November 18, 2010
November Safety News & Notes
The revised OSHA Crane rule is now in effect. The new standard addresses key hazards related to cranes and derricks on construction worksites, including the four main causes of worker death and injury: electrocution, crushed by parts of the equipment, struck-by the equipment/load, and falls. Read more here.
OSHA seeks comments on workplace noise exposure controls. OSHA is proposing to issue an interpretation of the term "feasible administrative or engineering controls" as used in the general industry and construction occupational noise exposure standards and to amend its current enforcement policy to reflect the interpretation. For the purpose of enforcing compliance with these standards, the proposal states that "feasible" means capable of being done. Comments on the interpretation must be submitted on or before Dec. 20, 2010. Submit comments here or browse ear PPE signs at Compliancesigns.com.
OSHA Targets High-Hazard Worksites for Inspection. OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2010 (SST-10) program for inspecting non-construction workplaces with 40+ workers. The plan is based on work-related injury and illness data collected from a 2009 OSHA survey of 80,000 manufacturing, non-manufacturing and nursing and personal care facilities. In addition to SST, OSHA implements local emphasis inspection programs to target high-risk hazards and industries. Read more here or view the list of National Emphasis Programs.
Posted by David Anderson