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Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
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Questions & Answers:
According to OSHA, “in-patient hospitalization” is a formal admission to the in-patient services of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment. The Agency states that a hospitalization for observation and diagnostic testing only does not involve a formal in-patient admission for care and treatment, and as such is not reportable.
The federal OSHA construction rules for conveyors at 29 CFR 1926.555(a)(1) require that conveyor systems “be equipped with an audible warning signal to be sounded immediately before starting up the conveyor.”
The Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) approach to doing a hazard assessment for PPE is a more comprehensive method and may be more useful in some cases. You do not need to do both.
Interpretations:
This letter of interpretation clarifies whether the aggravation of an employee's preexisting condition is considered a work-related injury.
Training Tips:
Today’s Training Tip provides an inspirational example of the positive difference professional trainers can make on future generations in their communities and their industries.
Final Rules:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended its November 10, 2014, deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by 3 years, until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same 3-year period.
White Papers:
The single most hazardous task many employees perform each day is driving to and from work. Road accidents remain the number one cause of employee fatalities. This Compliance Report looks closely at the causes of crashes and how smart employers are fighting back.
Quizzes:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this quiz to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
Audio Presentations:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this audio presentation to train your workers on hexavalent chromium safety.
Notices:
The public Occupational Safety and Health Administration has solicited comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Standard on Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts) (29 CFR 1910.67).
Final Rules:
On April 11, 2014 (79 FR 20316), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule: Revising the general industry standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work and for electrical protective equipment; revising the construction standard for electric power transmission and distribution work; and adopting a new construction standard for electrical protective equipment. This document corrects errors in the preamble and regulatory text of the final rule.
Questions & Answers:
Secondary containers, such as cans, bottles or bags, are used to transfer, store, and dispense chemicals within the workplace. A best practice is to label your secondary container chemicals with the same GHS label information that came on the shipped container label—or the primary label.
Thank you for bringing your questions about the welding and hot work safety plan to our attention.
Proposed Rules:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued notice to make a correction to a notice published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2014, regarding entry-level driver training; consideration of negotiated rulemaking process.
Regulatory Analysis:
Employees in many professions-such as electricians, freight handlers, packers, machinists, and pipe fitters-face potential hazards to their feet.
OSHA’s construction standards for personal protective equipment (PPE) are, in some cases, more detailed than the general industry rules and, in other cases, less detailed, depending on the part of the body protected. The construction standard for respiratory protection (29 CFR 1926.103) is identical to the general industry standard. The construction industry electrical protective equipment (29 CFR 1926.97) is identical to the general industry Electrical Protective Devices standard.
Employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to each employee who is or may be exposed to physical or health hazards in the workplace when engineering and administrative controls cannot feasibly or effectively reduce exposures to safe levels.
White Papers:
If your training budget is limitless and your employees pay rapt attention during every session, you might not need to read much further. But if your training efforts are like most—good but in need of a boost—you’ll want to stay right here. This Compliance Report covers lots of ground, including insights about how adults really learn, advice from top trainers, and easy-to-implement tactics.
Training Tips:
How proactive is your company about planning ahead for emergencies and about training employees on related procedures? If yours is like other companies in a recent survey reported on in today's Training Tip, it probably needs to improve its approach.
Questions & Answers:
Respirators must be stored to protect them from damage, contamination, dust, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, and damaging chemicals. They must also be packed or stored to prevent deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve. However OSHA does not indicate that cartridges and half mask respirators are to be stored disassembled and separate from each other.
In addition to HAZWOPER training, these employees are required to be trained on OSHA’s hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1200)—the employees need to know and understand the hazardous chemical with which they work and how to do so safely.
Final Rules:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to update the appendix to its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. The appendix contains a list of industries that are partially exempt from requirements to keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates.
White Papers:
Fatality rates have steadily risen at communication tower worksites. In response to this "alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities," OSHA has updated its communication tower directive.
Updated Documents
Questions & Answers:
According to OSHA, “in-patient hospitalization” is a formal admission to the in-patient services of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment. The Agency states that a hospitalization for observation and diagnostic testing only does not involve a formal in-patient admission for care and treatment, and as such is not reportable.
The federal OSHA construction rules for conveyors at 29 CFR 1926.555(a)(1) require that conveyor systems “be equipped with an audible warning signal to be sounded immediately before starting up the conveyor.”
The Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) approach to doing a hazard assessment for PPE is a more comprehensive method and may be more useful in some cases. You do not need to do both.
Thank you for bringing your questions about the welding and hot work safety plan to our attention.
Regulatory Analysis:
Employees in many professions-such as electricians, freight handlers, packers, machinists, and pipe fitters-face potential hazards to their feet.
Questions & Answers:
Respirators must be stored to protect them from damage, contamination, dust, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, and damaging chemicals. They must also be packed or stored to prevent deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve. However OSHA does not indicate that cartridges and half mask respirators are to be stored disassembled and separate from each other.
In addition to HAZWOPER training, these employees are required to be trained on OSHA’s hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1200)—the employees need to know and understand the hazardous chemical with which they work and how to do so safely.
PowerPoints:
Use this Hazard Communication Refresher PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on hazard communication, including chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). This presentation has been updated for OSHA's 2012 (GHS) revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard.
Speaker's Notes:
OSHA estimates that more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous products in more than 3 million American workplaces. If you are reading this, yours is one of those workplaces, and your employees are among those at risk of exposure to hazards. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Hazard Communication Refresher PowerPoint presentation.
Quizzes:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this quiz to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
Training Exercises:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this exercise to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this exercise to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
Speaker's Notes:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
Trainer's Guides:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this trainer's guide to accompany the Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint presentation.
PowerPoints:
This training session discusses the potential hazards of exposure to hexavalent chromium in general industry, ways to avoid exposure, and how to respond if you are ever exposed. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on hexavalent chromium safety.
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