Maryland residents may not realize that tuberculosis is still a risk for many in the United States and around the world. In fact, the disease kills more than 1.5 million people every single year and it is estimated that one-third of the world's population is infected. However, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have developed a blood test that could diagnose the disease more accurately than traditional skin prick tests.
Maryland workers who deal with hazardous materials at their jobsshould wear respiratory protection. In 2012, 110 people died due to exposure to hazardous substances at work, and lost work days appeared in over 15,000 cases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking at ways to encourage compliance with respiratory protection.
Based on statistics from the first nine months of 2015, Maryland drivers may be more likely to be in a fatal car accident than in previous years. From 2000 to 2014, fatal motor vehicle accidents declined over 22 percent around the country. There were 23,796 in the first nine months of 2014, but in the first nine months of 2015, that number rose to over 26,000.
Maryland residents have likely read about the autonomous vehicles being developed by technology companies like Google and car makers like Volvo and Tesla. Gaining regulatory approval for self-driving cars in all 50 states has been seen as one of the chief challenges facing these companies, but a letter sent to Google by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Feb. 4 indicates that the federal government at least seems ready to embrace the technology.
Many workers in Maryland are exposed to hazardous noise levels when they are on the job. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, about 22 million workers in the United States are affected by hazardous noise. Over time, exposure to high noise levels can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.
On Feb. 5, an accident involving a van and a tractor trailer resulted in the deaths of two people in Maryland. State Police reported that the crash occurred at the Route 113 and Bishopville Road intersection in Bishopville.
In many types of jobs in Maryland and throughout the nation, occupational skin disorders can be problematic for both employers and their employees. In fact, according to a recent report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, employers can lose about 24 days and nearly $3,500 in workers' compensation claims from a single employee suffering from work-related dermatitis. However, there are ways to prevent occupational skin disorders from occurring at the workplace.
Swedish automaker Volvo has made a promise that could make the roads safer for drivers in Maryland and around the world. By 2020, Volvo promises that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its cars and SUVs. This comes after a history of research into the injury and fatality rates among Volvo's drivers and passengers. While Volvo is a leader in autonomous driving technology, the automaker is joined by Google, Ford and Tesla in its pursuit of safer driverless technology.
Hazardous energy is present in many workplace environments in Maryland and across the country. Several million workers routinely deal with hazardous energy, and when one is injured an average of 24 workdays are lost while the employee recovers. In addition, hazardous energy-related accidents account for roughly 10 percent of all serious accidents in many industries.