Hazard Alerts

These products are designed to spotlight workplace hazards and provide guidance and other information on how to address the hazards.

See Fatality & Injuries: Investigation Stories to find short, narrated presentations that depict real events where the investigating safety and health inspectors describe briefly what happened, how the workers were killed or injured, and how the incidents could have been prevented.

Read Fatality Bulletins to increase awareness of hazards that lead to workplace deaths.

Visit our Safety & Health topic index to find other hazard and prevention information.

Click a link below to view the Hazard Alert or Notice:

Topic Title Type Date

Abrasive Wheels

Silica Dust Poses Health Hazard in Stone Fabrication Industry FACE Publication May, 1998

Agriculture

Fatal Collapse of Bulk Materials Storage Wall (278 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2012
Injuries from Produce-bagging Machinery (247KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2011
Agricultural Tractor-Related Accidents Cause Seven Fatalities in Washington State (English & Spanish) (647 KB PDF) Hazard Alert January, 2011
Amputations from Augers in Grain Bins (113 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2010
Motorized rollers cause serious injuries in Washington orchards (584 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2009
Fatal Hazard - Five brush pickers die in unsafe vehicle (121 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2005
Fatal Hazards in Agriculture: Two Boys Die in Silo (62 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2004
Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers

Related Content:
NIOSH Hazard Alert January, 1998
"Gray Market" Kubota Tractors Hazard Alert March, 1997

Asbestos

Asbestos Safety for Real Estate Professionals (219 KB PDF) Hazard Alert July, 2010
Asbestos and Carpet: What Is the Connection? (232 KB PDF) Hazard Alert November, 2008
Asbestos Hazards in New Materials Hazard Alert January, 2001
Elevator and pressure vessel workers may be exposed to asbestos Hazard Alert November, 1997

Bioterrorism

Anthrax Alert: Guidelines for Mail Sorters Hazard Alert November, 2001
Bioterrorism Hazard Alert October, 2001

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Latex glove wearers warned that allergic reactions may result from frequent use Hazard Alert November, 1997

Canned Air Products - Hazard Alert

Improper Use of Canned-air Products Can Cause Flash Fires and Injury. Hazard Alert June, 2008

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Gas Fired Cooking Units in Food Preparation Locations (100 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2000
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Death After the Use of Explosives in a Sewer Construction Project NIOSH Hazard Alert March, 1998
Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides from forklifts and other fueled equipment can create dangerous conditions. Hazard Alert December, 1996

Combustible dust

Deadly Sawmill Explosions (382 KB PDF) Hazard Alert May, 2012
Combustible Dust Explosions (790 KB PDF)

Related Content:
OSHA Fact Sheet July, 2009

Confined Space

Bark and Mulch Blower Systems Can Kill Operators (285 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2014
Industrial Ice-Making Systems (195 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin September, 2011
Fatal Hazards in Agriculture: Two Boys Die in Silo (62 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2004
Underwater Confined Spaces Pose Serious Hazards for SCUBA Divers Hazard Alert November, 1998
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Death After the Use of Explosives in a Sewer Construction Project NIOSH Hazard Alert March, 1998

Construction Work

Transfer Dump Trucks Can Crush Employees (329 KB PDF) Hazard Alert June, 2009
Ineffective back-up alarms on road construction vehicles (221 KB PDF) Hazard Alert December, 2007
Dump Trucks in the Construction Zone (62 KB PDF) Hazard Alert May, 2007
Fatal Hazard: Falling through skylights and roof and floor openings. (213 KB PDF) Hazard Alert March, 2005
Fatal Hazard: UPDATE - Falling through skylights and roof and floor openings (213 KB PDF) Hazard Alert March, 2005
Lateral Supports for Open Web Steel Joists Hazard Alert March, 2001
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Death After the Use of Explosives in a Sewer Construction Project NIOSH Hazard Alert March, 1998
Skid-steer loader FACE Fatal Facts bulletin, including a one-page safety tips poster (154 KB PDF) FACE Publication March, 1998

Conveyors

Fatal Collapse of Bulk Materials Storage Wall (278 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2012
Industrial Ice-Making Systems (195 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin September, 2011

Diving

Underwater Confined Spaces Pose Serious Hazards for SCUBA Divers Hazard Alert November, 1998

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaners: 1-bromopropane (1-BP) can seriously harm workers (724 KB PDF) Hazard Alert November, 2013

Dump Trucks

Fatal Collapse of Bulk Materials Storage Wall (278 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2012
Transfer Dump Trucks Can Crush Employees (329 KB PDF) Hazard Alert June, 2009
Dump Trucks in the Construction Zone (62 KB PDF) Hazard Alert May, 2007

Fall Protection, Fall Restraint & Fall Arrest

Lateral Supports for Open Web Steel Joists Hazard Alert March, 2001

Fire suppression & Sprinkler systems

Corrosion on Portable Fire Extinguishers Hazard Alert February, 2001
Fire Fighting Hazards During Propane Tank Fires NIOSH Hazard Alert June, 1999

Flammables and combustibles

Fatal Hazards - Flammable Solvents (140 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2003

