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
On January 11, 2015, a multi-vehicle pile-up took place in west Michigan involving nearly 200 vehicles, including at least one truck carrying fireworks, and another carrying formic acid. The formic acid caused a HAZMAT event and the fireworks exploded in the truck that was carrying them. Many were badly injured in the accident, including two firefighters who responded to the exploding fireworks. Tragically, the driver of another semi-truck was killed.
Winter weather and hazardous driving conditions were significant causal factors in the pile-up. Although OSHA does not have regulations specifically addressing winter driving, the agency does provide guidance for employers … Continue Reading
On November 21, 2014, the Department of Labor released its Agency Rule List, which provides the status of all rulemaking efforts at each of its agencies. OSHA dominated the list of regulatory activity in the Department, listing 26 regulations in the prerule, proposed rule, and final rule stages.
Of these 26 items, OSHA announced that its top regulatory priorities include:
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- Efforts to control exposure to crystalline silica
- Enhancements to current infectious disease protocols in healthcare and other high risk environments
- Issuance of a final rule modernizing its reporting system for occupational injuries and illnesses, requiring electronic submission of injury and