Thursday, March 20, 2014

New educational resources: Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide, fact sheet on work-related asthma

Two new OSHA resources, “Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals” (PDF*) and a new fact sheet, “Steps to an Effective Hazardous Communication Program for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals” (PDF*), offer employers clear steps to create an effective hazard communication program — including a sample program and a quick guide to hazard communication training.
Also available is a new OSHA Fact Sheet, “Do You Have Work-Related Asthma? A Guide for You and Your Doctor” (PDF*) which offers key questions to ask, quick facts, helpful resources for workers, and a guide for clinicians to diagnose work-related asthma.

OSHA partners with NOAA for Flood Safety Awareness Week

OSHA and the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration are working together to promote Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16-22.
OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to stay aware of weather forecasts, train workers on workplace severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be better prepared for severe weather, including floods and flash floods. Employers must also ensure that workers involved in response and recovery are protected from potential safety and health hazards.
Follow all of the week’s activities on NOAA’s Web page and visit OSHA’s Flood Preparedness and Response page for more information on protecting workers from floods, including during flood response and recovery. OSHA also provides resources on workplace preparedness and response for severe weather emergencies including wildfirestornadoes and winter weather, among others.

OSHA publishes new educational bulletin on recordkeeping requirements for temporary workers

OSHA has released a new educational bulletin for staffing agencies and host employers on current requirements for recording injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin (PDF*), which is part of OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, addresses how to identify which employer is responsible for recording these work-related injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 log.
"The Recordkeeping Bulletin is the first of many materials we are releasing and helps clarify which employers are responsible for reporting injuries and illnesses," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "These materials will provide valuable information for both host employers and staffing agencies on how they can work together to make sure their workers are properly trained and protected."
The temporary worker Recordkeeping Bulletin helps businesses determine which employer is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illness on the OSHA 300 log. For more information, read the news release and visit OSHA's temporary worker page.

OSHA and NOAA partner for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

OSHA and the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration have joined forces for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, to address the unique hazards that severe weather poses for workers and employers.
OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to stay aware of weather forecasts, train workers on workplace severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be better prepared when severe weather strikes. Employers must also ensure that workers involved in response and recovery are protected from potential safety and health hazards.
OSHA provides resources on workplace preparedness and response for severe weather emergencies including tornadoes, floods, and winter weather, among others. Follow all of the week’s activities on NOAA’s Web page and visit OSHA’s Tornado Preparedness and Response page for more information on protecting workers from severe weather events.

New educational resources: Safe patient handling in nursing homes and anti-retaliation rights under the Food Safety Modernization Act

OSHA has developed Safe Patient Handling (PDF*), a new brochure that addresses the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers and explains the benefits of implementing safe patient handling programs. For more information about safe patient handling and on protecting healthcare workers, visit OSHA’s Healthcare Web page.
In addition, a new Spanish-language Whistleblower Fact Sheet (PDF*) is available, which details the rights of whistleblowers under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Visit www.whistleblowers.gov for additional fact sheets in English and Spanish.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free course dates announced: A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

"A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs" free course is now being offered. 

A holistic approach to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP) is vital to recognizing, avoiding, and preventing errors that can lead to catastrophic events. The human cost of
preventable workplace injuries and deaths is incalculable. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs.

This program provides a holistic way of looking at both the program management and the behavioral sides of IIPP to best determine how to apply means, methods, and strategies to develop a dedicated system. 

Who will this course benefit?
     Trainers • Human resources • Risk managers • Supervisors  
     • Safety directors • Anyone concerned about safety in the 
     workplace

Topics Covered:
   · Employee general safety and rights under the OSH Act
   · Employer responsibilities under the OSH Act
   · Become familiar with what is standard practice in the 
           risk industry
   · Opportunity to receive pre-built presentation materials   
          that can be readily used in Outreach training for
          program management
   · Receive up to 7.0 contact hours of professional
          development   
          
Instructors:
     John Malool, MS

     Michael Presutti

Course dates:
February 27, 2014
March 7, 2014 
March 27, 2014
April 11, 2014
May 15, 2014
May 27, 2014
June 12, 2014

Register now, for attendance in one of our free course offerings.
A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs


New and updated OSHA resources available

OSHA has updated its guide to the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Poultry Processing (PDF*), which is now also available as a smart phone-friendly e-publication. OSHA also recently issued a Safety and Health Information Bulletin, Operating Hazards of Baler Discharge-Door Locks, which provides guidance on how to inspect for and prevent the kind of failure that killed a worker earlier this year when the door locking mechanism on a hydraulic paper compactor/baler failed. Also see OSHA’s maritime industrypublications page for several handy QuickCards showing how to stay safe while doing maritime work.
With much of the eastern and central U.S. experiencing record cold temperatures, working outdoors presents an increased risk of exposure to cold stress — especially for snow cleanup crews, construction workers, recreational workers, postal workers, police officers, firefighters, baggage handlers, landscapers, and support workers for oil and gas operations. With proper planning and training, employers can keep their employees safe during winter work. For information on preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities during winter storms, see OSHA’s recent blog and check out the updated Winter Weather page and Cold Stress Guide, which explains how to keep employees safe during winter work.

New resources available on protecting hospital workers, enhancing patient safety

On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels hosted a press teleconference to launch a new educational Web resource with extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs and implement safety and health management systems.
"These new materials can help prevent hospital worker injuries and improve patient safety, while reducing costs," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "The heart of this material are the lessons from high performing hospitals who have implemented best practices to reduce workplace injuries while also improving patient safety."
Joining Dr. Michaels on the call were Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Dr. Lucian Leape, chairman of the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation; and Dr. Erin S. DuPree, chief medical officer and vice president of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
"By fostering research to identify injury risk factors and safety interventions, steps can be taken to save costs and enhance service to the patients," said Dr. Howard.
OSHA's new Worker Safety in Hospitals Web page provides detailed educational material about worker safety in hospitals, as well as easy to use products on implementing safety and health management systems. The website also contains information to help prevent the most common type of injuries in hospitals – injuries from manually lifting and moving patients. The guidance products include fact books, self-assessments, best practices guides. The website and materials are available at www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals.

New educational video available on preventing electrocutions with cranes

A new animated video in OSHA's educational series about potential hazards in the construction industry is now available. "Prevent Electrocutions: Work Safely with Cranes near Power Lines" is the 14th video in the series, which are based on real-life incidents and include detailed depictions of hazards and the safety measures that would have prevented the injuries and fatalities. Available in both English and Spanish, the videos are brief, easy to understand, and geared to the needs of employers and workers. To stream or download the videos, visit OSHA's construction v-tools Web page or the Department of Labor YouTube channel.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New course offered: Asbestos Training for Building Managers

A new course, “Asbestos Training for Building Managers” is being offered this December. Training will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.   This 1-day course will identify major sections of current regulations regarding facility operation compliance.  Among those who should attend are building and facility owners/managers, project managers, construction managers, general contractors, engineering and maintenance managers, EHS personnel and environmental consultants.  Click here to register for this course offering.