Section: OSHA
Why Electrical Safety Should Be a Priority in Post-COVID Planning
Prior to COVID-19, the average person probably didn’t even know what PPE meant.
Rethinking Electrical Safety Because Lives Depend On It
Electrical safety is without question a critical component to a successful electrical installation. Yet many seem to have differing viewpoints on what is safe and what risks should be taken.
Supreme Court to hear arguments on OSHA ETS in special session Jan. 7
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for one hour on Jan. 7 on OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination, testing and masking, according to an order issued Dec. 22.
Taking a Deep Dive into the World of LOTO
When it comes to taking the important first step in setting up your energy control procedures (OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard 1910.146), the sky is the limit.?Lockout/tagout (LOTO)?is?a key safety program?when working with any power source
Protecting Respiratory Health in Workers During the Winter Months
The drop in temperature, weakening of the immune system and shortage of sunlight can produce seasonal respiratory diseases. Children and older adults are prone to the flu, asthma and lung problems during the winter months.
Quarterbacking Safety When Nobody Takes Charge
Every diligent safety manager preaches to his or her coworkers about the importance of speaking up when they anticipate or see danger on the job
Take Precautions to Stay Safe During Thanksgiving Amid the Pandemic
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching during a surge in COVID-19 cases, there are precautions
BLS: Nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private sector down slightly, but respiratory illness cases rise dramatically
The number of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses in the U.S private sector, as well as the nonfatal injury and illness rate, decreased slightly in 2020.
Fired for refusing to get vaccinated? You might not be able to collect unemployment benefits
Some legal experts believe that resisting a vaccine mandate could be treated as equivalent to a voluntary resignation, which would disqualify an employee from receiving benefits.
How Location Tracking Improves Worker Safety
Employers across all industries want to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. However, challenges tend to arise in sectors with higher injury risk, such as construction or manufacturing.
Doug Parker confirmed as OSHA administrator
Doug Parker is OSHA’s first Senate-confirmed leader in nearly five years, after his nomination for assistant labor secretary was approved with a 50-41 vote Oct. 25.
The Forgotten Pandemic
Growing up post-Columbine, I have been acutely aware of the possibility of an active shooter situation for most of my life. The prospect has put me on edge and prevented me from concentrating on my studies or work.
The Biggest Danger in Construction Work Is Poor Mental Health
Ask what the top dangers of construction work are, and you’ll get the same answers almost every time: falls, electrocution, caught-ins and struck-bys. Yet more construction workers die from suicide each year than every other workplace-related fatality combined.
Workplace Noise: The Stealth, Long-Term Hazard
There is no question that construction sites are?loud. Between the bulldozers rumbling across the ground, jackhammers breaking through concrete?or?saws cutting through metals?and woods, noise is almost impossible to avoid.?
Biden says OSHA will issue an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination, testing
OSHA is developing an emergency rule that will require employers with at least 100 workers to “ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week,” President Joe Biden announced Sept. 9.
The Biggest Danger in Construction Work Is Poor Mental Health
Ask what the top dangers of construction work are and you’ll get the same answers almost every time: falls, electrocution, caught-ins and struck-bys. Yet more construction workers die from suicide each year than every other workplace-related fatality combined.
U.S. Department of Labor issues updated guidance on protecting unvaccinated and other at-risk workers from the coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued updated guidance to help employers protect workers from the coronavirus.
NYC conducting ‘zero tolerance’ safety sweeps at largest construction sites
A recent string of construction worker deaths has prompted the New York City Department of Buildings to begin conducting “zero-tolerance” safety sweeps at thousands of the largest and most complex construction sites in all five boroughs.
OSHA Actions Impact the Construction Industry
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to take actions that will directly impact employers in the construction industry.
OSHA Changes Focus of COVID NEP
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently made substantial changes to its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for COVID-19 that the agency kicked off earlier this year, including the removal of some industries from the list of targets for intensified inspection activities.
