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OSHA  


OSHA Requests Comments on Proposed Updates to Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements

    
OSHA is requesting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced in the June 22 Federal Register that updates two aspects of the agency's recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. Comments must be submitted by Sept. 20, 2011.
     Under the proposal, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours. Under the current regulation, employers are required to report any work-related fatality and only work-related in-patient hospitalizations of three or more workers and are not required to report amputations. OSHA is also proposing to update Appendix A of the recordkeeping rule (Part 1904 Subpart B) that lists industries partially exempt from the requirements to maintain work-related injury or illness logs because of their relatively low injury and illness rates. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system used in the current list of industries would be replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) used by most federal agencies.

For more information and to submit comments.

Frequently asked questions.


New Report on Carcinogens May Afect Hazard Communication Programs
    
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released the National Toxicology Program's (NTP) 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), one of the two cancer lists referenced in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). As a result, employers that manufacture, distribute, or use any of the eight chemicals with new or updated listings in the 12th RoC need to determine if the changes have any impact on their existing hazard communications programs.
     Chemicals listed in the RoC are considered carcinogens under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Therefore, manufacturers and importers of a chemical or a product containing a chemical listed in the RoC must list the chemical on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) if it is present at a concentration of 0.1% or greater when the product has not been tested as a whole, and they must include warning information about cancer in the MSDS. Chemicals listed on the RoC that are present at less than 0.1% must also be listed if they could be released from the product in concentrations that could present a health risk to workers. The MSDS must also indicate that the NTP lists the chemical as a carcinogen. Employers that use chemicals with new or updated cancer listings in the RoC or products that contain these chemicals should review incoming MSDSs for new information and must train workers about any new chemical or product hazards.
     Employers must also look at how the chemical or product is used in their workplaces and make sure that the precautions and protective equipment they require are sufficient to protect workers from anticipated exposures.

For more information and to download the 12th Report on Carcinogens.


Call for Nominations: 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards
    
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards.  The awards are given by NIOSH in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) to recognize excellence in hearing loss prevention. The deadline for self-nominations is September 1.

For more information.
 

From the NIOSH Science Blog - Construction Equipment Visibility
     Road construction workers face many hazards on the job. In addition to many of the hazards present on a "traditional" construction site, road workers also need to contend with moving vehicles both in and around the job site. Road construction workers risk injury from construction equipment operating within work zones. From 1995 through 2002, 844 fatal occupational injuries occurred at road construction sites. The majority of these fatalities, 693 (82%) cases, were reported to be transportation incidents. Fatalities involving a ground worker being struck by a vehicle or equipment accounted for 509 (73%) of the transportation incidents. Victims were as likely to be struck by construction equipment (32%) as by highway vehicles (28%). Backing up accounted for at least 50 percent of fatalities from being run over by construction equipment.

For the complete report.


New OSHA Program To Protect Workers In The Primary Metals Industries
    
OSHA issued a new directive establishing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for the Primary Metals Industries. The purpose of this NEP is to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to harmful chemical and physical hazards in primary metals industries that extract and refine metals. Among these establishments are those that manufacture nails, insulated wires and cables, steel piping, and copper and aluminum products. Workers exposed to various substances found in these industries can suffer damage to the eyes, nose, throat and skin and can experience difficulty breathing and chest and joint pain. Overexposures can also lead to death.

For more information.
 

Department of Labor Agencies To Host Live Web Chats
Officials representing seven of the U.S. Department of Labor’s agencies, including OSHA,  will host live Web chats to discuss their respective regulatory agendas during the week of July 11. These events will be open to the public and members of the press.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday July 11 2:30–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration Thursday, July 14 Noon–1 p.m. EDT

To view the agenda and participate in the live Web chat.

Factoid

Does 29 CFR 1926.417, "Lockout and tagging of circuits," require the use of a lock on deenergized circuits?

     Title 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K addresses electrical safety requirements in construction work. Section 1926.417 ("Lockout and tagging of circuits") states:

  1. Controls. Controls that are to be deactivated during the course of work on energized or deenergized equipment or circuits shall be tagged.

