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  • 16 Sep 2013 4:11 PM | Jim Rogers

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that the notice of proposed rulemaking for respirable crystalline silica has published in the Federal Register.

     

    OSHA invites and strongly encourages the public to participate in the process of developing a final rule through written comments and participation in public hearings.

    The public will have until Dec. 11, 2013, to submit written comments on the proposed rule.

     

    Hearings on the proposed silica rule are scheduled to begin on March 4, 2014 at the Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building in Washington, DC. Members of the public who wish to participate in public hearings must submit a notice of intention to appear by Nov. 12, 2013.

     

    Additional information on the proposed rule, including five fact sheets, and procedures for submitting written comments and participating in public hearings is available at http://www.osha.gov/silica/index.html.

     

    See the Federal Register notice to read the notice of proposed rulemaking.

     

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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  • 05 Sep 2013 9:42 AM | Jim Rogers

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. After publication of the proposal, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments, followed by public hearings.

     

    "Exposure to silica can be deadly, and limiting that exposure is essential," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Every year, exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. This proposal is expected to prevent thousands of deaths from silicosis-an incurable and progressive disease-as well as lung cancer, other respiratory diseases and kidney disease. We're looking forward to public comment on the proposal."

    Once the full effects of the rule are realized, OSHA estimates that the proposed rule would result in saving nearly 700 lives per year and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis annually.

     

    Exposure to airborne silica dust occurs in operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, block and other stone products and in operations using sand products, such as in glass manufacturing, foundries and sand blasting.

    The proposal is based on extensive review of scientific and technical evidence, consideration of current industry consensus standards and outreach by OSHA to stakeholders, including public stakeholder meetings, conferences and meetings with employer and employee organizations.

     

    "The proposed rule uses common sense measures that will protect workers' lives and lungs-like keeping the material wet so dust doesn't become airborne," added Michaels. "It is designed to give employers flexibility in selecting ways to meet the standard."

    The proposed rulemaking includes two separate standards-one for general industry and maritime employment, and one for construction.

     

    The agency currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica in general industry, construction and shipyards that are outdated, inconsistent between industries and do not adequately protect worker health. The proposed rule brings protections into the 21st century.

     

    The proposed rule includes a new exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica and details widely used methods for controlling worker exposure, conducting medical surveillance, training workers about silica-related hazards and recordkeeping measures.

    OSHA rulemaking relies heavily on input from the public and the agency will conduct extensive engagement to garner feedback from the public through both written and oral comments. OSHA will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register, followed by public hearings. Once public hearings conclude, members of the public who filed a notice of intention to appear can then submit additional post-hearing comments. Additional information on the proposed rule, including a video; procedures for submitting comments and the public hearings can be found at www.osha.gov/silica.

     

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

  • 05 Sep 2013 9:40 AM | Jim Rogers

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.

     

    OSHA issued a final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work on Aug. 9, 2010. The standard requires crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After OSHA issued the standard, a number of parties raised concerns about the qualification/certification requirements. OSHA is considering addressing these concerns through a later separate rulemaking. The agency will propose to extend the compliance date so that the qualification/certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or cause disruption to the construction industry.

     

    OSHA held three stakeholder meetings on operator certification/qualification issues in April 2013 and posted detailed notes of the meetings at http://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/stakeholders.html, a Web page devoted to the stakeholder meeting. The agency also plans to post a list of frequently asked questions on its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Web page to provide additional clarification and address some comments and concerns raised by stakeholders.

     

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

  • 02 Aug 2013 9:40 AM | Jim Rogers

    Arizona State University is now tobacco free, joining approximately 800 colleges and universities* nationwide that have kicked the habit.

    The initiative, spearheaded by students and supported by the University Staff Council and the faculty Academic Senate, is part of a larger ASU effort to promote health and wellness in the ASU community.

    ASU already prohibited smoking inside its buildings. The new policy, affective Aug. 1, prohibits all manner of smoking as well as the use of smokeless tobacco products and applies to all properties owned, leased or controlled by the university, whether indoor or outdoor.

