Washington — Citing “continued concerns regarding personal protective equipment shortages in the agricultural sector,” the Environmental Protection Agency has extended until Sept. 30 the provision on “annual fit test delay” in temporary guidance intended to help protect workers who handle agricultural pesticides against exposure to COVID-19.
West Lafayette, IN — At least 64 incidents involving confined spaces in the agriculture industry were documented in 2020, and half were fatal, according to an annual report recently released by Purdue University.
Salem, OR — A new safety and health guide from Oregon OSHA is intended to help employers and workers in the cannabis industry identify hazards associated with their work and determine how to control them.
Quincy, MA — The National Fire Protection Association is asking for stakeholder input as it considers the creation of an ANSI-accredited standard on addressing fire risks at cannabis growing and processing facilities.
Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA is accepting public comment on a proposed rule that would require COVID-19-related protective measures to be extended to housing provided by employers, including as part of farming operations.
Iowa City, IA — Farmers who require trauma care after suffering work-related injuries take nearly one hour longer to arrive at a hospital than their rural counterparts who are similarly injured while working in other industries – extra time that can often make a difference in recovery time, or even life or death, researchers say.