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The Safety Cafe helps small business owners, and safety professionals, keep up to date on all EHS related news with a weekly curated newsletter.
This is our Memorial Day edition of The Safety Cafe, so we would like to take a moment to remember those who are no longer with us.
General Safety Information
EHS Must Prepare for Regulatory Change!
The Biden administration is pursuing some serious changes around environmental protections, EHS professionals and the companies this can impact need to be aware and ready for these changes.

Safety Leadership: Chronic unease: A state of mind to manage safety risks
This is a good read on how to mentally have the appropriate state of mind for managing safety.

Ask the Expert: Building Sweeps After Emergency Evacuations
Should you have specific employees designated to sweep a building during an evacuation? If you do, are you compliant with OSHA regulations? This is a good break down.
 
NFPA Calls Attention to Pool and Boating Safety During Electrical Safety Month
Too often water activities are overlooked when talking about electrical safety, especially pools. As people put up pools during the warm summer months, this can have disastrous consequences if attention isn’t paid to electrical safety.

Workers seeking mental health care still face stigma, survey finds
Mental health is employee health. Too often safety professionals focus on the physical, not the mental. Help end the stigma.
Environmental/EPA Information
EPA National Enforcement Mission May Be Compromised by Staffing, Safety Concerns
With COVID still being around and potential surges, along with staffing issues at the field level, the EPA may be struggling on it’s national enforcement mission.
OSHA to participate in Environmental Protection Agency listening sessions on chemical accident prevention regulations
As the EPA will be hosting listening sessions with stakeholders, OSHA will also be listening to the sessions for feedback and how to better partner on these types of projects.
OSHA Information
Nominee to head OSHA pressed on ETS for COVID-19 during Senate hearing
During confirmation hearing Mr. Parker defended Cal/OSHA Covid ETS, and talked of the importance of a federal Covid ETS, which has yet to be passed.

OSHA cites two Michigan companies after demolition collapse at Killen Power Plant in Manchester, Ohio, kills two workers
Demolition work should still be done safely. 

 
US Department announces OSHA rule proposal to clarify handrail, stair rail system requirements in general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard
This is not changing the regulatory standards, just clarification of terms within the standard.

OSHA, PHMSA seeking input ahead of GHS conferences
As OSHA moves toward updating the HAZCOM standard, they continue to seek input from the public. 
Highlighted Article
National Forklift Safety Day event to emphasize training
“In 2019, incidents involving forklifts accounted for 79 fatal on-the-job injuries and 8,140 nonfatal injuries requiring days away from work, according to Injury Facts – a National Safety Council database.”

In 2020 powered industrial truck standards were the 7th most cited issue, with 2 of the 3 most cited sections being about training.

June 8th is a webinar panel hosted by the Industrial Truck Association, free.

Are you doing all that is required for powered industrial truck safety and training?
This post from The EHS Center breaks down forklift training in the workplace, I have also written about it on my blog, here.

Training for forklift safety is important, it is the crucial first step for safety around powered industrial trucks.
I am available to discuss your needs for training.


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