OSHA wants to hear how employers keep workers safe from the heat
As summer and higher temperatures approach, employers should plan how they will reduce the risks of heat exposure faced by their workers. Those steps include gradually increasing shift lengths so workers can adapt to hot environments, providing frequent water breaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade. We want to hear how employers and safety professionals keep workers safe from extreme heat. Tweet your photos or links to @OSHA_DOL with the hashtags #WaterRestShade #ProTips or email your stories to OSHA.QuickTakes@dol.gov for possible inclusion in a future issue of QuickTakes.
Show your commitment to safety and health June 12-18 during Safe + Sound Week
Join OSHA and its partners June 12-18 in a nationwide effort to raise awareness on the value of workplace safety and health programs. During Safe + Sound Week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program – management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. Visit OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week page to view videos and a recorded webinar on how employers can participate. The page also features sample activities, social media resources, and an interactive map where you can add your own Safe + Sound Week event to others occurring across the United States and in other countries. For more information, read thenews release.
Last month Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation officially recognizing Safe + Sound Week throughout the state of Kansas.
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OSHA personnel provide compliance assistance during tornado recovery operations in Oklahoma
On May 16 a tornado created an 18-mile path of destruction near Elk City, Okla. As the community began to repair the damage, OSHA’s Oklahoma City Area Office reached out to help protect clean-up and recovery workers. Compliance assistance was provided to roofing contractors, construction clean-up crews, volunteers and homeowners in both English and Spanish regarding various hazards. OSHA personnel provided guidance concerning fall protection, the safe use of chain saws, the proper use of ladders as opposed to free-climbing trees, and the use of hearing and eye protection while using chain saws. To learn more about keeping workers safe during tornado clean-up and recovery operations, including available resources, see OSHA’s Tornado Preparedness and Response webpage.
Contractors association to hold National Trench Safety Stand-Down June 19-24
Businesses and organizations are invited to raise awareness of trenching and excavation hazards by holding a safety stand-down during the week of June 19-24. The campaign, sponsored by the National Utility Contractors Association and the Safety Ambassadors Club with support from OSHA, encourages contractors, municipalities, the military and others involved in trenching operations to temporarily stop work and offer workers education and training about trenching hazards. According to the latest available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate in the U.S. for excavation work is 112 percent higher than in general construction. Visit the Stand-Down website to learn how you can stand-down this month to save lives.
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