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has redesigned and updated its Spanish-language version of the agency's
website to include the most up-to-date safety and health information and to
inform workers and employers of their rights and responsibilities under the
law. Like the English homepage, the site now includes a set of rotating
images highlighting the latest news and agency activities, and prominently
features workers' rights and steps to take if workers have concerns about
their safety and health in the workplace. As OSHA continues to expand the
number of resources available in Spanish, the site will be updated with
links to those materials to provide a dynamic and timely safety and health
resource for workers and employers.
Access the OSHA Spanish language website.
OSHA Requests Recommendations to
Update its Construction Industry Standards
OSHA is issuing a Request for Information to initiate the fourth phase of
its Standards Improvement Project (SIP). The purpose of SIP-IV is to improve
and streamline existing OSHA construction standards by removing or revising
requirements that are confusing or outdated, or that duplicate, or are
inconsistent with, other standards. The agency invites the public, including
employers, employees, and employee representatives to submit recommendations
for revisions to existing construction standards and the rationale for these
recommendations. Individuals may submit comments electronically via the
Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted by
facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments
must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2013.
Access the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
For the Federal Register notice.
OSHA Continues Enforcement of
Fall Protection in Residential Construction, Extends Temporary Enforcement
OSHA will extend for three months its temporary enforcement measures in
residential construction. The temporary enforcement measures, extended
through March 15, 2013, include priority free on-site compliance assistance,
penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure
consistency, and increased outreach. Fatalities from falls are the number
one cause of workplace death in construction. OSHA has been working closely
with the industry to assist employers in complying with the new directive.
From Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012, OSHA's On-site Consultation Projects
performed more than 3,000 on-site visits, conducted close to 1,100 training
sessions and delivered close to 500 presentations related to fall protection
in residential construction. OSHA's regional and area offices also conducted
more than 1,200 outreach activities on the directive. The agency will
continue to work with employers to ensure a clear understanding of, and to
facilitate compliance with, the new policy. OSHA will continue to develop
materials to assist the industry, including a wide variety of educational
and training materials to assist employers with compliance, which are
available on the Web pages for residential construction and the Fall
Watch OSHA Director
explain the Fall Protection Policies for Residential Construction
For more information.
NIOSH Requests Comments
on the Inclusion of Industry and Occupation in Electronic Health Records
Undoubtedly, we as workers spend more than half of our waking hours at work.
Our health can affect our ability to work safely and productively, and, in
turn, our jobs can affect our health. Yet information about our work is not
routinely captured in medical records. When industry and occupation (I/O)
data are readily available in electronic health records (EHRs), health care
providers have the critical information to guide the detection, diagnosis,
treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions, as well as the tools to
prevent recurrence of work-related and non-work-related conditions, thereby
improving the health of the working population.
Currently, the Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology (IT) Policy Committee is requesting public
comment on Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use criteria. As part of an effort to
ensure that information collected in electronic health records has
meaningful use, NIOSH supports including industry and occupation information
as necessary fields in EHR software. Research has shown occupation to be a
predictor of health, and the inclusion of I/O could have significant impact
on the overall health and well-being of patients.
For more information
and to submit comments.
From the NIOSH Science Blog - Use
of Sit and Stand Workstations
Over the past year, NIOSH and its Total Worker Health Program have been
traveling the country sharing the evidence and benefits of comprehensively
integrating health protection with health promotion, including workplace
programs that encourage physical activity, weight loss and stress
management. Recently, we launched an internal NIOSH pilot program to explore
the use of sit and stand work stations as part of a workplace health and
wellbeing initiative to reduce sedentary work in our workplace. The
pilot program was inspired by emerging research on the impact of sedentary
work on employee health and by new employer initiatives that aim to decrease
sedentary work, such as VHA’s Wellness Program highlighted in a recent NIOSH
Science Blog post. A sit-stand workstation allows the user to intermittently
sit or stand while working on the computer, participating in a conference
call, or performing other work. The customizable workstation allows users to
easily transition between a seated and standing work position multiple times
throughout the day.
For more information and to comment on the blog.
Guidance for Preventing Seasonal Influenza in the Workplace
NIOSH and the CDC offer the resources employers need to provide sound advice
about protecting workers from seasonal influenza in the workplace. While
each workplace is unique, and a worker’s risk for occupational exposure to
influenza can vary widely depending on the nature of their job, workplaces
- •Promote influenza
vaccination among workers.
- •Encourage proper hand and
respiratory hygiene practices.
- •Educate workers on
influenza signs and symptoms.
For more information and links to additional resources.
Requirements for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Station
"Do OSHA regulations require a shower and eyewash station
near a spray booth for use with lacquer and contact adhesive?"
The OSHA requirements for emergency eyewashes and showers, found at
29 CFR 1910.151(c), specify that "where the eyes or body of any person may
be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick
drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work
area for immediate emergency use." As the standard states, an eyewash and/or
safety shower would be required where an employee's eyes or body could be
exposed to injurious corrosive materials. If none of the materials used in
this work area is an injurious corrosive (as indicated by the Material
Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product), then an emergency eyewash or
shower would not be required pursuant to 1910.151(c).
