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May 13, 2013

May Workplace Safety News and Notes

OSHA issues final rule on cranes and derricks in demolition and underground construction
The rule applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. It streamlines OSHA's standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The new rule also corrects errors made to the underground construction and demolition standards in the 2010 rulemaking. The final rule becomes effective May 23, 2013.

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Workplace Resources for Electrical Safety Month
Every year in the United States, workplace electrical incidents result in more than 300 deaths and 3,500 injuries. Electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities, but they are disproportionately fatal and costly. For every 13 electrical injuries - a worker dies. Most of these electrically-related fatalities and injuries could be prevented. 

Awareness of workplace electrical hazards and knowledge of best practices are critical to reducing these staggering statistics. National Electrical Safety Month 2013 Resources for the Workplace provides resources to encourage electrically safe practices throughout the workplace. ESFI's website contains material developed to minimize electrically-related deaths and injuries through workplace electrical safety education. Visit the ESFI site for workplace resources.

Input Wanted On Development of Mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide
NIOSH is developing a free mobile web version of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, and would like to hear from people who use the NPG. They’d like to know about how you use the guide, what industry you work in, and what part mobile devices play in your work life. This will help them determine how to organize content and what functions will make the mobile NPG the best possible guide for people like you. Read more and/or comment at the NIOSH science blog

Reuters Reports History of Theft, Tampering at Destroyed Texas Fertilizer Plant
The fertilizer plant that exploded April 17, killing 14 people and injuring about 200, was a repeat target of theft by intruders who tampered with tanks and caused the release of toxic chemicals, including anhydrous ammonia. Police responded to at least 11 reports of burglaries and five separate ammonia leaks at West Fertilizer Co. over the past 12 years. According to a 2002 report, intruders were stealing four to five gallons of anhydrous ammonia every three days. The liquid gas can be used to cook methamphetamine. Read more at Reuters.

Report Outlines 5 Steps to Effective EH&S Program
Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) initiatives often take a back seat to other priorities as managers a faced with doing more with less under austere working conditions. A new report from Aberdeen Group offers a roadmap to a more effective EH&S initiative and analyzes the supporting technology that can help with compliance and mitigate risk. Read more at this blog post by Material Handling & Logistics.

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