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March 26, 2015

March Workplace Safety News

Here's a collection of recent workplace safety news and resources from around the web:

Plan to Stand-Down for Fall Safety in May
OSHA fall protection signThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in a combined effort with OSHA, the Center for Construction Research and Training and others, have announced the second-annual construction Fall Safety Stand-Down during the weeks of May 4-15, 2015. This event follows last year's successful Stand-Down and asks employers and workers across the nation to pause their work and dedicate time to activities that promote the prevention of fatalities from falls, which are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Learn more.

OSHA Publishes Proposed Revision to Eye and Face Protection Standards
OSHA published a proposed revision to its Eye and Face Protection Standards that updates PPE requirements in the general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction standards. The proposal incorporates the latest American National Standards Institute eye and face protection standard, which was adopted after OSHA issued the final rule on PPE in 2009. The proposal also updates language in the construction eye and face protection standard to make it more consistent with general industry and maritime standards. Review the proposal.

Ladder safety labelUK Ladder Group Shares Astonishing Ladder Pictures
The UK Ladder Association received a record-breaking number of entries in their annual search for un-staged photos of unsafe ladder practices. The winning picture shows two men inside the bucket of an excavator, 20 feet off the ground, with one of them holding a ladder in the bucket so the other could climb to the top of a chimney! See the top three photos.

NIOSH Details Health Risks For Countertop Workers
OSHA and NIOSH have published documents that address exposures to silica during stone countertop manufacturing and related health risks. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report "Notes from the Field: Silicosis in a Countertop Fabricator" presents case findings, and the OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation provides facts and guidance.

Machine Safety Survey Shows Experience MattersOSHA LOTO sign
In fall 2013, the National Safety Council's AMPS Committee distributed a survey to more than 3,000 safety professionals concerning aspects of machine safety, safety interlocks and used equipment safety. Based on 111 responses, it seems that safety compliance still relies heavily on experience and workplace tradition. Survey questions addressed testing of safety interlocks, manufacturer's directions on test frequency, testing used equipment and more. Read survey details, results and interpretations at OH&S.

NIOSH Releases New Ebola Guidance for Employers
NIOSH has released new Ebola guidance documents, including Interim Guidance for U.S. Businesses, Employers and Business Travelers to Prevent Exposures to Ebola. See it here.

OSHA Online Electronic Recordkeeping Form Still Unavailable

As of Jan. 1, 2015, employers under OSHA jurisdiction must report: All work-related fatalities within 8 hours; All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours. The electronic reporting form is still under development. Until the online form is available, employers can report to OSHA by: Calling OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), or visiting their area office during normal business hours.

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