April Workplace Safety News and Notes

April 23, 2015 Dave Anderson
Here's a collection of recent workplace safety news and resources from around the web:

Cal/OSHA Shares Resources for Updated Heat Rules
The California Department of Industrial Relations has issued a new guidance document to help familiarize employers with the state’s updated heat illness prevention rules, which are set to go into effect May 1. The new standard applies to all outdoor places of employment. A major change is the trigger temperature for certain requirements and mandatory pre-shift meetings to review high-heat procedures. There is also a Q&A on enforcement of the updated rules.

FEMA Weather App Now Includes Weather Alerts
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a new feature in its free weather app
to allow users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. Features include:
 - Safety tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after more than 20 types of hazards
 - Easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance
 - The app shows Spanish content for smartphones that have Spanish as their default language


OSHA Updates Guidance on Workplace Violence in Healthcare, Social Services
In 2013, workers suffered more than 25,000 occupational assault injuries, most of which occurred in the health care and social services industries. OSHA's updated guidance document includes best practices for reducing the risk of violence, including creating a written violence prevention program.

7 Signs Your Workplace Needs Refresher Training

Just because retraining may not be legally required doesn’t mean you don’t need it. Workplace Safety Group in Ontario has published a list of 7 tell-tale signs your workplace could benefit from refresher training. You may be surprised by some of the signs. See the list.

5 Steps to Boost Employee Safety - and Avoid OSHA Headaches
A national law firm has shared what it believes are five critical steps every employer should take to improve workplace safety and avoid OSHA citations. For example, conducting internal safety audits in a way that protects them from disclosure to OSHA inspectors. Read more here.

Is Your Workplace Ready for Severe Weather?
The time to prepare for severe weather emergencies is before they occur. Workers need protection before, during and after storms to ensure they return home safely at the end of each shift. OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up to address the unique hazards that severe weather poses for workers and employers. Check out weather safety resources here.

Upcoming Safety Webinars: GHS, Heat Stress, Recordkeeping, More
Occupational Health and Safety magazine has partnered with several sponsors to present a variety of safety-related webinars in the coming weeks. Topics include: GHS 2015; Burn injury costs; Heat stress; PPE for auto workers, OSHA recordkeeping and more. See the full list and register here.
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