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OSHA Requests Comments on Proposed Updates to Injury and Illness Recording
and Reporting Requirements
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
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
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
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
For more information and to download the 12th Report on Carcinogens.
Call for Nominations: 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss
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.
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
For the complete report.
New OSHA Program To Protect Workers In The Primary Metals Industries
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
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
- 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.
Does 29 CFR 1926.417,
"Lockout and tagging of circuits," require the use of a lock on deenergized
Title 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K addresses electrical safety requirements
in construction work. Section 1926.417 ("Lockout and tagging of circuits")
Controls. Controls that are to be
deactivated during the course of work on energized or deenergized equipment
or circuits shall be tagged.
- 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
- Removing a fuse or other circuit
element for each phase conductor; or
- Disconnecting the circuit
conductors (including disabling plugs for equipment that is
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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.
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.
the full report.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
For information on Understanding the Upcoming NRR/Hearing Changes
Source: Howard Leight by
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.
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
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.
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?
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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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
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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- DON'T BE SHOCKED -
Electrical protective equipment must be used when working on or near
potentially energized circuits of 50 volts or more.
DON'T BE SHOCKED -
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Question and Answer
Is it mandatory for all
workplaces to provide a first aid kit?
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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