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In this week’s Newsletter
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New OSHA Video Provides Education on Fall Protection
In a new video aimed at preventing fatal falls in residential construction, OSHA provides safety methods for preventing deaths from falls and discusses techniques used by employers during different stages of construction. Procedures such as the use of bracket scaffolds, anchors, safety net systems, safety harnesses and lines, and guardrails for activities like installing roof trusses and sheathing, decking, reroofing, and installing walls are explained in the presentation. The video is part of OSHA’s Residential Fall Protection Compliance Assistance program, which tries to help employers and workers in the residential construction industry comply with Fall Protection standard requirements. Fifty workers died from falls during residential construction in 2010, according to the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Erratum and clarification statement issued for ANSI/ISEA 103-2011 standard on chemical protective clothing
It has been brought to ISEA's attention that ANSI/ISEA 103-2010 American National Standard for Classification and Performance Requirements for Chemical Protective Clothing contains an error in Note a) of Table 3, Performance Requirements for Materials, with respect to the reference for abrasion resistance. Such note is applicable only to flex cracking resistance, not abrasion resistance, as indicated in the note. Text within the body of the standard related to abrasion resistance testing in Section 7.12 and Appendix B remains correct. The unintentional oversight was committed during the editing of the final document for publication. As such, ISEA is issuing this erratum to correct the oversight noting the accurate text of Table 3 as stated below:
OSHA issues 2011 annual inspection plan for protecting workers in high-hazard workplaces
OSHA issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting* 2011 (SST-11) program to help the agency direct enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The SST program is OSHA's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. High-hazard workplaces identified in the SST program reported above-average work-related injury and illness rates, based on data collected from a 2010 OSHA Data Initiative survey of 80,000 larger establishments in selected high-hazard industries. Establishments are randomly selected for inspection from a primary list of 3,700 manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities. Two changes have been made to this year's SST program. In 2010, only those establishments in the selected industries with 40 or more employees were subject to inspections under the SST plan; this year, that number has been reduced to 20 or more. An evaluation study measuring the program's impact on future compliance with OSHA standards has also been introduced for the 2011 program.
Oregon OSHA provides some GREAT Confined Space guidance
OR-OSHA is proposing a Construction Standard for CS Entry. In the proposed standard, they have introduced a nice table to help users understand the parts of the standard that applies to different space and entry options. They have also published a NEW evaluation flow chart that makes the eval MUCH simpler, as they have defined some critical terms such as “designed for continuous occupancy”, “limited means of egress”, etc. I know that this is coming from a State OSHA Plan, but there is absolutely no reason why we can not use this information in our safety programs.
Click Here (pdf) to see the proposed reg and the items mentioned.
Fall protection on aerial lifts during construction activities
On January 14, 2009, OSHA issued a letter of interpretation regarding the use of a particular shock absorbing lanyard to satisfy the requirements found in §1926.453(b)(2)(v). The Directorate of Construction has received inquires from regional offices, area offices, and the public asking if the January 2009 letter banned the lanyard in question. OSHA did not ban the particular lanyard but stated, based on the manufacturer's instructions, which stipulated a minimum anchor point height of 18.5 feet, that it was likely that the lanyard's use would not comply with OSHA standards at lower heights. In such cases, use of the lanyard below 18.5 feet would apparently not provide adequate fall protection. This determination has raised questions about the use of body harnesses, typically married with appropriate lanyards, for fall protection in aerial lifts. To help avoid any confusion on the issue, DOC is rescinding the January 2009 letter, #20070823-7896. Under subpart L, employers must ensure that employees tie off at all times when working from an aerial lift [§1926.453(b)(2)(v)]. Employers must ensure that employees using personal fall arrest systems while working on aerial lifts at heights six feet or more above a lower level comply with §1926.502(d) of subpart M, specifically: Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall: ...(iii) be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level. [§1926.502(d)(16)(iii)] However, §1926.502(d) does not require employers to comply with manufacturer's instructions when using personal fall arrest systems. To cite §1926.502(d)(16)(iii), the facts must show that the personal fall arrest system would permit a free fall of more than six feet or would permit contact with a lower level - and not base this conclusion solely on information provided by the manufacturer. As has been the Agency's longstanding policy, an employer may comply with OSHA's fall protection requirements for aerial lifts in one of three ways:
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