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OSHA proposes first national heat-protection rule

OSHA has released a proposed rule intended to protect workers from the significant health risks of extreme heat. A DOL statement said the proposed rule would help protect approximately 36 million workers in outdoor and indoor work settings and substantially reduce heat injuries, illnesses and deaths in the workplace.

Warehouse Worker Protection Act picks up steam

Currently gaining traction on Capitol Hill is federal legislation aimed at improving safety for people who work for employers that operate massive warehouse and shipping operations—employers like Amazon.

First shots fired in DOL’s summer child-labor blitz

Earlier this month, we predicted the U.S. Department of Labor would step up prosecutions of alleged child-labor violations this summer. The litigation has already begun. The DOL announced May 30 that it is suing automaker Hyundai and two of its suppliers for employing children on an assembly line in Alabama.

June is National Safety Month: Take these steps to make your workplace safer

You don’t need to work in an industry traditionally considered “dangerous,” such as construction or manufacturing, to take steps to make your workplace safer.

Prepare for more DOL enforcement of child-labor laws this summer

The DOL launched a National Strategic Enforcement Initiative on Child Labor in February 2023. It quickly yielded results.

Protect workers from summer heat hazards

According to the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, working in hot environments puts employees at risk for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes. Heat also increases the risk of injuries resulting from sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces.

Think twice before blaming injury on the injured worker

It’s rarely a good idea to blame an employee for getting hurt on the job. Adding insult to injury—literally—could prompt the worker to complain to OSHA, which could decide to sue you.

Strangers on your shop floor: What you need to know about OSHA’s new walkaround rule

OSHA’s recently issued final rule on who may represent employees during safety and health inspections has employers worried. As a practical matter, the “walkaround rule”—which takes effect May 31—means employers have little opportunity to object to third parties who employees choose to accompany OSHA inspectors as they check for unsafe working conditions or practices.

SHRM research: 35% say work harms mental health

The findings highlight “the urgent need for organizations to address mental health issues proactively,” a SHRM statement said.

Prepare for summer heat by implementing voluntary safety measures

Warm spring days mean sweltering summer temperatures aren’t far behind. Now is the time to prepare to keep employees safe from heat hazards.