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September 25, 2014

Workplace Safety News and Notes - September 2014

OSHA Evaluates State Plans for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
OSHA has released reports on 27 approved State Plans. The annual Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (FAME) reports examine the achievements and issues faced by each state plan, which has to be "at least as effective" as federal OSHA's.  Check out your state's report.

No Surprise! Falls Top Annual OSHA Citation List Once Again

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OSHA's FY 2014 Top Ten list of the most-violated standards was announced during the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. Once again, Fall Protection tops the list, and the rest are much the same as last year. "This data is a poignant reminder that there is still much room for improvement in making our workplaces safer, and that it is going to take all of us to make a difference," said NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman.

The Top Ten Citations Issued in FY 2014 are:

  1. Fall protection (1926.501), 6,143 violations
  2. HazCom (1910.1200), 5,161 violations
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451), 4,029 violations
  4. Respiratory protection (1910.134), 3,223 violations
  5. Lockout/tagout (1910.147), 2,704 violations
  6. Powered industrial trucks (1910.178), 2,662 violations
  7. Electrical - Wiring methods (1910.305), 2,490 violations
  8. Ladders (1926.1053), 2,448 violations
  9. Machine guarding (1910.212), 2,200 violations
  10. Electrical - General requirements (1910.303), 2,056 violations

Three Safety Webinars in One Day at OH&S Supercast
OH&S will present 3 one-hour webinars with industry experts, all on Oct. 2:

  • Fire Safety - will review the requirements of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Starts at 11 a.m. EST.
  • Confined Spaces - will provide a brief history of the development of the standard, compliance guidance audit expectations and some standard compliance along with identification of consensus standards supporting worker protection practices, including reference to the impending 29 CFR 1926.1200, Confined Spaces in Construction Standard if published prior to webinar, and the new National Fire Protection Standard 350, Safe Work in Confined Spaces. Starts at 1 p.m. EST.
  • Fall Protection - will address how the General Industry and Construction regulations are applied to workers not involved in "construction" work. Will include details of the definitions and requirements that apply under the standard.  Learn more here.

NIOSH Updates List of Drugs that Pose a Risk to Health Workers

NIOSH has released the NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, 2014, an updated list of the hazardous drugs that health care workers administer to patients. The undated list includes 27 drugs that were not on previous lists. 12 drugs were removed that did not meet NIOSH's criteria as hazardous. The list includes substances used for chemotherapy, antiviral use, hormones and some bioengineered drugs. Read more here.

Positive Drug Tests on the Rise

The percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to a recent report by Quest Diagnostics. The rate increased to 3.7 percent in 2013, up from to 3.5 percent in 2012. The increase of 5.7 percent year-over-year is the first time the rate for combined national workplace urine drug tests has increased since 2003. Marijuana is the most commonly detected illegal drug in urine tests, and the report also showed double-digit positive rate increases for Colorado and Washington, the two states that have legalized recreational marijuana use. Read more on the report here.

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