Injury Incidence Rate Report
Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2013 Workplace Fatality Data
The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced a preliminary total of 3,939 fatal work injuries, less than half the 8,786 fatal work injuries were reported in 2001.
What Types of Hazards Would Require Eye and Face Protection?
According to OSHA, the employer must ensure that employees use appropriate eye and face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards. Eye or face hazards include, but are not limited to, flying particles (grindings, shavings, dusts), molten metal, liquid chemicals (splashes from pouring or processing), acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors (including mists and aerosols), and potentially injurious light radiation. For more information, please click here
Emergency Response and Preparedness Publication Available
OSHA has developed a new publication to assist employers, safety and health professionals, training directors, and others in ensuring they are aware of the agency's requirements for emergency action plans. Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness is a detailed publication that provides an overview of OSHA standards for emergencies. The publication includes requirements under both the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and Process Safety Management (PSM) standards. Also included are emergency action and fire prevention plan requirements for other OSHA standards.
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Respiratory Protection, Adds Fit-Testing Protocol
OSHA announced Aug. 4 a revision to its Respiratory Protection Standard that adds a new fit-testing procedure to help workers and employers select proper-fitting respirators. The new fit-testing protocol, known as Controlled Negative Pressure (CNP) REDON, requires three different test exercises followed by donning the respirator two times in succession. Specific details on the revision are available in the Aug. 4 Federal Register notice.
OSHA Lab Standard Recordkeeping
According to the OSHA laboratory standard, employers must protect their lab employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. In addition to having a written chemical hygiene plan, laboratory employers must keep records of employee medical examinations and workplace exposure monitoring results. Please click here for more information.
Hazard Communication Training Guidance Document
OSHA has developed a DRAFT Model Training Program for Hazard Communication that employers may use in training employees about chemical hazards in the workplace. The specific requirements are listed in OSHA Standard 29CFR1910.1200. This guidance document is advisory in nature and informational in content and meant to assist employers in designing training program that meets OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. Please click below to access the document. Please click here to access the document.
NFPA 1600, Emergency Preparedness Standard, is Available Free Online
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommended to the 9-11 Commission that a National Fire Protection Association standard, NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, be recognized as the national preparedness standard. Please click here for details.
Requirements for Tags Used for Lockout/Tagout
Tags used in your lockout/tagout program should meet certain conditions. Please click here for information.
OSHA Identifies Workplaces with Highest Injury and Illness Rates
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health has alerted approximately 13,000 employers throughout the country that their injury and illness rates are significantly higher than the national average and encourages them to take steps to address safety and health hazards in the workplace. Please click here for information.
Employees with sound exposures that equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels must receive audiometric testing. Employers of exposed employees must provide audiometric tests at no cost to employees. Please click here for details.
OSHA Form 300 Available On-Line
The revised OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, is now available on OSHA's website. The forms, which are required for employers to use in recording injuries and illnesses, have changed in several important ways for 2004. Please click here for information.
Free 2004 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar Available
Environmental Resource Center's 2004 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar, is now available as an Internet download as well as in print. Included in this calendar are essential compliance dates for each major environmental and safety law, as well as telephone numbers for state and federal regulatory agencies. For more information, please click here.
Ladder Maintenance and Inspections
OSHA requires inspection of any ladder before use if the ladder has tipped over or is possibly damaged. If a ladder is exposed to chemicals or slippery materials such as grease, the surfaces should be cleaned of residue and inspected before use. For more information, please click here.
Hazard Communication - The Written Program
One of the most-frequently cited OSHA violations year after year is the lack of an adequate written hazard communication program. According to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, any employer whose employees could be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace is required to develop and implement a written hazard communication program. Please click here for details.
Hearing Protection for Employees
When noise levels exceed Permissible Noise Exposures, employers are required to use feasible administrative or engineering controls. Please click here for information.
Hazard Communication Requirements for Carcinogens
Areas Where Cutting and Welding Are Prohibited
Fire Protection Training
If the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer must also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting. The employer must provide the education required upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter. Please click here for more information.
When Are Railings Required For Stairs?
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Guarding Wall Openings and Holes
A wall hole is defined as any opening between 1 and 30 inches high, and of any width. A wall opening would be one of a minimum 30 inches in height and 18 inches in width through which a person might fall. Any wall opening with a potential fall distance of 4 feet must be guarded with any of a variety of methods, including railings, grab handles, a door, or some other method to prevent an employee from falling through the opening. Please click here for more information.
