BWC News & Notes
Division of Safety & Hygiene’s July webinars:
BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) continues our series of free webinars covering a variety of workplace safety topics. Below is a list of dates and topics, including a link to register for the July webinars.
• July 7 – What Does a Safety and Health Program Look Like?
• July 14 – Safe Patient Handling: Is Your Facility Following the Guidelines?
• July 21 – Hearing Conservation Program
• July 28 – Developing a Driver Safety Program
DSH safety experts conduct the webinars. Each webinar lasts about one hour.
Learn more and register for any of the July webinars here.
To help Ohio businesses restart safely in accordance with the Responsible RestartOhio initiative, we added a webpage with frequently asked questions and a COVID-19 resource guide. If you have safety and health questions or concerns about how to restart your business, refer to this resource or request a safety consultation.
On May 20, we also began sending millions of face coverings to Ohio employers and their workforce as many return to the workplace for the first time since the emergence of COVID-19 in Ohio.
As of June 25, we had sent approximately 5 million face coverings to 100,000 employers around the state. We will send more as we secure additional supplies.
“Up to All of Us” Public Awareness Campaign:
As part of our ongoing mission of protecting Ohio’s workforce, we are providing a public awareness ad campaign about COVID-19 called “Up to All of Us.” Governor Mike DeWine announced the campaign in late June.
The 30-second ad that we provided highlights the importance of Ohioans taking proper preventative precautions, like maintaining social distance and washing hands, in order to get Ohioans back to work, and our economy working again. The 30-second spot is airing alongside ads the Ohio Department of Health has provided about the use of face masks and social distancing.
Resuming Business Toolkit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a toolkit to guide employers seeking to resume normal or phased business operations. It based the toolkit on its Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19. It is designed to assist employers in implementing this guidance in their workplaces. These tools help employers in planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19.
Behind the Wheel at Work
Reduce traffic crashes this summer by learning more about distracted driving from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety’s latest newsletter Behind the Wheel at Work presents the science behind distracted driving, a checklist for developing a distracted driving policy, quizzes, and more.
Coronavirus Information for Agricultural Workers and Employers
This CDC website contains information to assist the agricultural industry in identifying and reducing risks to workers. The site has information on exposure risks, creating assessment and control plans, monitoring workers, managing sick workers, and more.
OSHA Coronavirus Guidance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus such as using physical barriers, keeping in-person meetings like toolbox talks short, and staggering work schedules among other recommendations.
Multi-language Respirator Poster
The Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work Poster, which shows employers and workers how to properly wear and remove a respirator, is available for download in 16 languages.