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In the PSM/RMP world, the battle rages on with regards to “verification of knowledge” for those receiving training related to their work in, on and adjacent to a PSM/RMP covered process.  Yet for those safety professionals not working at a PSM/RMP facility, you too have a standard, that will just about cover ALL workplaces, that REQUIRES the employer to ensure workers understood the training.  That standard is 1910.132(f)(2)...

Coverage: National

Period: 30 days, 3/19/15 to 4/18/15

New Inspections: Opened in the last 30 days = 570

Closed Inspections: Closed in the last 30 days = 1,235

Ongoing Inspections: Opened prior to 30 day reporting period and still not closed = 110,342

Inspections with Violations = 129

Inspections with no Violations =  441 (Based on number of New Inspections only)

Assessed Penalties= $0.3M  (Assessed Penalties for violations issued under New Inspections only)

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Utility Line Clearance Coalition (ULCC), and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for this new standard.  CLICK HERE for the official agreement.

3/10/2015 UPDATE: The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Utility Line Clearance Coalition (ULCC), and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for this new standard.  CLICK HERE for the official agreement.

OSHA has revised the construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and is also making some revisions to both the construction and general industry requirements. The final rule includes new or revised requirements for fall protection, minimum approach distances, and arc-flash protection, and for host employers and contract employers to exchange safety-related information. The final rule also includes requirements for electrical protective equipment. The final rule was to become effective on July 10, 2014. However, OSHA adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements and established this temporary enforcement policy that is in effect through February 17, 2015. OSHA posted the regulatory text from the final rule on July 10, 2014. Employers can access the regulatory text from the prior version of 29 CFR 1910.269 here.

Recently has been experiencing some serious issues and although it appears to have gotten almost back to normal, sometimes access to standards is lost.  And if you're like me and do a lot of work in locations where there is no internet connection and you need the standards for a project, here is a FREE and simple way to have ALL of 1910, 1926, Part 68, etc. at your disposal 100% of the time.  Heck the shortcuts and links even work and it is "searchable" using your browsers search function.  Your computer will not even know your not on line.  Here's what you do...

A lot is going on with HAZCOM this year and the biggest activity is the conversion from the old MSDSs to the new 16 section format for the SDSs.  OSHA recently issued a LOI to clarify the the compliance date...

Question: When is an employer required to replace their MSDS collection with revised SDSs in order to be in compliance with HCS 2012? Would OSHA take enforcement action against employers who only have an MSDS available to employees?

Response: OSHA's final rule modifying the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was issued on March 26, 2012, and it became effective on May 25, 2012 [77 FR 17574-17896]. Under 1910.1200(j)(2), manufacturers, importers, and distributors must be providing SDSs (instead of MSDSs) for all shipments of hazardous chemicals to employers and downstream customers by June 1, 2015. SDSs may be provided before this date; however, for any shipment of chemicals after June 1, 2015, an SDS in the required 16-section format must be provided.

All employers, per 1910.1200(g)(1) and 1910.1200(g)(8), must have, maintain, and make available to employees the most recent MSDS or SDS received from a chemical manufacturer, importer, or distributor for each hazardous chemical in the workplace. If the employer is not maintaining the most current MSDS or SDS received, then enforcement action may occur. However, OSHA would not issue citations for maintenance of MSDSs when SDSs have not been received. As OSHA explained in the January 31, 2013, letter to Mr. Joel Gregier employers may, but are not required to, contact manufacturers or distributers of products they have previously ordered to request new SDSs, and under 1910.1200(g)(6)(vi), the SDSs must be provided.

Here are the two letters:

Clarification on effective date of SDSs replacing MSDSs[1910.1200]

Employers responsibilities under HCS 2012 to classify hazards and create SDSs for products whose manufacturers are no longer in business.[1910.1200]

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