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November 29, 2017

Workplace Safety News & Notes - November 2017

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

OSHA Extends Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system, OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017 - a 2-week extension. Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA. Read OSHA's announcement.

Deadline Near for New Tennessee Firearms Signs

Tennessee updated its law governing signs to prohibit weapons at certain meetings in July, 2016. The law (39-17-1359 Prohibition at certain meeting - Posted notice - Handgun carry permit holder) specifies sign size, language, text size and image. Old signs must be replaced by January 1, 2018. ComplianceSigns offers a Tennessee Firearms sign or label that meets the new requirements.

NIOSH Advice on Retail Worker Safety and Health During the Holidays

This week NIOSH posted a refresher for retail employers and employees who are on the front lines of the holiday shopping frenzy. The short article addresses employee stress and fatigue that commonly occurs from working long hours and additional shifts, as well as crowd management and violence. Being prepared and having plans in place can help reduce anxiety and assure that employees feel safe, supported and confident. The article includes links to a variety of resources.

New OSHA Fall Protection Rules Now in Effect

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

OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Florida and Georgia

OSHA has resumed normal enforcement throughout parts of Florida and Georgia after temporarily suspending most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Irma. In the hurricane’s aftermath, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers involved in the cleanup and recovery operations in the two states.

Get Answers to Dust Mask Questions

A recent article in EHS Today answers common questions about proper fit, training and evaluations of disposable dust masks / respirators. It addresses voluntary- and required-use masks, when to replace respirators, dust mask selection and limitations, and required training. Read more here.

New OSHA Shipyard and Maritime Fact Sheets

OSHA has released four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards found in the shipyard and maritime industries. The subjects covered are: pedestal crane safety; housekeeping safety; fire and rescue in shipyard employment; and safe baggage handling.
See these fact sheets and others.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S

Dec. 7 - Reducing the Annual Cost of Hearing Conservation Programs
Dec. 13 - Practical Tips for Implementing New OSHA Fall Protection Regulations
Available On-Demand:
     - Executing a Confined Space Rescue
     - Effective Dust hazard Analysis
     - NFPA 70E Changes for 2018
     - Respiratory Protection Equipment selection, Use and Care
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