Health & Safety Watch: OSHA Withdraws Temporary Vaccine Rule; Permanent Mandate In the Works

The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn its emergency temporary standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing for workers at large employers. However, OSHA will continue to pursue a permanent standard to that effect, according to a Federal Register notice issued January 26, 2022. On November 5, 2021, OSHA adopted an emergency … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: A Safe Workplace is Sound Business

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: Safe+Sound Week

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. This year OSHA invites companies to participate August 9-15. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: LATICRETE Launches ProjectSafety™ Campaign

LATICRETE, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry, has launched the ProjectSafety™ campaign, a company-wide initiative that provides access to safety education and alternative installation techniques to help lower the staggering injury and ailment statistics associated with the construction industry. This industry’s workforce handles tasks that range from … Read more

OSHA Solicits Public Input on Whistleblower Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a teleconference meeting May 19, 2021, to solicit public comments and suggestions on key issues facing OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program. This is the seventh in a series of meetings on how the agency can improve the whistleblower … Read more

Study Concludes Construction Industry Has Among Highest COVID-19 Positivity Rates

The results of a recent study administered by testing firm Curative in Los Angeles between August and October, were revealed in an article on Construction Dive. The study tracked the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests and compared positive test results with an occupational questionnaire. Although the study has … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: Workplace Safety and the Flu

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with vaccine manufacturers to have extra flu vaccine available this flu season. Manufacturers have already begun distributing flu vaccines and will … Read more

OSHA Offers On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. … Read more

7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Rescheduled

The 7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls had been postponed and has now been rescheduled for the week of September 14-18. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the … Read more

OSHA Issues Guidance As Non-Essential Businesses Reopen & Employees Return to Work

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces … Read more