It has already been an unusually hot summer in Colorado, with temperatures soaring above usual highs. The blazing weather arrives as employers implement protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks.
For many Colorado businesses, now is the right time to update their hazard communication program to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200. The standard requires employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to label all containers, obtain safety data sheets (SDSs) and train exposed workers to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Pinnacol Assurance has been protecting Colorado businesses and their employees, through good times and bad, for more than 100 years. In our recent history, we’ve never seen anything like the impact of COVID-19, but our community has been through other crisis, and we’ll get through this one too. Here’s what we are doing to support our customers:
At 2 a.m. on March 8, daylight saving time begins here in Colorado. Too many workers will show up yawning and with eyes at half-mast. As in past years, a real concern will be the increased risk of workplace injuries.
Consider this: A government study of injury data in the U.S. mining industry from 1983 to 2006 found that more injuries happened on the Monday after DST began, and those injuries were more severe.
How do you know if one of your workers is having a heart attack or stroke? What exactly should you do? And are your employees prepared to step up and do what’s necessary? Now is the perfect time for your organization to answer these questions, since February is American Heart Month. Each year, 10,000 Americans suffer heart attacks at work. Here are some things to know and do to reduce the chances of becoming one of the statistics.
Weather-related “slip, trip and fall” injuries primary driver of workers’ comp claim frequency
Pinnacol Assurance analyzed its data to identify the “Most Dangerous Day” for workers in
Colorado and found, over the past five years, it was consistently Jan. 9. As Colorado’s largest
workers’ compensation carrier, Pinnacol tracks trends in worker injuries with the goal of
providing increased education where it counts.
True or false?
1. Typically, OSHA will notify your organization of an upcoming inspection.
2. If you’re in a “high hazard” industry, you’re more likely to be inspected by OSHA.
3. Only management personnel are present at the opening inspection conference.
Find the correct answers at the conclusion of this article.
When you look across your workforce, do you think it’s aging? If so, you’re not alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us one in four workers in 2020 will be age 55 or older. That’s well more than the one in 10 workers in 1990.
As the seasons change, there’s a buzz at work. Employees grow excited about fall and the upcoming holidays. But as the days grow shorter, we know that inclement weather — snowy and icy conditions — is on its way, as well.
Not surprisingly, most worker deaths come in the construction industry. But did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction trades? In fiscal year 2017, falls accounted for 39 percent of deaths in construction…
Has your organization applied for cost containment certification (CCC) by the state of Colorado? The CCC program provides a firm foundation for a safety program and offers two important benefits…