Respirator Cleaning Procedures
These procedures are provided for employer use when cleaning respirators. They are general in nature and the employer as an alternative may use the cleaning recommendations provided by the manufacturer of the respirators used by their employees, provided such procedures are as effective as those listed in Appendix B- 2. Equivalent effectiveness means that the procedures used must accomplish the objectives set forth in Appendix B-2, i.e., must ensure that the respirator is properly cleaned and disinfected in a manner that prevents damage to the respirator and does not cause harm to the user. Please click here for details.
Respirators for IDLH Atmospheres
An immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) atmosphere means an atmosphere that poses an immediate threat to life, would cause irreversible adverse health effects, or would impair an individual's ability to escape from a dangerous atmosphere. Please click here for more information.
Preliminary Findings Confirm Blast in NC Was a Dust Explosion Fueled by Plastic Powder
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) told a community audience in Kinston, NC on June 18, 2003, that last January's massive blast at medical device maker West Pharmaceutical Services, which killed six workers and injured dozens more, was in fact an explosion of fine plastic powder used in the manufacturing of rubber products. Please click here for details.
When Are Seat Belts Required To Be Worn On Forklift Trucks?
The regulation covering powered industrial vehicles, which includes forklifts does not specifically address this issue. The answer can be found in compliance directive "Compliance Assistance for the Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Standard" dated 11/30/2000. Please click here for information.
What Must UST Owners Do If A Spill or Overfill Occurs?
Owners and operators of underground storage tank (UST) systems must contain and immediately clean up a spill or overfill and report to the implementing agency within 24 hours, or another reasonable time period specified by the implementing agency, and begin corrective action Please click here for information.
OSHA Announces Inspection Plan for 2003
OSHA announced this week the new site-specific targeting (SST) plan that will target approximately 3,200 high-hazard worksites for unannounced comprehensive safety and health inspections over the coming year. Please click here for details.
Do Safety Glasses Have to Meet Certain Standards?
Yes. When employees are exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustics, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation, employers must ensure that the affected employees use eye protection. Protective eye and face devices worn by employees must comply with the regulations at 29 CFR 1910.133 (b)(1), which incorporates ANSI standards in Z87.1-1989. The safety glasses must bear markings identifying the manufacturer (29 CFR 1910.133(a)(4). The ANSI standards can be purchased from ANSI’s website at http://www.ansi.org/.
Can Flammable Liquids Be Stored in 5- Gallon Plastic Containers?
No, unless the liquids are medicines, beverages, foodstuffs, and other common consumer items. Please click here for information.
OSHA proposes Revised Respiratory Protection Standards
OSHA has proposed revised Respiratory Protection Standard in June 6, 2003 Federal Register. It includes a new fit testing procedure and incorporates new Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) for respiratory protection programs.
NIOSH Pursues Hand-Vibration Studies to Understand, Address Risks
As far back as 1911, scientists associated vibration from hand-held tools with the risk of pain, numbing, and blanching of the fingers, known as vibration white finger. Although limited progress has been made in reducing this risk over the years, many key aspects of the problem still are not well understood, hampering further efforts to identify worker populations at risk, and to design effective control measures. Please click here for details.
Workplace Safety & Health Dictionary
This handy pocket-sized handbook contains hundreds of hard-to-remember definitions and facts for workers and managers. The backbone of this publication is a 1,500 item glossary containing definitions of terms and abbreviations used throughout the health and safety community. Please click here for information.
Are All Releases Subject to HAZWOPER Regulations?
No. OSHA defines an emergency response to be a response effort by employees from outside the immediate release area or by other designated responders to an occurrence which results, or is likely to result, in an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance. Please click here for more information.
Mechanical Handling Equipment and Safe Clearance
OSHA requires that sufficient safe clearances be allowed for aisles, where mechanical handling equipment is used, at loading docks, through doorways and wherever turns or passage must be made. Please click here for details.
OSHA Unveils Safety and Health Topics Page for Plastics Industry
More than 1.5 million workers in the U.S. plastics industry stand to benefit from a new web page, OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry. The new page is the product of OSHA's Alliance with the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. Please click here for information.
OSHA Releases 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan Goals
John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), unveiled OSHA's new strategic management plan in a speech at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo on Monday, May 12, 2003 in Dallas, Texas. Please click here for details.
Retention Period for MSDSs
There are two sections in OSHA's General Industry Standard that address MSDSs.
OSHA Announces Limited Reopening on Two General Industry Rulemaking Records
OSHA announced it would reopen for 90 days its rulemaking records on proposed revisions to the Walking and Working Surfaces standard and fall protection provisions of the Personal Protective Equipment standard. Please click here for information.
Notice of the reopening of these records appeared in the May 2, 2003, Federal Register.
