Georgia residents who work in the healthcare or social services industry should know about a proposed bill that intends to address the issue of workplace violence in those industries. The bill, called the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives on Nov. 16, 2018.
Diesel is a highly volatile fuel that can spell disaster when used in an asphalt plant. Georgia workers should know that one drum mix asphalt plant had a long-standing practice of using diesel to clean out its silo of asphalt. This meant using a fuel with a flash point of 165 degrees Fahrenheit into an environment that maintains a temperature of upwards of 300 degrees.
Forbes has reported that out of the top 10 auto plants in the U.S., Tesla has been issued the most OSHA violations between 2014 and 2018. In fact, a total of 54 is an astounding three times the combined number of violations that the other competitors received. Georgia residents may want to know what the factors are in this news.
Lockout-tagout is an essential part of workplace safety for many businesses in Georgia. Unfortunately, non-compliance with OSHA standards is a consistent issue year after year with many employers failing to use the proper procedures, neglecting their periodic inspections and lacking program documentation. This is why employers will want to consider standardizing their LOTO program.
With the winter months forcing more workers in Georgia inside or into partially enclosed spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reminded employers about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators, space heaters and any equipment that relies on fuel combustion, like vehicles, pumps or welders, produce carbon monoxide. Insufficient ventilation allows the potentially deadly gas to build up and slowly poison occupants. Every year, some workers die from exposure to the odorless gas, and winter increases the possibility of mishandling equipment in poorly ventilated areas.
There may be a variety of issues Georgia employers and employees disagree on, but when it comes to creating and maintaining a safe work environment, everybody is on board. The employer cannot afford the loss of productivity not merely from the injured worker but also from the potential shutdown of the operation until safety is assured. Of course, to the worker, health and safety are paramount, as is a regular paycheck. These interests are so closely aligned that workers compensation was designed as a no-fault system to address a worker injured within the scope of employment without resorting to litigation.
Georgia workers, especially those in construction, know how important eye protection is. PreventBlindness.org states that more than 2,000 people incur on-the-job eye injuries every day with 1 in 10 of these injuries resulting in missed workdays. Between 10 and 20 percent of all work-related injuries end in temporary or permanent vision loss. The following are just some tips for workers wondering if they are protecting their eyes like they should.
Georgia residents may remember that in late December 2018, a lion fatally attacked a 22-year-old intern cleaning one of the enclosures of an animal sanctuary in North Carolina. The state's OSHA office and the federal Department of Agriculture are preparing reports on this incident, which has elsewhere renewed the focus on zoo worker safety.
Workers in Georgia and throughout the country who don't feel safe on the job may refuse to carry out a given task. Furthermore, those who encounter unsafe work conditions have the right to report them to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers are free from dangers that could cause them to become injured or acquire an illness.
The holiday shopping season brings additional business to the retail and warehouse sectors in Georgia. Employers tend to hire temporary workers to manage heavy seasonal workloads, and a news release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasized that these interim employees have the same rights to a safe workplace as permanent workers.