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August 26, 2014

Workplace Safety News and Notes - August 2014

Here's a collection of recent safety news and resources, with links to more information:

OSHA SVEP Grows 23 Percent From Last Year
As of July 1, there were 423 sites in the OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), compared to 343 last year, according to an article by Jackson Lewis PC in the National Law Review. Five additional sites successfully contested the violations that put them on the list. The SVEP "concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations,” says OSHA. Construction and manufacturing firms and small employers make up a majority of the SVEP list. Read the article here. 

Download the Top 10 Presentations from the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo
Sign-in to NFPA's web site for free access to the most popular educational session papers from the 2014 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas:

  • NFPA 99-2015, Health Care Facilities Code, Changes
  • Concealed Spaces Requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • Photovoltaic System Fire Hazards
  • NFPA 101-2015, Life Safety Code, Changes
  • NFPA 1730 and the Identification, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Fire Prevention Program
  • Fire Alarm Requirements of the Model Codes and How They Work With NFPA 72
  • NFPA 99-2012, Health Care Facilities Code: Emergency Management and Security
  • Sprinkler Technology: Storage Protection
  • Sprinkler Protection of Storage Occupancies--Varied Design Approaches
  • NFPA 652: A Proposed New Standard on Combustible Dust Safe Practices
The downloads are available at the NFPA conference blog.


Ladder / Fall Prevention Webinar Set for September 4
Fall-related accidents are always costly, and reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming a top priority on many worksites. OH&S Magazine will present a ladder safety webinar on September 4 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time with case studies, real-life examples and practical training techniques and equipment solutions to help you prevent injuries and save lives on your worksites. The presentation will help you:
  • Reduce the three most common kinds of ladder-related accidents and injuries
  • Identify recent advancements in climbing equipment that will reduce risks on the job
  • Improve workplace safety training by utilizing free live and online resources
  • Demonstrate teaching techniques that will improve safety training among coworkers
  • Get more information and register here.

10 Most Dangerous Jobs Photo Gallery at EHS Today

In 2012, more than 4,380 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States, and 10 specific jobs have significantly higher fatality rates than the national average. EHS Today has assembled a photo gallery of the most dangerous jobs. See it here
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NFPA Seeks Comments on Proposed New Hazmat Standards
The NFPA is asking for input on two preliminary drafts:NFPA 475, Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction; and NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications. Add your comments here.

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