Floors

Carbon Monoxide Poisonings at Indoor Work Places (92 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin June, 2012
Asbestos and Carpet: What Is the Connection? (232 KB PDF) Hazard Alert November, 2008
Fatal Hazard: UPDATE - Falling through skylights and roof and floor openings (213 KB PDF) Hazard Alert March, 2005

Food-Handling Facilities

Food-processing equipment amputates worker's hand and forearm (127 KB PDF) Hazard Alert November, 2007
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Gas Fired Cooking Units in Food Preparation Locations (100 KB PDF) Hazard Alert September, 2000

Foot Protection

Leg Cut While Wearing Kevlar Safety Inserts (131 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2014

Forklifts (see "Powered Industrial Trucks")

Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides from forklifts and other fueled equipment can create dangerous conditions. Hazard Alert December, 1996

Formaldehyde

What hair stylists need to know about formaldehyde in hair straightening products (134 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2010

Gloves

Latex glove wearers warned that allergic reactions may result from frequent use Hazard Alert November, 1997

Hair salons and formaldehyde - L&I Hazard eBulletin

What hair stylists need to know about formaldehyde in hair straightening products (134 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2010

Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Sodium Azide Explosion Hazard (130 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin August, 2011

Hexavalent Chromium

Fatal Hazard: Thermal Metal Spraying (59 KB PDF) Hazard Alert March, 2005

Hydraulics

Preventing Worker Deaths from Uncontrolled Release of Electrical, Mechanical, and Other Types of Hazardous Energy NIOSH Hazard Alert August, 1999

Lasers

Laser Surgery Smoke Hazard (323 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2011

Latex Allergies

Latex glove wearers warned that allergic reactions may result from frequent use Hazard Alert November, 1997

Lighting

Damaged metal-halide lights and other high-intensity discharge lights can cause UV radiation burns (191 KB PDF) Hazard Alert December, 2007

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)

Bark and Mulch Blower Systems Can Kill Operators (285 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2014
Industrial Ice-Making Systems (195 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin September, 2011
Preventing Worker Deaths from Uncontrolled Release of Electrical, Mechanical, and Other Types of Hazardous Energy NIOSH Hazard Alert August, 1999

Logging

Leg Cut While Wearing Kevlar Safety Inserts (131 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2014
'Chain Shot' Can Kill! (321 KB PDF) Hazard Alert May, 2011

Machine Guarding

Injuries from Produce-bagging Machinery (247KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2011
Industrial Ice-Making Systems (195 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin September, 2011

Machine safety

Injuries from Produce-bagging Machinery (247KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2011

Masonry

Fatal Collapse of Bulk Materials Storage Wall (278 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2012

Material Handling

Fatal Collapse of Bulk Materials Storage Wall (278 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin July, 2012

Medical Evaluations

A Guide to Preventing Asthma and Death When Applying Spray-on Truck-bed Liners (94 KB PDF) Hazard Alert June, 2004

Office Safety and Health

Improper Use of Canned-air Products Can Cause Flash Fires and Injury. Hazard Alert June, 2008

Outdoor Heat Exposure

Fatal Hazard: Hot-weather work can kill (305 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2005

Overhead Power Lines

Working too Close to Overhead Power Lines (380 KB PDF) Hazard Alert December, 2013

Powered Industrial Trucks

Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides from forklifts and other fueled equipment can create dangerous conditions. Hazard Alert December, 1996

Residential Construction

Fatal Hazard: Hot-weather work can kill (305 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2005
Fatal Hazard: UPDATE - Falling through skylights and roof and floor openings (213 KB PDF) Hazard Alert March, 2005

Respirators

Portal Pack Respirator Certification Revoked Hazard Alert December, 1997

Retail safety during the holidays

Crowd Control Resources for Big Retail Sales Events ( 94 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2010

Sawmills and woodworking operations rule

Inadequate or Missing Guards on the Front and Rear of Trimsaws in Sawmills Can Injure or Kill Hazard Alert June, 1998
Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides from forklifts and other fueled equipment can create dangerous conditions. Hazard Alert December, 1996

Silica

Silica Dust Poses Health Hazard in Stone Fabrication Industry FACE Publication May, 1998

Slips, Trips and Falls (Same elevation)

Danger of working around hot-oil fryers (547 KB PDF) Hazard Alert December, 2013

Telecommunications

Electrical hazards in the Telecommunication Industry (129 KB PDF) Hazard Alert October, 2014

Temperature Extremes (Heat Stress)

Fatal Hazard: Hot-weather work can kill (305 KB PDF) Hazard Alert August, 2005

Tractors

Hazards to Orchard Tractor and Machinery Operators. (128 KB PDF) SHARP Hazard Alert July, 2012
Agricultural Tractor-Related Accidents Cause Seven Fatalities in Washington State (English & Spanish) (647 KB PDF) Hazard Alert January, 2011

Veterinary Services, Hazards in

Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers

Related Content:
NIOSH Hazard Alert January, 1998

Workplace Violence Prevention

Crowd Control Resources for Big Retail Sales Events ( 94 KB PDF) Hazard Bulletin November, 2010

Links to other hazard alert information

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