Industry Coalition Continues Successful Program to Better Protect Workers

“OSHA recently renewed its agreement with the High Temperature Insulating Wool (HTIW) Coalition to protect worker safety and health. The coalition represents manufacturers of a broad range of HTIW products that are essential in industrial applications, such as thermal insulation of furnaces and fire protection and prevention purposes. The coalition established its Product Stewardship Program (PSP) 15 years ago to reduce workplace exposures to refractory ceramic fiber (RCF).
The coalition, its member companies, and their customers, strongly emphasize the use of engineering controls and work practices as the primary measures for protecting workers from RCF exposure. Furthermore, the coalition has adopted an RCF exposure limit lower than that required by OSHA. Through its PSP program, the coalition is establishing exposure and medical monitoring, and developing improved workplace controls and practices, and respiratory protection program and training.”
(In picture shown, Tom Galassi, director of OSHA’s enforcement programs (in orange vest), talks to an employee at a module assembly line at the New Carlisle, Pa., fiber manufacturing plant of HTIW Coalition member and PSP participant Unifrax I LLC.)

Interim Silica Guidance and Enforcement

“On October 23, 2017, OSHA began fully enforcing the new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction ( ). Interim guidance ( ) issued to OSHA compliance staff highlights some of the requirements of the standard.

Information on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website.” ( )

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Provides Free Training Opportunities


“OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers free, confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. The program can also provide small business owners and workers with free safety training. For example, an OSHA consultant and area office director in South Dakota gave a presentation at this year’s Safety Summit Conference of the Associated General Contractors. Their presentation included information on the On-Site Consultation Program, safety contractors, and OSHA’s silica and respiratory standards for construction. Contact your state consultation office for more information on the benefits of the On-Site Consultation Program.”

New OSHA Fact Sheet Available o Protecting Workers in  Shipyards 

“Evaluating Shipyard Competent Person Programs is aimed at protecting shipyard workers from exposure to dangerous atmospheres, particularly in or around confined and/or enclosed spaces aboard vessels. The fact sheet offers guidance on determining the necessary qualifications of experts who must be employed to determine whether a confined space is safe for workers and prescribe protective measures.”

OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

“Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction ( ) went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum ( ) a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply. For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage. ( )

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress

“On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, (  which came in at ninth place. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to prevent injury or illness.”

OSHA Unveils FY2017 Top Ten Most-Cited Standards

“The FY2017 Top Ten:

1. Fall Protection, 1926.501, 6,072 violations

2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200, 4,176 violations

3. Scaffolding, 1926.451, 3,288 violations

4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134, 3,097 violations

5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147, 2,877 violations

6. Ladders, 1926.1053, 2,241 violations

7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178, 2,162 violations

8. Machine Guarding, 1910.212, 1,933 violations

9. Fall Protection — Training Requirements, 1926.503, 1,523 violations

10. Electrical Wiring Methods, 1910.305, 1,405 violations…”

OSHA, American Chemistry Council Sign Alliance to Protect Workers from Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals


“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) established a two-year alliance today (9/13) to raise awareness of how workers are exposed to diisocyantes, and promote safe practices for their use in the polyurethane industry.

Isocyanates are raw materials used to make polyurethane products, such as insulation, car seats, foam mattresses, shoes, and adhesives. Exposure to isocyanates can cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. More serious health effects include asthma and other lung problems.

The alliance calls for the creation of a web-based training program on the safe use of chemicals and the potential routes of exposure to users. It will also develop guidance on medical surveillance and clinical evaluation techniques for employers and workers using the chemicals. The agreement also calls for best practices seminars on health and safety procedures for OSHA, On-Site Consultation, and State Plan staff.”

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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.”

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.”