While not having the
force of a regulation under the OSH Act, the current ANSI standard
addressing emergency eyewash and shower equipment (ANSI Z358.1-2004)
provides for eyewash and shower equipment in appropriate situations when
employees are exposed to hazardous materials. ANSI's definition of
"hazardous material" would include caustics, as well as additional
substances and compounds that have the capability of producing adverse
effects on the health and safety of humans. ANSI's standard also provides
detail with respect to the location, installation, nature, and maintenance
of eyewash and shower equipment.
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News You Can Use
Meeting the Needs of Next-Generation Workers
When we consider the next generation of plant workers, we typically think of
younger workers who may be relatively new to the job market. But according
to The Center for Aging and Work at Boston College, the next generation of
workers will likely combine younger and older employees because four of
every five baby boomers plan to work past the "normal retirement" age —
either because they want to or will need the extra income. According to the
U.S. Department of Labor, about 40 million people will enter the workforce,
25 million will leave, and 109 million will remain over the next decade. The
workforce will be comprised of a rising number of workers under 25 and over
45, with a declining number of middle-age employees. This combination of
younger and older workers will make it imperative for companies to provide
individuals with hand protection that meets their specific job and
the full report.
Source: Occupational Health &
What to do During an Electrical Outage
Americans have become so accustomed to a continuous,
uninterrupted supply of electricity that we are usually unprepared when this
supply is cut off by storms, weather, or other accidents. The purpose of
this fact sheet is to help the consumer be better prepared when there is a
power interruption. We will look beyond a short-term power outage and
provide suggestions in case a home needs to be shut down for longer periods
of time. The actions that you take will differ from season to season. For
example, a winter power outage requires different action than a summer
outage. We will look at these problems and discuss the steps you need to
follow to stay as comfortable and as prepared as possible.
In the event of short-term power failures, don't panic.
Calmly check to see if your neighbors still have electricity. If they do,
the problem could be inside your home. Check your main fuses or circuit
breakers to see if they have blown or tripped. Replacing a fuse or resetting
a circuit breaker may restore your electricity.
If you determine that the power failure has not been
caused by a problem in the home, call your electric supplier. A repairperson
will be dispatched as quickly as possible. Your supplier should also be able
to tell you if it will be an extended outage. Unplug appliances with
electronic components, such as microwaves, televisions and computers. This
will help to eliminate damage to your appliances from voltage surges when
the electricity is restored. Wait a few minutes before turning on these
appliances when the electricity is restored. This will reduce demand on the
power supplier's electrical system.
For the full report.
Source: Energy Education
Study Shows High Economic Impact of
Cancer in Employees
Each year, more than three million American workers are diagnosed with
cancer, leading to high productivity losses that mainly affect smaller
companies, reports a study in the December Journal of Occupational and
Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). The researchers used a
national survey of medical spending to analyze the prevalence and cost
impact of cancer in working adults. Based on data from 2004 to 2008, they
estimate that 3.3 million American workers are diagnosed with cancer
Cancer in U.S. workers leads to productivity losses of
more than 33 million disability days per year, amounting to $7.5 billion in
lost productivity. Based on the average wages of the workers surveyed,
disability costs due to cancer were equal to 20 percent of total healthcare
expenditures. Nearly 85 percent of the workers with cancer worked for
smaller companies with fewer than 500 employees. These small-business
employees had higher rates of other health problems, including high blood
pressure, depression, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They were
also more likely to be uninsured.
the full report.
Source: American College of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
From CalOSHA - Injury and Illness Prevention eTool
Employers in California are required to have an effective written Injury and
Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The benefits of an effective IIPP include
improved workplace safety and health, better morale, increased productivity,
and reduced costs of doing business. Whether you need to develop a written
IIPP or improve your existing IIPP, this etool will help you. This etool
will produce a written IIPP for you by answering a set of questions (see How
to Create Your Written IIPP - Questions). Each of your answers will
automatically appear underlined in a written IIPP which is specific to your
workplace. To produce a complete written IIPP you must fully answer all the
IIPP questions. This eTool can be valuable for your business whether or not
you are located in California. There are also Effectiveness Questions
for you to evaluate how effective your IIPP is and Sample Forms and
Checklists to help you put your IIPP into practice and document what you
have done. Remember that an effective IIPP is not just a paper program. For
your IIPP to be effective you must fully put it into practice in your
To access the eTool.
Useful Fact Sheets on Electrical Safety
Electricity is a serious workplace hazard. Some workers work with
electricity directly, such as electricians and workers who handle overhead
lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Other workers, including
building custodians, office workers and sales people, work with electricity
indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards. The New York
Committee for Occupational Safety and Health has numerous Fact Sheets on
Electrical Safety available for downloading. Some are also available
- Two Ways to Wire an
Electric Tool, NYCOSH Fact Sheet
- Install a Grounded Outlet,
NYCOSH Fact Sheet
- Conductors Connections and
- Reversed Polarity Can Kill
- Using Electrical Equipment
in Wet Locations
- Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupters (GFCIs) to the Rescue
- Wire Size And Ampacity
- Extension Cord Facts
- 120 Volts Can Kill
- Power Lines Kill Workers
- Electrical Safety Summary
- Condensed Electrical
- General Rules for
Construction Electrical Safety
download any or all of these Fact Sheets.
