NIOSH and OSHA recently released the redesigned, co-branded OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App. This version replaces the app previously created by OSHA in 2011. The app calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using the smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull current weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites. Based on the calculated heat index, users are provided specific sets of recommendations for protections against the heat. Workers and managers can use these recommendations to adjust their work environment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), reports out of 4,379 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2015, there were 937 or 21.4% in the construction industry alone. That means one in five worker deaths last year were reported to be at the construction facilities. The leading cause of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today it has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs.