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December 16, 2011

December News and Notes

New Tire Service Charts for Single- and Multi-piece Rim Wheels

OSHA has revised its tire servicing materials to address current hazards and help workers safely perform maintenance on large vehicle tires. OSHA's revised "Multi-piece Rim Matching Chart" provides an updated list of current and obsolete components and the old "Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires" chart is now expanded into two charts that deal individually with tubeless and tube-type tires. The revised materials can be downloaded here.

New Nail Gun Safety Website
A Duke University researcher and the Center for Construction Research and Training launched a new nail gun safety website on December 2. features video interviews with workers and information on how nail guns work and how to prevent nail gun injuries. It also provides access to nail gun research articles. Visit the site.

OSHA Releases Construction Hazard Videos
OSHA has released a dozen online educational videos about potential hazards in the construction industry. The 12 videos cover falls in construction, workers who are struck by vehicles and heavy equipment, sprains and strains, trenching and excavation hazards, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The 2- to 4-minute animated videos are based on real-life incidents and include detailed depictions of hazards and the safety measures that could have prevented the injuries and fatalities.They are brief, easy to understand and geared to the needs of employers and workers. Each video is available in English and Spanish, and video scripts will be available soon. Read more here. View English videos here. View Spanish videos here.

Health and Safety Podcasts
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety produces monthly podcasts that provide information, tips and insights into worker health, safety and well-being. Topics include radiation in the workplace, prolonged sitting, workplace lighting, aging workers, HR and health & safety, close quarters, noise control and more. Although they are intended for Canadian audiences, the information applies equally well across the U.S. Learn more and download Health & Safety to Go podcasts here.

On-site Consultation Program Helps Improve Workplace Safety
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers no-cost, confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Under the program, consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, give advice on OSHA compliance and assist in establishing safety and health management systems. In FY 2010 the program conducted over 30,000 worksite visits, at employer request. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Learn more about the program here.

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