DOL Says Workplace Hazards Peak in Summer

- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging vigilance among employers and employees to address the types of workplace hazards that tend to peak in the summer months.

Hazards related to heat exposure, falls, trenching and excavation, struck-by objects and vehicles, electrical safety, workplace violence, and other risks have been at their highest in July, August, and September in the past three years.

"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," said OSHA Regional Administrator Kimberly Stille in Kansas City, Mo. "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, of which SC&RA is a supporter, 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.

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