Join The National Safety Council – “Journey to Safety Excellence”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPjtxdg0IMk The Journey to Safety Excellence is a roadmap to help you build a workplace that keeps people safe. It comes with free, practical tools collected from 100 years of experience. Improve how you keep your employees safe! ​Successful organizations – no matter the size or industry – take safety seriously because employees are their … Continue reading Join The National Safety Council – “Journey to Safety Excellence”

“OSHA Enforcement Update – July 23, 2014”

HOT TOPICS Recent Industry Alerts/Letters: Ammonium Nitrate Storage Bathtub Refinishing-Methylene Cl [PDF*] Bromopropane Crowds at Stores on Black Friday Diesel Exhaust from Vehicles [PDF*] Silica in "Fracking" [PDF*] All Alerts/Letters to Employers Enforcement Initiatives: Green Jobs - Dr. Michaels' Remarks Temporary Workers Targeted Enforcement: Recent National Emphasis Programs (NEPs): Chemical Facilities NEP* Federal Agency Targeting* … Continue reading “OSHA Enforcement Update – July 23, 2014”

OSHA Quick Takes – June 2, 2014

    Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez launches unprecedented partnership for safety: More than 1 million workers across the country expected to "Stand-Down" to prevent falls in construction Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels today announced the kick-off for the national … Continue reading OSHA Quick Takes – June 2, 2014

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electrical Power Generation Safety

Release: 14-547-NAT Date: April 1, 2014 Contact: Lauren North Phone: 202-693-4655 Email: north.lauren.a   OSHA announces final rule revising standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric … Continue reading OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electrical Power Generation Safety

“OSHA Issues Site-Specific Inspections Targeting Directive For 2014”

The OSHA SST-14 Program is intended to direct its enforcement resources to workplaces where the “highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.” The Directive calls for programmed inspection plans targeting high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The Program is based on data collected from the last year’s OSHA Data Initiative survey of … Continue reading “OSHA Issues Site-Specific Inspections Targeting Directive For 2014”

OSHA Urges Cell Tower Employers to Protect Workers After Recent Rise of Fatalities

In 2013, there were 13 fatalities at communication tower worksites, surpassing the body count from the previous two years combined. So far this year, there have been four worker deaths, including three deaths stemming from the collapse of two cell towers at the same worksite in Clarksburg, W.Va. OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels sent a … Continue reading OSHA Urges Cell Tower Employers to Protect Workers After Recent Rise of Fatalities

OSHA Focuses On Protecting Cell Tower Employees After Increase In Worksite Fatalities

A maintenance worker fell to his death Jan. 31 from a cell tower in Cameron County, Texas. The next day, a cell phone tower collapsed in Clarksburg, W.Va. Minutes later a second tower at the same Clarksburg site also fell. The collapse of these two towers resulted in the deaths of two workers and a … Continue reading OSHA Focuses On Protecting Cell Tower Employees After Increase In Worksite Fatalities

OSHA QuickTakes – January 20, 2014

New resources available on protecting hospital workers, enhancing patient safety On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels hosted a press teleconference to launch a new educational Web resource with extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs and … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – January 20, 2014

OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2013

OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses On Nov. 7, OSHA issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2013

OSHA Wants To Make Workplace Safety Reports Public

OSHA has proposed major changes in workplace reporting rules that would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public. Safety advocates said the proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would put more pressure on companies to comply with safety … Continue reading OSHA Wants To Make Workplace Safety Reports Public

OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Inhalation of very small (respirable) crystalline silica particles puts workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. OSHA recently released a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica. What is Crystalline Silica? Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than … Continue reading OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Workplace Injury Report : On The Job Injuries Are Highest Amongst Health Care Employees

There are more work injuries in the U.S. health care industry than in any other and government safety regulators are doing too little about it. That's according to a new report by Public Citizen, a nonprofit, consumer advocacy group. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the industries with the highest numbers … Continue reading Workplace Injury Report : On The Job Injuries Are Highest Amongst Health Care Employees

OSHA and NIOSH Issue Hazard Alert on 1-bromopropane, Urge Efforts to Safeguard Workers From Exposure to Toxic Chemical

OSHA News Release: [07/31/2013] Contact Name: Adriano Llosa Phone Number: (202) 693-4686 Email: Llosa.Adriano.t Release Number: 13-1563-NAT OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert on 1-bromopropane, urge efforts to safeguard workers from exposure to toxic chemical WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and … Continue reading OSHA and NIOSH Issue Hazard Alert on 1-bromopropane, Urge Efforts to Safeguard Workers From Exposure to Toxic Chemical

The Cost of Falls and What You Can Do to Stop Them

by Jim Maddux on May 30, 2013 Last May, 28-year-old Adrien Zamora fell 40 feet from a scaffold while restoring an 11-story building in New York. It was his first day on the job, and he had not been given a fall protection harness or the necessary safety training. He left behind a wife and … Continue reading The Cost of Falls and What You Can Do to Stop Them

DOL App Challenge Puts Vital Information In Hands Of Young Workers

by Dr. David Michaels on January 14, 2013 The Department of Labor recently announced the winning entries of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Our goal was to provide vital information on workplace rights and protections to the millions of young people who enter the workforce every year. We launched the challenge eight months … Continue reading DOL App Challenge Puts Vital Information In Hands Of Young Workers

OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2012

In this issue OSHA staff works to assure that recovery workers are protected as Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction continues throughout eastern U.S. Black Friday is November 23: OSHA urges retail employers to protect workers from injuries during holiday sales with safe crowd management planning Tennessee Valley Authority contractor convicted of falsifying safety and health … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2012