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November 2017 Archives

OSHA upholds BBP standards with enforcement action

In the waste collection and recycling industry, there's always the risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure due to the presence of needles and other sharps, which are often contaminated with blood. Residents of Oklahoma who work in this industry should know that OSHA has been doing a lot to uphold its standards regarding BBP determination and control.

How worker classification could impact worker safety

The gig economy has become a common phrase for Oklahoma workers and others throughout the country. While there is no set definition, it generally refers to work that is paid per job as opposed to per a given amount of time. In most cases, those who do gig work are classified as independent contractors, which may pose health and safety issues.

How floor mats create a safer work environment

Business owners in Oklahoma may be wondering how they can prevent accidents in the workplace. After all, in 2016, employers in the U.S. paid out nearly $62 billion on injury claims for employees missing six or more days of work. Private industry employers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, reported nearly 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries in the same year.

Ruling may lead to expansion of machine definition

Oklahomans who work in industrial settings are likely aware of the lockout procedures that are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under these standards, machines that might release energy that could injure workers are supposed to have their energy sources turned off before the workers can work on them. The lockout standards also mandate that employers block off dangerous machinery from workers so that they do not accidentally come into contact with the machines while they are working.

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