What if an MSDS Lists the Chemical Identities as a Trade Secret?
A manufacturer or distributor can withhold the specific chemical identity provided they can substantiate the need for such action. The MSDS must, however, indicate the physical and health hazards as well as the properties of the chemical used and that the identity is regarded as a trade secret. Please click here for more information.
What is a Permit-Required Confined Space?
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As the result of an investigation that teamed researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) with management and employees at a label printing plant, two chemicals in a widely used category of compounds were associated for the first time with a risk for job-related visual disturbances. The findings led to practical recommendations for reducing exposures to the chemicals – DMIPA and DMAE – and protecting employees' vision. Please click here for information.
Is It Necessary To Tell The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) If The Emergency
Coordinator At My Facility Changes? Yes. The owner or operator of a facility must designate a facility emergency response coordinator to participate in the activities of the LEPC. Please click here for details.
Does OSHA Have Any Requirements About Keeping Floors Dry?
Yes. Employers must make every effort to maintain dry floors. If the work area includes wet processes or equipment, the employer must provide for floor drainage. Please click here for more information.
Protection against Fire Hazards
OSHA has prepared a Fact Sheet detailing employer requirements for protecting workers against fire hazards in the workplace. Please click here to access full information.
OSHA Recordkeeping Deadlines
Any employer that recorded occupational injuries and illnesses for the 2002 reporting year must post a copy of the applicable summary in a conspicuous place by February 1, 2003. Each worksite participating in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program must submit to OSHA information on the site's injury and illness incidence rate, as well as related data for the previous year by February 15, 2003.
Battery Charging Stations for Forklifts and Other Industrial Trucks
Battery charging areas are areas where powered industrial truck batteries are charged -- no maintenance is performed, batteries are not removed from the trucks, and no electrolyte is present in the area. Battery charging areas are subject to certain requirements. Please click here for information.
ASSE Offers Workplace Crisis Response Checklist
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has developed a checklist for employers on how to increase workplace safety and security during a time of crisis. Although this is not a one-size-fits-all situation, the checklist may provide guidance for preparing a safe and secure working environment during a crisis, such as the recent sniper attack. Please click here to view the checklist.
OSHA Issues Final Rule for Means of Egress
OSHA has revised its standard for means of egress. This final rule becomes effective on December 9, 2002. Please click here to access the text of the Rule published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2002.
Fixed Industrial Stairs
Fixed general industrial stairs are either interior or exterior stairs around machinery, tanks, and other equipment, and stairs leading to or from floors, platforms or pits. This section does not apply to stairs used for fire exit purposes, to construction operations, to private residences, or to articulated stairs, such as may be used on floating roof tanks, the angle of which changes with the rise and fall of the base support. Fixed industrial stairs must be provided for access to and from places of work where operations necessitate regular travel between levels. Please click here for more information.
Guarding Live Electrical Parts
Live parts of electric equipment operating at 50 volts o more must be guarded against accidental contact.
How to Store Compressed Gas Cylinders, Such as Welding Gases, Inside a Building
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OSHA, American Industrial Hygiene Association Form Alliance
OSHA and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) have established an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the American workplace while sharing best practices and technical knowledge in many areas, including in the field of ergonomics. Please click here for details.
OSHA Fines A Flexible Plastic Film Manufacturer
OSHA fined a flexible plastic film manufacturer $313,500 for various safety violations. Please click here for details.
OSHA Requirements for Hand Protection in the Workplace
The employer must provide any necessary personal protective equipment to protect the employees' hands when employees' duties expose their hands to hazards that could cause injury or impairment. Please click here for information.
Is The Employer Responsible to Provide Occupational Foot Protection to Employees?
OSHA requires employers to provide a safe working environment for employees. If a hazard is present that could cause injury or impairment of any part of the body through absorption or physical contact and cannot be eliminated, the employer must provide any necessary personal protective equipment to enable the employees to safely complete their duties. Please click here for information.
When Are Employees Required to Wear Head Protection?
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How Frequently Must You Conduct Refresher Training for Forklift Operators?
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Public Health Report Stresses Worker Protection as Key Component of Homeland Security
The federal government must help train emergency personnel and provide updated safety guidelines so the workers are better protected against hazards such as they faced at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to a public health workshop report released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a component of the federal National Institutes of Health. Please click here for details.
OSHA Seeking Information To Address Health Effects of Occupational Exposure To Hexavalent Chromium
OSHA is asking for comments and information from the public to help the agency determine the best way to address occupational exposures to hexavalent chromium. The request for information was published in the Aug. 22, 2002 Federal Register. Please click here for information.
What Types of Hazards Require Eye and Face Protection?
