Working in the restaurant industry presents a variety of risks. If you work in the kitchen, you face the hazards of burns and cuts. If you work as a server in the dining room, you face constant stress and strain from lifting and carrying things all day long and working on your feet. Slip-and-fall injuries are common for all restaurant employees.
For the past several years, OSHA has been striving to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with hot working conditions. While the organization has no formal regulations on heat stress, the state of California regulates heat stress for outdoor workers. There are challenges, however, such as the need for constant updating as more research is conducted on how heat affects the body.
Slip-and-fall accidents can pose a serious risk to California workers on the job. This can be the case whether they work in a heavy physical job like construction or in a seemingly less risky office job. These kinds of accidents are common and may often be considered minor; however, when serious, they can be fatal or cause live-changing injuries. In 2014, 660 workers were killed after they fell from a height, while another 138 lost their lives in falls at the same level.
Workers in California who routinely work in areas in which they may be exposed to respirable crystalline silica, an essential component in the manufacturing of glass, may be interested in a memorandum that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor. The memorandum details the initial enforcement for the respirable crystalline silica standard, the majority of which will be effective on June 23, 2018.
California sanitation workers have a very hazardous job. In fact, statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that garbage collectors are nearly 10 times more likely to be fatally injured on the job than all other industries. Unfortunately, this was proven when 7 sanitation workers were killed during the first 10 days of 2018.
In California, federal safety regulators want construction workers to know about the potential harm caused by breathing in silica dust. The dust can cause workers to contract a dangerous lung disease called silicosis that may result in death. Even so, the construction industry wants to find solutions to the issue without eliminating silica dust as a material used by contractors. As of March 2016, a new regulation is responsible for lowering the exposure to 20 percent instead of the former 100 percent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is enforcing the regulation.