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OSHA to delay enforcing crystalline silica standard in the construction industry The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. Click here for more details.

OSHA 78% increase in penalties now in effect Maximum penalties for OSHA violations have increased for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The Department of Labor has issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA. OSHA's new penalty levels took effect on Aug. 1, 2016, when the maximum penalty for serious violations rose from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations increased from $70,000 to $124,709.

U.S. Labor Department announces final rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica The updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for the first time since 1971. TechneTrain can help you with compliance with this new regulation, and provide you with turn-key employee training programs. Click here for more details.

HAZARD ALERT: Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have identified exposure to silica as a health hazard to workers involved in manufacturing, finishing and installing natural and manufactured stone countertop products, both in fabrication shops and during in-home finishing/installation. This hazard can be mitigated with simple and effective dust controls in most countertop operations. Click here for more details.

The final deadline for full compliance with the GHS has passed OSHA has aligned the Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). If you use even one hazardous chemical in your workplace, this affects you! All of the hazardous chemicals that you use must have the new GHS labels and Safety Data Sheets, and the training deadline for your employees has passed. TechneTrain can help you with your transition to the GHS and provide you with turn-key employee training programs. Click here for more details.

OSHA Guidance and Emphasis Programs for the Surface Fabrication Industry

Employers are reminded to post injury and illness summaries now through April. Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

OSHA reminds workers, employers that fall protection can prevent tragedy when removing snow on rooftops, elevated surfaces.

OSHA issues final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards specific to slips, trips and falls.

OSHA kicks off 'Hear and Now - Noise Safety Challenge'.

US Department of Labor announces new rules to adjust civil penalty amounts; maximum penalty amounts increase by 78%.

Click here to view OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. Under the new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, certain employers will be required to electronically submit injury and illness data for posting on the agency's website. This rule also provides new anti-retaliation protections for employees effective August 1, 2016.

NIOSH releases study on work-related hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss, primarily caused by high noise exposure, is the most common U.S. work-related illness. NIOSH estimates that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise. See OSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure webpage for more information.

An OSHA and NIOSH interim guidance* provides recommendations on protecting workers who may be at risk for Zika virus infection through on-the-job exposure to mosquitoes or the blood or other body fluids of infected individuals. Visit OSHA's Zika webpage for more information.

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule.

US Labor Department announces final rule to improve U.S. workers' protection from the dangers of 'respirable' silica dust; Updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for first time since 1971.

Over 10K severe worker injuries reported in first year of OSHA requirement; Most employers cooperated with OSHA to fix hazards, but some tried to hide them.

OSHA's regional emphasis focuses on reducing illness, injury at high-hazard manufacturing facilities in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri; Education and enforcement action to protect workers from industry's dangers.

US Labor Department urges storm recovery workers and public to be vigilant and aware of hazards during storm cleanup.

Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial.

OSHA has created a streamlined online injury/illness reporting webpage.

OSHA to hold November 12 public meetings on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Click here for information on how to register and participate in the meetings.

Statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels  on BLS report on occupational injuries and illnesses in 2014.

Testimony of Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation To Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness; Extension of Comment Period.

OSHA extends comment period for proposed rule clarifying employers' continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries, illnesses.

Statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal occupational injuries in 2014.

New Publication: Fire Safety is everyones' job at a worksite.

OSHA says worker safety pays, amputations cost.

Hannaford Supermarkets acts to prevent musculoskeletal injuries for warehouse employees in Maine and New York.

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations.

OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.

OSHA provides guidance to OSHA compliance officers for enforcing the revised Hazard Communication standard.

OSHA reminds employers to protect workers from heat illness; Agency’s Heat Safety Tool app available for free.

OSHA unveils new mandatory "It's The Law" poster.

OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication renew alliance to reduce, prevent worker exposure to chemical hazards.

OSHA publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking updating a National Consensus Standard in its Eye and Face Protection Standards.

OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert on protecting workers from silica exposure during countertop manufacture and installation.

OSHA's Winter Weather Web page provides guidance on how to recognize snow storm-related hazards and the necessary steps that employers must take to keep workers safe while working in these conditions.

New outreach materials focus on Temporary Workers: The Temporary Worker pocket-sized pamphlet reminds individuals working through a staffing agency that they have the same rights as any other worker. The pamphlet is part of OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, which focuses on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are employed under the joint employment of a staffing agency and a host employer.

Statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels on 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Bureau of Labor Statistics reports steady decline in workplace injuries and illnesses.

New OSHA program will focus on Nebraska companies using formaldehyde, methylene chloride, and other highly hazardous chemicals. The program will include programmed health inspections at funeral homes, chemical and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities and outpatient care centers.

