OSHA focuses on “green 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, but they also 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.
A recent study by the National Fire Protection Association found that emergency medical responders needed more training when dealing with incidents involving electric or hybrid electric motor vehicles because there is a higher occurrence of electric shock, higher risk of unexpected vehicle movement and electric vehicle fires require different tactical approaches.
As the green movement has become increasingly popular, both OSHA and NIOSH have stepped up efforts to ensure that occupational safety and health are not overlooked in green jobs.
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