On August 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 63. No. 31) related to the causes of heat illness and death among workers in the United States. The report is the result of a OSHA’s Heat… Continue Reading
As a cold winter finally comes to an end, many of us look forward to summertime warmth. But while sun and heat may make for a fun day at the beach, they can spell danger for workers who are exposed to soaring temperatures and a rising heat index. According to the Occupational Safety and Health… Continue Reading
With the election right around the corner, many employers are starting to speculate about what OSHA initiatives might be coming down the pike in 2013. Click here for an interesting article examining possible initiatives for 2013 for the construction industry.
OSHA has recently announced two new “initiatives” aimed at improving compliance in traditional "summer-time" areas of concern for the agency: heat illness and falls. Heat Illness Since 2009, OSHA has placed a priority on the prevention of heat illness, especially in the hot summer months. The most recent campaign is intended to raise the awareness among workers and… Continue Reading
OSHA is launching a nationwide outreach campaign "to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather." In furtherance of this campaign, OSHA has developed a webpage devoted exclusively to work-related heat illness. The website provides links to educational resources to inform employers and employees about heat illness and… Continue Reading
With summer weather starting to sweep across the country, OSHA has issued guidance on protecting workers from the adverse health effects of heat at work. Employers should take note as OSHA has called excessive heat a recognized hazard and has cited employers under the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970… Continue Reading