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Monthly archive for October 2018

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavating

OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses. This is in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. OSHA will increase its education and enforcement efforts and each OSHA office will develop outreach programs. Inspectors will now record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system. The program began on October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach. Enforcement activities will begin after the outreach period and remain in effect until canceled. Click here for OSHA’s News Release. The NEP is a series of temporary programs released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA in order to protect the health and safety of workers in industries that have been determined to present high risks. The programs included are: Combustible Dust, Federal Agencies, Hazardous Machinery, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Primary Metal Industries, Process Safety Management, Shipbreaking, and Trenching and Excavation.   Preview […]

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NIOSH Releases Fact Sheet on Opioid Overdoses in the Workplace

It is undeniable that opioid abuse is a major problem in the United States. In fact, in 2017 the President declared the opioid overdose epidemic to be a public health emergency. With over 42,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, and provisional data showing that over 49,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017, many employers are starting to carry Naloxone (NARCAN) as a precaution for possible overdoses. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdoses. It can temporarily stop some of the life-threatening effects of overdoses from opioids. It can also help restore breathing and reverse the sedation and unconsciousness that are common during an opioid overdose. Recent studies show higher opioid overdose death rates among workers in industries and occupations with high rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Rates also were higher in occupations with lower availability of paid sick leave and lower job security, suggesting […]

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OSHA Issues Memorandum Clarifying Position on Incentive Program Drug Testing

Do you remember the memorandum OSHA issued in 2016 that warned employers about issuing post-accident drug tests without reasonable cause and discouraged using incentive programs that rewarded employees for not being injured?  That memorandum was issued by the Obama Administration and was intended to minimize the chance of employees being discriminated against for reporting injuries.  To say it created a “buzz” is an understatement! Well… the Trump Administration issued a follow-up memorandum on October 11, 2018 that reversed OSHA’s stance.  The new memorandum still discourages doing anything to intentionally discriminate against employees, but it clearly says post-accident drug testing is permissible and so are “rate based” incentive programs.  To read the exact language of this memorandum click here. While this is likely perceived as good news for many, we still encourage companies to avoid using incentive programs that are solely based on rates/injuries.  In our opinion these types of programs […]

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New Resource from CPWR Launched for Hearing Conservation

CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training) has recently launched new safety resources for the construction industry. One of the new resources launched is regarding hearing conservation. After conducting trainer and worker surveys, they came to the conclusion that a new training program needed to be developed. The new training program on noise hazards and preventing hearing loss is titled Construction Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program. To see their new Training Program, click here. The new program has several modules, and in-class and hands-on reflection exercises. The program can be used as your own, or as part of an OSHA training program. For infographics on hearing statistics, click here. For the CPWR Toolbox Talk on Noise and Hearing Protection, click here.    

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