News & Announcements
TOSHA has teamed up with the Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership (ORBSP), along with dozens of other organizations, to host the 5th Annual Safety Fest TN. This year’s event will be held in Oak Ridge from Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 16, and will feature experts leading more than 70 free classes, seminars, demonstrations, and a safety expo with exhibitors from a wide variety of organizations.
For more information, please visit https://safetyfesttn.org.
As you prepare your calendar for the coming year, we hope that you will include the 40th Annual Tennessee Safety & Health Congress in your plans for July 30 - August 2, 2017.
Since 1977, the Congress has been a joint venture between the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The Congress offers a series of educational seminars to help employers and employees improve workplace safety and health, learn more about the latest trends, equipment, best practices, and network with peers.
More information is available at https://www.tnsafetycongress.org/.
Now that summer is in full swing here in Tennessee, it is crucial for employers to recognize the dangers of heat stress. Employers should establish a complete heat illness prevention program. This includes:
- providing workers with water, rest and shade
- gradually increasing workloads
- allowing more frequent breaks for new workers or workers who have been away for a week or more (This builds a tolerance for working in the heat or acclimatization.)
- modifying work schedules as necessary
- planning for emergencies
- training workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and their prevention
- monitoring workers for signs of illness. (Some of the heat disorders/health effects that are possible from heat overexposure are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, rashes, and fatigue.)
For more information visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.