Avetta Industry Watch – Week of August 22

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  • How to help injured employees return to work – San Antonio Business Journal: Preventing workplace injuries is a top priority for most companies, however the unfortunate reality is accidents are inevitable. How can employers help employees return to work after suffering an injury? Reassuring them that their first obligation is to get well is a good start. Read more helpful tips here.
  • Protect Workers From Harmful Chemicals, Advocates Urge EPA – Bloomberg BNA: Environmental health and union representatives are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the new authorities under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act to protect workers and other at-risk groups from harmful chemicals.
  • Tennessee worker safety chief calls recent deaths 'alarming' – WRCB TV Chattanooga: Head of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Steve Hawkins describes a recent spike in on-the-job fatalities in July as "alarming” – four of the 10 deaths were construction site falls that could have been prevented.
  • ABIH: Workers Need to Be Protected Against Asphalt Fumes – EHS Today: The American Board of Industrial Hygiene reminds safety professionals and managers to limit worker exposure to asphalt fumes, as more than 500,000 construction workers risk serious health-damage – throat and eye irritation, cough and even skin cancer – caused by asphalt exposure. 

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Maintain a current Business Continuity Plan

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Promote a safe, clean and sanitized work environment

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