Staffing agencies and host employers have been given the tools to help settle who is responsible for temporary workers' health and safety. Ultimately, all workers have the right to a safe and health workplace. "Recommended Practices" were released on August 25, 2014 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to ensure that right.
It is confirmed that SeaWorld Entertainment will not appeal the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April. The decision affirmed that SeaWorld violated the general duty clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, because the establishment exposed its trainers to recognized hazards.
Temporary worker safety has been a topic of discussion showcased here before. Preventing work-related injuries among temporary workers by providing them with the appropriate safety training and equipment is a responsibility of employers. Now, OSHA has released a current statement regarding temporary workers' safety in its newsletter on Friday, August 1, 2014.
UL Workplace Health & Safety's Dr. Scott Harris, the Director of EHS Advisory Services, will be a representative and participant at the upcoming OSHA stakeholder meeting on Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Washington, D.C. This organized meeting has the potential to shape future regulations, continuing to enforce practices resulting in safer workplaces.
OSHA released the following statement for the new hazard bulletin:
The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction and occurs from June 2nd- June 6th. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities in 2013. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during the 2012 fiscal year as well as the past few years.
Today, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) released new positioning statements recently updated by the AOHP Executive Board. The five statements included in the updated positioning are:
A new report on Building a Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future is available from the American Hospial Association.
President Obama signed a proclamation today in anticipation of Workers’ Memorial Day, which is marked annually on April 28 with ceremonies and other activities worldwide in remembrance of workers killed on the job.
“We must never accept that injury, illness or death is the cost of doing business,” the proclamation states. “Workers are the backbone of our economy, and no one's prosperity should come at the expense of their safety.”
There were 4,628 fatal work injuries reported in the United States in 2012, higher than a preliminary count of 4,383 released in August 2013 but the second-lowest annual total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992, according a Bureau of Labor Statistics update. There were 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2012, slightly less than 2011.