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March 20, 2014

March 2014 Workplace Safety News and Notes

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NFPA Offers Free Guide on High-rise Building Safety
The High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee has recently completed and publish
ed a new document related to developing emergency action plans for high rise office buildings. While procedures for high-rise fire evacuation have been developed and adopted by major fire and emergency services throughout North America, there remains considerable variation in practice in the field. This guide can be used to develop emergency action plans that are required by many occupancies in other NFPA codes such and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®. Read more and download the guide here.

OSHA Wants to Extend Crane Operator Compliance Deadline to 2017
OSHA proposes to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement from November 10, 2014 to November 10, 2017. OSHA issued a standard on

cranes and derricks for construction on August 9, 2010, but several stakeholders expressed concerns on certification requirements. In response, OSHA held public meetings to discuss the issue. The agency then decided to extend the deadline to reduce disruption to the construction industry and to potential rule making. Read the OSHA press release here.

OHS Presents Webinars on Falls, Respiratory and Electrical Safety on April 3
On April 3, OHS will present three 1-hour safety webinars offering new information on the national campaign to prevent construction falls, respiratory protection and electrical safety. Speakers will include experts from OSHA, NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training.
Learn more here.

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