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Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically
The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data. The amount of data submitted will vary depending on the size of company and type of industry. The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically...
Have you ever wondered just how busy is OSHA? How many inspections does OSHA do in a single month? What are they working on? Who are they visiting? Why are they visiting certain workplaces and not others? Are they "picking on any one"? etc. Well have a look into a month of inspection history from 4/20/16 to 5/20/16. In this month, OSHA has:
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For those who have been adamant and faithful followers of 1910.146, know that the standard requires the Entry Supervisor to verify rescue services are available and that the means for summoning them are operable BEFORE he/she signs the entry permit and allows entry to begin. Although we get a lot of push back on this, as many people do not believe this is actually required for EACH ENTRY, here is the actual wording...
Respondent is the owner and operator of an ammonia and fuel retail business. On or about June 12, 2014 EPA inspected the facility to determine compliance with Section 112(r) of the CAA and 40 C.F.R. Part 68. At the time of the 2014 inspection, Respondent had greater than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia stored in a process (bulk storage tanks) at the facility. Respondent's storage of ammonia at the facility began in approximately October 2012. Anhydrous ammonia is a regulated substance pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 68.3. The threshold quantity for anhydrous ammonia, as listed in 40 C.F.R. § 68.130, Table 1, is 10,000 pounds. As alleged below, information collected as a result of the 2014 Inspection revealed that at the facility Respondent had failed to properly develop and implement the risk management program required by Section 112(r) of the CAA and 40 C.F.R. Part 68.
Oregon OSHA has published their PSM NEP which focuses on processes with Ammonia, Chlorine, and Formaldehyde. The NEP also EXEMPTS VPP sites from any inspections under their Emphasis Program. To make the most effective use of its limited resources, OR-OSHA will use annual data gathered by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) to generate PSM inspection scheduling lists. The most current HSIS database will be sorted to generate a list of all employers who reported having chemicals stored at their facilities in excess of the PSM Threshold Quantities (PSM-TQ). The majority of PSM employers have threshold quantities of ammonia, chlorine, or formaldehyde. Oregon OSHA will divide the list into four groups:
Respondent is a limited liability company which owns a chemical plant where regulated substances and other extremely hazardous substances are produced, processed, stored, and handled, and from which an accidental release occured. Within the facility, the Respondent produces nylon intermediates (adiponitrile (ADN), hexamethylene diamine (HMC), adipic acid, C12, and C12 co-products). On May 9, 2015, the facility started-up the OP-1 cyclohexane oxidation unit. Unknown to the unit operator there had been a failure of the cooling water inlet supply valve for the wash oil stripper condenser. Because of this failure the condenser did not properly cool the steam/cyclohexane mixture. As a result cyclohexane was released to the ambient air. The failed cooling waler valve was discovered five (5) days later. The unit operator, once alerted to the failed valve, shutdown the unit, had the valve repaired, and re-started the unit, which functioned properly. Over the five days 18,102 pounds of cyclohexane was released. The failed cooling water inlet supply gate valve was subsequently analyzed to determine causes of the metallurgic failure. The engagement slot of the valve gate was heavily corroded so as to be non-functional.
Last week OSHA published their "spring agenda" and this gives us a very good idea as to which standards OSHA has on their radar screen. Here is their agenda...