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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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OSHA’s Workplace Poster Available in 11 Languages

Need the poster below? You can download it for free from the OSHA website in eleven different languages! Click here to see your options.  

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September’s Unsafe Photos

Our monthly installment of unsafe photos. Use these photos as a guideline of what NOT to do!                         

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OSHA Proposed Extension to Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. The proposed delay is to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Click here to read the proposed rule.

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Florida Roofing Company Fined with $1.5 Million in Penalties

On March 16, 2013, OSHA changed their rules for Fall Protection in residential construction. A Florida roofing company, Great White Construction Inc., recently saw the effects of these new rules. They were fined over $1.5 million in penalties after repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards. Overall, Great White Construction was cited with 14 violations. An extensive prior history led the agency to issue 11 willful violations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. OSHA also cited the company for three repeat violations for failing to ensure employees used eye protection while operating nail guns and for ladders used to access roof sites. Since 2012, OSHA has investigated Great White 12 times and issued 22 citations related to improper fall protection, ladder safety, and eye protection. For a full list of their violations, click here.  Click here for the Residential Roofing Fall Protection Plan Development Tool.       

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