Avetta Industry Watch – Week of October 3

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  • NSC Survey: One-Third of Employees Don't Feel Prepared for Emergencies – HR DIVE: A recent National Safety Council (NSC) survey found only 34 percent of American workers feel well-trained in emergency practices while 75 percent of managers and supervisors said their employees are well-trained to handle workplace emergencies. Based on these findings, it’s apparent employees and managers/supervisors have conflicting perceptions when it comes to workplace safety preparedness.
  • OSHA Rolls Out Another Standards Improvement Measure – Occupational Health & Safety: OSHA is proposing 18 changes to existing standards that aim to revise confusing, outdated or unnecessary language. These changes focus on recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards, specifically. In the long-term, OSHA hopes these proposed revisions will save employers an estimated $3.2 million per year.
  • Mine Safety Agency Warns of Equipment and Machinery Dangers – National Law Review: Following the recent deaths of three mine workers involving mine equipment and machinery, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released a safety alert, “Best Practices for Blocking against Motion”, in an effort to reinforce best practices amongst both employers and employees. Some of the suggested practices include avoiding work under an unsupported load or a moving conveyor belt.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • OSHA Finds 20 ‘Serious’ Violations at Plant Where Worker Died – Boston Globe: OSHA recently issued 20 citations to a Boston seafood company after an employee death that took place in March due to ammonia fumes exposure. The preliminary fines totaled more than $170,000 for the company’s failure to properly address issues such as exposure to risk of falls, electrical shock and hazardous chemicals.
  • OSHA Says Workers Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals, Compressed Gas and Falls at Tire Retailer – Occupational Health & Safety: A New Jersey tire supply company has been issued $103,000 in federal fines after being cited with one repeat and seven serious violations. The hazards cited posed serious dangers to the health and safety of employees, including improperly stored gas cylinders, unmarked exits and missing guardrails on raised platforms.
  • Roofer's First-Day Injury Costs FL Contractor $152K OSHA Fine – Construction DIVE: A Florida roofing contractor is facing a more than $150,000 OSHA fine following an accident that caused an employee to be seriously injured. In an effort to send a stronger message to violators, OSHA is utilizing a new fine and penalty structure, raising the maximum fee for civil penalties by 78 percent as of August.

How is your organization handling it?

We're taking steps internally to ensure we can support you during this crisis by:

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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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Enable employees to work remotely

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Institute Office Distancing policies

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No visitors to the office

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Encourage employees to self-educate using online resources (WHO)

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Restrict travel—all non-essential travel is forbidden

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