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September 18, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 18

NIOSH, OSHA Issue Temp Worker Protection Document

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have released a document that outlines safety recommendations for temporary workers.

Recommended Practices for Protecting Temporary Workers is designed primarily for staffing agencies. It stresses that the contracts of temporary workers defines their tasks and states the party responsible for their safety.

Other recommendations include performing site inspections of worksites, stating vital trainings for the position, and evaluating the staffing agency and employer’s safety training programs.

Download the document.

MSHA Launches Hazards Alerts Amidst Deaths in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

Faced with a high number of fatalities in metal and non-metal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued two hazard alerts to help address the problem and keep miners safe.

As of August 25, 2014, 18 miners have died this year in metal and non-metal mines. One hazard alert reiterates the need to “examine all working places to detect any unsafe or unhealthful conditions, practices, or equipment and take the necessary steps to correct them.”

The second alert reminds miners that “Effective Training save lives” and provides the TASK principle: Teach the miner All the job steps and Skills to safely perform the task with Knowledge.

Integrating Road Safety into a Broader Safety Culture

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety is offering various online materials to help organizations integrate driving safety into their overall safety culture.

Part of a “Drive Safely Work Week” campaign, the materials include PDFs, PowerPoint™ presentations, and other documents, all comprising a tool kit that covers four areas:

  • Lead: covers information that helps organizations plan for a “thoughtful” safety culture that highlights the role of “executive leadership”
  • Engage: stresses the use of seat belts and the avoidance of distracted driving
  • Extend: helps employees bring road safety protocols to their homes
  • Sustain: develop a year-round awareness of driving safety

Visit the website to download the materials.

OSHA Evaluates State Plans for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released reports on 27 approved State Plans. Done annually, the Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (FAME) reports are mandated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

The reports examine the achievements and issues faced by each state plan, which has to be “at least as effective” as federal OSHA’s.

Download the PDF files from the OSHA website.

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