Keeping track of new OSHA regulations and taking advantage of supplemental safety training and reading materials makes a big difference in the success of the programs you implement in your workplace. Seeing what others are doing both for the better and worse help mold an all encompassing safety initiative. Here is a sampling of some of the news buzzing around workplace safety this month.
ASSE Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Study Workplace Fatigue
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to a University of Buffalo researcher who proposes the development of a sensor-based, real-time assessment system that will enable safety practitioners to better monitor workplace fatigue. Studies have shown that fatigue is about four times more likely to contribute to workplace impairment than drugs or alcohol.
Would you find this type of system beneficial in your workplace? Read more here.
OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Confined Spaces in Construction
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard, which becomes effective Aug. 3, 2015. The agency is postponing full enforcement of the new standard to Oct. 2, 2015, in response to requests for additional time to train and acquire the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard.
Are you breathing a sign of relief at your facility? Find out more here.
Safety Innovations of 2015 so far
The safety world is always changing, evolving, finding new ways to protect. Check out these new products, published in the July 2015 issue of EHS Today, that are designed to keep you even safer than before.
Lifting Equipment Safety Tips
Unless you’re superman, you’re not going to be lifting heavy pallets anytime soon. Enter the forklift. Forklifts are great tools for businesses that need them. But, they can also be very dangerous. Safety is the primary concern around these heavy machines, so understand when they need to be inspected and fixed.
Do you use forklifts at your facility? Read more for helpful safety tips.
Another Visit from OSHA after 4 are now dead
In November 2014, a worker was overcome at a chemical manufacturing facility when a supply line unexpectedly released more than 20,000 lbs. of methyl mercaptan when she opened a drain on a methyl mercaptan vent line. Two co-workers who came to her aid also were overcome. None of the three wore protective respirators. A fourth co-worker – the brother of one of the fallen men – attempted a rescue, but was unsuccessful. All four people died in the building.