OSHA/NIOSH Update 4.2.2013

osha-logoOSHA Adds a Third Crane Operator Stakeholder Meeting Due to Demand

  • OSHA has scheduled a third informal stakeholder meeting to solicit comments on the crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The third meeting will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on April 3, 2013.
    “The three meetings will focus on the effectiveness of crane operator certification to ensure that crane operators can safely operate equipment, and the level of competence and safe operation that certification ensures. The agency seeks information from the public on 1) the usefulness of certifying operators for different capacities of cranes, and 2) the risks of allowing an operator to operate all capacities of cranes within a specific type.
  • All meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3437 A, B, and C. The Department of Labor is located at 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Individuals interested in participating in, or observing, a meeting must pre-register by calling OSHA’s Directorate of Construction at 202-693-2020.”

Keep Up-To-Date on OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

  • Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.
  • For more information go to: http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html

NIOSH Looking for Contractors with Experience Cutting Fiber Cement Siding for Study

  • From the NIOSH website: “NIOSH is currently testing low-cost solutions for protecting workers from silica exposure when cutting fiber cement siding.  You can help us test a dust control and at the same time add to the research that supports and advances the prevention of silicosis.”
  • Contractors Wanted: Help NIOSH Advance Research to Protect Workers from Silica

Are you a contractor whose company has at least three years of field experience cutting fiber cement siding with a circular saw?
Has your company installed fiber cement siding on at least three large residential jobs?
Do you have an upcoming job where fiber cement siding will be cut and installed for at least eight hours per day over a course of three days?

If you answered “Yes” to these three questions then WE NEED YOU!