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OSHA launches interactive work hazard identification tool

We frequently write about the numerous hazards that many American workers encounter at their work sites on a daily basis. Some of these hazards are obvious, like the heights from which many New York construction workers must navigate their tasks. However, other hazards may be hidden. These hidden hazards cannot be properly addressed until they are identified. When hazards remain hidden, they may cause workplace accidents which could have been prevented had employees and employers identified them and responded to them appropriately.

In an effort to prevent countless workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released an interactive training tool aimed specifically at preventing accidents at work sites run by small business owners. This virtual tool will help small businesses in the construction and manufacturing industries specifically to identify, abate and eventually control workplace safety hazards.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health recently explained that, "Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job. This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line."

Any employees or employers interested in accessing the new interactive tool, which was created by OSHA in conjunction with the agency's training institute, should consider checking it out on OSHA's website. Specifically, the tool may be accessed at: www.osha.gov/hazfinder.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, "OSHA announces new interactive training webtool on identifying workplace hazards," June 10, 2014

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