July 2019 Workplace Safety News and Notes

Safety News

Here’s a collection of safety news from around the web:

ASSP Publishes Steps for Creating Safer Roadway Work Zones

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) recently published a list of four steps that contractors, safety professionals, workers and others can take to improve highway work zone safety. It also includes a list of work zone intrusion alert technology (WZIAT) devices that may be new to you. Learn more.

National Safety Council: Wearable Technology Could Boost Workplace Safety, but Concerns Remain

Smart personal protective equipment, glasses with heads-up displays and hard hats with sensors give safety professionals a set of watchful eyes to help ensure the health and well-being of the workforce, particularly lone workers. But some workers perceive watchful eyes as prying eyes. That’s why experts say it’s important to lay down the groundwork and gain the trust of employees before turning to these new-wave devices. Read more.

OSHA Requests Information on its Standard for Control of Hazardous Energy

OSHA has issued a request for information on the modernization of its Lockout/Tagout standard, especially control circuit type devices and robotics. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments by August 19, 2019. Learn more.

Back-to-School Means Sharing the Road

August is back-to-school time in many areas, and the National Safety Council reminds all drivers that school time brings driving challenges. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Check these tips for sharing the road.

OSHA Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Find and Fix Workplace Hazards

OSHA has developed a variety of resources to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness. Resources include: Safe + Sound campaign; Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs; OSHA 300 log help; manager’s guides and on-site consultation. Learn more

New Jersey Amends Medical Marijuana Law to Include Protections for Employees and Employers

New Jersey has adopted legislation granting greater protections for medical cannabis users. In addition, the amendments provide clearer standards for employers related to enforcing their own marijuana policies. Learn more.  

 

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