February 10, 2023

Labor secretary to step down, EMS infection prevention, managing remote workers and more

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The Department of Labor (DOL)

Marty Walsh expected to vacate labor secretary position

Marty Walsh, who has served as labor secretary since March 2021, is expected to leave the Biden administration to become executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Although he will need approval from player representatives, an official announcement is expected as soon as this week. It’s likely Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su will assume the role of acting secretary once Walsh leaves.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Recommendations on infection prevention for EMS employees

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a report on the exposure risk of infectious pathogens for EMS and 911 employees. The report compiled 25 observational studies as well as input from businesses and health care experts. AHRQ also provided recommendations, including the use of personal protective equipment and influenza vaccine mandates.

Tips for managing remote workers

With many employees continuing to shift to remote work, business owners are having to transition to managing health and safety from a distance. An Occupational Health & Safety article shares tips for supporting remote employees through policies and procedures, support services, communication channels and technology.

Preparing for severe weather

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 60 employees are fatally injured in weather-related events each year. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) provides five tips for employers to help keep their employees safe and in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Tips include creating a plan, choosing a shelter location, installing an alarm, stocking up on supplies and providing personal protective equipment.

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