January 2020 Workplace Safety News and Notes

Safety News

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


OSHA Updates Emphasis Program On Amputations in Manufacturing

The NEP targets industrial and manufacturing workplaces where employees are injured by unguarded or improperly guarded machinery and equipment. The updated NEP: Revises targeting methodology to include data from amputation reporting requirements; Revises coding requirements for amputation inspections in the OSHA Information System; and adds new appendices. The emphasis program includes a three-month period of education and prevention outreach, which will run until March 10, 2020. Get details.

Deadline for OSHA Form 300A Electronic Reporting is March 2

March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2019. Collection has already begun. The collection of 2019 data and beyond will include the establishments’ Employer Identification Numbers (EIN). Remember, not all establishments need to submit their OSHA 300A data electronically. Get more information here.

2020 State and Federal Labor Law Posters Now Available

Across the U.S., most employers are required to display state and federal labor / employment notices in a conspicuous location. Most states update posters annually. Now you can order up-to-date, US-made labor law posters from the source you trust: ComplianceSigns.com. See the 2020 poster for your state.

OSHA Video Explains the Inspection Process

If you’ve never had a visit from OSHA, you may be in for a surprise – good or bad. OSHA has posted a video that describes and explains the inspection process from the opening conference, to questions that may be asked during a walkaround, to the closing conference and beyond. In less than five minutes, you can get a better understanding of what to expect if an OSHA inspector comes to your workplace. Watch it here.

NIOSH Offers Advice on Indoor Air Quality During Construction and Renovation

Maintaining acceptable IEQ during construction and renovation activities requires a collective effort and input from building managers, the general contractor, subcontractors, engineers and building occupants. A new NIOSH document offers detailed recommendations based on two case studies. Download the document (pdf).

OSHA Comments on Headphones in the Workplace

Although there is no specific OSHA regulation that prohibits the use of headphones on a construction site or any other workplace, OSHA recently made a statement in a letter of interpretation to an inquiry about listening to music on a construction site. This is the first OSHA comment on the topic since issuing a memo regarding Walkman use back in 1987. Read the latest comments in this article.


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