From OSHA QuickTakes: June 18, 2018 å• Volume 17, Issue 12
OSHA Outlines Enforcement of Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime
OSHA issued a memorandum outlining initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard become enforceable June 23. The standard establishes a new 8-hour, time-weighted average permissible exposure limit and action level. During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will offer compliance assistance for employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. OSHA plans to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standard is finalized. For more information, read the news release.
OSHA Promotes Fireworks Safety Ahead of July 4 Festivities
With Independence Day celebrations approaching, OSHA is encouraging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to protect workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying, and selling fireworks. OSHA offers information on common hazards and solutions, including safety posters for workplaces.
Colorado Chemical Manufacturer Cited Following Worker Fatality
Chemical manufacturer EnviroTech Services, Inc., was fined $64,857 after a worker was fatally injured due to lack of oxygen while cleaning the inside of a railcar. OSHA issued citations for failing to provide respiratory protection, comply with confined space requirements, and develop an emergency rescue plan. Read the news release for more information.
OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs
Veolia Schenectady, a waste transportation and storage site in New York, earned Merit recognition in OSHA‰??s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for measures it instituted, such as a program for reporting near-miss events and safety suggestions, corporate-wide safety alerts about incidents at other facilities, and a computer system to provide field technicians and warehouse employees with information on the chemicals at each customer site. For VPP Merit participation, employers must demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the safety and health of their employees by working with them to develop and maintaining a comprehensive and effective safety and health program.
The Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program signed a two-year agreement to provide medical fellows and residents with guidance and training on acute and chronic occupational health hazards and chemical exposures, and understanding worker protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
New Webpage Provides Safety Information on Workplace Chemicals
OSHA‰??s new Occupational Chemical Database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations into one online resource. The webpage includes chemical identification and physical properties, permissible exposure limits (PELs), and sampling information. Chemicals can be searched by name or identification number, or grouped by PEL, carcinogenic level, or whether they pose an immediate threat when inhaled.
Safety and Health Outreach
June is National Safety Month
The National Safety Council (NSC), one of the Safe + Sound Campaign organizers, designates each June as National Safety Month to focus on reducing leading causes of injuries and fatalities at work, on the road, and at home. NSC offers free resources to help ensure that ‰??No 1 Gets Hurt‰?? on the job or at home, and is hosting a free June 19 webinar, Building a Culture of Safety from the Ground Up, on how to create an effective workplace safety and health program.
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