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Occupational Safety News Bulletin – 6/20

OSHA LogoOccupational Safety news headlines for late June, 2011:

  • OSHA announces a 3 month “phase in” for residential construction fall protection.

    OSHA has announced a 3 month “phase in” for employers to become compliant with the new directive/regulation. During this 3 month period (June 16-Sept 15) if an employer is complaint with the old directive OSHA will not issue a citation but a hazard alert informing the employer on ways to become compliant for the new standards. Read more about OSHA’s construction fall protection here.

  • OSHA taking applications for Susan Harwood Safety and Health Training Grants

    OSHA is excepting applications to be eligible for $4.7 million in grants. The grants are available to nonprofit organizations that will provide safety and health training and education for workers and employers. “The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that businesses and workers are fully aware of health and safety rules,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The programs funded by these grants will supply small businesses, hard-to-reach workers and those in high-hazard industries, with the knowledge and tools they need to support safe and healthful workplaces.” Click here to read more about OSHA’s training grants.

  • OSHA initiates program to protect workers in the primary metals industry

    OSHA has initiated a new program aimed at protecting workers by establishing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for the Primary Metals Industries. The goals of the NEP include minimizing or eliminating exposure to chemical hazards and physical hazards such as noise and heat. Read more about OSHA’s National Emphasis Program.

  • National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health will meet June 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

    OSHA will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) June 21-22, at Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. NACOSH. The agenda will include presentations by OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels and John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and discussions on the injury and illness prevention program (I2P2), recordkeeping issues and a discussion with NIOSH on chemical policy. Visit OSHA’s website for more information about the NACOSH meeting.

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