OSHA Update 04.22.2013

OSHA LogoNational League of Cities Launch Awareness Campaign for Construction Falls

  • “Plan. Provide. Train” is the motto of the National League of Cities Risk Information Sharing Consortium. They are “spreading the word to state municipalities about the Campaign to Prevent Fatal Falls in Construction. Falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs are the leading cause of death in construction and a hazard for many municipal workers. Read the latest NLC-RISC report to learn how this association of more than 16,000 member cities, towns, counties and other local government entities is getting out this life-saving message.”

December 2013 Deadline for Training Workers on OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard

  • From the OSHA website:  “OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is now aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. The first deadline in the implementation phase is Dec. 1, 2013, the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet.
  • OSHA has prepared a number of additional materials that explain the new changes to the requirements of the HCS, including QuickCards, fact sheets, a list of frequently asked questions and a brief on labels and pictograms. These and other materials are available on OSHA’s Hazard Communications page.”

OSHA publishes “Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust

  • OSHA has published a new, informative booklet that outlines safe procedures for emergency responders who may face fires and explosions caused by combustible dust.

“This booklet will keep both emergency response and facility workers safe by giving them a framework to prepare for potential emergencies involving combustible dust,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Stakeholders that have reviewed the booklet, including fire chiefs and union health and safety representatives, describe it as ‘an excellent resource for explaining the hazards associated with combustible dust and outlining the best practices for pre-incident operational preparation by emergency responders.'”

  • “Combustible dusts include fine particles, fibers, chips, chunks or flakes that, under certain conditions, can cause a fire or explosion when suspended in air. Types of dusts include metal (for example, aluminum and magnesium), wood, plastic, rubber, coal, flour, sugar and paper, among others. OSHA’s Combustible Dust Web page provides employers and workers with additional information and resources for preventing and minimizing the effects of combustible dust fires and explosions.”