Bureau Labor of Statistics and OSHA and Extreme Temperature Hazards

Bureau Labor of Statistics and OSHA and Extreme Temperature Hazards

This is a Discussion Board Questions:

Discussion Board Question 1:Bureau of Labor Statistics

The United States Department of Labor compiles massive amounts of data and specifically, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) makes this data available to the public. The ability to review quantitative data or policies and describe them to coworkers is an essential trait to develop. Here, you will delve into the BLS and research an aspect of occupational data and relate it in your own words to your classmates; specifically emphasize an important aspect of the data you found.

For those of you with last names beginning with a letter from A to L, research data on the BLS website on machine, pressure, or fall hazards (material from the previous Unit). You can look into death statistics from an entire year, focus on a specific area in the country, choose just one of these and provide an in-depth description, or something else you find interesting around these topics. In your post, discuss whether these statistics are surprising to you, are these values increasing from previous years? or provide other thoughts you have while reviewing the information.

For those of you with last names beginning with a letter from M to Z, research data on the BLS website on electrical hazards or temperature extremes. Again, you can look into death statistics from an entire year, focus on a specific area in the country, choose just one of these and provide an in-depth description, or something else you find interesting around these topics . In your post, discuss whether these statistics are surprising to you, are these values increasing from previous years? or provide other thoughts you have while reviewing the information.

In at least one of your replies, make sure to read and ask questions on posts on the topic you did not cover.

Bureau of Labor Statistics main website http://www.bls.gov/home.htm.

Discussion Board Question 2: OSHA and Extreme Temperature Hazards

As written, the wording of OSHA laws can be tough to decipher. If interpreted incorrectly, it can cost you money in fines and more importantly, loss of life or injuries to workers. OSHA is there to help you interpret the law and will respond to requests for clarification. In this DB, go to the OSHA Standard Interpretations web page and search for a heat or cold related interpretation note. Your search words could be ‘heat stress’, ‘cold’, or search for another word or phrase.

Choose one interpretation letter applicable to extreme temperature hazards and describe the question and answer in your own words. Then, compare the interpretation with the standard as written and discuss how easy it is to understand. Would you have had a similar question or do you have new questions after reading the standard? (Do not choose a letter reviewed by a classmate, but extend the discussion and add new information.) Provide the link to your interpretation letter.

  • The Standard Number will be presented near the top of the page on the interpretation letter. Click on the standard number (for example 1904.7) and then click the document type ‘Regulations (Standards-29CFR) to view the standard as written. Alternatively, you can search for the standard in the search box at the top right of the page.OSHA Standard Interpretations web page

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owasrch.search_form?p_doc_type=INTERPRETATIONS&p_toc_level=1&p_keyvalue=Standard_Number&p_status=CURRENT

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Labor Standards

Discussion Board Question 1

The Department of Labor maintains statistics on different incidents involving activities within the workplace environment. Employee safety statistics form one of the most important form of employee data, primarily due to its role in facilitating improvement in laws related to workplace safety and employee health. In particular, statistics from incidents involving fatalities from accidents help policy-makers and the employers take further steps in improving the safety of employees, particularly in cases where such statistics indicate a higher rate of fatalities compared to other sectors in the economy.

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