Notice of public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 28th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); A Proposed Rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on 10/10/2014.

OSHA launches national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace.

Struck-by vehicle incidents cause 15 percent of workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska; OSHA continues outreach campaign to educate employers, workers in region.

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements.

OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary workers' safety and health.

CDC report on OSHA's review of heat-related enforcement cases highlights need for acclimatization to prevent worker deaths.

With summer heat on the rise across the nation, workers and employers are turning to OSHA's Heat Safety Tool for help staying safe in the heat.

OSHA invites interested parties to participate in an informal stakeholder meeting on emergency response and preparedness. OSHA plans to use the information obtained at the stakeholder meeting as it considers the development of a proposed standard for emergency response and preparedness.

Annual summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses launched by US Labor Department; "Water. Rest. Shade." and acclimatization are critical in preventing heat illness and fatalities

OSHA to hold meeting of National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health temporary worker workgroup

OSHA releases new educational bulletin on injury recording requirements to help protect temporary workers

OSHA issues 2014 inspection plan to reduce injuries and illnesses at high-hazard workplaces

OSHA announces comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to close on March 10

OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to proposed silica rule to February 11

OSHA to hold meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Statement by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the catastrophe at International Nutrition in Omaha, Neb.

OSHA will hold live Web chat on its proposed silica rule

OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses

Sign up by Dec. 12 to participate in public hearings on OSHA's silica rulemaking. Information on the proposed rule, including a fact sheet on how the public can participate, is available at www.osha.gov/silica. Members of the public may comment on the proposal by visiting www.regulations.gov.

OSHA schedules public meeting on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses

OSHA announces new local emphasis program for programmed inspections of industries that use hazardous chemicals

OSHA extends comment period on proposed silica rule to provide additional time for public input

OSHA releases new resources to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals

OSHA issues a new proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica

US Department of Labor's OSHA continues outreach campaign to protect workers from 'struck-by' vehicle incidents on job sites

New study finds link between occupational safety and health and improved financial performance

High noise levels in New England manufacturing industries target of OSHA's new regional emphasis program. Affected industries include metals, stone, wood, meat, dairies, bakeries

OSHA HEAT Conference (Audio)

New OSHA program targets fatalities, injuries associated with automotive lifts

OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program for occupational exposure to isocyanates

OSHA and Canadian health department sign Memorandum of Understanding to align hazardous communication standards

OSHA's new Injury and Illness Prevention Programs fact sheet can help employers find and fix workplace hazards. A new OSHA Fact Sheet (PDF*) describes some common program elements of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and how to implement them

US Labor Department announces June 4 safety stand-down at work sites throughout Southeast to focus on heat-related illnesses and injuries

Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by December 1, 2013. By this date, employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format. A new fact sheet (PDF*) discusses the training topics that employers must cover for the initial Dec. 1, 2013 deadline. (Note that TechneTrain has just released a product to aid you in this training. Click here for more details.)

OSHA settlement affirms company responsibility to train temporary workers

New and revised online resources available to protect workers from combustible dust

Learn about preventing infection with OSHA's West Nile Virus Fact Sheet (PDF*) and QuickCard (PDF*) and visit the CDC's Fight the Bite! website for additional resources and frequent updates.

During heat wave, OSHA calls for "Water. Rest. Shade."

Direct Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update National Consensus Standards for Head Protection

US Labor Department kicks off summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers. Educational materials and mobile application available

OSHA Issues Alert on CSE Corporation's SR-100 Self-Contained Self-Rescuer. Defective respirators can result in life-threatening hazards

US Department of Labor's OSHA launches outreach campaign to protect employees from workplace 'struck by' vehicle accidents  

US Department of Labor's OSHA issues new Hazard Communication Standard; Final Rule

SPECIAL ISSUE: OSHA Aligns Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

US Department of Labor's OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard. Regulation protects workers from dangerous chemicals, helps American businesses compete worldwide

Descriptions of OSHA's active National and Special Emphasis Programs and Local and Regional Emphasis Programs are now available on OSHA's Web site

Revised Acetylene Standard to take effect March 5 2012

Short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on the proper use of respirators

 

 

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Recent OSHA citations related to Surface Fabrication

Most costly citations for Surface Fabrication Shops (FY 2016)                               1. Respiratory Protection      2. Hazard Communication    3. Powered Industrial Trucks 4. Air Contaminants               5. Noise 6.Lockout/Tagout                   7. Machine Guarding             8. Walking/Working Surfaces 9. Electrical                            10.PPE     

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