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March 20, 2013

March 2013 Workplace Safety News and Notes

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OSHA, NIOSH, CPWR Leaders To Present Construction Falls Webinar
On April 10, at 11 a.m. EST, construction safety leaders from OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR will co-moderate a webinar to discuss falls from heights. Participants will learn about resources to plan ahead, provide the right equipment and train workers on ways to prevent falls. The webinar is being held as part of the Safety Pays, Falls Cost campaign to stop construction falls. To register for the free webinar and to learn more about efforts by OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR to protect construction workers from fatal falls, visit the registration page.

Do Workers Learn From Safety Mistakes?
Safety photo from Naval Safety Center A recent safety study determined that accidents typically do not result in changed behavior, and the same type of accident can happen again. The article, published in the March issue of International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, says industrial and workplace accidents rarely have a positive effect within an organization, but they do represent a potential opportunity to learn about risks. "To learn from accident experiences, organizations must create mechanisms to foster knowledge from the onset and to elicit changes based on that information," says the author. The study also identifies three common barriers that prevent accident information througout an organization. Read the article abstract here.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact OSHA Records Citations
A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means that employers “should not accept an OSHA citation alleging violations more than six months old,” according to two lawyers

who specialize in occupational safety and health law. Although the ruling did not involve OSHA, the decision could be applied to OSHA recordkeeping violations, according to an artilce published this month by ISHN. But before you tell an inspector "No," read more here.
GHS Pictogram Label

OSHA Guidance Docs for GHS Hazard Communication Standard
A new OSHA fact sheet discusses training topics employers must cover for the first Hazcom deadline on Dec. 1, 2013. By that date, employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format. Also, a new OSHA brief explains new labeling elements, identifies what goes on a label and describes pictograms and how to use them. The brief also provides manufacturers, importers, distributors and other employers with a step-by-step guide to create a label that meets the requirements of the revised standard. The deadline for adopting the new labels and pictograms is June 1, 2015. Additional information and resources are available on OSHA's Hazard Communications site.

NIOSH Releases Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System
The NIOSH Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System (NIOCCS) is a web-based software tool designed to efficiently, accurately and uniformly translate industry and occupation text found on employment, vital statistics and health records into standardized industry and occupation codes. This system includes Industry and Occupation Coding, Crosswalk I&O Coding and File History Reporting. NIOCCS is available free of charge and requires only Internet access and a web browser for use. Users are required to register for a NIOCCS account if they wish to upload files of records for coding. For more information go to the NIOSH Industry and Occupation Coding page.


  1. Accidents don't change behaviors. In fact the largest percentage of workplace injuries result from falls when working at heights. This trend hasn't changed over time either. Workers will have to sometime work in dangerous situations, but there needs to be training protocols in place that ensure the safety of the worker.

  2. OSHA TrainerJuly 03, 2013

    You state "accidents typically do not result in changed behavior, and the same type of accident can happen again". Wow.... Being in the safety training business do you realize how scary this is? Although I know its true I hate to think that all of the time I spend talking to people about safety at work just goes in one ear and out the other. People are you listening? You CAN significantly reduce the chances of getting hurt at work if you just change YOUR behavior. Living and breathing a safety culture while you are at work helps everyone.

  3. Accidents at workplaces can happen in any industry. It requires being awre of the dangers and harms and taking measures to avoid such accidents and one of the necessary things is to learn from the mistakes. There should be a record of the accidents at workplace and it is necessary that safety policies and manuals should be revised after regular intervals to avoid those accidents from happening again. It is the responsibility of an employer to take steps for the safe workplace environment. At the same time the employees should also inform about the dangers if any to their employer. To know more about how to prevent accidents at workplace you can visit here