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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a proposed rule aimed at lowering worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. The proposed rule, which includes a separate standard for the construction industry versus “general industry,” establishes a new exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica and details widely used methods for controlling worker exposure, conducting medical surveillance, training workers about silica-related hazards, and keeping records.

OSHA will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register, and it will then hold public hearings. Find additional information on OSHA’s Rulemaking on Crystalline Silica online, including a video, procedures for submitting comments, and public hearings.

Heat-safety-OSHAHeat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable. OSHA’s nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness and teach workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide valuable resources to address these concerns. Begun in 2011, the Heat Illness Prevention Campaign has reached more than 7 million people and distributed close to half a million fact sheets, posters, quick cards, training guides and wallet cards.

OSHA has available numerous resources that can be used to prevent heat illnesses:

  • The Educational Resources section links to information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them.
  • The Using the Heat Index section provides guidance to employers to develop a heat illness prevention campaign.
  • The Training section includes a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to use in instructing workers on heat illness. There are links to additional resources in other languages.
  • The Fatality map shows locations of outdoor worker, heat-related fatalities between 2008 and 2012. It is not an exhaustive list of all worker fatalities from heat exposure.

Click here to download OSHA’s Heat Safety Resources.

 

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Jan. 8, 2013, that at least 1,260 randomly selected workplaces will be inspected as part of the agency’s 2012 site-specific targeting (SST) program. The inspections will be conducted throughout 2013 and will focus on workplaces that have more than 20 workers and higher-than-average injury and illness rates. Read more

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OSHA recently unveiled the top 10 violations of 2012. It was no surprise that familiar violations from the past few years crowded the list. Fall protection led the list with more than 7,000 violations, followed by more than 4,500 violations of the hazard communication standard.

Most Cited Violations of 2012

  1. Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501) 7,250 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) 4,696 violations (mainly due to lack of training, labeling fail, access to MSDSs and lacking correct MSDSs)
  3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) – 3,018 violations (Big problem, people using scaffoldings as ladders and ladders as scaffolding, assuming one could work for the other.)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Ladders (1926.1053)
  6. Machine Guarding – General Requirement (29 CFR 1910.212)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305)
  9. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  10. Electrical – General (29 CFR 1910.303) 2,863 violations

Tim Spear is a Client Advisor at Gulfshore Insurance. Tim works with a wide range of business clients to deliver strategic risk management and commercial property and casualty insurance guidance.

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Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat. Any company that employs a significant number of outdoor workers needs to take the time to review its policies regarding the protection of those workers from the elements. With OSHA’s New Heat Safety App, employers can have vital safety information available whenever and wherever they need it — right on their mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple click, employers can receive reminders about the protective measures that should be taken—such as drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness…. Read more

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