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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Our 24/7 society keeps us continually connected with cell phones, dashboard infotainment systems and voice command features. But all these things can put our lives at risk. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever. Read more.
Join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 8-12, 2017
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
OSHA recordkeeping provision overturned
On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 83 disapproving OSHA’s 2016 rule that clarified the Agency’s stance on citing employers for not keeping accurate injury and illness records throughout the required 5-year retention period. The result of the rule’s repeal is that OSHA will no longer be able to cite recordkeeping violations that occurred earlier than six months from the time an OSHA inspector discovers the violation.
OSHA delays enforcing construction crystalline silica standard
Enforcement of the construction Respirable Crystalline Silica standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) will be moved back to September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 6, 2017. Because of the unique requirements in the standard, OSHA will provide additional educational materials and guidance for employers.
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