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October 26, 2017

Workplace Safety News & Notes - October 2017

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

OSHA Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction

The 30-day enforcement phase-in of OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard for construction is now over, so inspectors are free to issue citations for employers not in comnpliance with the new rule. OSHA has also published a silica compliance guide to help small businesses comply with the new requirements. Read more about the new silica rules.

Hallowen Safety Tips

Check out these tips from the CDC to help make Halloween and other fall festivities fun and safe for employees, trick-or-treaters and party guests. Get Halloween Safety Tips.

New No-Cost Respiratory Protection Program Training Available

NIOSH and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) recently released a new, no-cost Respiratory Protection Program Training. The program includes a respiratory protection course and accompanying resources for occupational health professionals who want to learn more about OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard and the role of the respiratory protection program administrator. Learn more at the AAOHN website.

Deadline for New OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rule is Nov. 17

Late last year, OSHA published new standards for walking-working surfaces and fall protection in general industry workplaces. Much of the rule took effect on January 17, 2017, but OSHA gave employers additional time to comply with many of the provisions. Inspections and certifications of permanent anchorages used in rope descent systems must be completed by November 17, 2017. Read more here.

OSHA Silica Webpage Updated

Information on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website. The updated silica page contains links to guidance on complying with OSHA’s silica standards in both construction and general industry and maritime, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions. Visit the OSHA Silica page.

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Free Workplace Fatigue Cost Calculator

How much is fatigue costing the workplace? The National Safety Council has teamed with Brigham and Women's Hospital to develop an easy-to-use tool providing specific information about fatigue in the workplace. Answer four simple questions and receeive an email report. Check it out here.

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