OSHA 10-Hour Course in Construction, September 11th and 18th

Save the Date! The OSHA 10-Hour In Construction Course, Rennselaer, NY, September 11th and 18th.

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City
regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once
agai

n offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.
The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee
who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card
from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure.

Safer and Healthier at Any Age: Strategies for an Aging Workforce

From the CDC and NISOH Science Blog:
 
Profound changes continue to unfold in the American workforce as Baby
Boomers—Americans born between 1945 and 1964—swell the ranks of our
workplaces. This has led many employers to fear the possibilities of
negative impacts associated with this demographic trend.  

 Read the full NIOSH Science Blog story here.

First Father’s Day Tied to the Workplace

Via the CDC and NISOH Science Blog:
Did you know that the first Father’s Day has workplace origins?  On July
5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event to
explicitly honor fathers[i].  The Sunday sermon was held in memory of
the 362 men who were killed in explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company
mines in Monongah, West Virginia the previous December.  These
explosions remain the worst mine disaster[ii] and the worst industrial
catastrophe of any kind[iii] in the history of the United States.  The
362 casualties left more than 1,000 widows and children.

Read the full NIOSH Science Blog story here.

OSHA 10-Hour In Construction Course, May 29th and June 5th

Save the date–Rensselaer, NY
To
aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations
requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the
OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors.
Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a
certification card from OSHA.
Pre
registration is required. Please see attached brochure.

Join the CDC in the campaign to stop falls in the construction industry.

Safety Pays. Falls Cost. Via the NIOSH  blog …

One sunny June morning in 2009, Hector* went to work just as he had
every other morning. He climbed to the roof as usual to begin working.
But this day was different. In an instant, Hector was hanging over the
outside edge of the second story wall of the home the residential
construction company he worked for was building.

More on the Campaign to stop falls in the construction industry is here.

National Emphasis Program—Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

A three-year enforcement effort focused on ergonomic issues at nursing homes and residential care facilities was announced April 5 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In addition to looking for problems involving ergonomics, such as lifting patients, and bloodborne pathogens, OSHA compliance officers will check for strategies designed to prevent workplace violence, tuberculosis, and falls, according to the program directive.
The scope of an inspection can be expanded if other hazards, such as exposure to multi-drug resistant organisms and dangerous chemicals, are found.
The national emphasis program, CPL 03-00-016, became effective with the announcement. 
It covers establishments in three North American Industry Classification System categories:
• nursing care facilities (623110),
• residential mental retardation facilities (623210), and

• continuing care retirement communities (623311).

Tips For Good Housekeeping

From our good friends at EHS Today:

Clutter, leaks and spills can happen anywhere from the front office to the shipping dock, making everything look messy and, more importantly, creating the potential for worker injuries and noncompliance fines. Implementing good housekeeping procedures for key problem areas takes time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it.

Read more on preventing worker injuries with proper cleaning and maintenance.

OSHA Safety Standards Violations

According to OSHA, these are the top 10 standards violations:
  1. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  2. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  3. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303)
  10. Machines, general requirements, general industry (machine guarding) (29 CFR 1910.212)

A Comprehensive Approach to Workforce Health

From the CDC, an excellent article:

The health of the U.S. workforce is an issue of importance to both workers and their employers. There is a wealth of evidence on occupational safety and health hazards that may potentially affect workers’ health. In addition to these hazards, personal characteristics and conditions, such as age, gender, genetics, or weight, can impact a person’s work and interact with workplace hazards.

 Thanks as always to NIOSH publications and CDC for important and timely info!

New OSHA website on winter safety

Please visit OSHA‘s new website on winter safety:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a web page to help protect workers from hazards they may face during winter storm response and recovery operations.

Stay warm and stay safe!