OSHA's Fall Protection
Policies for Residential Construction
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Europe - A Website on Workers' Health Education
The Workers' Health Education website aims to provide a database of learning
materials for safe and healthy work all over the world. It collects, selects
and organizes learning materials that are available on the Internet, free of
charge or for low prices, from non-profit organizations. In addition, it
provides a forum where participants can ask the community for support for
specific needs and share their own training materials, experiences, plans
and programs. Everyone is invited to share learning materials through this
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As I see it ...
It is January 2013 - the
start of another new year. There are a lot of clichés about the new year
including fresh start, clean break, clean slate, etc. And there are also
the clichés about the same old stuff, not reinventing the wheel, the more things
change the more they stay the same, etc. You could apply any or all of
them to the economy, politics, government, or virtually anything else. So
let's apply them to safety and, in particular, the safety of your co-workers.
As I have written before, change just for the sake of change can be disruptive
and has the potential to waste time, energy, and other resources with
questionable results. But avoiding change for the risk it entails is also
counter-productive. Maybe there is a better way. When evaluating new
safety products, consider both the quantitative and qualitative aspects.
Quantitatively, performing side-by-side comparisons provides a good tool to
determine how long products last. Quite often, a more expensive product
will last so much longer than a cheaper product that it provides superior value.
The only way to prove this quantitatively is to select a group of co-workers to
use samples of a new product and measure the results. The qualitative
analysis involves engaging co-workers in the evaluation process, particularly
with regard to aspects of comfort such as fit, flexibility, and ease of use and
maintenance. The quantitative and qualitative considerations do not exist
in a vacuum - they are inter-related. While the course of least-resistance
is to avoid change, that is not considered to be a "best practice" in business
today. Managed change, in an organized and structured fashion, is
definitely the way to go. Are you ready to consider a change in your
selection and use of industrial safety products and personal protective
equipment? That's where we have the experience and expertise to assist. We are Saf-T-Gard, - passionate about industrial
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GOT THE HEAT? -
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GOT THE TOUCH? -
Polyurethane-coated nylon gloves such as
Flex P provide maximum tactile sensitivity,
particularly when handling small parts.
GOT THE SMELL? -
Not if you are using a properly fitted air-purifying respirator. All
users of negative-pressure air-purifying respirators must be fit-tested.
GOT THE VIEW? -
New wide-angle goggles
combine superior peripheral vision with impact and splash protection.
Styles available to fit over prescription eyewear.
GOT THE SOUND?
- 3M/Peltor PTL earmuffs feature
a unique Push-To-Listen button so that workers can hear instructions and
conversation without removing their protective earmuffs.
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Question and Answer
face slippery floors at meatpacking and poultry slaughter plants every day. The
floors are wet and littered with pieces of fat and other product. Temperatures
and traffic in the plants cause the fat to adhere to the floor creating a very
slippery surface, despite the use of non-skid surfacing products that are easily
worn away or need constant replacement. The floors are slippery throughout the
plant, including the stairs and hallways leading to locker rooms and cafeterias.
Because of these conditions, meatpacking and poultry companies require the use
of steel-toe rubber boots. However, several meatpacking companies and poultry
plants may require the steel-toe rubber boots to be worn, but do not provide
them at no cost to their employees. Would steel-toe rubber boots be considered
specialty footwear, and would the employer be required to provide these boots at
no cost to its employees?
Yes. The PPE standard,
29 CFR 1910.132(h)(2) provides that "[t]he employer is not required to pay for
non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear (including steel-toe shoes or
steel-toe boots) . . . provided that the employer permits such items to be worn
off the job-site." 29 CFR 1910.132(h)(2). As OSHA explained in the Final Rule
for Employer Payment for PPE, "exempted footwear provides the protection of an
ordinary safety-toe shoe or boot, while footwear with additional safety
attributes beyond this (e.g., shoes and boots with special soles) fall under the
employer payment requirement." The agency also said that, "[t]he term
'non-specialty' is used to indicate that the footwear.. .being exempted is not
of a type designed for special use on the job (e.g., rubber steel-toe shoes)."
72 Fed. Reg. 64342, 64348 (Nov. 15, 2007). Further, OSHA used rubber boots with
steel toes as an example of PPE for which employer payment is required if used
to comply with an OSHA standard. See Table V-2 of the Final PPE Payment Rule, 72
Fed. Reg. 64342, 64353 (Nov. 15, 2007). Therefore, for the scenario described,
the employer is required to pay for the steel-toe rubber boots.
If you have an industrial safety question you'd like answered, email
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