With December upon us, we’re in the final stretch. Don’t let this be the time to slack off when it comes to safety. With your employees focused on getting home for the holiday’s or other plans they might have, safety can take a backseat as focus is lost. Distractions around holiday’s, mixed with shorter days and winter weather, can spell disaster for a company right before they need to calculate their incident rate for the year. This week’s roundup is centered around staying focused through the remainder of the year and starting 2018 happy and healthy, cheers! – Matt Luman, OSHA Outreach Trainer and EHS Product Manager
November 22 – The holiday season can be a stressful time for retail employees and their managers. Dealing with the increased foot traffic, longer hours, and risk of violence popping up can put anyone on edge. Check out the fact sheets and information for retail workers from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.
December – The comment period for the RFI on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust has been extended until January 9th, 2018. This partnership between MSHA and NIOSH explores the health effects of diesel exhaust in enclosed environments and will review approaches that could enhance control methods for workers in these areas.
November 29 – According to employment data from the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment has increased in 243 metro areas between October 2016 & 2017. There is a growing demand seen in the private sector. Officials are urging tax reform to sustain the growth.
November 17 – The AGC is lobbying Congress to repeal under the Congressional Review Act policies that they find to be burdensome in the industry. Certain policies from federal agencies enforce standards that in the opinion of the AGC “place unnecessary and unreasonable risks on contractors”. Click the link above to see the details and specifics.