Trenching and excavation are widely recognized as among the most hazardous construction operations, resulting in an average of two deaths per month and hundreds of injuries each year due to trench collapses. OSHA has developed specific safety standards for the construction industry, making the requirements easier to understand.
To prevent workers from being injured due to falls from various types of ladders, including extension ladders and stepladders, employers are encouraged to adopt these ladder safety practices.
The atmosphere within a confined space is subject to evaluation testing to determine the chemical hazards that are or may become present in the space's atmosphere, and to identify the steps required to ensure that atmospheric conditions are safe for a worker to enter the space.
The OSHA Training Center is offering a series of courses focusing on the hazards associated with confined spaces in the workplace to help employers and workers recognize and prevent confined space hazards but also to provide an overview of OSHA's Permit-Required Confined Space Standard for general industry employers.
The potential cost to organizations in workers’ compensation claims, lost production time and OSHA fines for noncompliance makes safety training a practical return on investment.
When a staffing agency supplies temporary workers to a business, the staffing agency and the host employer are both responsible to some degree for determining the conditions of employment and for complying with the law.
Employers that use hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, to implement a written hazard communication program.
OSHA recently published Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals to specifically address employer responsibilities under the HCS.
When temporary workers are assigned by a staffing agency to a client, the temporary staffing agency and the host employer are both responsible for the health and safety of temporary workers.
Environmental heat is a recognized hazard, and thousands of workers [...]