The OSHA Safe & Sound Campaign is loaded with great information to help companies raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplaces. While this is an Annual event, it is something you can conduct year round. There are many locations where you can sign up and register to participate in the event.
In this article, we will look at Management Commitment as the first element of a successful Safety and Health Management System. Below are four practical actions that management can take to express their commitment to their workplace safety and health system.
Action item 1: Communicate management's commitment to a safety and health program
A clear, written policy helps management communicate that safety and health is a primary organizational value—as important as productivity, profitability, product or service quality, and customer satisfaction.
Summer is here and in Nevada the summer heat can rise to extremes. Staying safe and well from heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion, heat rashes, hyperthermia, heat cramps, and heat stroke, is important while at work and at home. We have some important resources and tips below that can help you and your team stay safe from the heat this summer.
For General Industry Employers
EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2018
Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.
The news is filled with workplace violence incidences on an all too regular basis. Preparing for an emergency in the workplace is a daunting task, but thorough planning and training can be the difference between life and death if an emergency happens at your business.
Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to better protect workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.
The rule affects a wide range of workers, from painters to warehouse workers. It does not change construction or agricultural standards.
Employers are advised and encouraged to institute and maintain in their establishments a program which provides systematic policies, procedures, and practices that are adequate to recognize and protect their employees from occupational safety and health hazards.
An effective program includes provisions for the systematic identification, evaluation, and prevention or control of general workplace hazards, specific job hazards, and potential hazards which may arise from foreseeable conditions.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
Falls from ladders account for 20 percent of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry.
The new rule includes requirements to protect workers from falling off fixed and portable ladders as well as mobile ladder stands and platforms. (The ladder requirements do not apply to ladders used in emergency operations or ladders that are an integral part of or designed into a machine or piece of equipment).