The month of May featured the week-long National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. As we now move into the summer months, employers are faced with various seasonal safety challenges.
The summer temperatures can create a risk of heat illness. Employers whose employees are potentially exposed to hot temperatures must protect their employees from the hazards related extreme heat exposure. The heat illness prevention campaign – which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) summarizes with the reminder “WATER. REST. SHADE.” – provides a number of resources on effective ways to protect employees from heat illness.
The summer months also result in an influx of young workers to the workforce. Employers must ensure that all summer workers receive proper training on the required job duties and that all summer workers understand the importance of safety. OSHA has published some resources for employers to use to ensure that all employees, including summer employees, stay safe.
OSHA is holding “[a] nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs.” The event, called Safe + Sound Week, is scheduled to take place June 12-18, 2017. This is another good opportunity for employers to take some time to once again remind all employees of the importance of the organization’s safety and health programs and the importance of all employees – both management and non-management – working together to ensure that everyone leaves work each day in the same condition as they arrived.