The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that it is initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of heat-related hazards.
On days with a heat index of 80°F or higher, OSHA staff will prioritize heat-related interventions and inspections of work activities. The initiative applies to indoor and outdoor worksites in general industry, construction, agriculture, and maritime occupations.
During the Opening General Session at VPPPA’s 2021 Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, James (Jimmy) Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department (MTD), AFL-CIO, called attention to the impact and influence employees have on making safety in the workplace matter.
“Your success spells out worker success,” Hart told VPPPA attendees. “You have the power, wisdom, message, and means to not only teach but to make people listen.”
As Hart’s address came to a close, he stressed the importance for those in attendance to absorb the knowledge in each of their workshops. “Take that education, and the time you spend here, back home. Speak out loud, speak out strong – safety matters.”
During the Opening General Session at VPPPA’s 2021 Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, OSHA’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor, James Frederick, asserted the importance of increasing collaboration between OSHA and VPP participants.
“VPP is an important program for OSHA,” Frederick told VPPPA attendees. He continued that the program, “provides OSHA with an opportunity to work directly with employers who want to do the right thing – who take their responsibilities seriously, and have implemented safety and health management systems at their worksite.” As Frederick closed, he reiterates that an increase in collaboration between OSHA and VPP participants, both labor and management, would ensure VPP is as effective as possible in leading the way in both worker involvement, as well as health and safety management systems.”