  2. Equipment and circuits. Equipment or circuits that are deenergized shall be rendered inoperative and shall have tags attached at all points where such equipment or circuits can be energized.

     In promulgating this section, the Agency used the phrase "rendered inoperative," rather than "locked out." This indicates that methods other than lock-out would be permissible1 , as long as they rendered the equipment or deenergized circuit inoperative. There are a variety of such methods; two examples are:

  1. Removing a fuse or other circuit element for each phase conductor; or
  2. Disconnecting the circuit conductors (including disabling plugs for equipment that is plug-connected).

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Mark Your Calendar

September 14-15, 2011 - Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work, Chicago IL, sponsored by NIOSH; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), OSHA and EPA

October 30-November 4, 2011 - National Safety Council (NSC) 2011 Congress & Expo, Philadelphia, PA, sponsored by NSC

OSHA's calendar of events.

Other upcoming conferences.
 


New Products  

Personal Noise Indicator from

Designed for variable noise environments to help workers identify potentially hazardous noise levels and know when hearing protection devices (HPDs) may be required. Green flashing LED indicates that noise levels are below 85 dB where HPDs may not need to be worn; red flashing LED indicates noise levels are above 85 dB, a potentially dangerous noise level where HPDs may be required. Small, lightweight design (.6 oz.) clips to shirt or jacket and includes a rechargeable battery that operates for up to 200 hours between charges. Can be used as an effective training tool within a hearing conservation program (consult OSHA Standard 1919.95) to help ensure workers know when and where to wear hearing protection.

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News You Can Use

Defining Work-Related Hearing Loss: Your Questions Answered
     Whether or not a hearing loss case ultimately is related to on-the-job exposure, determining work-relatedness can help employers prevent noise-induced hearing loss by identifying patterns of hearing loss and instituting hazard controls. Here, your questions about work-relatedness are answered. When an employee is found to have a standard threshold shift (STS) on the annual audiogram as part of the hearing conservation program, certain evaluation and follow-up actions are required. If the STS is confirmed or if no retest is completed within 30 days, and the decrease in hearing results in hearing levels that are consistent with at least a mild hearing loss (25 dB average hearing level), the STS must be recorded on the OSHA Illness and Injury Log (OSHA 300 Log).  These “recordable” hearing loss cases have received some attention since the new rules for recordable hearing loss went into effect in January 2003. Prior to that, hearing loss was lumped in with “other” illnesses. Now, under the revised record keeping final rule, hearing loss cases are recorded in a separate column.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

For information on Understanding the Upcoming NRR/Hearing Changes

Source: Howard Leight by Honeywell


Link Between Medication Adherence and Workplace Health Studied
     A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers should view it as just one of multiple components that are needed in strategic employee disease-management initiatives. The study, published in the June issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), suggests that individual health risks and comorbidity - that is, the presence of more than one chronic disease — remain significant predictors of reduced workplace productivity, even in a population with a high rate of medication adherence. The study found significant links across the population studied between high health-risks and lower job performance, while comorbidity was a significant predictor of absenteeism in five of the study’s nine subsamples.
     Researchers gathered data from more than 64,000 workers with chronic health conditions, spread over five employers, making it one of the largest studies of its kind. The analysis evaluated the impact of medication adherence, comorbidity, health risks and other factors on markers of workforce productivity such as absenteeism and job performance (also known as “presenteeism”). The research was coordinated by a team from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), Alere Health, and the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), and was funded by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC).
     The study corroborates previous evidence linking the number of comorbidities in employees with their level of absence from work.

For more information.

Source: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


Study: Parents Must Play a Larger Role in the Safety, Health of Working Teens
     Approximately 80 percent of U.S. teenagers are employed during their high school years. About 38 workers under the age of 18 in the United States die from work-related injuries each year, and an additional estimated 146,000 experience nonfatal injuries or illnesses. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Injury Prevention Research Center and North Carolina State University stress that parents could help their teenagers better understand and prepare for workplace hazards.
     The researchers interviewed a nationally representative sample of 922 working teens, as well as a parent of each teen. They found 90 percent of parents helped their teens identify a job opportunity and 82 percent helped their children fill out job applications. But parental involvement dropped precipitously once the child was employed. For example, 46 percent of parents had helped their teen ask questions about workplace safety and only 36 percent of parents helped their child learn about youth work restrictions.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine.


