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SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE

Specific Occupations and Hazards

NIOSH Guidance

 niosh logo NIOSH makes recommendations for preventing work-related injury and illness.

Hazards & Exposures
More than 25 links to web pages about specific workplace hazards and exposures

Diseases & Injuries
More than 30 links to web pages about occupational diseases and injuries

Chemicals
More than 50 links to web pages containing safety and health information for industrial chemicals

Safety & Prevention
Contains links to 40 web pages containing information on a wide range of workplace safety and prevention topics

Industries & Occupations
More than 30 links to web pages containing information about specific industries, jobs, populations, and environments

Emergency Preparedness & Response
Links to 17 web pages containing information on topics related to emergency preparedness and response

Fast Facts

Self-employed workers were 2.7 times as likely to die from work-related injuries as wage and salary earners between 1995 and 2001. This may be because the self-employed are over-represented in dangerous industries such as agriculture and construction.

Source: Pegula SM. Occupational Fatalities: Self-employed Workers and Wage and Salary Workers. Monthly Labor Review 2004: 30-40.

 

Construction Sites

AGC Safety and Health Services blueprints in a framed building
Includes safety and health training courses for the construction industry (offered live and online), instruction, and trainings. Also, the website lists links to over 100 safety products designed to improve safety on construction job sites.

Provided by the Association of General Contractors' Safety and Health Services Department/

 

Construction Solutions workers looking at a building plan
A free database of strategies for reducing or eliminating various hazards associated with specific construction work activities including:

  • Carpentry
  • Drywall, glass, and floor coverings
  • Electrical
  • Excavation and demolition
  • Heavy equipment
  • Masonry
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pipes and vessels
  • Residential Construction
  • Roofing
  • Sheet metal and HVAC
  • Structural steel

Provided by CPWR, the Center for Construction Research and Training.

OSHA Construction Industry Website osha logo
Tools, information, and resources on construction topics such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

Provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction 
This campaign focuses on small residential construction contractors and workers and will work to prevent the three major types of fatal falls: falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds. The website provides toolbox talks, posters, and checklists, as well as opportunities to get involved.

Provided by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training.

 

Fast Facts

79% of U.S. workplaces have fewer than 10 employees.

Source: County Business Patterns
In. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce; 2008.

 

Convenience Stores

 Television screen displaying security camera footageTraining materials for convenience store employees which cover topics such as how to avoid violence and fall prevention. Several training products are available for purchase, including:

Provided for purchase by the National Association of Convenience Stores.

 

Dairy Farms

Small Business Dairy Industry Safety Training Program penned cows eating hay
Resources for small businesses in the dairy industry. Includes a downloadable 52-page PDF training manual. Manual topics include:

  • Identifying and controlling hazards
  • Machinery safety
  • Animal safety
  • Planning for emergencies

A downloadable 30-page fotonovela on handling cows and bulls is also available from this site. Some materials are in English and Spanish.

Provided by California's Department of Industrial Relations, Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program.

Ergonomics

OSHA Ergonomics x-ray of a spine and skull
Help for businesses in addressing ergonomic issues in the workplace. Links include:

  • OSHA ergonomic e-tools
  • Success stories
  • Case studies
  • Cooperative programs
  • Training and education
  • Industry-developed guidelines
  • Additional information

Provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Health Care

Workplace Hazards masked surgeons in an operating room
Provides links to information about workplace hazards in hospital settings (for nurses) with primary focus on:

  • Back injuries
  • Latex allergies
  • Needlesticks
  • Workload issues
  • Violence
  • Toxic chemicals

Provided by the Washington State Nurses Associationl

 

Hospital eTool osha logo
Web-based training tool for hospitals with topics including administration, central supply, clinical services, laundry, pharmacy, and others.

Provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Janitorial Services

Small Business Janitorial Health and Safety Materials man mopping a floor
A janitorial safety training program for small business owners and managers who need to train janitorial employees working alone or in small teams to clean buildings. Topics include:

  • Safety orientation
  • Chemical hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Injuries on the job
  • Planning for emergencies
  • Robberies and assaults
  • Slips and falls

Some materials are in English and Spanish.

Provided by California Department of Industrial Relations, Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program.

 

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Extension Partnership worker manufacturing electronic devices
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a nationwide network aimed at assisting small and mid-sized manufacturers in the US. While not specifically devoted to health and safety, many of the innovations described in their "success stories" include strategies which improve workplace safety and health. The resources provided to clients are focused on five critical areas:

  • Technology acceleration
  • Supplier development
  • Sustainability
  • Workforce
  • Continuous improvement

Provided for purchase by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Powered Industrial Trucks

Powered Industrial Truck Safetyforklift holding a pallet
 A 5-page, downloadable training manual on fork lift safety. Includes training tools, training ideas, and a quiz.

Provided by Oregon OSHA.

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool osha logo
Web-based training tool with modules covering truck types, operation, workplace use, and training assistance.

Provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Restaurants

Small Business Model/Restaurant Supervisor Safety Training Program man in restaurant holding a menu
Training for owners and managers of small restaurants. It includes:

  • Restaurant hazard guide
  • New worker checklists
  • Tip sheet on burns and cuts
  • Slips and falls prevention
  • Ergonomic hazards, robberies, and assaults
  • Emergency planning
  • Addressing injuries

All resources are available in English and Spanish; some in Korean.

Provided by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program.

 

Retail

Health and Safety Guide for New Retail Workersshoppers carrying colorful bags
A downloadable, 42-page PDF health and safety guide for workers in the retail industry. Includes sections on:

  • Health and safety questions and answers
  • Safety tips
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Other resources

Provided by WorkSafeBC, the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia, Canada.

 
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  • Page last reviewed: March 5, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 5, 2014
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