BWC Safety News
https://info.bwc.ohio.gov/for-employers/safety-and-training/safety-consultations/requesting-consultationsNew Safety Talks, Safety Bulletins, and Sample Written Program Templates
Preventing Violence in the Workplace safety talk
Power Lawn Mower Safety bulletin
May is Electrical Safety Month blog
Stay Cool! How to prevent heat illness this summer blog
See BWC’s Safety Talks page for a complete list of talks that are available for print and download. See BWC’s Safety Newsletters and Bulletins page to view current and past newsletters and safety bulletins. Download customizable safety program templates from BWC’s Written Safety Program Templates page.
BWC Virtual Training Classes
Violence in the Workplace, June 1, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thermal Stress June 2, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Improving Hazard Recognition through Visual Literacy, June 7-8, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Accident Analysis Half-day Workshop, June 9, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crisis De-escalation Tactics and Safe Practices Workshop, June 15, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement June 16-17 and 20-21, 2022
9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Safety Series Workshop Module 5: Electrical Safety and Lockout/Tagout Basics , June 21, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Health Hazards and Toxicology Fundamentals, June 22-23, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Scaffolding Safety Workshop June 27-28, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Ergonomic Basic Principles, June 28-29, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Safety Training for New Employees June 28, 2022 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Confined Space Assessment and Work June 29-30, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
BWC Safety Webinars
Outdoor Equipment Safety June 9, 2022 1-3 p.m.
What do I do When I Spill a Chemical? June 14, 2022 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Safety Training for New Employees June 28, 2022 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
BWC Library Question of the Month
A question received by the library over the past month with our response.
What does OSHA say about employees who are deaf/hard of hearing and wearing noise reducing personal protective equipment (PPE)? Are deaf/hard of hearing employees required to wear noise reducing PPE in noisy environments?
OSHA addresses this issue through a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) under it’s 1910.95: Occupational Noise Exposure standard. The LOI is titled “Application of the Occupational Noise standard to employees who are deaf or have a diminished capacity to hear.” This is what it says about deaf and hard of hearing employees wearing noise protection PPE:
“Employees with a diminished capacity to hear cannot satisfy the requirement to wear hearing protection simply by turning off their hearing aids when working in a high noise area. Hearing aids are not hearing protectors. Employees should actually leave their hearing aids on and wear ear muffs with sufficient attenuation to reduce all workplace noise below 85 dBA TWA. Employees need to be protected from excess noise but should also be able to hear any machine noises or warning signals necessary. Even employees, who have been diagnosed with severe or profound deafness, may still hear some noise and need to be protected from additional loss.”
Here’s a link to the LOI in its entirety.
If you need help with your hearing conservation/noise program, contact BWC Safety Consultants. Consultation services are free for those with a BWC policy. Find out more on our website.
If you have question related to occupational safety and health, email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.