Have any friends in the medical profession? They may have recently read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s article about how nursing home staff can learn to handle duties without developing musculoskeletal disorders like back injuries. Or perhaps your cousin in cosmetology school surprised you with a fact about the hazards of formaldehyde, which she learned about in the hazard alert we issued to help protect hair salon workers. You name it: if it involves workplace safety and health, we’ve probably written about it. In 2012 alone, we produced nearly 2 million copies of publications covering a host of topics.
Publications like All About OSHA, We are OSHA and OSHA-at-a-Glance provide an overview of the agency’s standards, duties and functions, and information on workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. Compliance assistance resources, such as a brochure on OSHA’s Free Safety and Health Consultation Services, explain how OSHA can help employers eliminate workplace hazards, and establish or improve injury and illness prevention programs. We also have downloadable fact sheets on a range of job hazards ranging from chemical exposure to dangerous machines to educate workers and employers on ways to prevent injuries.
Like most of our publications, you can view these brochures and booklets online and download them to your computer. And because workers with limited English proficiency often work in the most high-hazard jobs and face the greatest risk of injury, illness and death, many of our most popular publications are available in multiple languages.
The growing diversity of America’s workforce isn’t the only change OSHA is responding to through its publications. We are constantly creating new educational materials as needed to address both emerging hazards and unexpected catastrophic events. Our Distracted Driving brochure provides information on preventing accidents that result when workers text while driving. And in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we distributed more than 75,000 fact sheets and other safety materials to first responders who were working under dangerous conditions in an effort to keep others safe.
Whether they are intended help employees understand their rights to a safe workplace or help employers understand their responsibility to provide one, our publications make potentially lifesaving information readily available to those who need it most.
Visit OSHA’s publications page to view and download these valuable resources.