CMM Weekly News Recap—May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

News this week focused on keeping workers safe. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended steps outdoor workers can take to protect themselves from tick bites. This is crucial information as over the past two decades scientists have identified seven new tickborne diseases.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dedicated May 6-10 as the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. This campaign provides tools and motivation to help employees keep employees safe while working at heights. CMM offers advice for maintenance staff who work on ladders, scaffolding, and lifts.

The best way to protect workers from injuries is to implement regular safety training. Small businesses with limited means may want to apply for a Susan Harwood Training Grant. OSHA is making the grants available to fund safety training for workers in industries with high injury, illness, and fatality rates; underserved youth; and workers with limited English proficiency. The application deadline is July 2.

Have a good weekend, and if you’re doing spring cleaning, don’t forget to dust the ceiling fan.

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