New OSHA Resources Offer Solution To Common Safety Hazards

The new series called OSHA Alerts, is offering solution alerts to the most common safety hazards. The alerts will address safety hazards associated with certain work activities, equipment or events. The purpose of the alerts is to recognize the hazards involved in daily work and solutions to ensure worker safety. Four alerts centering on flood recovery and clean up, trenching and excavation and forklift operation are currently available. 

 

OSHA Publishes Webpage On Measles Prevention

The topic of measles has been all over the news lately due to the fact that measles cases are skyrocketing due to unvaccinated children. Measles is a highly contagious illness which can be spread through infected droplets or airborne particles, contact with an infected person’s saliva and surfaces contaminated with an infected person’s saliva. Symptoms of the illness don’t appear until about 10–14 days after the virus is contracted. Symptoms include: pain in muscles, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, runny nose, skin rash, dry cough, sore throat, headache and swollen lymph nodes. OSHA has constructed an OSHA Measles Prevention Webpage to help combat the spread of measles.

 

Cautionary Tale: Maine Roofing Contractor Fined and Indicted for Manslaughter After Workplace Fall

The owner of a home improvement company’s failure to ensure the use of fall protection for his employees has led him to face a total of $1,792,736 in OSHA penalties as well as a manslaughter indictment. On December 13, 2018, a Puvius Home Improvement Co. worker fell to his death on the job. The owner, Shawn D. Prewis, was cited by OSHA to have made egregious willful, repeat and serious workplace violations. Read the news release in full →

 

OSHA Grantees Offer Online Training Programs on Fall Prevention

Both the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida are offering free online training programs intended to protect construction workers from hazardous falls. The University of Tennessee training program provides three training modules regarding OSHA’s role in workplace safety, health and safety standards influencing construction workers, and averting prevalent types of falls at construction sites. The University of Florida has designed software that displays 380-degree panoramas of construction scenarios to test trainees’ ability to recognize fall hazards.

 

Emergency Preparedness MESH (EP-MESH)

The importance of being prepared in an emergency can not be stressed enough. In the last two decades, organizations have, unfortunately, had to prepare for a different type of emergency—active shooters. Emergency Preparedness MESH is emergency training involving 100 hours of workplace safety, health or environmental training. Courses include Evacuation and Emergency Planning, Disaster Site Worker Training, Extreme Heat Exposure and Active Shooter training. 

 

502/503 Reminder 

The Southeastern OTI Education Center is hosting a 2-day OSHA #502 course September 25-27, 2019 in Greensboro, North Carolina. This course provides an update for currently authorized OSHA Construction Outreach Trainers on topics such as OSHA construction industry standards, policies and regulations. Construction industry outreach trainers are required to attend this course once every four years to maintain trainer status. Learn more and register today

The Southeastern OTI Education Center is also holding a 2-day OSHA #503 course September 18-20, 2019 in Swansboro, North Carolina. This course provides an update for currently authorized OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainers on topics such as OSHA general industry standards, policies and regulations. General industry outreach trainers are required to attend this course once every four years to maintain trainer status. Learn more and register today.

 

Shelby Kimes is a Marketing Content Writer in the marketing department for NC State Industrial Expansion Solutions. She writes marketing content for various IES and media platforms to communicate the services and values of IES. She also writes the marketing material needed to alert existing and/or potential clients of any updates within IES. She previously interned with the marketing department at Greenville Parks and Recreation in North Carolina. Shelby graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Sports Studies and a Minor in Marketing/Business Administration.