Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Effects of 10-hr Construction Outreach Training: Knowledge Retention and Practical Application

Rutgers OSHA Training Institute Education Center (Rutgers-OTIEC), with the assistance of our Construction Outreach Trainers conducted a study of the 10-hr Outreach Program to identify knowledge gained by the students and their overall perception of the outreach program.  The results are published in the Journal of Safety Studies

Rutgers School of Public Health awarded OSHA Susan Harwood Grant

Rutgers School of Public Health was awarded an OSHA Susan Harwood Grant to provide Temporary Worker Safety Training.  Offered are the 1-day workplace hazards training for employers to assist them achieve/maintain compliance and a ½- day program for workers tailored to the hazards at their worksite (topics include: hazard communication, EAP, workzone safety, confined space (general industry and construction), fall protection, and electrical safety).  The ½ day program is offered in English and Spanish.

1-day workshop will be held on October 23, 2015 in Montclair, New Jersey, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Industrial Safety Committee.

OSHA revises publication to protect the safety of firefighters, other responders

To better protect emergency responders, OSHA has revised its manual, Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems*. The manual explains how fire service operations can be affected by different building features, and it offers guidance for design professionals, code officials, fire service representatives, building owners and other stakeholders. Updates to the manual include more photos; new chapters on water supply and building phases; and new sections on energy conservation, emergency power, and numbering rooms and floors. The manual's information can help responders during fires and other emergencies such as hazardous material releases, emergency medical care, non-fire rescues and terrorist incidents.

Online resources available for National Farm Safety & Health Week Sept. 20 - 26

A series of free webinars will be offered in observance of this year's National Farm Safety & Health Week, which takes place Sept. 20-26. The five webinars, scheduled for noon each weekday, will cover rural roadway safety, confined spaces, children's safety, health hazards and tractor safety. The events are being hosted by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety located at the Peosta campus of Northeast Iowa Community College. Visit the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website to register for the webinars and for more information and public service announcements related to farm safety. The center is also hosting an 'AgChat' on Twitter at @NECASAG on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 7-9 p.m. For additional resources, visit OSHA's Agricultural Operations page.

Labor Rights Week 2015: Events across country to inform vulnerable workers of their rights under U.S. labor laws

Every year during Labor Rights Week, federal agencies, consulates and embassies as well as educational, labor, and community organizations join together to remind the nation's most vulnerable workers that everyone who works in the United States has the same workplace rights. This year, the week runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 with events taking place all over the country.
Along with OSHA, the Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionNational Labor Relations Board, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division are sending the message that no worker in this country should experience discrimination, wage theft or safety hazards in the workplace.
Planned events this week include the signing of a new alliance between OSHA and the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, and renewals of alliances with several other consulates, including the Mexican Consulate in Austin, Texas. There are also multi-agency outreach events at mobile/remote consulates, free consultations from experts in labor law, and industry-specific events such as a poultry fair in Gainesville, Ga. Be sure to visit OSHA's Labor Rights Week webpage for a list of events in your area.
Labor Rights Week video in Spanish
If you are participating in Labor Rights Week, OSHA has many resources to help you get out the safety message. Some of our most popular videos include Young Workers' Rights in English andSpanish, a special message for the Hispanic workforce, and a general Workers' Rights video in English and Spanish. The OSHApublications page provides printed resources in several languages and covers a variety of workplace hazards.