October In Person Safety and Health Training
Twelve classes are available for October. See the full In-person Course Schedule for all safety and health classes. Enroll at the BWC Learning Center
NE Ohio Safety Expo
This year’s Expo offers 17 educational sessions covering topics like lockout/tagout, fire protections systems, fleet safety, and more. Join us Oct. 20.
Save the date – OSC23®
We’re excited to host the 2023 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo® live and in-person at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, March 8-10, 2023. The event will be hybrid, with select sessions being streamed.
New Safety Talks
OSHA Reporting and Recording Requirements
Safety Management Systems
Training Techniques for Adult Learners
BWC Safety Webinars
Fall Protection and Fall Arrest Systems in Construction, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
BWC Virtual Training Classes
Lockout/Tagout and Safety-related Work Practices, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Work Zone Traffic Control and Safety, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Electrical Basics, Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bloodborne Pathogens, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ergonomics Basic Principles, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program (SURWSP)
SURWSP helps employers more effectively manage substance use issues in their workplace. Employers can enroll and get reimbursement for development and legal review of policies and procedures, training, and drug testing.
Other Safety News
Suicide prevention video message from OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor Doug Parker.
Safety at work means a lot to your employees but did you know it affects your bottom line as an employer? Learn how much safety saves your business at the Safety Pays Program website. There are two calculators for overall safety and for individual injuries.
Small Business Safety Information
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration joint publication Small Business Safety and Health Handbook was updated in July to include a Heat-related Illness Prevention Checklist. If you are using this informative document, you can get your updated copy now. If you aren’t aware of it, it has a wealth of information for small businesses including self-inspection checklists
Burnout Prevention in Behavioral Health Workers
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently published “Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce Through Organizational Strategies” as part of its evidence-based resource guide series. It's estimated that about half of all behavioral health workers experience symptoms of burnout, and this guide focuses on organizational-level interventions to prevent burnout among staff.
New Safety Publications
The NIOSH website published many new safety documents in August. The documents included electrical safety, fall prevention, equipment safety, and many more safety topics.
Sharps Injury Prevention
Law enforcement officers are at risk for injuries from sharps during pat down searches, executing property searches or arrest warrants. This informational page on the NIOSH website has recommendations to prevent and reduce work-related needlestick and other sharps injuries.
Dust Explosion Webinar
Join OH&S on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. EST for a free webinar titled “Dust Explosions: Different Standards, Different Properties, and Different Precautions.” This webinar will review NFPA 652 requirements, discuss non-standard materials where there may be powder mixtures, and present solutions to keep your workplace safe.
Know your Equipment
This NIOSH safety advisory provides recommendations for fire departments to ensure firefighters are trained to safely use and interpret data from multi-gas monitors to determine if a hazardous atmosphere is present when responding to natural gas and propane incidents.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association mentioned this report and others in their recent blog post The Hazards of Emergency Response.
US Workplace Injury Data
Healthcare company NiceRX used data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to create this graphic depiction of US workplace accidents. They report the number of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries by state and several other parameters. US Workplace Accident Report - NiceRx
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries maintains The Ergonomic Ideas Bank. Just enter your industry and the hazard you want to prevent, and the site presents a list of links to helpful information. You can also filter the results by a keyword and the type of material.
Two new infographics from the Center for Construction Research and Training: Roofing Safety - Walk this Way about the importance of proper shoes and proper technique for walking on sloped roofs and How Heavy is Deadly, showing the effect objects of various weights have when dropped specific distances.