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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?
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.
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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.