Monday, February 24, 2020

The 7th annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls

Falls remain the leading cause of death for construction workers. The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was created in 2012 in order to address the hazard, and The Stand-Down event was added in 2014. The goal of the Stand-Down is to draw attention to the severity of fall hazards and importance of preventing them. This nation-wide weeklong event is an opportunity for employers to pause work and have conversations with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and their company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. Please visit

Coronavirus Protection

Coronavirus illustrationOSHA’s new webpage focuses on protecting workers from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—now officially named COVID-19.

Learn how to keep workers safe at grain handling facilities with OSHA resources

Photograph of grain handlingLearn how to keep workers safe at grain handling facilities with OSHA resources.

OSHA has developed a webpage to provide workers, employers, and safety and health professionals useful, up-to-date safety and health information on grain handling facilities.

OSHA updates emphasis program to better protect workers from silica exposure.

Photograph of a worker using a saw on brickOSHA updates emphasis program to better protect workers from silica exposure.This Instruction describes policies and procedures for implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest exposures to RCS.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Grease Trap Hazards

Grease traps bulletinRead OSHA’s new bulletin on how to properly cover grease traps to prevent workers from tripping or falling into them.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Course dates announced: Managing & Controlling Hazards Associated with Cranes, Derricks, and Hoisting

Rutgers School of Public Health - Center for Public Health Workforce Development is offering free "Managing & Controlling Hazards Associated with Cranes, Derricks, and Hoisting" training courses in Somerset, New Jersey, as part of the OSHA Susan Harwood Training. The trainer for these courses will be Michael Presutti.

Almost all construction worksites in large urban areas require cranes, derrick, and hoisting equipment. Lifting operations are among the most critical operations on a construction worksite and require comprehensive planning as errors will lead to tragedy. This program will guide trainees through the fundamental hazards associated with cranes, derricks, and hoisting activities and their hazard controls.

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OSHA Revises Penalty Structure for FY2020.

Seal of the U.S. Department of LaborOSHA adjusted penalty amounts for 2020 to reflect inflation. States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA's.

Standard Clarification

Walking-Working SurfacesOSHA issued corrections to the Walking-Working Surfaces, Personal Protective Equipment, and Special Industries standards.

Earthquake Safety Resource

Earthquake cleanup
A new Earthquake Hazard Alert focuses on keeping emergency response workers safe.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Freedom of Information Act

Screenshot of FOIA web pageOSHA's updated webpage focuses on how to submit and track Freedom of Information Act requests.