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  • 15 Nov 2013 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.

    "Three million injuries are three million too many," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA."

    The public will have 90 days, through Feb. 6, 2014, to submit written comments on the proposed rule. On Jan. 9, 2014, OSHA will hold a public meeting on the proposed rule in Washington, D.C. A Federal Register notice announcing the public meeting will be published shortly.

    The proposed rule was developed following a series of stakeholder meetings in 2010 to help OSHA gather information about electronic submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data. OSHA is proposing to amend its current recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under existing standards, Part 1904. The first proposed new requirement is for establishments with more than 250 employees (and who are already required to keep records) to electronically submit the records on a quarterly basis to OSHA.

    OSHA is also proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, be required to submit electronically only their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year. Currently, many such firms report this information to OSHA under OSHA's Data Initiative.

    Note that the construction industry is one that is in the list of these designated high-hazard industries, meaning that virtually all construction employers with 20 or more employees would be required to submit their 300A log directly to OSHA each year.

    OSHA plans to eventually post the data online, as encouraged by President Obama's Open Government Initiative. Timely, establishment-specific injury and illness data will help OSHA target its compliance assistance and enforcement resources more effectively by identifying workplaces where workers are at greater risk, and enable employers to compare their injury rates with others in the same industry. Additional information on the proposed rule can be found at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=24002 and http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/proposed_data_form.html.

    Need to make sure your record keeping procedures are in order? Click here to find out when we have OSHA Record Keeping Workshops scheduled.

    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.
  • 08 Oct 2013 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Last week, NIOSH released three new education modules for use by educators to disseminate the Prevention through Design (PtD) concept within undergraduate engineering curricula. The modules focus on hazards associated with mechanical and electrical systems in facilities, the construction of reinforced concrete, and the construction of structural steel elements. According to NIOSH, each module outlines the motivations for PtD and encourages the inclusion of worker health and safety considerations early in the design process. Each module includes an instructor's manual and PowerPoint slides.

    The modules, which are available on NIOSH's website, cover the following topics:

    • Mechanical-electrical systems: Electrical hazards, National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) goals for working with electricity, and case studies to demonstrate effective PtD solutions for fall protection and mechanical-electrical systems safety.
    • Reinforced concrete design and structural steel design: Detailing, fabrication, and erection processes; and examples of how structural engineers and detailers can incorporate PtD into their designs.

    Learn more about PtD on NIOSH's website.

  • 07 Aug 2013 11:06 AM | Anonymous
    Last month OSHA updated their web pages on ergonomics and nail gun safety and added E-book versions of their guide to fall prevention and their guide to nail gun safety. As you browse the OSHA web site at www.osha.gov, you will notice that many documents are now appearing in various E-book formats, in addition to the previously available PDF format. This opens these documents up to easier downloading and reading on more devices such as smart phones and E-book readers, making it easier than ever to carry these documents with you and have them available for fast and easy reference at the work site. 

    Below are links to some of the new and updated resources from OSHA.

    Web Pages

    §  Ergonomics (updated July 2013)

    §  Nail Gun Safety (July 2013)

     

    Industry/Hazard Alerts

    §  OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: 1-Bromopropane (OSHA Publication 3676) (July 2013)

     

    Other Publications and Guidance Documents

    §  Fall Prevention Training Guide: A Lesson Guide for Employers (OSHA Publication 3666). Also available in EPUB and MOBI formats (July 2013).

    §  Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors (EPUB and MOBI formats added July 2013)

  • 22 Jul 2013 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    Nail gun safety continues to be a much discussed topic on construction job sites. Whether its a powder actuated fastener or a pneumatic nail gun, these tool fire nails at velocities high enough to seriously injure or kill people. Proper training and subsequent handling of these tools are needed in order to prevent injuries or death.

     

    NIOSH has recently published its first ever "NIOSH Comic", titled Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety. This can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking on the title.

     

    Please don't forget that nail gun users must receive proper training! For more information including a guide to nail gun safety and training, visit the NIOSH section of the CDC's web site at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-202/.

  • 02 Jul 2013 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council. The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy’s purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government.

    TRB has released the final version of Special Report 310: Worker Health and Safety on Offshore Wind Farms that examines the hazards and risks to workers on offshore wind farms on the outer continental shelf as compared to offshore oil and gas operations; explores gaps and overlaps in jurisdictional authority for worker health and safety on offshore wind farms; and evaluates the adequacy of, and recommends enhancements to, the existing safety management system (SMS) requirement published in 30 CFR 585.810.

    You can download a PDF version (approx. 180 pages) of the report by clicking here, or go to the TRB’s web site for more information and to purchase a hard copy of the report.

  • 26 Jun 2013 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    This new NEP effects both the general and construction industries. Jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates include painting, blowing foam insulation, and the manufacture and thermal degradation of many polyurethane products such as polyurethane foam, insulation materials, surface coatings, car seats, furniture, foam mattresses, under-carpet padding, packaging materials, shoes, laminated fabrics, polyurethane rubber, and adhesives.


    OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-017  National Emphasis Program- Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates has been published and is now available online:

    http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=5616


  • 25 Jun 2013 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    "Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive."

    The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

     

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  • 25 Jun 2013 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    NIOSH has issued a new free application (app) for mobile phones on extension ladder safety.  The NIOSH Ladder Safety phone app has an angle of inclination indicator to help users set extension ladders at the proper angle.  The app is available through the NIOSH website (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls/), the Apple App-store (https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=658633912&mt=8), and the Android Market (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.cdc.niosh.dsr.laddersafety).

     

    Misjudging the ladder angle is an important risk factor for a fall. The app’s inclination indicator allows most cell phones to provide both a visual and an audible signal when the ladder angle is correctly set.  The Ladder Safety app also includes other handy information about ladder safety, such as ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. 

     

    This is a great app that helps workers recall their training and reminds them that there is a "right way" and a "wrong way" to set up a ladder. The app uses your smart phone's sensors to measure the angle of the ladder and gives you visual and audible indications that the ladder angle is correct. It also includes a safety inspection checklist and additional ladder safety info.

  • 25 Jun 2013 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to announce the release of Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers: A Basic Guide for Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries, which is also available in Spanish as Soluciones Simples: Para los Trabajadores de la Construcción Residencial: Guía Básica Para Prevenir  Lesiones en el Manejo Manual de Materiales.

    Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers is are available as web publications for printing or download at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-111/

    and http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/niosh/docs/2013-111_sp/.  This publication is in the public interest and may be freely copied or reprinted. 

    This publication was written especially for young and less experienced home building workers.  Original drawings and non-technical language are used to describe manual material handling injury risks and how these risks can be reduced and/or eliminated for certain activities.

    Home building is physically demanding work and manual material handling may be the most difficult part of the job. These activities increase the risk of painful strains and sprains and more serious soft tissue injuries. This booklet provides basic information about readily available work practices and equipment that can help both new and experienced workers, contractors and builders prevent serious manual material handling injuries.

    A limited number of copies will be printed for distribution to home building industry stakeholders and will be available around July 15, 2013. These can be ordered by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO or on the NIOSH website at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/niosh.aspx

  • 25 Jun 2013 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    Out of 4,188* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2011, 738 or 17.6% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%) construction worker deaths in 2011*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 419 workers' lives in America every year.

    • Falls – 259 out of 738 total deaths in construction in CY 2011 (35%)
    • Electrocutions – 69 (9%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (10%)
    • Caught-in/between – 18 (2%)

    Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY2012

    The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012):

    1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    7. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    8. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    9. Machines, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
    10. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
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