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February 24, 2016

February 2016 Workplace Safety News and Notes

Here's a collection of safety news and resources from around the web this month:

Oil & Gas Industry Step Up for Safety in March

OSHA has announced a Step Up For Safety program for the upstream oil and gas industry in February and March 2016. The Step Up for Safety website includes a variety of resources employers can to plan and conduct site inspections, safety training and other activities. Learn more here.

OSHA Introduces Improved Completion Cards for Outreach Training Program

Students who complete 10- or 30-hour basic safety courses receive completion cards. Starting in March, the completion cards will be made of more durable stock - similar to a credit card - and include authorizing logos, a watermark when copied and a QR code for authentication. New student cards will show student name, trainer name, date of issue and the OTI Education Center that produced the card. Trainer cards will include name, trainer ID number, expiration date and more. The OTI Education Centers will maintain an electronic database of authorized trainers and students who have completed classes. This will allow employers and workers to authenticate their card via a QR code on each card. OTI Education Centers will charge $8 for new cards, compared to $5 for current paper cards. The cards are expected to reduce fraud. Read more details on the new cards.

NIOSH Ladder Safety App Now Includes Step Ladders

The NIOSH Ladder Safety app, first released in 2013 to provide assistance with extension ladder selection and use, now includes step ladder safety resources and other enhancements based on user input. The app delivers a variety of ladder safety tools, information, reference materials, user-friendly guides and interactive tools to prevent major causes of falls. Learn more here.

Distracted Driving Resources

We've all seen distracted drivers - and despite our best intentions, we've likely been distracted ourselves at times. The CDC estimates that over a thousand people are injured every day in accidents resulting from distracted driving. Here's a collection of distracted driving articles and resources.

Employers Must Post Injury and Illness Summaries Through April 

OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted each year between Feb. 1 and April 30. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA's website. Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

Interactive Map Shows OSHA Enforcement Cases with Initial Penalties Above $40,000

The map includes citations issued starting January 1, 2015. Cases are updated weekly, with a posting delay to ensure the parties have been notified. Just click a state to view enforcement cases occurring there. Data also is available in table format. Check out the map here.

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