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Issue Date: April 5, 2021

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Is your facility in a state with proposed or enacted COVID-19 legislation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred many state legislatures to propose legislation that grants immunity to businesses from civil tort (wrongful act) claims from individuals claiming they either contracted or were exposed to COVID-19.

BLR offers this guidance document which provides a state-by-state listing of enacted and proposed legislation. The document was most recently updated on March 30, 2021 for CA, FL, ID, IL, MI, MN, NY, TX, WV and WI.

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Working Safely with Solvents Audio Presentation

Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely.

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April 2021 Safety Works for Employees

This month's issue includes safety tips for order picking at height, ergonomics best practices for order pickers, portable fuel can safety, and how to recognize unsafe conditions and actions in the workplace.

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Managing occupational noise exposure

Are your employees at risk for noise-induced hearing loss due to high levels of noise in the workplace? You need to monitor noise levels to be sure.

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News

Enforcement OSHA cites Schneider Electric, Seneca Foods

Health - GeneralNIOSH releases COVID-19 research agenda

Health - GeneralMichigan proceeds with COVID-19 standard

Alcohol & DrugsNIOSH releases workplace overdose video

Training

Employee Training Materials

Audio PresentationsWorking Safely with Solvents—Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely. By the time this session is over, trainees will be able to describe the basic characteristics of organic solvents; identify the hazards of solvents and where to get safety and health information about solvents; recall precautions and safe work practices when working with solvents; describe measures to prevent fires, contamination, and exposure to injury and illness; and explain actions to respond effectively in an emergency involving solvents.

PowerpointsWorking Safely with Solvents —Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely. By the time this session is over, trainees will be able to describe the basic characteristics of organic solvents; identify the hazards of solvents and where to get safety and health information about solvents; recall precautions and safe work practices when working with solvents; describe measures to prevent fires, contamination, and exposure to injury and illness; and explain actions to respond effectively in an emergency involving solvents.

HandoutsSolvents Safety Checklist—Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely. Use this handout to accompany the Working Safely with Solvents presentation.

QuizzesWorking Safely with Solvents—Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely. Use this quiz to help train employees on this important topic.

Speaker's NotesWorking Safely with Solvents—Solvents are substances that are used by millions of workers every day in every type of workplace for cleaning, bonding, or extraction purposes or to improve the performance of other substances. This presentation is focused on the hazards of organic solvents and best practices to work with them safely. Use these speaker's notes to help train employees on this important topic.

Time Savers

ChecklistsFire Safety Compliance Audit Checklist—This checklist will help ensure the fire safety mechanisms in your facility are in place and functioning properly.

ChecklistsFire Safety Inspection Checklist—This checklist can be used when inspecting your facility to ensure proper fire safety actions are being taken.

Employee NewslettersApril 2021 Safety Works for Employees—This month's issue includes safety tips for order picking at height, ergonomics best practices for order pickers, portable fuel can safety, and how to recognize unsafe conditions and actions in the workplace.

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

04/1/2021—Workers' Compensation—Mississippi—Telemedicine

04/1/2021—Workers' Compensation—New York—Ambulatory Surgery Services Fees

03/29/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Procedural Rules for Workers' Compensation Hearings

03/29/2021—Fire Prevention—Nebraska—State Fire Code

03/25/2021—Electrical Safety—Iowa—Standards for Electrical Work

03/25/2021—Workers' Compensation—California—Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations

03/25/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers Compensation Rule of Procedure

03/25/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers Compensation Rule of Procedure

03/25/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers Compensation Rule of Procedure

03/24/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers Compensation Rule of Procedure

03/23/2021—Health - General—Mississippi—Polling Place Safety and COVID-19

03/22/2021—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Vermont—Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records

Proposed Rules

National:

03/31/2021—OSHA —Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

State:

04/1/2021—Workers' Compensation—California—Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Rules Filing

03/29/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Procedural Rules for Workers' Compensation Hearings

03/29/2021—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Rules of Procedure with Treatment Guidelines

03/26/2021—Asbestos —Texas—Asbestos Health Protection

03/26/2021—Asbestos —Texas—Asbestos Management In A Public Building

03/26/2021—Asbestos —Texas—Alternative Asbestos Practices And Procedures

03/25/2021—HazMat Transportation—California—Explosives Routes - Map 4

03/25/2021—Electrical Safety—Iowa—Standards for Electrical Work

03/24/2021—Fire Prevention—Florida—Types of Certification Available

03/23/2021—Workers' Compensation—California—Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Rules Filing

03/23/2021—Motor Carrier Safety—Wisconsin—Vehicle Combination Limits

03/23/2021—Motor Carrier Safety—Wisconsin—Vehicle Combination Limits

Reference Materials

Guidance Documents

Safety - General—National—COVID-19 Civil Tort Immunity Laws for Businesses by State

Health - General—Virginia—How to Comply with Virginia COVID-19 Regulations

White Papers

Managing occupational noise exposureAre your employees at risk for noise-induced hearing loss due to high levels of noise in the workplace? You need to monitor noise levels to be sure.

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