Washington State L&I will host the next construction advisory committee meeting on July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at its Tukwila service location. The meeting agenda can be found at the bottom of this message.
L&I will be presenting a number of training and workshop classes throughout July and August. A full list along with complete details can be found by opening the PDF at the bottom of this post. The brief schedule with weblinks to further details from L&I is as follows:
July 17: Preferred Worker Program (online)
July 20: Stay at Work Program (online)
July 25: Stay at Work and Preferred Work Program (combined; Kennewick)
July 27: Employer’s Introduction to L&I (Tacoma)
August 2: Employer’s Introduction to L&I (Tukwila)
August 8: Preferred Worker Program (online)
August 10: Employer’s Introduction to L&I (Bremerton)
August 17: Stay at Work Program (online)
August 17: Stay at Work and Preferred Work Program (combined; Port Angeles)
August 22: Introduction to Rates and Claims Management with WSAW & ERTW (Everett)
August 24: Employer’s Introduction to L&I (Port Angeles)
August 24: Employer’s Introduction to L&I (Spokane Valley)
August 31: Stay at Work and Preferred Work Program (combined; online)
Washington State L&I provides a number of resources to help keep employees safe from heat related illness during the warm summer months:
Link to online video: Heat: A Dangerous Combination (available in English & Spanish)
OSHA-NISOH Heat Safety Tool app can be used to plan outdoor work based on the heat index throughout the day
Washington State L&I Safety and Health Assessment Research for Prevention (SHARP) program has released a new logging hazard brief highlighting unnecessary hazards that can be introduced during road building. Full details are available from the L&I website.
The authors concluded that farmers are at greater risk of developing COPD, with livestock farmers having the highest risk. Potential responsible exposures include organic dusts, endotoxins, mites, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide.
Source: PubMed abstract
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has released a new bulletin profiling the hazards associated when handling metal tanks and cylinders at scrap metal yards and recycling centers. Pressurized tanks can explode and/or cause fires if punctured, while both pressurized and non-pressurized tanks can release toxic substances. For prevention tips, see the L&I Bulletin.