OSHA Provides Hazard Prevention Resources for Wildfire Recovery Operations

In the aftermath of the recent major outbreak of wildfires in California, workers will be involved in a variety of response and recovery operations. Some operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience. Wildfires […]

Fatigue Cost Calculator Shows Real Costs of Workplace Fatigue

How much is fatigue costing the workplace? The National Safety Council has teamed with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to develop an easy-to-use online tool that allows employers to receive a tailored estimate of how much worker fatigue is hurting their bottom line. The Fatigue Cost Calculator estimates how much of the burden can be avoided […]

Many Workers Unaware of Potential Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA’s electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. Engineers, electricians and other professionals work with electricity directly, while others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly but may also be […]

Safe Storage of Hazardous Materials is Essential to Worker Safety

The safe storage of hazardous materials is essential to any workplace safety program in order to prevent injuries, fires and other hazardous conditions. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to inform workers about the hazards of chemicals they come in contact with through Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and appropriate labels.  Information about the identities and […]

Effective Incident Investigations Focus on Root Causes

OSHA strongly encourages employers to investigate all incidents in which a worker was hurt as well as close calls in which a worker might have been hurt if the circumstances had been slightly different. Investigating a worksite incident— a fatality, injury, illness, or close call— provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in […]