A New Entry to OSHA Top 10 Most Cited Violations

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) release a Top 10 list of the most frequently cited violations for the fiscal year. It is very common for the list to stay the same year after year. However, a new entry has emerged in 2017. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) has joined the list at number 9 with a total number of violations of 1,724. While it may be a new entry, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust, is treating this with the same urgency as any other. “Many of these violations were specifically related to training requirements and ensuring that a training program for each employee who may be exposed to

How Would You Strengthen Worker Safety? Ontario Wants To Know

Ontario wants the public’s input in creating a voluntary accreditation program that will recognize employers who put in extra effort to promote health and safety at their workplace. Ontario is seeking not only employers but also employee’s input to create the recognition program. Around the world, workplaces have begun to use internally recognized standards for workplace health and safety, which means that more workers get home safe and sound at the end of the day. Since 2003, Ontario’s become the safest province to work in with its annual workplace injuries rate drop by more than 50 per cent since 2003. The Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn states, “We are steadfast in our commitment to prote

Refugees and Immigrants Do Not Receive Enough Workplace Training

Refugees and Immigrants from all over the world come to Canada every day. They seek a new life in a country that believes in multiculturalism and bringing communities together. When they arrive, they seek a place to live and a job. Those jobs could include a cashier at a local supermarket or a factory worker, moving materials. These refugees and immigrants then become hard-working members of their community. However, something very important was missed. What happens if a workplace injury occurs? Who do they approach to report an injury? Can they talk to their employer about it, or is there a fear? Those answers may be easy to someone who has grown up in this country but as Agnieszka Kosny, a

Young Workers Love Wearing Headphones...Except At Work

Walk past a youth today and you can almost guarantee that they have a set of headphones in their ears. Whether they are listening to a book on the bus, exercising to the newest hit song or listing to a podcast at lunch, the newest generation of workers are always using headphones. But while they may like to use them during their own time, young workers do not like using proper hearing protection at work. WorkSafeBC collected data from over 160,000 hearing tests and found that one in five young workers is not wearing the proper hearing protection. What’s more startling is that while twelve percent of all workers reported not wearing hearing protection, that percentage rose to nineteen percent

New Pig Reports We Are Underestimating Slip And Fall Risks

New Pig, an authority on drips, leaks, spills and slips, released a new report stating that slip and trip risks are being underestimated by many organizations. The report entitled The Walk Zone Safety Report looks at public facilities and workplaces and compares them in safety, health risks and maintenance of slip and fall risks. Floor safety risks and underestimating the consequences of a possible accident will expose employers to damage to brand reputation, loss of productivity, medical costs and even lawsuits. Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety index reported that falls in the workplace resulted in almost $11 billion in compensation to works and medical costs in 2016. "This survey was a real

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