Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. For 93 years, Pennsylvanians have come together at this conference to discuss workplace safety and health in your state. That is almost twice as long as OSHA has existed.
Worker safety has come a long way since your first conference, and since OSHA first opened its doors in 1971. Today’s workplaces are much safer, healthier places to earn a living. However, as evidenced by the variety of workshop topics and discussions over these two days, there is a wide range of issues still left to tackle.
It is great to see so many of you here, engaged in this important process of improving working conditions for your employees, your neighbors, and yourself.
Our collective goal is for every Pennsylvania worker to have a safe, family sustaining career. Everyone in this room has a role to play in achieving that goal, and we all have to work together to get the job done. I am here to discuss the role OSHA can play; including the various tools the agency has available to help ensure that your workplaces are safe.
This is part of a series of guidance documents developed under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI). This Initiative focuses on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are employed under the joint employment of a staffing agency and a host employer.
NACOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies. Members of the 12-person advisory committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.
In addition to cold stress, there are other winter weather related hazards that workers may be exposed to when performing tasks such as driving in the snow, removing snow from rooftops, and working near downed or damaged power lines.
Stiles Construction is a privately held company that provides different types of construction services. They specialize in high-rise residential, mixed use residential, car dealerships, parking garages, supermarkets, and municipal work. Stiles Construction is a part of Stiles Corporation, a full-service commercial real estate firm with a clear mission: Invest. Build. Manage. Stiles services include development, construction, tenant project management, brokerage, property management, architecture, asset management, acquisitions, and financing.
With the increase in merchandise sales during the holiday shopping season comes an increase in potential hazards for workers in the wholesale, transportation, and retail industries. Employers should take appropriate actions to protect workers fulfilling customer orders, delivering packages, and managing crowds of shoppers. OSHA has resources to help keep workers safe at every step along the way in getting gifts from the warehouse to your home.
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