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Monthly archive for October 2017

OSHA’s Enforcement Flowchart for the Silica Standard

On October 19 OSHA published interim enforcement guidance for their compliance officers to use when evaluating compliance of the new Silica Standard.  This guidance document includes some flow charts that will walk their compliance officers through the evaluation process.  If you want to gain a better understanding of how OSHA will evaluate your company, click *here* to check out this document.  

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Update On Silica Enforcement Plan for Construction Industry

On September 23, 2017 the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153, became enforceable .  Below is the memorandum on enforcement policy for the construction industry.  The Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153, becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, an action level (AL) of 25 µg/m3, and a host of ancillary requirements. During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will carefully evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard. OSHA will render compliance assistance and outreach to assure that covered employers are fully and properly complying with its requirements. Given the novelty of the Table 1 approach, OSHA will pay particular attention to assisting employers in fully and properly implementing the controls in the table. OSHA will assist employers who are making […]

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OSHA Has Delayed Electronic Reporting Requirement Again

OSHA entered a final rule in 2016 that requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically. The change is designed to decrease paperwork for the government and to allow for easier data analysis to be used in enforcement and compliance efforts. Once again the rule has been pushed back, this time to December 1st, 2017. Under the new regulation, companies with 250 or more employees will be required to submit injury reports electronically. E, as well as maintain a hard copy of of the records relating to workplace injuries. If a company has between 20 and 249 employees and is in a “high-risk” industry, it will have the same reporting requirements as those with over 250 employees. The reporting requirements for other categories remain unchanged. It is not clear why OSHA has delayed the reporting requirement once again. Employers should remain diligent in their practices and be ready […]

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October’s Unsafe Photos

Your monthly installment of unsafe photos. Enjoy, and please use these as guidelines for what not to do!                       

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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2017

At the NSC Congress and Expo last week, OSHA’s Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust, announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. For the seventh year in a row, Fall Protection took the number one spot. Click here for more details and number of violations per category. The most cited violations are: 1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 6. Ladders (1926.1053) 7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 8. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) 10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)      

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2017 NSC Congress and EXPO

Last week, RMS Safety had a booth and attended the NSC Congress and EXPO at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The event is the worlds largest annual event for safety, health, and environmental professionals. With over 15,000 attendees and 1000 booths, to say we were excited is an understatement!  Professionals turn to this event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the products and services needed to remain competitive within the industry. The EXPO lasted three days, which allowed many RMS employees to attend the Expo as well as a few sessions.     

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