The Next Rung: Ladder Safety Today
OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Addresses Summer Hazards
Heat-related illness and exposure causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat-related illness, and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job, according to OSHA.
NIOSH and OSHA have collaborated on a new app aimed at addressing weather-related hazards for workers during the summer months.
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices, displays heat index values based on temperature and humidity. The app also provides users with NIOSH and OSHA recommendations for protection based on a calculated risk level. This includes information about staying cool, proper hydration and scheduling rest breaks.
Current NIOSH recommendations that can be applied in many different outdoor workplaces include:
To install the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety app on your iOS or Android device, visit the CDC website.
- Limit time in the heat and/or increase recovery time in a cool environment.
- Increase the number of workers per task.
- Train supervisors and workers about heat stress, including symptoms of heat-related illness, first aid, and risk factors.
- Use a buddy system where workers observe each other for signs of heat intolerance.
- Provide adequate amounts of cool, potable water near the work area and encourage workers to drink frequently.
- Use a heat alert program (additional written guidelines) whenever the weather service forecasts that a heat wave is likely to occur.
- Develop a plan to get employees acclimatized to hot weather and to increase physical fitness.
As summer rolls into high gear, please remember OSHA's three key words: Water. Rest. Shade.
"Tree work, while appearing fairly straightforward and simple, is actually extremely complicated and technical. There is so much to understand about removing live or hanging tree branches, and it is not at all like cutting up firewood on the ground with a chain saw," says Tchukki Andersen, Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Tree Safety Professional and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association.
Qualified tree professionals are trained to look for and take special precautions against:
- Trees or branches with decay, cracks or unbalanced weight
- Working near overhead electrical wires and other conductors
- Preventing falls from trees they are working in
- Removing portions of or entire trees without causing bodily harm or property damage
Do-it-yourself homeowners have been hurt trying to cut their own trees in the following manners.
Every issue of The Next Rung will include a portion of an A14 standard - complimentary to individuals who complete one or more ladder safety training modules a year.
This standard prescribes rules governing the safe construction, design, testing, care and use of portable metal ladders of various types and styles.
Safety Spotlight From A14.2
8.3 Rules for Ladder Use
8.3.1 Intended Use.
Ladder use shall be restricted to the purpose for which the ladder is designed.
220.127.116.11 Ladders shall not be climbed by more than one person at a time unless designed to support more than one person.
18.104.22.168 Self-supporting ladders shall not be used as single ladders or in the partially closed position.
22.214.171.124 Unless specifically designed for a cantilever operation, a non-self-supporting ladder shall not be used to climb above the top support point.
126.96.36.199 Combination ladders, when used as self-supporting stairway ladders, shall not be climbed on their back sections.
188.8.131.52 A ladder jack system shall not be used by more than two persons (see 8.3.19).
ALI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of ladder safety standards. Standards are technical specifications, developed and tested by subject experts, which prescribe rules governing the safety construction, design, testing, care and use of various types of ladders. View all ladder safety standards.
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