The last Friday in May is National Heat Awareness Day – an event established to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs for heat illness and keep workers safe.
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.
Fatigue in the workplace decreases performance and increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and loss of life. Fatigue can be the result of insufficient sleep, prolonged physical or mental activity, and/or disruption of sleep because of irregular shift work.
By taking some easy steps towards managing fatigue in the workplace – employers can save millions and even improve the quality of life for all employees.
Summer outdoor workers are exposed to dangerous weather hazards – extreme heat and sun exposure. Extreme heat can cause heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and other problems. Sun UV ray exposure can increase a worker’s risk for developing sunburn and types of skin cancer.
Understanding the risks, prevention, and signs and symptoms can help workers stay safe while working in hot outdoor environments.
Falls are the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Every year, hundreds of construction workers are killed on the job and more than a third die from falls, the number one cause of accidental deaths in the industry.
National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week is the time to raise fall hazard awareness and that every injury or death from a fall is preventable with proper training and the use of appropriate fall protection.
Unions offer a safety and health advantage in the construction industry. According to a survey commissioned by CPWR, construction firms that employ at least some union workers are more likely to perform safety best practices and undergo OSHA training than those without any union employees.
On April 28, communities, labor organizations, and workers observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Take a moment this week to honor their and their families’ sacrifice. Think about safety on the job and work safely and smart.
Ladder safety training instructs safe ladder practices in construction and painting, building and custodial services, warehousing, power, manufacturing, chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, and at home.
An employer must provide proper training for all workers who are required to work in permit spaces. After the training, employers must ensure that the employees have acquired the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform their duties.
Safety hazards are unsafe working conditions that that can cause injury, illness and death. Safety hazards most commonly include tasks related to working at heights, chemicals, housekeeping, electrical, forklifts, lockout/tagout and confined spaces.
Aside from the obvious benefit of keeping employees safe, healthy, and productive – along with meeting the OSHA workplace safety standards – health and safety training makes financial sense for employers.