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September 05, 2012
OSHA releases updated info on eliminating maritime risk

OSHA has issued revised enforcement guidance for inspections of longshoring operations and at maritime terminals. The new directive is aimed at eliminating workplace hazards in the industry by addressing updated requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe operation of vertical tandem lifts (VTLs).

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven workers died and more than 2,900 were injured performing marine cargo handling operations in 2010. OSHA adds that it is committed to reducing injuries and fatalities “by conducting focused interventions in the industry.”

Among other changes, the revised directive:

  • Clarifies which PPE employers must provide at no cost to workers, when employers must pay for replacement PPE, and when employers are not required to pay;
  • Provides information on VTLs;
  • Includes changes to the Marine Terminals and Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring; and
  • Updates answers to common questions.

There’s more information at the agency website at www.OSHA.gov.

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