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Issue Date: April 9, 2018

Dear Subscriber,

Is your emergency preparedness on target? Does your emergency action plan (EAP) address the hazards your facility is likely to face—and the steps to take protect your workers and your business during severe weather, workplace violence, fires, chemical releases, and other worst-case scenarios? Have you examined your exit routes and evacuation plans recently? When was your last fire drill? For a refresher on these important topics, check out our recent articles on exit route requirements, evacuation planning, and emergency preparedness training, And for a more in-depth look into emergency preparedness, attend one of our upcoming Emergency Preparedness Master Classes, taking place on May 2 in Irving, Texas, and May 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more here.

Will we see you next week? Safety Summit, taking place from April 16-18 in Orlando, is the nation’s leading safety conference to experience inspiring keynotes; best practice-rich general sessions; and targeted, tracked sessions on the latest risk management/OSHA compliance developments and practical, use-them-now strategies on how to improve safety performance at your organization. Register today.

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Infographic: Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention

OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is coming May 7-11, 2018. Use this infographic to learn how you can participate in this effort to raise awareness about fall hazards and prevent injuries.

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April 2018 Safety Works for Employees

This month’s issue includes information on having the right safety attitude, outdoor spring safety tips, information about National Work Zone Awareness Week, Distracted Driving Awareness Month information and tips, and a quiz on safety attitude to test your knowledge.

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Compliance clock ticking for silica standard

The June 23, 2018, deadline for general industry and maritime-sector compliance with requirements in OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule (March 25, 2016, FR) is less than 3 months away. Employers with workplaces that contain respirable silica should understand their obligations and meet them in time.

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Emergency PreparednessEmergency preparedness: Training employees

Construction - GeneralOSHA again highlights Focus Four Hazards

Construction - GeneralProtect roofing workers from hazards

SilicaCompliance clock ticking for silica standard

Fall Protection (Construction)Infographic: Safety Stand-Down for Fall Prevention

Exit RoutesExit routes are more than just doors

Emergency PreparednessWhen to evacuate during an emergency



Safety - GeneralWebinar [2018-01]: Leading Safety Indicators: New Strategies for Tracking and Improving Safety Performance—Barry S. Spurlock, Esq., CSP, Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Attorney at Spurlock Law, PLLC, talks about what drives your safety success, 10 things executives should know about shortcomings of trailing metrics, and leading measures.

Lockout/TagoutWebinar [2018-01]: Lockout/Tagout and Control of Hazardous Energy in Confined Space: How to Setup OSHA Compliant Procedures—Tracy L. Moon, Partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP, discusses confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces, employer responsibilities, and general industry and construction permit-required confined spaces.

Lockout/TagoutWebinar [2018-01]: Machine Guarding: Compliance Strategies to Simplify Your OSHA Compliant Lockout/Tagout Program and Procedures—Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP, examines how injuries occur during the servicing of equipment, logout/tagout training, and hazardous energy.

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Employee NewslettersApril 2018 Safety Works for Employees—This month’s issue includes information on having the right safety attitude, outdoor spring safety tips, information about National Work Zone Awareness Week, Distracted Driving Awareness Month information and tips, and a quiz on safety attitude to test your knowledge.

Ask The Expert

Q: We stock various substances such as 50 gallons of oil based paint, 4 gallons of medium reducer, 5 gallons of premium wash thinner, and 5 gallons of Reducer No.4 (Xylene). What is the proper disposal of these materials, once used?

Q: Is it required to carry an SDS for cans of spray paint and other aerosol chemicals that are purchased at a local hardware store?

Q: An employee has complained of headaches and claims to have lost consciousness at home. Is this recordable?

Q: We are a metal fabrication shop, we do not have first aid responders, and the likelihood of an employee coming in contact with bloodborne pathogens is very minimal. Do we still need to provide training and have a written plan?

Q: Does our company needs to electronically file our 300A this year?

Q: Is it feasible to use a mobile crane hook for fall protection in General Industry or Construction?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules


04/2/2018—Agriculture—Oregon—Emergency Access to Telephone

03/30/2018—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Iowa—Construction Safety and Health Rules

03/30/2018—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—Illinois—Hours of Service for Drivers

03/29/2018—Ergonomics—California—Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

03/29/2018—Asbestos—Ohio—Asbestos Emission Control

03/28/2018—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Claims Procedure

Proposed Rules


04/5/2018—Alcohol & Drugs—Kentucky—Gas Pipeline Safety; Reports of Leaks; Drug Testing

04/5/2018—Flammable Liquids—New Mexico—Liquified Petroleum Gas Standard

04/4/2018—Lead—Maryland—Training for Lead Paint Abatement Services

04/4/2018—Lead—Maryland—Making and Implementing a Qualified Offer

04/4/2018—Lead—Maryland—Procedures for Performing Lead Abatement Services

04/3/2018—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Health Partnership Program

04/2/2018—Emergency Preparedness—Mississippi—Emergency Management Agency General Rules

03/30/2018—Agriculture—Florida—Worker Protection Standard and Materials Incorporated

03/30/2018—Security—General—Maryland—Hazardous Material Security Requirements

03/30/2018—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers Compensation Insurance Premium

03/30/2018—Emergency Action Plans—Maryland—Emergency Plans

03/30/2018—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Closure of Claims and Petitions to Reopen

03/29/2018—Lead—Iowa—Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

03/29/2018—HazMat Transportation—Oregon—Federal Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation

03/29/2018—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Iowa—Commercial Driver Licensing

03/29/2018—Enforcement—Iowa—Posting, Inspections, Citations and Proposed Penalties

03/29/2018—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—Worker Leasing Licensing

03/28/2018—OSHA—Minnesota—Federal OSHA Standards by Reference

Reference Materials

Regulatory Analysis

Emergency Preparedness—Washington—Emergency Preparedness

Fire Prevention—Washington—Fire Prevention

Emergency Action Plans—Washington—Emergency Action Plans

Hazard Communication —Kansas—Hazard Communication

Hazard Communication —Georgia—Hazard Communication

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

April 10, 2018
Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s FInal Silica Rule
Steps You Can Take Now to Prepare for the General Industry Deadline


April 12, 2018
Heat Stress Prevention in California:
Critical, Compliant Steps to Keep Workers Safe in Hot Working Environments

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