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Is training required when PPE is provided? Please click here for details.
PPE Hazard Assessment
Please click here to find out what an employer must do to assess the workplace to determine whether hazards are present or whether there are potential hazards that warrant the use of personal protective equipment.
Trade News Release: OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program
A West Virginia metal manufacturer's high rate of injuries and illnesses among employees prompted an OSHA inspection that revealed serious and potentially life-threatening hazards for the workers. Please click here for details.
What to do if an Employee Wants to Provide His or Her Own PPE
Please click here to find out what an employer must do if an employee wants to provide their own PPE.
When Must an Employer Provide PPE?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide a safe working environment for employees. If hazard(s) cannot be eliminated by engineering controls, the employer must provide any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to enable the employees to safely complete their duties. Please click here for details.
Web-Based Training Tool Available for Eye and Face Protection
OSHA recently developed a new electronic tool (eTool) on the proper use and selection of eye and face protection. The training module includes information on selecting personal protective equipment, discusses OSHA requirements in providing eye and face protection, and also includes a list of frequently asked questions on the topic. OSHA's eTools are stand-alone, interactive, Web-based training tools on various occupational safety and health topics. Please click here for the eye and face protection eTool.
AEDs Can Save Lives
Having the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) appropriately located in a business or workplace can improve the survivability of people experiencing a cardiac arrest. Please click here access OSHA publication regarding this issue.
What to Do Following an OSHA Inspection
OSHA has published Guidance Document about employer’s rights and responsibilities following an OSHA inspection. Please click here to access this publication.
OSHA has published consolidated Compliance Policy for the application of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and Fire Prevention Plans (FPP). Both EAP and FPP are written documents that are required by particular OSHA standards. Please click here for full details.
Is there an OSHA-approved first-aid training program that meets the requirements of OSHA standards for trained first-aid personnel?
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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Recording Hearing Loss
OSHA has issued on July 1, 2002 the Final Rule on recording and reporting hearing loss cases. Effective date for the Rule is January 1, 2003. Please click here to access full details.
Can an Employee who is Undergoing Powered Industrial Truck Training Operate a Vehicle for Training and Practice?
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Quantity of Flammable Liquids That Can Be Stored in a Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet
For more information on the quantity of flammable liquids that can be stored in a flammable liquid storage cabinet please click here.
OSHA Inspections and Penalties
OSHA is conducting inspections under “site specific targeting 2000 program” and targeting workplaces with a higher than average number of workdays lost to on-the-job injuries or illnesses. The penalties being imposed for violations are significant. Please click here for more information.
Transferring Flammable or Combustible Liquids from One Container to Another
Please click here for more information on how to safely transfer flammable or combustible liquids from one container to another.[scroll to the end of the document for Transferring procedures.
Temporary Enclosures around Hazardous Substances
OSHA has issued a safety alert and a Technical Information Bulletin that provides guidelines for the use of temporary enclosures around equipment containing hazardous substances. Please click here to access details.
Protecting Workers against Noise Exposure
OSHA’s Standard 1910.95 describes when administrative, engineering or personal protective equipment is required to protect workers against noise exposure. Non-compliance with the Standard can result in severe penalties; Please click here to access a Region 1 News Release to find out how one company has been affected by OSHA citation. NIOSH publication #2001-157 provides certain Best Practices in Hearing Loss Prevention. Please click here to access this publication.
Controlling Electrical Hazards
OSHA has produced a booklet on electrical safety on the job. The Agency recognizes electricity as a serious workplace hazard; 278 workers died from electrocutions at work in 1999. Please click here to access the document.
OSHA Response to Repealed Ergonomic Rule:
OSHA has announced a comprehensive plan to reduce ergonomic injuries in the workplace. In National News Release OSHA said that it will reduce MSDs through a combination of industry-targeted guidelines, tough enforcement measures, workplace outreach, advanced research, and dedicated efforts to protect Hispanic and other immigrant workers. Please link below for more information. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/faqs.html
Guidance on Anthrax in the Workplace:
OSHA has posted guidelines on its web site to help employers determine
appropriate work practices and precautions to deal with Anthrax in the
Workplace. Please click the link for more information.
OSHA has expanded the National Emphasis Program on mechanical presses to include all types of power presses, as well as saws, shears, slicers, and slitters. The OSHA directive on this emphasis program is available on OSHA’s web site at CPL 2-1.33. This document provides full details of the program including OSHA’s definition of Saws, Shears, Slicers, Slitters and Powered Presses. According to the Agency the intent of the program is to identify and reduce or eliminate the workplace incidence of hazards, which are causing or are likely to cause amputations.