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OSHA announces new enforcement policy on monorail hoists in construction

OSHA has announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements. The policy change was made in response to stakeholder comments that monorail hoists are significantly different from other cranes and derricks in construction. Under… Continue Reading

Fact sheet explains requirements to protect residential construction workers from confined space hazards

OSHA has released a new fact sheet explaining how the agency’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard affects common spaces in residential construction, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The fact sheet, developed after consultation with the National Association of Home Builders, and a detailed Frequently Asked Questions document, clarify some of the standard’s provisions and… Continue Reading

Publication on preventing injuries in the electric power industry now available

The electric power industry has released a case study to show the integral part safety and health programs play in keeping electrical workers safe on the job. These programs share three key traits: management leadership, worker participation, and coordination at multi-employer worksites. A focus on identifying and fixing hazards before they cause harm helps the industry… Continue Reading

Construction organization publishes new heat hazard alert

A new hazard alert, published by CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, reviews heat hazards and the steps to prevent heat illness while working in hot weather. Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. Each year more than 65,000 people seek medical treatment for extreme heat exposure. The alert, available in both… Continue Reading

West Virginia spark plug company achieves safety excellence with help from On-site Consultation Program

West Virginia spark plug company achieves safety excellence with help from On-site Consultation Program NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc. of Sissonville, W.Va., contacted OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program for help creating an effective safety and health program as the company’s production demands increased. The most significant change resulting from the consultation involved machine guarding. After consultants discovered that… Continue Reading

OSHA seeks input for strengthening the Voluntary Protection Programs

OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting July 17 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs. OSHA is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth. The meeting will… Continue Reading

Summer’s here – and the time is right for: “Water, Rest and Shade”

The summer heat is on, so OSHA is reminding employers and workers about heat illness hazards and to take the necessary precautions when working outdoors. Those steps include gradually increasing shift lengths so workers can adapt to hot environments, providing frequent waterbreaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade. OSHA’s Heat Safety Campaign website raises… Continue Reading

OSHA proposes to delay compliance date for electronically submitting injury, illness reports

OSHA is proposing to delay the 2017 compliance date for electronic submissions of injury and illness logs from July 1 to Dec. 1. The five-month delay will allow the agency to further review the final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. Read the news release for information on submitting comments on the proposed… Continue Reading

Proposed rule modifies beryllium standards for construction and shipyards sectors

  OSHA announced a proposed rule on June 23 that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. The proposal provides a new opportunity to comment on the rule for all interested stakeholders. Since the new proposal would make changes to the rule only for the shipyard and construction sectors, the… Continue Reading

Let’s help Keep Each Other Safe this National Safety Month

OSHA joins the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country in recognizing June as National Safety Month. According to NSC, preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America. In fact, more than 130,000 people die needlessly every year – one every four minutes. As part of an effort to emphasize the importance… Continue Reading