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OSHA's standards on pinch point protection

Any machine with gears, rollers, belt drives or pulleys has what are called pinch points: spaces where workers, or parts of their body, can get caught. To avoid pinch point accidents in Georgia and elsewhere, OSHA has addressed the topic in its standards for general industries, agriculture, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. OSHA's recommendations can be broken down into engineering controls and work practice controls.

Protections for temporary workers on the job

Temporary workers in Georgia require on-the-job protection from respiratory problems and noise issues. According to recent bulletins issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, both host employers and staffing firms share the responsibility for ensuring that temp workers receive the necessary protection. OSHA's documents review potential sample scenarios that could affect temp workers.

Assembly line work can be dangerous

Some workers in factories and manufacturing plants across Georgia may wonder about their rights if they get hurt while working on an assembly line. With the complex machinery involved in production lines, there are a number of opportunities for workers to face serious injuries that could affect future job abilities. If you work on an assembly line, it can be particularly important to understand the potential dangers.

OSHA updates guidelines for assessing workplace hazards

Changes have been sweeping across the workplace, including the integration of computers, robotics and other technology; a transition from a manufacturing to a service base; the rise of the gig economy; and a more diverse workforce. To respond to these changes, OSHA has updated the publication "Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs", which should be of interest to employers in Georgia.

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