Here's a collection of workplace safety news from around the web this month:
OSHA Extends Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system, OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017 - a 2-week extension. Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA. Read OSHA's announcement.
Tennessee Firearms sign or label that meets the new requirements.
This week NIOSH posted a refresher for retail employers and employees who are on the front lines of the holiday shopping frenzy. The short article addresses employee stress and fatigue that commonly occurs from working long hours and additional shifts, as well as crowd management and violence. Being prepared and having plans in place can help reduce anxiety and assure that employees feel safe, supported and confident. The article includes links to a variety of resources.
NIOSH Advice on Retail Worker Safety and Health During the Holidays
Read more here.
OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Florida and GeorgiaOSHA has resumed normal enforcement throughout parts of Florida and Georgia after temporarily suspending most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Irma. In the hurricane’s aftermath, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers involved in the cleanup and recovery operations in the two states.
Read more here.
OSHA has released four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards found in the shipyard and maritime industries. The subjects covered are: pedestal crane safety; housekeeping safety; fire and rescue in shipyard employment; and safe baggage handling.
New OSHA Shipyard and Maritime Fact Sheets
See these fact sheets and others.
Dec. 7 - Reducing the Annual Cost of Hearing Conservation Programs
Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S
Dec. 13 - Practical Tips for Implementing New OSHA Fall Protection Regulations
- Executing a Confined Space Rescue
- Effective Dust hazard Analysis
- NFPA 70E Changes for 2018
- Respiratory Protection Equipment selection, Use and Care
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