Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Center for Public Health Workforce Development Offers Free One-day Workshop

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. 

Slope It. Shore It. Shield It. New Stickers Emphasize Trench Safety

Slope It, Shore It, Shield It, stickerWhen 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.

Free Heat Illness Prevention Webinar on July 25

Understanding heat stress hazards and solutions is crucial to the safety and health of landscape and lawn care workers.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.

New Publications Available from OSHA

OSHA PublicationsOSHA recently issued several new publications providing solutions to hazards in specific occupations and industries:

Safe + Sound Week 2018: Show Your Commitment to Safety

Map of organizations participating in Safe + Sound Week August 13-19. 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.

OSHA Focuses on Worker Heat Hazards

OSHA Focuses on Worker Heat HazardsWith 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

June is National Safety Month

No 1 Gets HurtThe 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.

OSHA Promotes Fireworks Safety Ahead of July 4 Festivities

fireworks signWith 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.

Labor Secretary Speaks Out on Trench Safety

U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta recording Public Service Announcements on trenching safety.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.
PROTECT WORKERS IN TRENCHES SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes.
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 Campaign: Register + Participate

Save the Date: Safe + Sound Week August 13-19 - Show your commitment to safety.
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.
  • Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to register your organization as a participant and get ideas on how to recognize the week in your workplace.
  • Join the June 26 webinar to learn more about Safe + Sound Week, the tools and resources available, and how to participate.