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OSHA Update 11.20.2012

OSHA Offers Safety Assistance to Hurricane Recovery Workers

  • OSHA is urging workers and the public to become aware of the hazards associated with hurricane recovery efforts and to protect themselves accordingly. OSHA’s New York regional administrator, Robert Kulick, advised, “”Storm recovery workers are working around the clock to clean up areas impacted by the storm. We want to make sure that workers are aware of the hazards involved in cleanup work and take the necessary precautions to prevent serious injuries.”
  • For more information about protecting workers during Hurricane Sandy recovery, visit http://www.osha.gov/sandy/index.html. This comprehensive website offers fact sheets, concise “quick cards,” frequently asked questions, safety and health guides, and additional information in English and Spanish.

 The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Seeking Nominations

  • OSHA is looking for eight new members to serve on the 15-member Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). The committee advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on construction standards and policy matters. Successful applicants will serve a 2-year term.
  • Nominations may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov/. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 7, 2013.

 OSHA and International Window Cleaning Association Renew Alliance

  • OSHA and the IWCA have renewed their alliance to protect workers from slips, trips, falls from heights, and the safe use of high-reach access equipment such as scaffolding and ladders.
  • “Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths in the window cleaning industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. “We look forward to continuing our work with the IWCA to provide workplace training and education to help ensure that workers are aware of on-the-job hazards and reduce injuries throughout the industry.”

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