Safety and OSHA News

Online resources to go one step further than OSHA’s heat stress app

OSHA’s heat stress app “allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite,” according to the agency’s website. But what about planning ahead for the heat, instead of waiting until it’s already there?  [Read more…]

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Worker dies from heat; judge upholds OSHA fines to employer

Federal OSHA doesn’t have a heat stress standard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be cited for failing to have a heat stress plan. [Read more…]

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3 current OSHA enforcement areas and what they have in common

The head of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs recently laid out three areas which the agency is currently focusing on. At first glance, they may not seem to have much in common, but they share one detail regarding OSHA enforcement. [Read more…]

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Companies challenging OSHA fines for heat-related deaths

For the second time in recent weeks, a company says it will contest OSHA fines in connection with the death of an employee due to heat stress. [Read more…]

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It’s a sweaty safety job, but some manikin has to do it (video)

How do you test whether PPE creates employee susceptibility to heat stress? Get a Sweating Thermal Manikin (STM). [Read more…]

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OSHA uses General Duty Clause to fine company for heat-related death

OSHA doesn’t have any regulations specific to making sure workers are protected from heat. But that doesn’t stop the agency from fining companies for failing to protect workers against hot conditions. [Read more…]

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Governor vetoes heat stress bill

California already has the strictest regulations on the books to provide relief for outdoor workers in hot conditions. A bill passed by the state’s legislature would have created new penalties for breaking these rules, but the effort has been stopped by a veto. [Read more…]

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OSHA won’t enact heat stress standard — for now

OSHA has denied a request by several groups to enact an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) setting a heat threshold level for workers. But OSHA is addressing the issue, including enforcement through the General Duty Clause (GDC). [Read more…]

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Amazon warehouse investigated by OSHA

A newspaper has investigated reports about working conditions at an Amazon.com warehouse that serves one-third of the country. Employee claims point to extreme indoor heat, closed doors when it was hot, work rates that couldn’t be sustained and firing threats when workers couldn’t keep up in the heat. [Read more…]

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Library workers sent home because of indoor heat

California has been cracking down on farms that don’t provide outdoor workers with enough water and shade on hot days. Indoor workers can suffer from heat stress, too, but you wouldn’t expect libraries to be on the list of places with problems due to hot conditions. [Read more…]

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