April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and NSC is providing public education materials

image 7 - April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and NSC is providing public education materials

Just one second of distraction behind the wheel is all takes to change a life forever. During the month of April, the National Safety Council is leading an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in workplaces, homes and communities. OSHA encourages employers and workers to make safe driving a priority. Visit the campaign website for public education materials to help eliminate fatalities caused by distracted driving

 

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Trenching and Soil Classification video available on OSHA’s website

image 6 - Trenching and Soil Classification video available on OSHA's website

Classifying soil is one of the steps that employers must follow to ensure that trenching work can be done safely. OSHA requires that employers have a competent person to determine the soil type and likelihood of a cave-in. This determines how to properly slope, bench, or shore the trench to prevent a collapse. OSHA’s soil classification video demonstrates how a visual inspection of a construction site’s soil is performed. It also shows the three most common methods for testing soil stability: plasticity, thumb penetration, and pocket penetrometer.

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OSHA Assists Tornado Recovery Efforts in Alabama and Georgia

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In response to a March 3 tornado that caused severe damage in Alabama and Georgia, OSHA dispatched staff to help protect workers involved in recovery and cleanup efforts in the most affected communities. OSHA staff performed interventions, participated in safety briefings, distributed OSHA publications, and addressed key hazards including falls, struck-by injuries, and lack of personal protective equipment. OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response page offers more information on hazards and resources.

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OSHA Requests Information on Powered Industrial Truck Standard

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OSHA is requesting information as the agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards. OSHA will use the information received to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety. Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or internal combustion engines. Comments must be submitted by June 9.

For details, see the news release.

Get Ready for Safe + Sound 2019

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Safe + Sound, OSHA’s year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, includes both employers and workers.  Participate in quarterly events on building an effective safety and health program in your workplace. Learn about best practices during webinars and put them into action during the 30-day challenges. These events also focus on management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards. Share your safety successes during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. Sign up on the Safe + Sound website.

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OSHA Promotes Trenching Safety in Missouri

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OSHA Area Director Karena Lorek spoke on trenching hazards and solutions at the Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit held recently in Springfield, Missouri. The summit, hosted by the Missouri Common Ground Alliance, was attended by 1,200 participants that included employers, workers, and representatives of trade schools, local unions, fire departments, and other organizations from more than 20 states. Lorek shared OSHA’s requirements for trenching and excavation, associated hazards, and ways to prevent injuries and fatalities. For more information, visit OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage.

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