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March 19, 2010

March News & Notes

Virtual Health and Safety Event in April. Occupational Health & Safety is sponsoring a virtual safety fair on April 7, including guest speakers addressing topics from OSHA politics to on-site health care. This is a chance to learn first-hand from leaders in the health and safety industry about key trends and technologies that can help you improve efficiency and ensure compliance in the new decade. Learn more here.

OSHA extends comment period on change to injury and illness data collection. OSHA is extending to March 30 the comment period on the proposal to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. The proposal focuses on restoring a column on the OSHA Form 300 to better identify work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read the news release for more information.

OSHA publishes two new safety bulletins: Electrical hazards and Amputations. "Certification of Workplace Products by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories" discusses prevention of electrical hazards such as fire, arc flash, explosions, electric shock and electrocution caused by use of non-certified products or equipment. "Hazards Associated with the 'Unintended (Double) Cycling' of Mechanical Power Presses" stresses how amputations can be prevented by ensuring proper installation and function of safety devices on mechanical power presses. See a full list of OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletins here.

New Hot Work Bulletin from CSB. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) recently issued a safety bulletin warning of the hazards of conducting hot work in a variety of industries. It also identifies seven key lessons for preventing worker deaths during hot work in and around storage tanks containing flammable materials. "Hot work" is defined as any work activity that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, grinding, soldering or similar spark-producing operations that can ignite a flammable atmosphere. Read more here or download the new bulletin (pdf) here.

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