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Issue Date: October 9, 2017

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Recently, at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s deputy director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for fiscal year 2017. The list is full of the usual suspects, with fall protection and hazard communication leading the way, but there is one newcomer to the list this year: fall protection training requirements.

If you’re among the employers that struggle to meet this requirement, we have resources that can help. Check out our newly updated 7-Minute Safety Trainer sessions on Fall Protection Plans and the Importance of Fall Protection in Construction, download our PowerPoint presentation to train your workers, and use our toolbox talks about Fall Arrest Do’s and Don’ts and Using Guardrails to reinforce your message. For a closer look at the latest Top 10 List, check out the article by BLR Legal Editor Ana Ellington.

Featured Content

October 2017 Safety Works for Employees

This month’s issue includes tips to safely operate powder-actuated nail guns, information on a recent study for standing v. sitting on the job, new software platforms for emergency response, and recently released online tools to help emergency response and recovery workers.

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Employers get a break during first days of silica rule enforcement

OSHA’s new respirable crystalline silica in construction standard took effect September 23. But the agency will not be aggressively enforcing provisions during the first 30 days. According to a memo from acting OSHA administrator Thomas Galassi, “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.

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How much is fatigue costing your workplace?

Fatigue among workers is a hidden workplace issue affecting businesses throughout the United States. According to new research from the National Safety Council (NSC) and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative, sleep disorders and sleep deficiency that result in exhausted workers costs employers millions each year in absenteeism, lost productivity, and healthcare costs—most are undiagnosed and untreated disorders.

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News

Construction—GeneralNYC lawmakers approve big jump in construction safety training

OSHASenators push to make OSHA VPP a permanent program

WellnessHow much is fatigue costing your workplace?

Safety—GeneralDecades of commitment pay off for Delaware electrical business

EnforcementCompany’s failure to comply leads to amputations and big fines

Shift Work8 tips for shift work safety

Process Safety ManagementReport finds workers were needlessly injured in refinery blaze

SilicaEmployers get a break during first days of silica rule enforcement

EnforcementBreaking: OSHA announces top 10 violations for FY 2017

Healthcare SafetyANA: Nurses face on-the-job risks

Training

Employee Training Materials

7-Minute Safety TrainerProtecting Hands from Machines (Outline)—This session should teach employees to understand the serious hazards that machines present to the hands and protect their hands from serious injury when working around machines.

7-Minute Safety TrainerSelf-Audits (Outline)—This safety session should teach employees to understand the purpose and benefits of a prejob safety and health audit and conduct a quick self-audit before beginning any task.

7-Minute Safety TrainerUnderstanding Workers’ Compensation (Outline)—This safety session teaches employees to be aware of the purpose and role of workers’ compensation and know when and how workers’ compensation benefits are used.

7-Minute Safety TrainerLimited Duty Jobs (Outline)—This safety session should teach employees to know about the purpose and value of limited duty jobs for workers recovering from injury.

7-Minute Safety TrainerSafe Snow Removal (Outline)—This safety session should teach employees to recognize the shoveling, snow blowing, and snow plowing hazards associated with snow removal and shovel, blow, and plow snow safely.

HandoutsProtecting Hands from Machines [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This session should teach employees to understand the serious hazards that machines present to the hands and protect their hands from serious injury when working around machines. Use this handout to accompany the Protecting Hands from Machines 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

HandoutsSelf-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to understand the purpose and benefits of a prejob safety and health audit and conduct a quick self-audit before beginning any task. Use this handout to accompany the Self-Audits 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

HandoutsUnderstanding Workers’ Compensation [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session teaches employees to be aware of the purpose and role of workers’ compensation and know when and how workers’ compensation benefits are used. Use this handout to accompany the Understanding Workers’ Compensation 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

HandoutsLimited Duty Jobs [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to know about the purpose and value of limited duty jobs for workers recovering from injury. Use this handout to accompany the Limited Duty Jobs 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

HandoutsSafe Snow Removal [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to recognize the shoveling, snow blowing, and snow plowing hazards associated with snow removal and shovel, blow, and plow snow safely. Use this handout to accompany the Safe Snow Removal 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

