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Issue Date: May 8, 2017

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Servicing and maintaining equipment is dangerous business, causing up to 50,000 injuries and 120 fatalities each year. Obviously, regulations play an important role in protecting workers, but does OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard reflect current technology? What are some of the permitted alternative methods that offer the same protections? And what regulatory or enforcement developments can we expect under the new administration regarding lockout/tagout? In the latest episode of our EHS on Tap podcast, BLR Senior Legal Editor Dave Galt discusses these issues and more. Listen now.

Featured Content

Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know [Audio Presentation]

This audio presentation provides required training for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces under OSHA’s final rule for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. Use this presentation to train general industry workers who are exposed to fall hazards of 4 feet or more or who perform work over dangerous equipment.

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May 2017 Safety Works for Employers

This month’s issue includes information on safe practices on and around dockboards at loading docks, millenials and distracted driving, portable ladder safety, and one company’s road to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

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Senate approves new DOL secretary; OSHA top pick expected to follow

With just hours to go before President Trump’s one-hundredth day in office, the U.S. Senate approving R. Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor.

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News

Fall Protection (Construction)Stand up for safety! Join OSHA’s Stand-Down this week.

Safety—GeneralTyson Foods announces big push for job safety and health

Safety—GeneralAre your managers choosing profits over protection?

Construction—GeneralPut your hands together for Construction Safety Week

Violence in the WorkplaceIn California, you can’t fight fire with firings: Preventing domestic violence at work

Heat and ColdCalifornia is heating up: Essential heat illness info for employers

Lockout/TagoutEHS on Tap: E22 What’s on the horizon for OSHA’s lockout/tagout rule?

OSHASenate approves new DOL secretary; OSHA top pick expected to follow

EnforcementReview commission agrees to cite two contractors as one employer

Safety—GeneralReport: California’s Latino workers are at high risk

Safety—GeneralPrepare for Workers’ Memorial Day this Friday

EnforcementCalifornia building supply company cited following fatal forklift accident

Training

Employee Training Materials

Audio PresentationsPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know—This audio presentation is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment. By the end of this session, employees will be able to recognize fall hazards and identify when fall protection is needed in the work area; describe and choose the correct fall hazard controls for each situation; inspect, install, disassemble, and maintain personal fall protection systems; correctly use all personal fall protection systems (PFPS), including guardrails, travel restraint systems (TRS), and positioning systems; understand the importance of a prompt rescue after a fall; and prevent objects from falling.

PowerpointsPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know—This session is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment. By the end of this session, employees will be able to recognize fall hazards and identify when fall protection is needed in the work area; describe and choose the correct fall hazard controls for each situation; inspect, install, disassemble, and maintain personal fall protection systems; correctly use all personal fall protection systems (PFPS), including guardrails, travel restraint systems (TRS), and positioning systems; understand the importance of a prompt rescue after a fall; and prevent objects from falling.

HandoutsPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know (Guide)—Use this handout to accompany the PowerPoint or audio presentation on Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry.

QuizzesPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know (Quiz 1)—Use this quiz to accompany the PowerPoint or audio presentation on Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry.

QuizzesPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know (Quiz 2)—Use this quiz to accompany the PowerPoint or audio presentation on Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry.

Speaker’s NotesPersonal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know—Use these speaker’s notes with the PowerPoint to prepare your training on Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry. This session is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment.

Audio PresentationsRespirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure—This presentation will help prepare workers at construction sites to recognize potential exposures to hazardous silica dust and take measures to prevent exposure. At the end of the presentation, workers will be able to describe respirable crystalline silica and understand the health effects of exposure to silica dust, identify at-risk activities on construction worksites that involve airborne release of silica dust, and know how to take effective precautions to prevent exposure.

PowerpointsRespirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure—This presentation will help prepare workers at construction sites to recognize potential exposures to hazardous silica dust and take measures to prevent exposure. At the end of the presentation, workers will be able to describe respirable crystalline silica and understand the health effects of exposure to silica dust, identify at-risk activities on construction worksites that involve airborne release of silica dust, and know how to take effective precautions to prevent exposure.

HandoutsRespirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure—Use this handout to accompany the audio presentation or PowerPoint training for Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction.

QuizzesRespirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure—Use this quiz to accompany the audio presentation or PowerPoint training for Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction.

Speaker’s NotesRespirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure—Use these speaker’s notes to accompany the audio presentation or PowerPoint training for Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction.

Webinars

Safety AttitudeWebinar [2017-02]: Behavior-Based Safety: Strategies for Achieving Maximum Engagement in Your Accident Prevention Program

Alcohol & DrugsWebinar [2017-02]: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Leveraging Employee Assistance Programs to Combat Substance Abuse and Limit Liability

Fall Protection (Construction)Webinar [2017-02]: Fall Protection: Best Practices for Complying with OSHA’s Newly Released Final Rule Following ANSI Z359

TrainingWebinar [2017-02]: OSHA-Compliant Safety Training: How to Build a World-Class Training Program in Accordance with Federal Law

Time Savers

Employee NewslettersMay 2017 Safety Works for Employees—This month’s issue includes information on safe practices on and around dockboards at loading docks, millenials and distracted driving, portable ladder safety, and one company’s road to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

PlansSilica Written Exposure Control Plan—This sample Silica Exposure Control Plan serves as the required Written Exposure Control Plan and applies to construction industry workplaces with activities related to the cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock, and stone products containing crystalline silica.

Ask The Expert

Q: Are fire extinguishers required to be mounted on electric golf carts that are used in an industrial chemical plant?

Q: A maintenance technician believes that his allergies are due to mold in our facility. He is asking for the results of our quarterly air tests so he can share them with his doctor. Do we have to provide the sampling information?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

National:

05/3/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—29 CFR 1904—Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation To Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness--Removal from CFR

State:

05/8/2017—OSHA—Kentucky—General

05/8/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—California—Commercial Driver’s Licenses

05/8/2017—Workers’ Compensation—California—Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance

05/8/2017—Slips and Falls—Kentucky—Walking-Working Surfaces

05/8/2017—Aerial Lifts—Kentucky—Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Work Platforms

05/8/2017—PPE - General—Kentucky—Personal Protective Equipment

05/8/2017—Aerial Lifts—Kentucky—Materials Handling and Storage

05/8/2017—Specific Industries—Kentucky—Special Industries

05/4/2017—Chemical Hazards—California—Safer Consumer Products: Priority Products List

04/30/2017—OSHA—New York—Occupational Safety and Health Standards

04/28/2017—OSHA—New York—Occupational Safety and Health Standards

04/28/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio—Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

04/26/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio—Bureau Fee Schedule and Payments

04/25/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—California—Commercial Driver’s Licenses

Proposed Rules

National:

04/30/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—49 CFR 350 - State Inspection Programs for Passenger-Carrier Vehicles; Withdrawal

State:

05/8/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Washington—Retrospective Rating for Workers’ Compensation

05/8/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Oregon—Recording Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

05/8/2017—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky—Toxic and Hazardous Substances

05/8/2017—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky—Toxic and Hazardous Substances

05/2/2017—Lead—California—Lead Level in Candy

04/30/2017—Enforcement—Tennessee—Adoption and Citation of Federal Standards

04/25/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Tennessee—Medical Fee Schedule

04/25/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Tennessee—Inpatient Hospital Fee Schedule

04/25/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Tennessee—Rules for Medical Payments

Reference Materials

White Papers

Highlights from three recent safety reportsFrom updating your CEO to conducting audits and inspecting worksites, your duties as a safety professional push the boundaries of a 24-hour day. We’ve come to the rescue with summaries of three recent documents of interest. They address preventable workplace fatalities, the impact of proactive measures on safety performance, and how to build an antiretaliation culture.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

May 16, 2017
Leading Safety Indicators: New Strategies for Tracking and Improving Safety Performance

 

May 17, 2017
Emergencies and Evacuations: Creating an OSHA-Compliant Emergency Action Plan to Maintain Business Continuity and Keep Employees Safe

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