August 26, 2013
August Workplace Safety News and Notes
OSHA Changes Recordkeeping Rules for Federal Agencies
A new final rule from OSHA requires Federal agencies to submit occupational injury and illness information to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and OSHA on an annual basis. The BLS will use the data (which is already being collected) to aggregate injury and illness information throughout the Federal government. OSHA will then use the data to identify and target establishments with high incidence rates, much as it does for non-government organizations. The rule will also restate that volunteers are considered employees of federal agencies and explain how volunteers' injuries should be recorded in agency injury and illness logs. Read the final rule in the Federal Register (pdf).
On-Line Course Trains Nurses about Preventing Workplace Violence
NIOSH worked with nursing and labor organizations, academic groups and others to develop an online course designed to train nurses to recognize and prevent workplace violence. The multi-media training incorporates lesson text, videos depicting workplace violence incidents, testimonials from real nurses and lesson quizzes. Nurses can also receive continuing education credits for completing the online course. Learn more here.
NFPA Report Gives Stats on Electrical Fires
In 2011, some 16,400 non-home structure fires involved electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. The NFPA Electrical Fires report provides statistics on home and non-home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in any equipment or involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment, with separate sections for each of the major types of home electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Trends, some risk comparisons and suggested safety tips also are included. Review the report here.
Posted by Dave Anderson