    “Tobacco use is a documented public health hazard and the university is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and educationally productive learning environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors,” said Kevin Salcido, associate vice president of Human Resources and a member of the tobacco-free working group.

    In addition to contributing to better health, increased productivity and decreased use of sick time, prohibiting tobacco use on ASU campuses will result in decreased maintenance expense for facilities and grounds in managing related litter.

    The university offers education, information and support for those wishing to quit tobacco, and will frequently communicate details about available programs and opportunities between now and when the policy is implemented next year.

    ASU will pursue a "community enforcement" approach when it comes to the new policy, whereby university community members will help to educate others. This strategy has proven to be effective at other universities that have gone tobacco-free.

    ASU students have developed a video to illustrate how members of the campus community can interact with someone who may be unaware of the new policy. It can be viewed athttps://vimeo.com/70588298.

    Students, staff and faculty members who repeatedly violate the policy, however, could face sanctions through pre-established administrative practices in such departments as the Office of Human Resources or Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    Additional information about the policy change, a listing of available educational programs and resources to help successfully quit tobacco, tobacco-free zone maps and a supervisor’s toolkit are available – along with other items – athttp://www.asu.edu/tobaccofree.

  • 02 Jul 2013 8:25 AM | Jim Rogers

    Tempe, AZ - The Western OSHA Education Center at Arizona State University, an authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center, is excited to announce the immediate availability of its on-line card request portal for use by all Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers who are attached to ASU. Beginning immediately, all card requests will be processed on-line through this web based portal. This means trainers who are authorized through ASU will be able to log in any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to submit their completion documents for 10 and 30 hour outreach courses and request course completion cards.

     

    All cards will be preprinted by the Education Center and completed cards will be sent to the trainer. Trainers will not have to worry about printing the cards any more! In addition, when the Education Center processes the cards, the card numbers will be added to the on-line records and stored in the trainers on-line account. This new system will greatly reduce the possibility of errors due to misreading handwritten documents and retyping attendees names. Once the trainer enters the course information and attendees names on-line, the Western OSHA Education Center reviews the information, assigns the card numbers, and prints and mails the cards to the trainer. The trainer can log back in at any time to view completed course information and print a hard copy of the information, including names and assigned card numbers, for their records. This will greatly reduce the record keeping burden for the Trainers.

     

    The on-line card request portal is for use by all Trainers authorized through the Western OSHA Education Center at ASU and the service, including the preprinted cards and the on-line records storage, is being made available at the same mandated rate of $5 per card implemented by OSHA in 2012. There are no additional charges to the trainer for these services.

     

    Trainers who recently completed their OSHA Trainer Update Courses at ASU were trained on the system and can begin using it immediately. In addition, all Trainers have access to ASU's on-line notification system, that allows them to log in at http://osha.asu.edu and submit advanced notification of training to the Education Center at any time with minimal effort. For more information, email jimrogers@asu.edu. To view a schedule of trainer courses that will allow you to become authorized through ASU, click here to view our calendar.

  • 25 Jun 2013 10:21 AM | Jim Rogers

    Tempe, AZ - The Western OSHA Education Center, a part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, has completed its first OSHA 510 Course. This construction industry standards course was held at ASU's main campus in Tempe, AZ, and instruction was lead by Edwin Weaver. Participants spent four days learning the standards contained in CFR 1926, OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry. Instruction was also provided for the various additional standards referenced in the 1926.

     

    The Center also recently completed its first OSHA 502 Construction Industry Trainer Update Course. This course attracted people from Arizona and Nevada that needed to renew their credentials as an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer. This three day course was also led by Mr. Weaver, with Jim Rogers providing updates to the class on what's new in the industry and instruction on how the new Ed Center operates in terms of providing advanced notification of training and ordering outreach cards.

     

    Upon successful completion of these courses, participants were presented with their course completion cards and certificates from ASU. Attendees that successfully completed the Trainer Update Course were presented new Authorized Trainer Cards and will immediately begin ordering their 10 and 30 hour construction industry cards through the Western OSHA Education Center at Arizona State University.

