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From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a review of the requirements put in place in 2016 regarding the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken action to correct an error that was made with regard to implementing the final rule.

OSHA determined that Section 18(c)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and relevant OSHA regulations pertaining to State Plans, require all affected employers to submit injury and illness data in the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) online portal, even if the employer is covered by a State Plan that has not completed adoption of their own state rule. … more

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Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH of Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University, The Pump Handle

Chronic beryllium disease is a horrible illness, as is lung cancer. Both diseases are the rationale for a new health standard issued by OSHA on January 9.

The rule is designed to protect the health of an estimated 60,000 workers in the U.S. who are exposed to the light-weight, super-strong metal: beryllium. This includes about 10,000 workers involved in electric-power generation; 9,000 workers in dental laboratories and dental offices; 8,400 in specialty construction trades; 5,600 in motor vehicle parts manufacturing; and 3,000 in the maritime industry who are welders and abrasive blasters. ... more

Posted In: Health and Safety, OSHA, USW

Tom Musick, Safety+Health Magazine

Although the rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations change little from year to year, the agency provides dozens of statistics. Glance too quickly at the numbers for fiscal year 2016, and you might experience a sense of information overload.

A simple approach is best, said Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs. He presented the agency’s Top 10 list of most frequently cited violations for the past fiscal year in October during the 2016 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, CA. “Take the list,” Kapust said, “and look at your own workplace off of that list. ‘These are the things OSHA is finding. Would they find these at my workplace?’ It’s a good place to start.” … more

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From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

"The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls." The final rule also increases consistency between general and construction industries, which will help employers and workers that work in both industries. ... more

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From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.

The recommendations update OSHA's 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The recommendations feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included. ... more

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From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to the agency's Respiratory Protection Standard. The protocols would apply to employers in the general, shipyard and construction industries.

Appendix A of the standard contains mandatory respirator fit-testing methods that employers must use to ensure their employees' respirators fit properly and protect the wearer. The standard also allows individuals to submit new fit-test protocols for OSHA approval. TSI Incorporated submitted an application for new protocols for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and filtering facepiece respirators. ... more

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Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH of Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, The Pump Handle

The US Chamber of Commerce says it will “falsely brand” a company as unsafe. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) says it will “lead to unfair and unnecessary public shaming” of businesses. Both groups are referring to a new regulation issued last week by OSHA. The rule to improve tracking of work-related injuries and illness was proposed by the agency in November 2013.

Workplaces with more than 250 employees now will be required to submit annually to OSHA their injury and illness incident reports and a summary log. The forms used to record the data are ones employers have been using for years.  The only difference is they’ll be submitting the information electronically to OSHA. This new requirement will take effect in July 2018 for incidents that occurred in 2017. For all the moaning and groaning, only about 34,000 worksites fall under this requirement—a fraction of the more than 7.4 million worksites in the U.S. ... more

Posted In: Health and Safety, OSHA

From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

OSHA Regional News Release
Office of Public Affairs
May 31, 2016
Region 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. To further protect workers who report violations of law, safety and health, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a pilot for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers.

OSHA's "Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program" will be similar to its enforcement Severe Violator Enforcement Program which includes employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations. W-SVEP became effective on May 27, 2016, in the agency's Kansas City Region, which includes employers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa. ... more

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Duronda Pope, U.S. Department of Labor Blog

April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside to mourn the dead and fight for the living.

But that’s every day for me.

For 10 years, my job with the United Steelworkers has been to jump in to help when a member of the union has been killed or permanently injured on the job. I’ve been there for hundreds of families at the lowest times in their lives, when they have to imagine going on without their wife or husband, parent or child. ... more

Duronda Pope serves as the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Coordinator for the United Steelworkers (USW).

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Participants from worker centers affiliated with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) successfully completed the OSHA 500 course, and are now authorized OSHA Outreach worker-trainers within the construction industry. This new cadre of trainers are from not only California but Illinois, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Alabama.

The OSHA 500 class was conducted at the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles, Calif., April 25-28, 2016. Hector Escarcega of Dominguez Hills California State University facilitated the course. Dominguez Hills served as the sponsoring OSHA Training Institute.

“The training was intense,” Rodrigo Toscano said. “The students had to study a whole lot to prepare. They also had to prepare to teach. Each student taught a specific topic like electricity or scaffolds or slips and falls.” Toscano, who works at the Labor Institute, is the program liaison between the Tony Mazzocchi Center partnership and worker centers.

As a prerequisite to this course, NDLON members previously finished the OSHA 510 class on April 1, where they gained knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies, procedures and standards as well as construction safety and health principles.

OSHA 500 graduates - April 28, 2016

The Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education is a project of the United Steelworkers (USW), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Labor Institute, Make the Road New York (MRNY) and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). TMC training programs reach more than 20,000 workers from more than 20 industry sectors across the nation annually. Funding is in support by awards through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIEHS, NIH). Training reported in this article is supported by the NIEHS, NIH under award number UH4ES009761. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIEHS, NIH.

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