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September 12, 2011

September News and Notes

No Update Yet on GHS. OSHA announced plans to issue a final rule this month on implementing the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard. So far, nothing has been announced. Check the OSHA Hazard Communication page for details.

Reforms in Store at OSHA, EPA and Elsewhere.
In late August, the White House announced final regulatory reform plans for federal agencies and departments, including OSHA and EPA. They include "hundreds of initiatives that will reduce costs, simplify the system, and eliminate redundancy and inconsistency." The reforms cover 20+ agencies, including a Department of Health and Human Services proposal to remove unnecessary regulatory and reporting requirements for hospitals and other healthcare providers, and a Department of Labor rule to simplify and improve hazard warnings for workers. Read the official statement here, or review specific plans for various agencies here.

ASSE Updates Standard for Handling Explosives in Construction and Demolition. ASSE recently released a revised A10.7 standard for Construction and Demolition Operations, titled, Requirements for Transportation, Storage, Handling and Use of Commercial Explosives and Blasting Agents. The Safety A10.7 standard is applicable to the storage, handling and use of commercial explosives and blasting agents in the construction industry. The standard provides best practices for commercial explosive use and should be used to guide handling in construction and demolition environments. The standard should not, however, be applied to pyrotechnics, small-arms ammunition, or explosive power packs in the form of explosive-activated or explosive-charged construction devices such as explosive rivets, explosive bolts, charges for driving pins or studs, and cartridges for explosive-activated power tools. Read more here.

Arc Flash Safety Webcast Featured at Virtual Safety Expo.
The ISHN Virtual Safety Expo on September 28 will include a webcast presenting an overview of the NFPA 70E 2009 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, focusing on water and wastewater facilities. Other safety expo webinars to be offered:
  • Arc Flash safety signInsider's Update on OSHA's Plans for 2012
  • Hearing Protection in Construction
  • OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • Combustible Dust - Lessons Learned and Best Practices
  • The Global Harmonization Standard
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