Are your Workers Trained Hard or Hardly Trained?
A well-accepted practice in major industries refers to the importance of training workers on how to do an activity in the safest possible way, as this will reduce their chances of being part of an incident with consequences such as injury, death, property damage, and loss of productivity.
How to Improve and Promote Safety in Construction
The construction industry poses unique health and safety challenges for its workers. In fact, about one out of every five workplace deaths in calendar year 2019 were construction-related, according to OSHA.
What the Updated Z359.11 Standard Means for Full Body Harnesses
Full body harnesses are critical elements of effective fall protection systems. Workers must understand how to properly wear and use full body harnesses when operating at height.
An OH&S Impact Guide to The American Jobs Plan
At the end of March, President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, The American Jobs Plan, which called for large-scale investments in manufacturing, research, worker training, and protection systems, among other priority spending proposals to rebuild and revitalize American infrastructure.
Rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries in construction falls between 2011 and 2019: CPWR report
The rate of nonfatal construction worker injuries resulting from struck-by incidents decreased 20% over a recent nine-year period
OSHA Cites Company After a Deadly Fall on a Brooklyn Building Project
Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
Watch for Falling Objects: PPE to Protect You on the Jobsite
We all know the importance of protecting an employee working at heights; we routinely use PPE such as full body harnesses, self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) and lanyards for fall protection to prevent workers from being injured in a fall. But there is another kind of “fall hazard” that is dangerous to other workers on the ground, working underneath and around an elevated jobsite: falling objects.
Returning Back to the Workplace is a Sticky Situation During COVID-19
The American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor conducted an online survey by the Harris Poll among 2,055 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study shows 54 percent of adults cite barriers preventing them from returning to “brick-and-mortar” work locations during the pandemic.
Getting the Upper Hand: Selecting the Right Hand Protection for Your Workers
We are diving into all things hand protection during today’s episode!
ATSSA submits 120 comments for feedback to proposed MUTCD
The 23 pages of comments were compiled over the past few months and are the product of input received from ATSSA’s technical committees, MUTCD Chat Lounges during February’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Device (NCUTCD) committee meetings and other conferences attended by ATSSA.
Work Zone Fatalities Reach 15-Year High
Each year in April, the construction industry claims one week out of the month as Work Zone Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to broaden the understanding of a driver's role in keeping workers safe. It's an issue more important than ever as work zone crashes and fatalities are on the rise.
8 Trends for the Future World of Work
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many changes in how people work. Some of them, such as limited social gatherings and mandatory face coverings, are likely to be temporary while others may remain for the foreseeable future. Check out eight workplace trends NSC identified impacting the future of work.
CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Communications
Employers of essential workers can use the following materials to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. You can add your own logos and customize the text to make it appropriate for your organization.
Is Time Contributing to Traumatic Injuries on the Job?
Time might play a larger part in the likelihood of a traumatic injury in the construction industry than previously thought. According to a study done by Oregon State University, construction workers are mostly likely to suffer traumatic injuries during the first four hours of their shift, and those who work evenings or night shifts experience more severe injuries than their day-shift counterparts.
Safety Speak: Nonfatal Injury Trends in the Construction Industry
Ready for a new weekly episode of OH&S SafetyPod? On this Safety Speak mini episode of the podcast we dive into the new OSHA guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace
The Five Pillars of a Highly Effective Safety Management Process
Most businesses face the possibility of worker accidents and potential injuries. In all likelihood, they have a safety department or an assigned person to oversee and manage such possible outcomes. Traditionally, the management of safety involved complied with the company safety program.
OSHA Announces Increase in Civil Penalty Amounts for 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts for serious and other-than-serious safety violations based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.
OSHA to employers: Deadline approaching for submitting Form 300A data
OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2020 Form 300A data by March 2. According to an agency press release, the time frame to submit the data has begun.
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Respiratory Protection Guidance For Long-Term Care Facilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued respiratory protection guidance focused on protecting workers in nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities (LTCFs) from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus.