Safety News: January 2020

Safety in the News: January 2020


Headphones Music on Construction Sites Is Up to Employer Discretion, says OSHA
Music is integral to our lives. We listen to it on the way to and from work, while doing the dishes, at parties, and even on the job. However, there are arguably some jobs where listening to music through headphones could cause more harm than good. Employers in the construction industry asked OSHA about the regulations and recommendations the organization had about music headphones on site.

Safety News: December 2019

Safety in the News: December 2019


OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Increases in 2019 To Keep America’s Workforce Safe
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fiscal year (FY) 2019 final statistics show a significant increase in the number of inspections and a record amount of compliance assistance to further the mission of ensuring that employers provide workplaces free of hazards....

Safety News: September 2019

Safety in the News: September 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of SEPTEMBER 2019:

Acting OSHA Construction Safety Head Made Official
Scott Ketcham is officially the top administrator of the safety agency’s Directorate of Construction after serving for several months as acting head of the office, the Department of Labor announced Sept. 16. Ketcham succeeds Director Dean McKenzie, who died in November 2018.

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Is OSHA Increasing Inspections? Get Your Rooftop Fall Protection Up to Code Now

Over the past few years, OSHA has been steadily increasing the frequency of its inspections. OSHA carried out more inspections than ever in 2018 (32,000) and recently, Secretary of Labor Jim Acosta went on record saying that he "fully expects inspections to increase" in 2019.

Fueled by the government shutdown and coincidental retirements, OSHA's overall employee numbers were lower in 2018 than the year before. But, they still managed to carry out more inspections. This year, they have already committed to hiring 27 additional full-time inspectors — and they expect to hire 67 by the end of the year. When these new employees are trained and ready-to-inspect worksites, the overall presence of OSHA is going to be even more visible.

Safety News: September 2019

Safety in the News: August 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of AUGUST 2019:

New Brochure Spotlights OSHA On-Site Consultation Program (Safety+Health)
According to OSHA, an onsite consultation offers small employers confidential workplace safety and health services, assistance with finding and fixing hazards, advice on complying with OSHA standards, and help with establishing and improving safety and health programs and training workers.

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BlueWater to Exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference

CHASKA, MN – (August 23, 2019) – BlueWater, makers of industry-leading rooftop safety solutions, will exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, as part of Safety Products Group.  Dates for this year’s show, held at the RIO All Suites Hotel & Casino, will be October 8-11, 2019.

At the booth (#513), attendees can meet with safety experts from BlueWater (and its sister company Fabenco) and see the latest innovations in passive and active OSHA-compliant fall protection solutions for the food and beverage manufacturing industry.