“I am currently slotted to attend the OSHA 500 at the end of February and will be eligible to teach my first OSHA 10-hr class in March. Again, thank you so much for helping me towards achieving my OSHA Outreach Trainer.”
Kevin Shutz, OHST
Ziminy Insurance Agency
2019 recipient of the Greater Chicago Chapter Professional Development Grant
Many of you out there may need financial support especially in this prolonged period of uncertainty that results in furloughs, lay-offs, and salary cuts. Through the ASSP Foundation, professional development courses, non-OSH-related college coursework (MBA, Accounting, Leadership Studies, etc.), certification support (prep, exam, materials) can still be in reach and help keep you sharp and competitive.
Did you know that The Greater Chicago Chapter seeds a Professional Development Grant in addition to a Student Scholarship?
Remember: Application period closes December 1st and registered Greater Chicago members always receive first consideration for our grant and scholarship. So don’t wait, apply today!
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country, government agencies are working diligently to respond. Here are a few specific activities related to COVID-19:
- OSHA has released a guidance document with recommendations for how employers should prepare their workplaces to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. While the document is not a standard or regulation, it is important to note that employers are required by the OSH Act to provide their employees with a workplace free of recognized hazards. View the document
- OSHA has issued an alert with tips on how to protect yourself from the disease. View the alert
- OSHA released temporary enforcement guidance in response to the shortage of N95 masks. The guidance aims to help increase the availability of N95 masks for healthcare providers. Read the guidance
- OSHA has provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. Read our coverage
- CDC has released interim guidance for employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. The agency is actively updating the guidance so be sure to check it regularly. Read the guidance
ASSP TR-Z590.5-2019 provides guidance from safety experts on proactive steps businesses can take to reduce the risk of an active shooter, prepare employees and ensure a coordinated response should a hostile event occur. It also provides post-incident guidance and best practices for implementing a security plan audit.
Active shooter fatalities spiked to 729 deaths in 2017, more than three times our country’s previous high. A business must know where its threats and vulnerabilities exist. Our consensus-based document contains recommendations on how a business in any industry can better protect itself in advance of such an incident. Based on the collaborative work of more than 30 professionals experienced in law enforcement, industrial security and corporate safety compliance, the report aims to drive a higher level of preparedness against workplace violence.
For full article, visit ASSP Society Page.