To celebrate OSHA’s safe and sound week, the Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development will offer this one-day workshop to review strategies for a company to effectively implement safety and health management systems. Special emphasis is placed on the core elements of management systems (management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training). Participants will learn strategies to prevent workplace injuries and illness, improve compliance, reduce costs, including workers’ compensation premiums, engage workers, enhance social responsibilities, and increase productivity and enhance overall business operations.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
When done safely, trenching operations can limit worker exposure to cave-ins, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and hazards from mobile equipment. The best way to prevent a trench collapse is to slope or bench trench walls, shore trench walls with supports, or shield trench walls with trench boxes. The new “Slope It, Shore It, Shield It” sticker can be affixed to equipment on a worksite. To order, visit OSHA’s Publications page.
Through an alliance with OSHA, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) will host a free webinar on July 25 focusing on heat illness prevention. Understanding heat stress hazards and solutions is crucial to the safety and health of landscape and lawn care workers. Visit the NALP website to create an account and register for the webinar. See OSHA’s website for resources on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether their jobs expose them to indoor or outdoor heat hazards.
OSHA recently issued several new publications providing solutions to hazards in specific occupations and industries:
- Two Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletins explain the shared responsibility of staffing agencies and host employers to ensure temporary workers are provided with hearing and respiratory protection, when required.
- Two shipyard employment fact sheets detail the safe use of portable and hand‑held power tools, and the proper assessment, selection, and use of personal protective equipment.
- An indoor firing range fact sheet and QuickCard provide information on protecting workers from lead hazards.
Join the more than 350 organizations worldwide that have signed up to participate in Safe + Sound WeekAugust 13-19. If your business is looking for ways to get started, OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week for Any Schedule guide outlines activities your organization can do if you have a day, half day, or just an hour to engage your workers. Register now to get your organization on the map.
With the official start of summer, OSHA is urging employers across the country to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and hazards. While workers in construction, agriculture, and landscaping are often exposed to excessive heat, so are workers in kitchens, foundries, warehouses, and other indoor settings. OSHA offers guidance on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether they are exposed to indoor or outdoor heat hazards.
Monday, June 18, 2018
The National Safety Council (NSC), one of the Safe + Sound Campaign organizers, designates each June as National Safety Month to focus on reducing leading causes of injuries and fatalities at work, on the road, and at home. NSC offers free resources to help ensure that “No 1 Gets Hurt” on the job or at home, and is hosting a free June 19 webinar, Building a Culture of Safety from the Ground Up, on how to create an effective workplace safety and health program.
With Independence Day celebrations approaching, OSHA is encouraging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to protect workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying, and selling fireworks. OSHA offers information on common hazards and solutions, including safety posters for workplaces.
U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta recorded Public Service Announcements to address the increase in preventable trenching- related fatalities. Recorded in both English and Spanish, the PSAs highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches or excavations.
Additional information on trenching hazards and solutions is available on OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage. OSHA’s newly revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.
Safe + Sound Week 2018, a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of workplace safety and health programs, will be held August 13-19. It is an opportunity for employers to show commitment to health and safety by launching or renewing efforts to identify and manage hazards before they cause injuries or illnesses.