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- Safety Corner Blog - September 15, 2020
Safety Corner Blog
OSHA "National Fall Prevention Stand-Down" Week; Ag, Farm Safety Week; COVID19 - Reopening Business Protocols
Welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers across Wisconsin.
Accordingly, I have several current thoughts on staying safe as we continue to navigate the current COVID-19 "new normal" together:
- The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (DOL/OSHA) 7th annual "National Fall Prevention Stand-Down" week, postponed in May 2020, kicked off on Monday, 9/14, and runs through Friday, 9/18. Check out OSHA's national Trade Release regarding this annual safety campaign and available OSHA resources. For a list of the week’s activities, please visit the "Stand-Down" events page.
- National Farm Safety and Health Week falls on the third week this September. Check out suggested daily topics, safety resources, and free webinars at The National Education Center for Agriculture Safety.
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a Reopening & Resuming Business Toolkit resource, complete with several pages of checklists and links to general and industry specific resources. These latter links include scannable QR codes for tech-savvy individuals. Other resources related to COVID-19 include:
- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ 180-2018 Standard is a resource for building Engineers and Maintenance staff. In addition to COVID-19, it addresses best practices to improve and maintain safe indoor air quality (IAQ) standards.
- The CDC/National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine resources include a link to its June 23rd archived webinar covering safety and hygiene best practices for public workspaces in the time of COVID-19. A full slide presentation is also available at the link.
- Additional COVID-19 workplace re-opening resources can be accessed at the - BACK TO WORK SAFELY™ organizations web site - Guidance for both businesses and consumers sponsored by AIHA®. Learn more at https://www.backtoworksafely.org/.
As a preview, October recognizes fire safety, emergency action plans and evacuation drills. October is also "Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month" – focusing on refreshing one's CPR and AED skills in saving a life. More to follow come October.
Have a Safe Day, Always!!
Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager