July 30, 2021

OSHA begins work on new heat standard, tips for preventing workplace violence and more

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New heat standard will impact indoor workers

OSHA is working on a heat standard to protect indoor workers without climate-controlled environments such as manufacturing, warehouses and distribution centers. Although the proposed standard is in preliminary stages, there are speculations it will require items such as break times, monitored acclimatization, and temperature and humidity level checks.

OSHA seeks feedback on mechanical power press standard updates

OSHA is seeking information and feedback regarding updates to its standard on mechanical power presses. The current standard was published 50 years ago and hasn’t been updated with advances in technology and hydraulic or pneumatic power press usage. The deadline to comment is October 26.

Tips for preventing workplace violence

In an Occupational Health & Safety article, the Illinois Department of Labor director and OSHA division manager discuss steps companies can take to reduce the risk of workplace violence. The tips involve establishing a zero-tolerance policy, providing education and securing the workplace.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

Annual Brake Safety Week starts Aug. 22

The annual CVSA Brake Safety Week will take place August 22-28 throughout North America. Inspectors will perform announced and unannounced brake system inspections in commercial motor vehicles. During last year’s event, inspectors identified out-of-service conditions in over 11% of 43,565 inspections.

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