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February 18, 2013

February Workplace Safety News and Notes

OSHA Issues Targeted Inspection Plan for Federal Workers
OSHA has issued its 2013 inspection plan for federal agencies under its Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG). OSHA will inspect all establishments reporting 100 or more cases where a worker was away from work due to injury during fiscal year 2012; 50 percent of locations reporting 50 to 99 cases; and 10 percent of those reporting 20 to 49 cases. The directive outlines procedures for programmed inspections at these worksites, and includes a new standard from U.S Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. Read more here, or review the notice here (pdf).
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Hazardous Materials Transportation Seminar March 5-6 in Oklahoma City
The DOT and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) invite anyone interested in hazardous materials regulations and transportation to attend a Multimodal Hazmat Transportation training seminar in Oklahoma City on March 5-6. The seminar begins with a general session that includes an overview of the DOT Hazardous Materials Program. The remainder of the two-day seminar consists of breakout sessions along three different tracks: Hazmat Basics, Safety and Compliance and Hazmat Essentials. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration and State Hazmat Enforcement will join PHMSA to answer your hazmat transportation questions. Learn more here.


Latest TWH In Action Newsletter Provides Health Protection / Promotion Resources

The quarterly issue of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) newsletter is now available. It
includes a variety of workplace health information and updates, including examples of how employers across the country are taking steps to effectively integrate health promotion and protection; an exclusive article on women and stress at work; updates from NIOSH; fast facts; training opportunities and more. View the latest issue here.


ASSE Revises A10.32 Standard on Construction Fall Protection
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has revised the ANSI/ASSE A10.32 Standard, Personal Fall Protection for Use in Construction and Demolition Operations. The purpose of the revised A10.32 is to provide minimum guidelines for fall protection equipment, to establish performance criteria for this equipment in construction and demolition and to make recommendations for use and inspection. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights in the U.S., and another 225 were killed. Learn more about the standard here.

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OSHA Reviews Updates for GHS Hazard Communication Rule
OSHA is reviewing recent revisions to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals for possible inclusion in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. As GHS is implemented worldwide, revisions are needed to fine-tune the system. No deadline has been set for the review process. Read more here, or visit the OSHA Hazard Communication page here.



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