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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
Safety Training Should Actually Make the Workplace Safer 
Safety training must be relevant to the hazards in the workplace, and also must be presented in a way that conveys the message to employees to be effective. Training that isn't effective won't improve safety in the workplace.


Ask the Expert: Do Spray Painting Operations Require Eye Protection?
  Are you having trouble persuading painters to use eye protection during spray painting operations, who claim that the PPE gets in the way of the task?

Workplace Violence Retail Policies and Training
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), retail is one of the highest-risk jobs for workplace violence (WPV).
Are You Ready to Get Ahead of Summer Safety Hazards? 
As weather heats up, make sure you are prepared to address the hazard in your workplace.


How to Effectively Track Employee Training Progress
Tracking employee training is important to know who has been for their job. Too many employers often overlook the importance of tracking training completion.

A comparison of the physical demands associated with various right-angle direct-current power tools
This work examined the physical demands associated with 4 commercially available direct current right-angle power tools along with their computer controlled fastening strategies. Physical demands were measured via an external instrumented handle that could also control the trigger of each tool.
OSHA Information
OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard 
the long awaited OSHA ETS is here! It is specific to healthcare, with most responsible employers already doing most of these, but OSHA policy is never about the responsible employers. Take time to not only read the ETS, but also the updated recommendations for the rest of the workforce.
Keep workers safe from heat: OSHA releases poster 
OSHA released a poster about safety in the heat. This helps bring awareness to the hazard, and educate employees.

 
US Department of Labor implements initiative to conduct random, weekend safety inspections to protect construction workers from falls, trench collapses  
OSHA will be conducting weekend safety inspections related to construction.


Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for Exposure to Noise Hazards in the Workplace  
Noise hazards in the workplace are a regional focus for OSHA, which often means other regions may begin to focus on this hazard as well.


US Department of Labor implements initiative to conduct random, weekend safety inspections to protect construction workers from falls, trench collapses 
As work at construction project sites increases in Colorado’s Front Range, more workers may find themselves exposed to falls and trenching and excavation hazards.
US Department of Labor cites Cambria grain facility for workplace safety failures following engulfment death of manager in corn silo
Several steps to safety were overlooked in this incident.
  COVID related penalties are continuing to come in.

FY 2022 U.S. Federal Budget Includes $140 Million Additional Funding for MSHA and OSHA Budgets 
U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed key investments to strengthen the unemployment insurance system, expand pathways to good-paying jobs, safeguard workers’ health through increases in the MSHA and OSHA budgets and create greater financial security for workers.
Highlighted Article
Added duties, added stress: Study shows extra work and caregiving take a toll on employees 
Throughout the pandemic, employees took on a lot of additional tasks, which compounded their stress levels. From taking on additional work, often added to by not having a dedicated workspace, and then the added stress of childcare during work hours.
Then when you factor in this story, 
"Is stress making your workers’ minds wander?", the additional stress can actually impact their capacity to work. And also impact their ability to work safely, as stress is a distraction, as it keeps people's minds pre-occupied.


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