Developing an Employee Heat Stress Prevention Program

Understanding the potential harm caused by working in high temperatures is only the first step when it comes to protecting employees. The most vital step in protecting workers is to develop a Heat Stress Prevention Program for your company.

Worker Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards – and this includes protecting workers from extreme heat. Learn valuable tips on how to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.

Massachusetts Rising Worker Deaths Results in New OSHA Protections

Massachusetts construction deaths in 2017 accounted for 21 of the 74 reported job-related fatalities – an 11-year high in deaths on the job. This resulted in a successful MassCOSH effort to protect workers. On March 1, 2018 a bill, (HB 3952), expanded OSHA protections to almost 430,000 public sector and municipal workers.

Workplace Injuries Increase After Daylight Saving Time Change

Employers and employees should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change. Research has shown that the hour of lost sleep can be related to an increase in job-related injuries in the days following the time change.

2018 OSHA Penalties Increased To Adjust for Inflation

On Jan. 2, 2018, civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations increased to adjust for inflation. The civil penalties were increased for a variety of regulated areas, such as: Immigration, Child Labor, Wage and Hour, MSHA and OSHA.

Battery Powered Forklift Training and Associated Hazards

OSHA requires that every forklift operator be trained and certified to operate the powered industrial truck in the workplace, and that the operator’s performance be evaluated under the provisions of 1910.178(l)(3) every three years.