01/31/2011

New online resource provides information on green job safety and health

Information on Green Job Hazards is now available on the Web site of the U.S.
Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Green jobs
are being defined broadly as jobs that help to improve the environment, such as
in the wind and solar energy, recycling and biofuels industries. However, green
jobs are not necessarily safe jobs. Workers in the green industries may face
hazards that are commonly known in workplaces -- such as falls, confined
spaces, electrical, fire, and other similar hazards. Additionally, workers may
be exposed to new hazards which may not have been previously identified. For
example, workers in the solar energy industry may be exposed to Cadmium
Telluride, a known carcinogen, if adequate controls are not implemented. The
information now available online is part of OSHA's commitment to helping
workers and employers ensure that green jobs are safe jobs.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration