Whew, Labor Day is over—with so much to squeeze into a three day weekend, I wasn’t sure I was going to come through unscathed! In the block of time between Friday and Monday, summer ended, white shoes got packed away, burgers and dogs were grilled and I made it to the Labor Day Mattress Blow-Out Sale before all the Queen Pillowtops were sold!
It seems that Labor Day, originally established in 1894 as a celebration of America’s workforce, has been reduced to a weekend that marks the close of the summer season—and for some, the beginning of the school year. So, in the true spirit of Labor Day, I encourage you to take a minute to reflect on the accomplishments of American workers.
To get you started, were you aware that workers right here in the Tarheel State make some really cool stuff? From the iconic yellow Thomas Built Buses made in High Point, to OPI Nail Polish made in Sanford, North Carolina workers contribute to the global economy by manufacturing all kinds of innovative products and providing valuable and creative services. Take a minute to leave a comment about what it is you and your workers are doing, that the rest of us need to be celebrating.
Speaking of innovation, OSHA has launched a new electronic system for reporting workplace injuries and illnesses. The deadline for companies to comply is December 1, 2017—if you need help understanding this and other details related to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule, join us in Irmo, South Carolina on September 26 or Raleigh on October 31 for an OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Workshop.
Holli Singleton is the Assistant Director of Safety & Health Services at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In addition to managing the services offered by the Safety and Health Specialists, she develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts work site assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental assistance to employers throughout the southeastern region of the United States.