Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Summer is upon us! America's favorite season officially kicks on Tuesday, June 20th.
As with every season comes the opportunity to discuss the importance of safety for you and your colleagues. All seasons should be taken seriously as they demand worker acclimatization to the ever changing temperatures.
Let's tackle the usual suspects that can potentially interfere with the joys of Summer!
Heat stress is a big one. If you don't follow OSHA's campaign to beat the heat, you are in serious trouble. More importantly, there are set standards associated with heat stress that need to be followed.
Employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.
- Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Safe and Sound Week June 12-18, 2016
Safe and Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
For more information or to participate in the inaugural Safe and Sound Week click here.
OSHA's spotlight on safety and health programs is a great opportunity to evaluate what you have in writing.
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3) Implement your policies to all affected employees
This simple 3-step process will help develop a safety and health program that can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom lin.