Regulatory Roundup: OSHA Construction Course, Heat Stress Standard Proposal and More


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The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) offers OSHA 30-hour course
In September, DWC is hosting a five-day OSHA 30-hour construction course in Austin. The training is low-cost and will be available in English only. OSHA's course will emphasize hazard identification and control on construction sites through peer training and participation.

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)Tired construction industry worker wiping sweat

Committee proposes heat stress management standard

The ANSI/ASSP A10 Committee took the first steps in a proposed standard to establish heat illness prevention requirements during construction and demolition. While there is currently no OSHA standard specific to heat illness, the committee hopes its document will provide employers with effective guidelines.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Considerations for multiemployer worksites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the authority to cite multiple companies at the same worksite and urges employers to communicate and coordinate on worker safety. Tips are provided for communication elements such as hazards present, control measures and contact methods for all parties involved.

Proper liftingStrategies for implementing ergonomics

OSHA estimates that employers spend up to $20 billion on direct costs related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on an annual basis. Industry Week provides tips on improving ergonomics to ward off MSDs including diving deeper than the standard assessment, selecting suitable safety equipment, accounting for height differences, offering opportunities and communicating consistently.

Loading dock safety: vehicle restraints vs. wheel chocks

About 25% of industrial accidents occur at the loading dock and one of the most dangerous types is forklifts falling in the gap between the dock and trailer. An EHS Today article explains why wheel chocks are not an acceptable hazard control and how the implementation of vehicle restraints prevents injuries.

Courtesy of Work Safe, Texas

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