Safety cap specialist documents rebar, stake impalement liability

A new white paper from Temecula, Calif.-based J-Cat Safety Products addresses the use of rebar, metal forming stake and exposed bracket caps for California concrete practitioners and peers subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. “Impact of Plausible Deniability” describes the financial consequences, starting at a reported $18,000 per incident, employers might face if they fail to comply with…

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OSHA opens comment period for industrial truck standard revisions

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff An Occupational Safety and Health Administration Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines updates for design and construction requirements covering forklift and other industrial trucks running on internal combustion engine or electric power. A revised powered industrial truck standard for general industry and construction would reference applicable provisions of the most relevant national consensus…

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OSHA short lists workplace heat exposure guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of exposure to ambient heat. While heat illness is largely preventable and incidents widely under reported, thousands of workers are sickened each year by workplace heat exposure, agency officials contend. In 2019, they add, 43 workers died from heat…

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Workplace heat exposure rises on OSHA radar

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of exposure to ambient heat. While heat illness is largely preventable and incidents widely under reported, thousands of workers are sickened each year by workplace heat exposure, agency officials contend. In…

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3M Personal Safety Division launches Center for Respiratory Protection

The site guides work place health and safety professionals on a path to compliance with OSHA guidelines for employees requiring respiratory protection.

From exposure assessments to respirator selection to fit testing, a written respiratory protection program has multiple requirements companies must meet. To help health and safety managers find the resources they need to develop and implement a successful, Occupational Safety and Health Administration-compliant program, 3M Personal Safety Division has announced the online Center for Respiratory Protection.

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Incident reduction secondary in rewrite of OSHA reporting, anti-retaliation rules

By Don Marsh

An Associated Builders & Contractors-led lawsuit filed last month adds perspective to the curious Occupational Safety and Health Administration case noted here in April, where United States Steel Corp. found itself on the defensive for a zero tolerance policy on delayed workplace injury reporting. The ABC action spotlights anti-retaliation measures the agency applied to the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker.

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Construction interests compound court challenges to OSHA silica rule

Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America American Road & Transportation Builders Association and four peer groups plan to join eight state affiliates petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule on crystalline silica exposure. Released in late March, it sets a threshold of 50-micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift, compared to a longstanding 250-microgram level for the construction industry.

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Concrete Contractors revise Safety Manual, Management Plan

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors has recently updated its Safety Manual and Safety Management Plan to reflect changes in Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and concrete construction practices. With ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) oversight, the programs were written by and for concrete contractors with the goal of helping the industry as a whole.

 
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OSHA tightens timelines for reporting severe injuries, fatalities

A revised rule, effective January 2015, details new deadlines for employers to notify Occupational Safety and Health Administration when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, and updates the list of employers partially exempt from agency record-keeping requirements.

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