Here's a collection of recent workplace safety news and resources from around the web:
Cal/OSHA Shares Resources for Updated Heat Rules
The California Department of Industrial Relations has issued a new guidance document to help familiarize employers with the state’s updated heat illness prevention rules, which
are set to go into effect May 1. The new standard applies to all
outdoor places of employment. A major change is the trigger temperature
for certain requirements and mandatory pre-shift meetings to review
high-heat procedures. There is also a Q&A on enforcement of the updated rules.
FEMA Weather App Now Includes Weather Alerts
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a new feature in its free weather app to
allow users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service
for up to five locations across the nation. Features include:
- Safety tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after more than 20 types of hazards
- Easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance
- The app shows Spanish content for smartphones that have Spanish as their default language
OSHA Updates Guidance on Workplace Violence in Healthcare, Social Services
2013, workers suffered more than 25,000 occupational assault injuries,
most of which occurred in the health care and social services
industries. OSHA's updated guidance document includes best practices for reducing the risk of violence, including creating a written violence prevention program.
7 Signs Your Workplace Needs Refresher Training
because retraining may not be legally required doesn’t mean you don’t
need it. Workplace Safety Group in Ontario has published a list of 7
tell-tale signs your workplace could benefit from refresher training.
You may be surprised by some of the signs. See the list.
5 Steps to Boost Employee Safety - and Avoid OSHA Headaches
national law firm has shared what it believes are five critical steps
every employer should take to improve workplace safety and avoid OSHA
citations. For example, conducting internal safety audits in a way that
protects them from disclosure to OSHA inspectors. Read more here.
Is Your Workplace Ready for Severe Weather?
time to prepare for severe weather emergencies is before they occur.
Workers need protection before, during and after storms to ensure they
return home safely at the end of each shift. OSHA and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up to address the
unique hazards that severe weather poses for workers and employers. Check out weather safety resources here.
Upcoming Safety Webinars: GHS, Heat Stress, Recordkeeping, More
Health and Safety magazine has partnered with several sponsors to
present a variety of safety-related webinars in the coming weeks. Topics
include: GHS 2015; Burn injury costs; Heat stress; PPE for auto
workers, OSHA recordkeeping and more. See the full list and register here.