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New CPWR COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool
The Center for Construction Research and Training has launched a free online COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool. This Planning Tool was developed in response to recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH that employers have a plan to assess the risk and take action. The new Planning Tool allows a user to create their plan in four steps:
- Assess the risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the control measures that will be used to prevent exposure, such as using social distancing, as shown in the photo below from last month's Falls Stand Down.
- Establish a protocol for screening workers and visitors and handling those who become sick or may have been exposed on the job.
- Identify the COVID-19-related training that will be provided, including who will be trained, how the training will be provided, and who will conduct the training.
- Complete the final elements of the plan, including information about the job and who will be responsible for implementing the plan.
The Planning Tool is aligned with the COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse to make it easier for users to find ways to implement controls, conduct screenings, and provide training. The new planning tool is still evolving; if you have questions or ideas to improve it, please email: email@example.com.
DOL/Health and Human Services Guidance: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Check out OSHA's website on COVID-19 for the latest information on specific industry guidance, hazard recognition, medical information, and control and prevention. Information is available on all aspects of compliance from prevention and protection to reporting and recordkeeping.
OSHA developed COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA's COVID-19 planning guidance is available in both English (OSHA 3990-03 2020) and Spanish. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has been working closely with their research, government, and other industry partners to respond to questions about the spread of the COVID-19 disease and to provide the latest information on protecting construction workers on the job. They have developed a COVID-19 resource page in both English and Spanish.
Safe+Sound Week, August 10-16, 2021
Safe+Sound Week is a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and resources to assist organizations in implementing a safety program. Here are 3-Tips for finding and fixing hazards:
- Involve workers
- Be prepared to act
- Stay current
In support of Safe+Sound week and to assist you in staying current, we will be offering free admission to the OSHA #7500 Introduction to Safety and Health Management at selected locations.
Free Online OSHA Training Courses
Looking for some free short training courses on critical safety and health issues? These one hour training courses developed by Region VI OSHA and the OSHA Education Centers provide information on a variety of topics:» Amputation
» Electrical Safety
» Excavation and Trenching (Spanish)
» Healthcare Safety
» Heat Stress
» Ladder Safety Symposium
» Preventing Falls in the Workplace
» Protecting Workers in Oil and Gas
» Protecting Workers in Trenches
» Silica: Every Breath You Take
Prevent Heat Illness at Work
Although heat illness is preventable, every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention campaign’s newest resource, Prevent Heat Illness at Work, highlights how to protect workers from outdoor and indoor heat exposure. Download it now!
Crane Operator Qualifications
On February 7, 2019 the Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications final rule became effective, requiring employers using cranes in the construction industry to document their evaluation of their crane operators. That same day OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance indicating that while it will still enforce the requirement that employers evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes it is going to provide additional time for employers to begin to document the evaluations. Questions? Check out OSHA's FAQs.
Excavation and Trench Safety
Each year, construction workers are injured or killed when the walls of the trench they are working in collapse. One cubic yard of dirt can weigh 3,000 pounds or more. As a result, survival time in a collapsed trench can be as little as a minute if the victim is buried and there are no air pockets. This means that sometimes, not even immediate rescue can save the victim. Trench collapses and cave-ins are a serious threat to workers, but they can be prevented.
- PREPARE a safe trench. - Provide safe entry and exit before starting work. - Keep materials at least 2 feet away from the edge.
- PROTECT workers from a cave-in by using protective systems. - Sloping or benching trench walls, or - Shoring trench wall with supports, or - Shielding trench walls with trench boxes.
- INSPECT the trench for hazards. - Look for standing water and other environmental hazards. - Never enter a trench unless it has been inspected and approved by the competent person.
OSHA has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards the Agency's Priority Goal. To learn more, enroll in next OSHA #3015 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics course.
Reminder - 90-day Grace Period Eliminated
Effective January 1, 2019, the 90-day grace period for renewing your OSHA Outreach Trainer Cards has been eliminated.
The requisite update course must be completed BEFORE the expiration date indicated on your trainer card. If your authorization lapses, not only must you retake the Trainer Course in order to once again be authorized to conduct the 10- and 30-hour outreach classes, but you will be subject to meeting all the new prerequisites for becoming a trainer, up to and including successfully having completed the applicable Standards course within the past 7 years. If you have any questions or need help registering for a class please call 866-906-9190.
"Take 3 in 30" Challenge
Management leadership is a core element of a workplace safety and health program. Accelerate your program and show your commitment in your workplace. 3 in 30! Here’s how you do it:
- Take 3 actions in 30 days
There are lots of ways to accelerate your program! Choose from our list or pick one of your own. Every workplace is different so select actions that work best for you.
- Share in your workplace
It is important for your employees to see your commitment to safety! Show them that safety starts with you! List your three actions and share it on social media, in your company newsletter, or post it in the workplace.
- Accept your challenge coin
You did it! Visit our website once you complete your activities to download your virtual challenge coin for showing Management Leadership. Share it on social media, post it in your workplace, or put it in your signature file – display it proudly!