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OSHA Updates 1.22.2013

osha-logoWorker Safety and Health App Challenge Winners Announced

  • The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $30,000 in prizes to the top four entrants in its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. The challenge’s aim is to develop technological tools to inform young workers on health and safety issues. Submissions were designed for Internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones and social media platforms, or as native Windows or Macintosh applications.
  • From the news release, “The panel of judges, including co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show “Myth Busters,” Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, selected winners of the “Safety in the Workplace Innovator Award,” the “Safety and Health Data Award,” and the “Workers’ Rights Award” from 20 finalists. A “People’s Choice Award” was given to the entry that received the most public votes on the challenge website.”
  • The winning submissions can be viewed at http://www.dol.gov/dol/apps/2013AppWinners.htm. All of the finalists’ submissions can be viewed at http://workersafetyhealth.challenge.gov.

OSHA Targeting High-Hazard Workplaces

OSHA to Shine Spotlight on Vehicle Back-Overs

  • OSHA is conducting a series of meetings to create a dialogue on preventing injuries and fatalities due to vehicle backovers. For information on backover hazards and preventing backovers or to view a prevention video, visit OSHA’s Preventing Backovers Web page.
  • From the news release, “OSHA will hold the first round of meetings at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2013, and at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2013, at the U.S. Department of Labor, Room C-5515, rooms 1A&B, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. The second round of meetings will convene at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2013, at the University of Texas at Arlington, OSHA Education Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom in the University Center, 300 W. First St., Arlington, Texas. Individuals interested in participating must register electronically, by fax or mail. See the Federal Register notice for registration details.”

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