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OSHA issues new and revised worker safety and health materials
New and revised information on worker and employers' rights has recently been published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The information details how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, maritime, and general industries.
OSHA's Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard provides a detailed guide for small businesses to follow, and offers checklists and frequently asked questions that benefit employers and workers by better understanding the Administration's respiratory protection standard.
The guide explains the benefits and uses of various respiratory protection systems, including gas and dust masks, and respirators.
Revised documents include new information on aerial lifts and fall protection, advice for safe trenching and the necessary safety products associated with the activity, nail gun safety, and protecting workers from heat stress. Also revised is OSHA's Worker's Rights booklet, which details the rights that all workers have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The information discusses several topics, including rights, how to file a complaint, protection for whistleblowers, and resources for education and training.
By setting and enforcing safety standards, and providing training, education, and assistance, OSHA works to keep the American workplace a safe and comfortable environment.