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 for more information, or visit

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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

OSHA Outreach Trainer Update

Effective January 1, 2018, Outreach Trainers (Construction, General Industry, Disaster, and Maritime) who let their trainer credentials lapse (past 90 days of expiration) must retake the Standards course (OSHA 510, 511, or 5410) in addition to the initial trainer course (OSHA 500, 501, or 5400), if they took the standards course over seven years ago. 

Wishing a Happy Retirement to Edward Bulava, CIH

Edward Bulava, CIH, retired after nearly 30 years of teaching Asbestos and Industrial Hygiene Continuing Education programs at the Rutgers School of Public Health (formerly UMDNJ).  Ed, we will miss you.   Thank you for your many years of dedicated service on behalf of the occupational and environmental practitioners in New Jersey.

New Publication Warns of Fatal Confined Space Hazards on Farms

A hole was cut into the side of this whey tank to reach the worker inside.An addition to OSHA's Fatal Facts series emphasizes the hazards of working in confined spaces on farms. These spaces include grain and feed silos, sump pits, and manure storage tanks. Employers should ensure measures are put in place to alert workers to a potential hazardous atmosphere inside confined spaces and prevent workers from entering them without protective controls. The fact sheet examines an incident in which a worker asphyxiated inside a whey storage tank. Each Fatal Facts publicationdescribes a case in which there was a failure to identify and correct hazardous working conditions before a fatality occurred at the worksite.

Resolve to Make Your Workplace Safe and Sound in 2018

The Safe + Sound Campaign encourages every workplace in the United States to have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards. The Safe + Sound Campaign supports employers' efforts by offering free webinars; resources from campaign organizers; and local events to support safety and health program development. For ways to get started and for other resources, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign webpage.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Is Here: Be Prepared to Protect Workers from Weather-Related Hazards

Winter WeatherAs outdoor temperatures drop and winter storms approach, employers should take measures to keep their employees safe. OSHA's Winter Weather webpage provides information on protecting employees from hazards while working outside during severe cold and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while clearing heavy snow from walkways and rooftops.