Although RCS is a known health hazard, some employers have held off on implementing the new standards. OSHA requires employers to lower exposure levels to respirable crystalline silica for workers by following workplace safety regulations and providing proper respiratory equipment.
Certain occupations pose safety hazards to workers and require high-visibility clothing and equipment to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Outdoor workers who work in highway and road construction are especially at high risk of injury.
Multiple employers are often in charge of workers at a single job site and when on-the-job accidents and injuries occur, overlapping responsibilities often result in multiple employers bearing responsibility for injuries.
Workers who are exposed to loud noise at work have a higher risk of hearing loss. Reducing noise levels, limiting the number of time workers are exposed to hazardous noise, and protecting workers with the proper PPE can reduce the risk.
Hard hats help prevent serious injuries and deaths caused by falling objects, bumps and blows to the head, object penetration and even electrical hazards. A hard hat shields the worker’s head, face and neck.
Some industries in Illinois pose a greater danger to workers than others and while the transportation, construction, and manufacturing industries are some of the most dangerous in the state, healthcare workers are at high risk for injuries and death as well.
Identifying and managing heat stress at work is necessary to prevent heat-related injuries and deaths among workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures. Employers should provide adequate training on what heat stress is and how to work safely in extremely hot conditions. They should also provide a safe working environment where the risk of sustaining heat-related work injuries is minimized.