As it gets hotter outside, employers should consider how best to protect their employees from work-related heat illness. Thousands of workers fall victim to heat illness each year, and, tragically, many die from heat exposure at work.
Over the past several years, OSHA has significantly increased its focus on protecting employees from succumbing to heat illness. Most recently, the agency has released a heat safety tool, available in both English and Spanish, which can be downloaded on an iPhone or Android device. Employers can and should take advantage of this free app, which calculates the heat index for the worksite … Continue Reading
By the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green
As we closed the book on 2013 — a truly remarkable year of OSHA enforcement and regulatory activity — we look to the future, and think about what to expect from OSHA in 2014. Over the next couple of weeks, we will roll out what we believe are the 5 most significant OSHA developments to monitor in 2014.
If you are interested in how accurate our past predictions have been, take a look at these articles from December 2011 forecasting five OSHA developments for 2012 and from December 2012 … Continue Reading
By Eric J. Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker Green
An industry contact recently asked me what five issues I expected OSHA would be focusing its enforcement efforts on for the balance of this year. Here was my response:
1. Emergency Exits & Exit Routes – A couple of months ago, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum directing inspectors to scrutinize whether employers were providing and maintaining adequate means of emergency exit; i.e., unlocked, unobstructed, and clearly marked exit doors and exit routes in compliance with 29 C.F.R. 1910.36. We just wrote a blog post about this … Continue Reading