The Department of Labor has issued a new poster for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers must post this in their workplace. You can find the poster at this link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf
Are your employees wearing N95 filtering facepiece respirators to protect themselves? Please Note: the information in this blog pertains only to N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Other respirator types may follow different requirements.
Yesterday we wrote about companies being essential businesses and staying open during the "Stay at Home" order. If you do remain open, here are some recommendations to help keep employees safe while they are at work:
Workers play a strong role in keeping themselves safe due to their willingness to take personal responsibility for decisions that will keep them safe. Safety training and policies are commonly used tools to help encourage risk-free behaviors through building safety knowledge. However, these practices alone will not be enough to create a complete safety culture.
How long has it been since you have refreshed your team on travel safety?
Sometimes we are so focused on output and daily management that safety does not get the attention it deserves. Our employees are our most valuable asset. We are also busy. When time is taken to improve our safety and health programs and train the team, it is often focused on regulatory and highly hazardous activities.
US Department of Labor's OSHA to co-sponsor DIOSH Day, Illinois workplace safety and health conference in Peoria on February 27, 2019.
Peoria, Ill. – Construction safety, combustible dust, fall protection, crane safety, organizational change management and developing a safety culture will be featured topics at the workshops and breakout sessions of this year’s Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day. The event will be held Wednesday, February 27, at the Peoria Civic Center located at 201 Jefferson St. SW.
More than a third of workplaces did not submit... Are you on the naughty list?
By the end of 2017, select employers were required to submit 300A forms containing 2016 data. Unfortunately for OSHA, only two-thirds of the anticipated 350,000 submissions were recorded. These organizations are now facing potential scrutiny and fines for these "other-than-serious" citations, and will be conducting inquiries until June 15, 2018.
Did you find yourself on the OSHA target list for not submitting? As a reminder, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses are required to submit.
The electronic posting requirement for injury and illness logs has been delayed. The following is a quote from the OSHA website: "OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available."
How do you prioritize your safety program and improvements?
As a business leader, you understand the strict focus that's often required to make and keep your employees and the work environment a safe place. But sometimes it's hard to figure out how to focus the training and documentation efforts of your safety program. There is so much to do to make sure your employees understand the best safe practices.
Every year the US Department of Labor publishes the OSHA Top 10 Citations and violation categories. This is for your consideration and benefit!