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February 2016 Archives

Additional 70 to 90 million Takata airbags may be recalled

Tennessee residents may have heard about the recall of 20 million airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese company. The airbags have a design defect that causes them to sometimes explode violently, sending projectiles into the bodies of car occupants. The airbags were initially recalled after more than 100 people were injured and 10 were killed.

Hoverboards may harm Tennessee residents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Feb. 18 that hoverboards that don't meet safety standards could be seized or recalled. The first safety standards for the products were created by UL and released on Feb. 2. One of the main concerns is that hoverboards have a propensity to burst into flames, which creates an unacceptable safety hazard for users.

Salmonella outbreak from Raw Meal products

Those who consume Raw Meal shakes and meal powders from Garden of Life should exercise caution as more items were added to the product recall list on Feb. 12. The supplement mixes seem to be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that may have come from the moringa leaf powder found in the Raw Meal products. People in Tennessee and other states reported contracting Salmonella Virchow.

Preventing occupational skin diseases

Occupational skin disorders are among the most common health issues that workers in Tennessee and around the country will face. An average claim related to occupational skin disorders cost employers an average of $3,500. Average recovery time is 23.9 days, as has been reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Such disorders may occur gradually or suddenly, and they can be painful for those who suffer from them.

Hazardous energy accidents in the workplace

There are many potential sources of hazardous energy at workplaces in Tennessee. Electrical, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical energy sources can all be very dangerous if they are not properly controlled. To prevent injuries caused by hazardous energy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises employers to implement appropriate lockout/tagout procedures.

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