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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.
General Safety Information
Fleet Health and Safety Compliance Best Practices 
Do you know the best practices for keeping your fleet employees safe? Not just the fleet workers, but also those on the road around them!


Expert Predicts OSHA to Focus on Fatality Reduction, Health Initiatives Under Biden
OSHA is expected to focus on fatality reduction under new administration. This could have serious consequences for high risk industries, and also workplaces with little concern for workplace safety.

OSHA standards and the ‘competent person’
Do you know what it means when OSHA says 'competent person'? Does your workplace have a policy to identify who that is and what it means?
Establishing a Fleet Safety Program
If you have a fleet, you must have a fleet safety program. This article sets out the basics of establishing a program.

FMCSA Calls Drivers’ Attention to Work Zone Safety
Work zones along roads are very dangerous! The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration is seeking to call driver attention to this hazard.

CDC revises COVID-19 guidance on cleaning and disinfecting 
Are you following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your workplace for employee safety?
Environmental/EPA Information
EPA Sets Directives for Advancing Environmental Justice
“Too many communities whose residents are predominantly of color, Indigenous, or low-income continue to suffer from disproportionately high pollution levels and the resulting adverse health and environmental impacts,” - EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan  .
This is setting a tone towards EPA actions being focused towards disadvantaged communities. Be aware of what this focus means.
Massachusetts Climate Law One of Many State Environmental Actions 
This law from Massachusetts sets goals towards reducing greenhouse gases, while also building a focus on environmental justice communities.

Pipelines left in the Gulf of Mexico represent safety, environmental hazards: GAO
another environmental disaster is lurking under the surface in the Gulf of Mexico.
OSHA Information
OSHA Quick Takes  
A summary of OSHA news directly from the agency. As OSHA moves forward under the new administration, communication and transparency grows.

 
Pressure Vessel Explosion, Fatality Leads to Cal/OSHA Citation 
Air compressor lines require additional precautions, as they are highly dangerous if worked on without protections.
OSHA cites Midwest Warehouse and Distribution System Inc. after one employee dies, 22 sickened by coronavirus 
OSHA is continuing to cite workplaces over COVID issues


 
OSHA cites Milwaukee area water technology facility after worker injured falling into water test pit
Falls from heights are a leading cause of injury, and an OSHA top 10 violation. Protect your workers.
OSHA cites Beverly Hills’ Dollar Tree for exposing workers to safety hazards
Since 2016 OSHA has inspected Dollar Tree over 300 times, facing penalties of over $9.3 million.
The issues identified continue to be the same issues, fire hazards, entrapment haards, struck-by hazards.

“Dollar Tree Stores have a history of not taking the safety of its workers and customers seriously,” said OSHA Area Director Danelle Jindra in Tampa, Florida. “Until appropriate precautions are taken to protect their employees from these well-known and frequent hazards, OSHA will continue to hold them accountable.”
Highlighted Article
Continuing the same highlighted article from last week, as this is a great competition!
FMCSA Road Safety Art Contest: Deadline for student entries June 4 
Annual Contest from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration about raising awareness about road safety. Student or community groups involved is a great way to not only increase awareness for road safety in kids but also more entries are great to increase the cute factor of awesome kid's art.

“The annual FMCSA Road Safety Art Contest invites students to use their creativity to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the road, particularly when driving, biking or walking around large trucks and buses.”


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