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OSHA Updates 10.01.2012

OSHA and the National Safety Council Address Fall Prevention, Injury & Illness Prevention

  • OSHA has announced that it will continue working with the National Safety Council to address fall prevention at construction sites as well as to enhance worker injury and illness prevention. The 2-year agreement will focus on preparing educational materials detailing the benefits of an injury and illness prevention program for both employers and employees.

Progress Being Made on Workplace Fatalities but More Needs to be Done

  • The Bureau of Labor has released preliminary results on workplace fatalitiesin 2011. There is a slight reduction with workplace fatalities falling from 4,690 in 2010 to 4,609 in 2011. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement in response to the census:”Today’s report shows a decline in the number of workplace fatalities. It’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. We will continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the day.

FACOSH to Hold Meeting on October 18, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

  • OSHA and the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet in D.C. to discuss the revitalization of field safety and health councils, receive FACOSH updates, and review the Secretary of Labor’s report to the President.
  • From the News Release:
    • FACOSH will meet from 1 – 4:30 p.m. in Room N-4437 A-D, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210.
    • The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in submitting comments or requests to speak can do so electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments and requests to speak may also be submitted by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by October 10, 2012.

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