No, this isn’t some kind of free energy or anti-gravity gimmick.  This is real science that works and the videos prove it.

I have always been fascinated with sound and while experimenting with one of my previous Kickstarter projects, Soundlazer, I came across the amazing principle of ultrasonic levitation.   I was surprised to find out that there were no kits or completed circuit designs available on the internet so I decided to bring this project to the Kickstarter community.

See full article here.

Fighting Fire with Sound?


June 15, 2016
What’s New, Future Trends
By Daniel Meyers

Fire wears the dual hat of being both our friend and our enemy. Necessary for advanced life, and equally potent to end it, it’s the latter point that has led to finding better and better methods for extinguishing it. Water, chemicals, even blankets…fire suppressants have taken many forms. And now, the practice of fighting fire with sound is showing incredible promise as an effective, fire-fighting tool.

Watch here how students at George Mason University demonstrate a fire-suppressing sound device to extinguish flames.

See full article.

Workplace Integra Fall 2016 Conference Schedule


Below is our list of remaining conferences for 2016.  Hope to see you there!

Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference
September 21-23, 2016 Macon, GA

2016 BISE / LEPC Conference
September 23, 2016 Greensboro, NC

NCAOHN Fall Conference
October 26-28 2016 Raleigh, NC

Western Carolina Health & Safety Conference
October 31 – November 2, 2016 Raleigh, NC

2016 SCSAOHN Fall Conference
November 10-11, 2016 Greenville, SC