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Issue Date: April 24, 2017

Dear Subscriber,

From May 8–12, OSHA will hold its fourth annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down. AImed at raising awareness of fall hazards in the construction industry, OSHA describes the event as “an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, proactive methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals.” Any employer, large or small, general industry or construction, can participate. If you want to join the Stand-Down this year, check out our recent article with tips for a successful Stand-Down and materials to help you plan your event. And for ready-to-use training resources, check out our toolbox talks on Personal Fall Arrest Systems in General Industry and Fall Arrest Do’s and Don’ts.

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  • Employers taking action on ergonomics
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Upcoming Webinars

April 25, 2017
Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule: Worker Training, New Exposure Limits, and Control Measures

April 26, 2017
Protecting Employees from Energized Equipment: Uncover Effective and Compliant Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding Programs

April 27, 2017
OSHA’s Enterprise Abatement Enforcement: How to Defend Against Violations Across Multiple Worksites

April 28, 2017
Workplace Violence Prevention: Strategies to Address Employee Safety and Reduce Damaging Litigation

May 2, 2017
Safety Department of One: Tips to Managing EHS Program Success with Limited Time and Resources

 

News

04/21/17—Ergonomics—National
California considering hotel housekeeper regulation

04/20/17—Safety—General—National
USPS: Letter carrier dog bites increased in 2016

04/19/17—Safety—General—National
What’s in a name? Iconic safety group seeks a change.

04/18/17—Driving Safely—National
Put down your phone and focus on the road! It’s Distracted Driving Month.

04/17/17—Audits—National
EHS on Tap: E21 Environmental Audits 101: What Every Facility Manager Should Know

04/17/17—Enforcement—National
Indicted contractor faces 7-figure fine in double trench fatality

04/11/17—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—National
‘Other recordable cases’ or simple first aid? How to tell

04/11/17—Fall Protection (Construction)—National
OSHA to hold fourth annual fall prevention stand-down

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Time Savers

Questions & Answers

04/21/17—Ladders—National
On a permanent ladder what is the height requirement for safety cage around the ladder?

04/20/17—Labels—National
Can I attach labels to the wall behind the drums, or must the labels be attached to the actual container that holds the product?

04/17/17—Fall Protection (Construction)—National
What is required of our employees when they are working on a roof at a customer’s jobsite under 1910 and 1926?

04/13/17—Electrical Safety—National
According to OSHA, are we allowed to use power strips to permanently power electronics like office computers?

04/13/17—Safety—General—National
Does an automotive repair facility with multiple automotive lifts have to have a manufacturers manual for every lift in the facility if all those lifts are the same brand and make?

04/11/17—Safety—General—National
Do you have any information about snakes and Africanized bees?

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Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

04/21/2017—HazMat Transportation—Texas
Hazardous Liquids and Carbon Dioxide Pipelines

04/20/2017—Health—General—California
GISO—Wood Dust and Western Red Cedar

04/20/2017—Enforcement—Tennessee
Adoption and Citation of Federal Standards

04/19/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Michigan
Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injury

04/19/2017—Personal Fall Protection Systems—New Jersey
Safety and Health Standards for Public Employees

04/19/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Michigan
Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injury

04/19/2017—Personal Fall Protection Systems—New Jersey
Safety and Health Standards for Public Employees

04/17/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Tennessee
Procedures for Penalty Assessments and Hearing Cases

04/13/2017—Workers’ Compensation—California
Workers’ Compensation Information System Regulations

04/12/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—National
49 CFR 386—Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment of 2015

Proposed Rules

04/21/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Oregon
Recording Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

04/19/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio
Wage Loss Compensation

04/19/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Workers’ Compensation Materials for Use

04/19/2017—Specific Industries—Washington
Safety Standards for Telecommunications

04/19/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio
Wage Loss Compensation

04/19/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Workers’ Compensation Materials for Use

04/19/2017—Specific Industries—Washington
Safety Standards for Telecommunications

04/13/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Mississippi
Workers Compensation Medical Fee Schedule

04/13/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio
Wage Loss Compensation

04/13/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Wyoming
Contested Case Proceedings, and Workers’ Compensation

04/11/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Montana
Workers’ Compensation, Rates and Conversion Factors

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Reference Materials

Regulatory Analysis

Hazard Communication—Alabama
Hazard Communication

Hazard Communication—Arkansas
Hazard Communication

SDS—Arkansas
SDS

Hazard Communication—Alaska
Hazard Communication

Special Reports

Violence in the Workplace—California
Cal/OSHA’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Standard: What You Need to Know

White Papers

04/24/17—Ergonomics—National
Employers taking action on ergonomics

04/11/17—Noise—National
An invisible hazard: Get the latest on workplace hearing loss

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