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Safety News You Need: Worker Health

Feb 04, 2021

This week's Safety News You Need highlights updated COVID-19 prevention guidance; aSmiling businesswoman on laptop campaign to address mental health in the workplace; and steps employers can take to protect the health of construction workers.  

  • The World Health Organization has updated its guidance on protecting healthcare workers from exposure to COVID-19. The guidance includes how to conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment, using the hierarchy of controls and disinfecting workspaces. Read more
  • Oregon OSHA is working to replace its temporary COVID-19 standard, which expires in May, with a permanent rule containing new measures and provisions. This would make Oregon the second state in the U.S. to enact a permanent COVID-19 standard. Read more
  • A team of global business leaders is encouraging employers to invest in worker mental health. The campaign, The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health, aims to raise awareness of how mental health affects the workplace and help employers adopt best practices. Read more
  • Construction sites pose can pose a wide range of hazards, many that change frequently. A recent NIOSH article examines how factors such as COVID-19, mental health and changing demographics will impact construction work into the future. Read more

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