OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to keep workers safe.
When working in the construction industry, the following tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus:
For more information, visit www.osha.gov/coronavirus or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
On May 19, 2020, OSHA changed its policy for when employers need to record COVID-19 cases as being work-related. Under the new policy, employers who are required to keep OSHA injury and illness logs must determine if workers’ Covid-19 cases were job-related. Previously, OSHA said only health-care employers, corrections facilities, and emergency-response providers were required to make that determination.
(Chicago) Today, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released its model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program for Illinois employers in compliance with Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act).
“We cannot combat rampant sexual harassment in the workplace without substantive and accessible education,” said IDHR Director Jim Bennett. “The release of IDHR’s model sexual harassment prevention training is a major step in ensuring that every working person in Illinois understands the seriousness of sexual harassment. I urge all Illinois employers – small businesses and major corporations alike – to use this resource.”
Formerly Senate Bill 75, Public Act 101-0221 was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in August 2019. Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in this State. Employers must either develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), or they may use the model training provided by the IDHR.
In addition to providing the sexual harassment prevention training described above, restaurants and bars are required to provide supplemental sexual harassment prevention training that complies with Section 2-110 of the IHRA. Illinois restaurants and bars must either develop their own supplemental training or utilize the model training provided by the IDHR. The IDHR’s supplemental training model for restaurants and bars is forthcoming.
To download the model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program or for more information, please visit IDHR’s Training Institute at www.illinois.gov/dhr/training.
The IDHR enforces the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the contexts of employment, housing, financial credit, public accommodations, and sexual harassment in education. For more information, visit the IDHR homepage, Facebook.com/IllinoisDHR, Instagram @Illinois_DHR or Twitter @Illinois_DHR.
Proper use of extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors is extremely important for the health and safety of you and those around you. Please review the following documents:
February 1, 2020 employers must post a current summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA 300 Form) — from February 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020.
The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2019 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required to assist in calculating incidence rates per OSHA. Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2019 must post the form with zeros on the total line. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive.
The form is to be displayed in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. Employers must make a copy of the summary available to employees who move from worksite to worksite, such as construction workers, and employees who do not report to any fixed establishment on a regular basis. http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html
Article VI section 6.08 of the IBEW Local 701 agreement requires that accident reports must be submitted to the IBEW Local 701 / NE NECA Safety Committee. Submitting the modified OSHA 300 log (see links below) fulfills your obligation as a contractor to submit accident reports. Please note that the modified form does not substitute the original OSHA form to be posted and is provided to you to assist compliance with the 701 agreement.
We have a modified version of the OSHA 300 log for your convenience which provides confidentiality of employees by omitting names. If you would like this OSHA 300 modified form, please click on the following link: OSHA Modified 300 Log
Please complete all highlighted fields and return it to the PowerForward DuPage office, Attention: Safety Committee via fax (630) 393-3497 or email us at info@PowerForwardDuPage.com on or before February 1, 2020 reporting calendar year 2019 (in full). If there are any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Director of Operations, Lauren Mesich in the PowerForward DuPage office at 630.393.1701 Extension 5.