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Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced Thursday by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division.
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On Monday, March 28, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a final rule that would drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of respirable crystalline silica for the construction industry. The changes are scheduled to take effect on June 23, 2016. Construction employers must comply with the requirements of the standard by June 23, 2017, except for requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which begin on June 23, 2018.
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Working outdoors in hot weather can result in serious illness or even death. Workers exposed to extreme heat may experience symptoms of heat-related illnesses (HRI), such as heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, fainting, heat stroke and other symptoms.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. People working in confined spaces (such as manholes, crawl spaces, and tanks) face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.
Last year, two workers were asphyxiated while repairing leaks in a manhole, the second when he went down to save the first – which is not uncommon in cases of asphyxiation in confined spaces.
OSHA recently published a proposal to revise personal protective equipment requirements in the agency's general industry, shipyard employment, long shoring, marine terminals and construction standards. The proposal, if enacted, would align OSHA’s eye and face protection standard with the latest ANSI consensus standards on eye and face protection. OSHA also plans to update the construction eye and face protection standard to make it more consistent with general industry and maritime standards.
It’s that time of year again and OSHA is reminding covered employers to post their OSHA Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 and were logged on OSHA's Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2015, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.
In 2010, Federal OSHA audited Washington State’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and determined that DOSH Compliance Officers are under citing employers. One of the focus areas for citations is OSHA Logs. To assist you with completing your OSHA 300 Log, ABC has scheduled training for our members.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.
Have you been looking for some quick videos to show to worker regarding hazards in
construction? OSHA has developed some great and quick videos to cover some of
the major causes of death and serious injury on the job site.
OSHA has issued a final
extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final
published Aug. 9, 2010 by three years, to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends
by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that crane operators are
competent to operate a crane safely. The final rule becomes effective Nov. 9,
the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements
for the cranes standards including the role of operator certification. The
final cranes and derricks rule required crane operators on construction sites
to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After
publishing the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the
standard's requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and
questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for d ...
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