QuizzesProtecting Hands from Machines [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This session should teach employees to understand the serious hazards that machines present to the hands and protect their hands from serious injury when working around machines. Use this quiz to accompany the Protecting Hands from Machines 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

QuizzesSelf-Audits [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to understand the purpose and benefits of a prejob safety and health audit and conduct a quick self-audit before beginning any task. Use this quiz to accompany the Self-Audits 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

QuizzesUnderstanding Workers’ Compensation [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session teaches employees to be aware of the purpose and role of workers’ compensation and know when and how workers’ compensation benefits are used. Use this quiz to accompany the Understanding Workers’ Compensation 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

QuizzesLimited Duty Jobs [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to know about the purpose and value of limited duty jobs for workers recovering from injury. Use this quiz to accompany the Limited Duty Jobs 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

QuizzesSafe Snow Removal [7-Minute Safety Trainer]—This safety session should teach employees to recognize the shoveling, snow blowing, and snow plowing hazards associated with snow removal and shovel, blow, and plow snow safely. Use this quiz to accompany the Safe Snow Removal 7-Minute Safety Trainer.

Webinars

ADAWebinar [2017-07]: Intersection of OSHA and ADA Compliance: Common Pitfalls in Addressing Workplace Hazards for Workers with Disabilities—Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Firm President at the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C., discusses the ADA and workplace safety, new penalties, and whistleblower protection provisions.

Lockout/TagoutWebinar [2017-07]: Protecting Employees from Energized Equipment: Uncover Effective and Compliant Lockout/Tagout Measures—Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Firm President at the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C., examines Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) basics and definitions, LOTO procedures, and training requirements.

Violence in the WorkplaceWebinar [2017-07]: New CA Workplace Violence Prevention Rule: What Heath Care Facilities Must Do Now to Prepare for Looming Compliance Deadlines—Andrew Sommer, Esq., Partner at Conn Maciel Carey LLP, and Jeff Zisner, CPP, President & CEO of AEGIS Security & Investigations Inc., talk about the new workplace violence rule for health care facilities, recordkeeping requirements, and reporting requirements.

Time Savers

ChecklistsWorkplace violence prevention self-assessment—Use this checklist to assess your workplace violence program, hazard controls, training, and recordkeeping to control workplace violence at your facility.

Employee NewslettersOctober 2017 Safety Works for Employees—This month’s issue includes tips to safely operate powder-actuated nail guns, information on a recent study for standing v. sitting on the job, new software platforms for emergency response, and recently released online tools to help emergency response and recovery workers.

Ask The Expert

Q: We have a facility in California that was built in 1983 and are now hearing that we have to perform asbestos testing. Is this correct?

Q: I understand the information concerning the voluntary use of dusk masks (If use of the dust mask is voluntary, the only requirement is to provide employees with a copy of Appendix D of 1910.134). Just wondering if it’s required for employees to sign a statement that they have received their copy of Appendix D.

Q: We are inquiring about OSHA’s new crystalline silica rule. How does it apply to HVAC contractors/subcontractors on residential and commercial jobsites?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

10/5/2017—Enforcement—California—Civil Penalties for Cal/OSHA Citations

10/3/2017—Dept. of Transportation (DOT)—New Jersey—Administration, Organization, Records Management

Proposed Rules

State:

10/5/2017—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Oregon—Beryllium Rules

10/5/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Oregon—Implementation of HB 2338 and 3363

10/4/2017—Slips and Falls—Michigan—Fixed Ladders

10/4/2017—Aerial Lifts—Michigan—Manlifts

10/4/2017—Specific Industries—Wisconsin—Fire Department Safety and Health Standards

10/3/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Washington—Insurance Principles

10/3/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Washington—2018 Industrial Insurance Premium Rates

09/25/2017—OSHA—Wyoming—Information Dissemination

Reference Materials

White Papers

Employers fight back against health care hazardsWhat challenges are involved in keeping millions of healthcare workers free from job-related illness and injury? This Compliance Report focuses on the risks as well as the solutions.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

October 10, 2017
Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection: Expert Guidance for Final Rule and Training Compliance

 

October 12, 2017
OSHA’s New Data Collection System:
How to Prepare Ahead of the December 1, 2017, Filing Deadline for Electronic 300As

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