Job Safety and Health−It’s the Law Poster is Now Available in Tagalog

“As a result of a joint alliance with the Consulate of the Philippines, OSHA’s Job Safety and Health−It’s the Law poster is available in the Tagalog language. The poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All OSHA-covered employers are required to display the poster at their workplace in a conspicuous place where workers can see it. The poster is now available in 11 languages.”

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html

OSHA’s Mobile-Friendly Publication on Training Requirements is Easy to Use on the Job


“Our comprehensive guide to Training Requirements in OSHA Standards is a valuable reference to help employers, safety and health professionals, and training directors comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, at more than 250 pages, the printed version can be cumbersome to carry on some jobsites. That’s why the guide available in digital (MOBI and EPUB) formats; it can be read on a smartphone or tablet and easily searched for the standards that apply to specific industries or activities. Visit OSHA’s website to download a copy.”

 

OSHA Proposes Extension to Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

“OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA proposed a delay of the enforcement date to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. (https://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/index.html) Comments may be submitted by Sept. 29 either electronically, at www.regulations.gov, (https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OSHA-2007-0066-0540) or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and more information.” (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18441/cranes-and-derricks-in-construction-operator-certification-extension)

OSHA Urges Recovery Workers to Stay Safe in Areas Affected by Harvey


“As thousands of workers and volunteers courageously mobilize to help victims recover from the catastrophic storm damage in Texas and Louisiana, OSHA advises workers and those helping in recovery efforts to take proper safety and health precautions to avoid injury.

Following a natural disaster, recovery and cleanup workers can be exposed to many dangers, including downed power lines, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards from portable generators, confined spaces, fall and struck-by hazards from weakened and damaged trees, mold, high water levels, toxic chemical exposure, and more.

OSHA has resources to help employers keep their workers safe when hurricanes and floods strike and during cleanup and recovery operations. For more information visit OSHA.gov (https://www.osha.gov/) or the Department of Labor’s Hurricane Recovery Assistance webpage (https://www.dol.gov/general/hurricane-recovery).

Trenching safety symposium webinar available online


“Now available online is a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5lXuzfqFDg&feature=youtu.be) of the June 27, 2017, Trench Safety Symposium webinar conducted by representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association, OSHA, and the University of Texas at Arlington. The symposium focused on ways to prevent trenching and excavation hazards in the construction industry. Visit OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage for more information on working safely in trenches. (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html)”

OSHA publications made easier to find with revised webpage


“OSHA’s publications webpage has been redesigned based on user data and feedback to better engage its many audiences and improve the way it functions. New and popular publications for specific industries or hazards are now easier to download and order. The webpage is formatted for all devices and platforms, from desktop monitors to smartphones.”
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Revised whistleblower complaint form now online


“OSHA recently revised its whistleblower complaint form to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. The new form is available in English and Spanish.

Workers can also file complaints by fax, mail or hand-delivery; or calling an OSHA regional or area office. For more information, see the news release.”

OSHA revises its online whistleblower complaint form


“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised its online whistleblower complaint form to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA.

The updated form guides individuals as they file a complaint through the process, providing essential questions at the beginning so they can better understand and exercise their rights under relevant laws. One significant improvement to the system includes pop-up boxes with information about various agencies for individuals who indicate that they have engaged in protected activity that may be addressed by an agency other than OSHA. The new form is available in English and Spanish.”
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Why Use NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work?


“The question I am most frequently asked about NFPA 350, Guide for Confined Space Entry and Work is, “Why do we need another confined space standard?” OSHA’s Permit Required Confined Space Standard became effective in 1993, finally leading the way to safer confined space entries. OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard, released in 2015, is expected to further improve confined space safety.

While documentation of fatalities in confined spaces has been incomplete, the general consensus is that between 90 and 100 workers die each year in confined spaces. These numbers seem to remain consistent despite regulations. In fact, the most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 136 workers were killed in incidents associated with confined spaces in 2015. This indicates either an alarming increase in deaths or better reporting.

Those of us who work in the confined space world read about single or multiple confined space fatalities on a weekly basis. Despite regulations, there is clearly still room for improvement. NFPA’s Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work supplements OSHA standards and provides additional guidance on “how to” enter and work in confined spaces to improve confined space entry programs.”
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Implementing the OSHA Lab Standard


“OSHA issued its Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard1 (29 CFR 1910.1450) in 1990. Known as the Laboratory Standard, it was developed to address workplaces where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis, according to the agency, which explains that not all laboratories are covered by the standard. Most quality control laboratories are not covered by it.

The standard requires that employers designate a Chemical Hygiene Officer for their laboratories that are covered by it, have a written Chemical Hygiene Plan, and actively verify that it remains effective. The plan must address workers’ training, chemical exposure monitoring where that is appropriate, medical consultation when exposure occurs, criteria for the use of PPE, engineering controls, and also special precautions for particularly hazardous substances. The Chemical Hygiene Officer is responsible for implementation of the plan and for monitoring work processes and procuring chemicals; this employee must be qualified to provide technical guidance on plan implementation.”
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