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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 OSHA.gov 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]

OSHA issued a memorandum to its Regional Administrators and State Designees on 12/242014.  The memorandum provides Area Offices with guidance on when an on-site inspection is warranted.  OSHA has divided injury and illness reports into three categories.  OSHA will inspect facilities that report an injury or illness that falls into one of the first two categories and will issue a RRI letter (commonly referred to as a phone/fax letter) to employers who report an injury or illness that falls into the third. Here is the memo...

UPDATED with another week of data...

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 I have a look into two months of inspection history from 1/19/15 to 2/18/15.  In this month,  OSHA has:

 
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