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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program

In response to a spike in trenching fatalities, OSHA updated the National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation collapses. The program will increase both education and enforcement efforts and each OSHA office will develop outreach programs. MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH announces plans for combatting opioid use

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overdose deaths at work rose by at least 38 percent each year from 2013 to 2016. NIOSH announced a new framework to examine the opioid crisis from an occupational safety and health perspective and providing employers with guidance for addressing it. The framework focuses on four elements, including resources to inform employees of dangers, determining risk factors that could lead to opioid use, protecting workers who have been exposed to opioids and developing methods of detection of opioid use. MORE

The National Safety Council (NSC)

Staffing companies can earn Safety Standard of Excellence designation

The American Staffing Association and the National Safety Council designed a program to encourage safety in staffing companies. Staffing organizations can download a program guide and register to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark. MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Hotels pledge to improve worker safety

The American Hotel and Lodging Association and five major corporations pledged to improve employee safety, including sexual harassment and assault. One of the major steps is providing personnel with portable panic buttons. Additional improvements include providing industrywide training on safety measures, ensuring anti-harassment policies are in force in multiple languages, ongoing employee training and broadening partnerships with anti-violence messages. MORE

Survey shows most employees are tired at work

A recent survey reported that 69 percent of employees are tired at work. Survey respondents included over 2,000 members, mostly from the manufacturing, transportation and utility industries as well as about 500 employers. While 90 percent of employers felt the effects of fatigue on their organization, only 72 percent of employees felt it was a safety issue. MORE

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