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The threat of severe weather and its aftermath creates many challenges for employers — preparedness should be a top priority. Employers should take steps now to prepare for severe spring and summer weather, especially flooding, tornados and severe storms here in the Midwest.
It’s not uncommon for businesses to be unexpectedly confronted by employee complaints about occupational health. Such complaints may involve exposure to chemical vapor or dust, a problem with a paint system, noise, a laser cutting table and many other seemingly complex issues. Employers are required to recognize and control occupational health hazards in the same manner as they do safety hazards.
The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout-Tagout) regulation first went into effect in 1989. The intent of the standard was to prevent injuries and deaths caused by accidental start-up of equipment during maintenance or servicing. In large part, the standard has been successful and can be attributed to saving an estimated 122 lives and preventing over 28,000 injuries each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Even with this success, OSHA recognizes that many employers are still deficient in some areas.
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