OSHA Updates Training Requirements for Safety Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has added a PDF to its website that features up-to-date training requirements for various safety regulations.

Training Requirements in OSHA Standards contains excerpts of need-to-know information that can help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors, and others conduct their training and strengthen their compliance initiatives.

The document organizes the training requirements under five categories:

  • General Industry
  • Maritime
  • Construction
  • Agricultural
  • Federal Employee Programs

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BLS: 44 Million Workers in Private Sector Do Not Have Paid Sick Leave

About 40 percent of private sector employees do not have paid sick leave, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This figure translates to around 44 million people.

Of all workers in the private sector, those in maintenance (construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and forestry) had the lowest rate, with only 36 percent getting paid sick leave. Those in services followed at 39 percent. The number was highest among those in management, business, and finance at 88 percent.

In a blog post, Labor Secretary Perez called for a national policy on paid sick leave. He notes that the lack of paid sick leave affects low-wage workers at even higher rates than the average. He adds “those most likely to suffer from a missed day of wages are also those least likely to be afforded paid time off.” Statistics he cited indicate that 78 percent of private sector workers earning under $9.00 an hour cannot earn paid sick days.

The data on sick leaves was part of a report released by the BLS last month, Employee Benefits in the United States. The report provides data on access to major employee benefits, such as paid holidays and medical care.

Download the inspection guidelines.

Read Secretary Perez’s blog post.

Get the data on paid sick leaves.

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Study: Wash Hands After Cracking Eggs To Prevent Food Poisoning

Only 48 percent of adults wash their hands after cracking eggs, a practice that raises the risk of “cross-contamination” during food handling, according to a study and survey done by RTI International, a research institute, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University.

According to the lead author of the study, Katherine Kosa, egg shells contribute to numerous cases and outbreaks of salmonella infection each year in the United States. Kosa adds that the improper handling and consumption of raw eggs increases the risk of salmonellosis, a kind of foodborne illness.

She recommends washing hands and surfaces when handling raw eggs and cooking the eggs to the proper temperature.

The study was published in The Journal of Food Protection and is based on an online survey of 1,500 adult grocery shoppers.

For more information, read the RTI press release.

MSHA: 18 Miners Died in 1st Half of 2015; Three Fatalities in One August Day

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that 18 miners died between January 1 and June 30, 2015.

Of the 18 fatalities:

  • Six were contractors
  • Five were foremen/supervisors
  • One was an operator
  • Ten occurred in metal and nonmetal mines while the remaining eight occurred in coal mines.

More information about the fatalities can be viewed on MSHA’s Letter to Stakeholders.

MSHA reiterated its call for and implementation of preventive measures such as “increased surveillance and strategic enforcement through impact inspections at mines with troubling complaint histories; enhanced pattern of violations actions; special initiatives such as “Rules to Live By,” which focuses attention on the most common causes of mining deaths; and outreach efforts.”

These and other measures are more urgent than ever. Earlier this month, three miners died in a single day, prompting MSHA to “beef up inspections with a focus on violations commonly associated with mining deaths” and raise its enforcement efforts.

Read Joseph Main’s “Letter to Stakeholders.”

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