National Academies Offer Free PDF Downloads

     All PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) are now downloadable free of charge to anyone. The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.

For more information.


Summertime Blues
     Summer is the time to enjoy time away from work, socialize with friends and family and participate in activities we enjoy. Unfortunately, for many people, summer fun turns into avoidable tragedy. Just as with on the job activities, risk evaluations need to be considered for off-the-job fun. Mowing the lawn in flip-flops? Bad idea. Knocking that wasp nest down with a broom? Ditto. Adding extra charcoal lighter fluid to burning coals? Fuggedaboutit! Doing any of these activities while drinking? Do you really want a quick trip to the emergency room?

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Think Safe Be Safe: Create Your Hands-On Home Safety Checklist
     The Safety Guide includes tips to help you make your entire home safe. Whether you follow a room-by-room approach to home safety or are looking to make seasonal safety improvements to your home, the Safety Guide offers step-by-step tips and photos to help.

To create your own safety checklist.

To access the Safety Guide resources.

Source: Home Safety Council
 


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International News

From Europe - Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Can Affect the Body's Muscles, Joints, Tendons, Ligaments, Bones and Nerves.
     Most work-related MSDs develop over time and are caused either by the work itself or by the employees' working environment. They can also result from accidents, e.g. fractures and dislocations. Typically, MSDs affect the back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs; less often they affect the lower limbs. Health problems range from discomfort, minor aches and pains, to more serious medical conditions requiring time off work and even medical treatment. In more chronic cases, treatment and recovery are often unsatisfactory - the result could be permanent disability and loss of employment.
     Many problems can be prevented or greatly reduced by complying with existing safety and health law and following guidance on good practice. This includes assessing the work tasks, putting in place preventive measures, and checking that these measures stay effective. For the employee, they cause personal suffering and loss of income; for the employer, they reduce business efficiency; and for government, they increase social security costs.

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As I see it ...

It is July 2011.  July - the month of American Independence Day.  Time to declare your independence from the old ways!  Still using the same safety products you were using years ago?  Saf-T-Gard and virtually every safety products manufacturer have introduced hundreds of new products in the past decade.  And all of these new products were developed and designed to improve the safety and productivity of your workers in the most cost-effective manner while harnessing new technologies and materials.  Workers today have a right to a safe working environment and, in a truly enlightened environment, participate in the process.  But even the best, well-intentioned revolutions often need outside advisors, consultants, assistance, and support.  That's where we come in.  We're Saf-T-Gard - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

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Saf-T-Tips

Saf-T-Tips

  1. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Electrical protective equipment must be used when working on or near potentially energized circuits of 50 volts or more.
  2. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Protective safety caps and hats meeting ANSI Z89.1 Class E are tested at 20,000 volts for 3 minutes and are considered dielectric.
  3. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Rubber insulating blankets are the most flexible and versatile form of temporary cover-up protection for energized circuits and equipment.
  4. DON'T BE SHOCKED - A complete Lockout/Tagout program includes locks, hasps, tags, signs, and key stations - available individually or as complete kits
  5. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Dielectric switchboard matting provides additional protection in front of switchgear, motor control centers, and other high voltage apparatus.

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Question and Answer

Question -  Is it mandatory for all workplaces to provide a first aid kit?

Answer -  Title 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states: "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available."  Employers may elect not to provide first aid services if all such services will be provided by a hospital, infirmary, or clinic in near proximity to the workplace. If the employer has persons who are trained in first aid, then adequate first aid supplies must be readily available for use. Therefore, employers are required to provide first aid supplies that are most appropriate to respond to incidents at their workplaces. OSHA allows employers to provide first aid supplies specific to the needs of their workplace.

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  • What Claudia likes about Saf-T-Gard: "I like being part of a 'team' of knowledgeable people in the safety industry who support one another on a daily basis."
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