Hawaii Cites Water Utility for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards

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The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued nine citations and $198,828 in penalties to the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply for exposing workers to trenching and excavation hazards. Inspectors concluded that the employer failed to provide a safe means of exit, properly install a shoring system, and control the accumulation of water in a trench where three workers were installing a water main. The utility was cited for these violations in 2014 and 2017.

Nigerian Delegation Visits OSHA to Share Information on Occupational Safety and Health

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On July 9, Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt welcomed the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and a delegation to OSHA. During their visit, agency directors provided information about workplace safety enforcement policies and procedures, the rule-making process and cooperative and stateprograms. The meeting came as a result of the Ministry requesting technical assistance on labor inspection and occupational safety and health from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Free Heat Illness Prevention Webinar on July 25

Free heat illness Prevention

Through an alliance with OSHA, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) will host a free webinar on July 25 focusing on heat illness prevention. Understanding heat stress hazards and solutions is crucial to the safety and health of landscape and lawn care workers. Visit the NALP website to create an account and registerfor the webinar. See OSHA’s website for resources on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether their jobs expose them to indoor or outdoor heat hazards.

Hundreds Stand Down for Trench Safety in Missouri

Hundreds Stand Down for Trench

During last month’s Trench Safety Stand-Down Week, more than 600 construction workers gathered outside Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., to learn about safe excavation practices. Speakers at the event included Eric Giguere, who described surviving a trench collapse, and how it affected his life. Presenters also discussed other excavation hazards, the increase in trench-related fatalities, and preventive measures. For more information, visit OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage.

OSHA Focuses on Worker Heat Hazards

With the official start of summer, OSHA is urging employers across the country to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and hazards. While workers in construction, agriculture, and landscaping are often exposed to excessive heat, so are workers in kitchens, foundries, warehouses, and other indoor settings. OSHA offers guidance on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether they are exposed to indoor or outdoor heat hazards. 

OSHA Focuses on Worker Heat Hazards

OSHA Postpones Enforcement of Certain Provisions of Beryllium Standard to August 9

OSHA Postpones Enforcement of Certain Provisions of Beryllium

OSHA is postponing enforcement of certain requirements of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general industry. Requirements originally scheduled for enforcement on June 25 will not be enforced until Aug. 9. The requirements include beryllium work areas, regulated work areas, methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping.

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New Webpage Provides Safety Information on Workplace Chemicals

New Webpage Provides Safety Information on Workplace ChemicalsOSHA’s new Occupational Chemical Database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations into one online resource. The webpage includes chemical identification and physical properties, permissible exposure limits (PELs), and sampling information. Chemicals can be searched by name or identification number, or grouped by PEL, carcinogenic level, or whether they pose an immediate threat when inhaled.

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