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May 20, 2021

This week’s link roundup includes guidance on masking and physical distancing; aBusinesswoman on a laptop study on the health impacts of working long hours; an initiative to improve transportation safety; and news on Amazon’s safety and injury prevention program. You’ll also find information on an OSHA hearing for its hazard communication standard; concerns about OSHA guidance on reporting COVID-19 vaccine-related illnesses; and tips for improving communication and employee engagement.

  • The National Law Review is providing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CDC’s updated guidance on mask wearing and physical distancing. Read more
  • A study from the World Health Organization and International Labor Organization has found that working 55 hours or more per week is associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more
  • A new approach to road design developed by the Safe System Consortium is showing promise in reducing the number of transportation-related incidents, injuries and fatalities. Read more
  • In an effort to improve worker well-being and safety, Amazon has launched WorkingWell, a program that aims to reduce recordable incident rates by 50% by 2025. Read more
  • OSHA will hold an informal hearing on Sept. 21 to discuss updates to its hazard communication standard. Submissions and requests to appear must be received by June 18. Read more
  • Construction employer groups are voicing concerns that OSHA guidance on recording adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines is confusing to employers and creates uncertainty about their responsibilities. Read more
  • Effective communication is crucial for improving safety and health. Take these four steps to better engage with your employees. Read more


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