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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect employees that are reasonably anticipated to come into contact with blood or certain body fluids. While most employers associate exposure to bloodborne pathogens with healthcare workers only, there are a host of other employees who may be at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
It’s that time of year again when employers subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule are required to post a signed copy of their Form 300A in a location accessible to employees by February 1. Despite this annual obligation, many employers continue to make common recordkeeping mistakes, some of which potentially affect OSHA compliance. With the deadline looming, we’re reviewing Form 300A and related aspects of the recordkeeping rule to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes.
October is National Fire Safety Month, so take time to evaluate your fire safety efforts. Review your emergency action plan, communicate supervisory roles, inspect and test your fire safety systems and walk evacuation routes with your team. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 37,000 fires occur at industrial and manufacturing properties every year. These incidents result in over $1 billion in direct property damage as well as civilian injuries and death, which can’t be measured in dollars.
The use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 has led to questions and confusion about what constitutes personal protective equipment (PPE) and what doesn’t. While CDC guidance recommends wearing cloth face masks when in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OSHA has provided recent guidance clearly stating that cloth face coverings are not considered PPE as they will not protect the wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents.
As states begin to reopen and loosen restrictions on public gatherings and business closures, employers are seeking to get back to a semblance of normalcy. However, at least in the near term, it appears that business will not be business-as-usual. Social distancing, personal protective equipment, and other protective measures will be the new norm. As a result, company outings and events will look very different for the time-being.
Summertime is upon us and we can all get out in the fresh air and feel the sunshine. But when temperatures rise, workers have an increased risk of heat-related issues, dehydration and fatigue. The risks are particularly high for outdoor workers and factory settings with equipment that produces a lot of heat. Workers should protect themselves by wearing appropriate clothing and following company safety policies.
Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction and an important consideration for all organizations. Of the 1,008 total deaths in private sector construction during 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 33.5% were caused by falls. Equally troubling is that fall protection is again the most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard in worksite inspections. Reducing the hazards of working at height starts with a thorough understanding of the risks and the informed deployment of personal fall protection equipment (PFPE).
As winter ends and spring begins to show its face, employers should not take their eye off of winter risk. Warmer days cause snow and ice to melt and re-freeze, often causing black ice and extremely smooth and oftentimes very hard to see slick spots. Here are a few things to remember this time of year.
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