  • 24 May 2013 3:26 PM | Jim Rogers

    OSHA is launching the 2013 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness to raise awareness, educate, and provide resources to prevent illness and death due to working outdoors in hot and humid weather.  Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat-related illnesses.  In 2011, 4,420 workers experienced heat-related illness, and 61 workers died (BLS; 2012 data available late 2013). 

     

    In the 2012 nationwide Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness, OSHA and its partners reached over 4.5 million employers and workers.  We hope to reach even more people this year in spreading the word about “Water. Rest. Shade.” 

     

    One of the resources now available is a new smart phone app, available by clicking on one of the links below.

     

    Download from the Android Market! Blackberry iPhone - Download from iTunes!

     

    When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

     

    The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

     

    Stay informed and safe in the heat, check your risk level.

     

    Ø  Additional Resources are available on the updated  OSHA Heat Campaign web page which features:

     

    o   Educational resources that target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy and include Spanish language materials.

    o   Using the Heat Index, a guide to employers to develop a heat illness prevention plan.

    o   Training resources, including a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to use in instructing workers on heat illness.  There are links to additional resources in other languages.

    o   Media resources  that includes news releases, public service announcements (PSAs), drop-in articles about heat illness prevention that you can customize to share and campaign artwork, and

    o   Spanish language resources and webpage.

     

     


  • 03 May 2013 8:41 AM | Jim Rogers

    Wildhorse Pass, AZ, May 2013 - The Western OSHA Education Center, a part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, recently completed OSHA training sessions at the annual Construction In Indian Country conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual conference attracts over 500 people who come to network and attend sessions related to construction on America's tribal lands. ASU's OSHA Training Institute Education Center provided two workshops, the OSHA Record Keeping Rule Seminar and the Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses. Both of these half day workshops were presented by Cheryl Caballero, a former compliance officer and adjunct instructor for the Western OSHA Education Center.

     

    Jim Rogers, Director for the Western OSHA Education Center, and Zachary Barnett, Director of the Phoenix Area Office for Federal OSHA, also presented a 90 minute session the proided an introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act. Discussions included OSHA's jurisdiction over construction projects on tribal lands, and the growing need to emphasize fall protection on these sites.

     

    "There is a great opportunity to work with the tribal communities to assist in transferring the knowledge related to maintaining safe work environments and preserving and protecting our nation's human resources," stated Rogers. "We appreciate the opportunity to work together and look forward to this continued partnership."

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 03 May 2013 8:22 AM | Jim Rogers

    Tempe, AZ - The Western OSHA Education Center, a part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, has completed its first OSHA 511 Course. This general industry standards course was held at ASU's Skysong campus, and instruction was lead by Jack Podojil. Participants spent four days learning the standards contained in CFR 1910, OSHA Standards for General Industry. Instruction was also provided for the various consensus standards referenced in the 1910 standards, and the course made extensive use of hands-on equipment to learn how to apply the standards to a workplace hazard assessment. By the end of the course participants were able to successfully review a simulated workplace and apply applicable standards in order to assess the workplace's compliance.

     

     

    "In this course I really learned that there is no reason to wonder if your workplace is in compliance with OSHA standards. We really learned how to navigate the standards and to find and apply the answers to our questions."

     

     

     

    ASU's OSHA Training Institute Education Center has a continuing schedule of courses throughout the remainder of 2013. Go to http://osha.asu.edu and click on "courses" to view the current schedule of events. 

  • 26 Feb 2013 4:06 PM | Jim Rogers

    Tempe, AZ - The new Western OSHA Education Center at Arizona State University has started scheduling courses for 2013. The first courses offered will be the OSHA 510 Construction Industry Standards course. This is a prerequisite to taking the OSHA 500 trainer course and is also appropriate for anyone wanting to know more about OSHA's construction industry standards. Additional Construction Industry and General Industry Courses will be scheduled soon. Check the web site at osha.asu.edu for the latest information and schedules.

     

    Click here for the latest calendar of events.

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