April 2018 Workplace Safety News & Notes

Industrial / Construction, Safety News

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

NIOSH Releases New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations

Workers in industries that use or make nanomaterials may inhale nanoparticles on a daily basis, posing a potential respiratory hazard. NIOSH has developed four new documents with helpful recommendations on minimizing exposures during common processes and tasks. They provide tips on the design, use and maintenance of exposure controls for nanomaterial production, post processing and use. Learn more.

New WHMIS Resources for Employers, Distributors

The WHMIS 2015 deadline is getting closer. To help with your WHMIS 2015 transition, Health Canada has developed two new fact sheets for employers and distributors. The printable fact sheets share key points to know and good practices to consider in preparing for the transition to WHMIS, including key deadlines for new labeling. See WHMIS resource sheets here.

OSHA Launches Regional Construction Safety Campaign

Regional OSHA Offices have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the four leading safety hazards in the construction industry. The “Focus Four Hazards” campaign will serve employers and employees in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. From March through June, the campaign will educate employers to recognize, evaluate and control electrical, struck-by, fall, and caught-in/between hazards. Each month, OSHA representatives will participate in “toolbox talk” discussions focused on one of the four hazards. Visit the OSHA Construction page.

New ISO Worker Safety Standard Available

ISO has developed a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that provides a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world. It takes into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSA 18001 and the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions. Get details here.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S

  • April 19- Holistic Risk Management for Better Risk Assessment
  • April 25 – Disaster Preparedness: Murphy’s Law and Lessons Learned
  • May 3 – Understanding NFPA 2112 and ASTM F1506 and Why FR PPE Certification Matters
  • May 10 – The New ISEA 121 Dropped Objects Standard Explained
  • On Demand – Confined Space Rescue – Knowing You’re Ready
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