OSHA is urging vigilance among employers and employees to address the types of workplace hazards that tend to peak in the summer months.
Hazards in the following areas have been at their highest in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in July, August, and September in the past three years.
- Heat exposure,
- Workplace violence, and
OSHA Regional Administrator, Kimberly Stille, in Kansas City, Missouri, said, “OSHA encourages employers to develop safety and health programs, hold safety stand-downs and toolbox talks, and conduct daily safety meetings to discuss common hazards.
Employers are required to provide workplace safety training to improve employees’ ability to identify, evaluate, and effectively prevent safety and health hazards on the job.”
OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign encourages every workplace to have a safety and health program. OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs offers practical advice on how an organization can create and integrate safety and health programs.
OSHA offers compliance assistance for small- and medium-sized businesses at no charge.
Each state has an On-Site Consultation Program, a no-cost and confidential program to help employers learn about potential hazards at their workplace and to improve safety and health programs.