Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Safe + Sound Campaign: Learn How to Spot Hazards on the Job

OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign offers many resources for employers who want to find and fix hazards in the workplace:
Finding and Fixing Workplace Hazards
For more information, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign webpage.

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Bulletins Provide Information on Horizontal Drilling Hazards and Chemically Induced Hearing Loss

OtotoxicBulletins warning of potentially serious workplace hazards. "Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure" was published in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This bulletin provides recommendations to employers and safety professionals about identifying ototoxicants in the workplace and establishing hearing conservation programs where these chemicals cannot be replaced.
"Avoiding Underground Utilities during Horizontal Directional Drilling Operations" highlights the hazards associated with striking different underground utilities. Horizontal directional drilling has reduced visibility compared to vertical drilling. The bulletin was based on an incident that led to an explosion at a nearby restaurant that resulted in a worker fatality.

OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting in May

Beryllium productsOSHA will start enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in construction, shipyard, and general industries on May 11, 2018. The start of enforcement had previously been set for March 12, 2018. In response to feedback from stakeholders, the agency is considering technical updates to clarify and simplify compliance. In the interim, if an employer fails to meet the new exposure limits, OSHA will inform the employer and offer assistance to ensure compliance. For more information, read the news release.

Regional Campaign Focuses on Four Most Deadly Construction Hazards

Focus Four Hazards: Falls - Electrocution - Struck-by - Caught-in or -betweenOn March 1, OSHA will launch a Focus Four Campaign in the Mid-Atlantic States to address the four leading causes of fatal injuries in construction. Throughout March, the campaign will use toolbox talks and outreach events to focus on electrical hazards. In April, the focus will be on struck-by hazards; May will target fall hazards; and June will focus on caught-in/between hazards. The campaign partners include OSHA consultation projects, state occupational safety and health agencies in Maryland and Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council, and the General Builders and Contractors Association. For more information, contact OSHA Assistant Regional Administrator Nicholas DeJesse.

Secretary of Labor Discusses Efforts to Protect Children from Lead Exposure

seal of the U.S. Department of LaborOn Feb. 15, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and fellow Cabinet members to outline a federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposure and associated health risks.
“Far too many Americans are exposed to lead in their workplace,” said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “Finding solutions to better protect these workers and minimize the amount of lead that is taken home, and potentially exposed to their children, is a priority.”
OSHA’s resource, If You Work Around Lead, Don’t Take It Home!, highlights the dangers to children of lead being transported home from work, and offers precautions that can be taken.
For more information, read the EPA news release.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Managing Fall Hazards in Multiple Employer Construction Sites course dates offered

Falls continue to be the leading cause of serious injuries and death on construction sites.  Controlling contractors exert the most influence on multiemployer jobsites and set a general tone for work. This is often referred to as a “culture of safety.”  The OSHA Susan Harwood 
sponsored fall prevention training will address: 

1. Fall protection as a general condition on construction worksites 
2. Examples of multi-employer roles & responsibilities
3. Fall protection training requirements 

Topics Covered:
     Understand Key Terms
          • The Exposed Employer
          • The Creating Employer
          • The Correcting Employer
          • The Controlling Employer
     Fall Hazards
       • Fall to lower level
       • Fall to same level
       • Struck by falling object 

     Understanding Gravity

     Hazards from inadvertently removing fall protection

     Working in controlled access zones

     Controlling hazards of shafts (HVACS, elevator shafts, 
      stairwells, and coring)

     Ladders, last choice. 

     Supported Scaffolding

     Personnel Lifts 

     Aerial Lifts 

Masters in Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health Concentration for Fall 2018

The Rutgers School of Public Health is accepting applications for Masters in Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health Concentration for Fall 2018.  Registration deadline is May 1, 2018.  Please contact Dr. Koshy at koshyko@rutgers.edu for more information, or visit http://sph.rutgers.edu.

New Publications on Tree Care and Silica Offer Worksite Safety Solutions

Solutions for Tree Care HazardsFalling tree limbs, moving vehicles, overhead power lines, and high noise levels are a few of the dangers professional tree care workers may encounter. OSHA’s new resource, Solutions for Tree Care Hazards, highlights common hazards in the tree care industry, and provides safety measures for employers and workers. OSHA is also publishing a revised fact sheet that summarizes the major requirements of the respirable crystalline silica standard for general industry and maritime.

Safe + Sound Campaign: If You Care About Your Workers, Engage Them in Safety and Health Discussions

If You Care About Your Workers, Engage Them in Safety and Health Discussions Want to demonstrate your commitment to safety and health? Talk with your most valuable resource: workers are familiar with the hazards they face each day, and can help identify and fix hazards before injuries or illnesses occur.
  • Speaking of Safety: Changing the Atmosphere Around Safety Conversations, an article from the National Safety Council, shows how to have effective safety and health conversations with workers.
  • Listening and communication skills are crucial to building a foundation for safety leadership. To learn more, sign up for the Safe + Sound Campaign’s first live, free webinar hosted by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. EST.

Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu

Picture of a woman sitting at a desk and covering her nose with a tissue. As cases of flu remain high across the country, proper precautions must be taken to keep workers healthy. OSHA’s Seasonal Flu webpage provides basic precautions that should be used by employers and workers in all workplaces, such as frequent hand washing, and covering coughs and sneezes. OSHA also recommends that health care professionals follow infection control practices; use gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment to reduce exposures; and encourage sick workers to stay home.