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Now that the OSHA website is back up and running, a new LOI has appeared dated 12/16/14.  This LOI is timely because it clarifies the two new "reportable injuries":  amputation and loss of an eye.  An amputation, for OSHA reporting purposes, is defined under section 1904.39(b)(11); however, "loss of an eye" had a lot of us wondering what that means.  OSHA says "Loss of an eye" is the physical removal of the eye, including enucleation and evisceration. Loss of sight without the removal of the eye is NOT (emphasis added) reportable under the requirements of section 1904.39. A case involving loss of sight that results in the in-patient hospitalization of the worker within 24 hours of the work-related incident is reportable. CLICK HERE for the full LOI.

Have you ever seen fire extinguihers with an HMIS or NFPA Label?  Did you think to yourself... hmm do fire extinguishers fall under HAZCOM?  If the OSHA website was up I would provide a link to the LOI discussing this very topic; however, it seems to be a mute point now that the OSHRC has stated Fire Extinguisher are exempt from 1910.1200 because they are "consumer products".  Here's what they said...

The 1st Michigan worker death of 2015 occurred on January 15, 2015. Employers and employees are urged to use extreme care and safety diligence in all work activities.

Summary of incident: On January 8, 2015, a 37 year old sheet metal worker was in the process of torch cutting and welding when it is believed he had ignited the flame-retardant insulation between the hopper and building structure. The fire traveled up the 65-foot tall structure trapping the sheet metal worker inside the hopper. Fire-Fighters were able to extricate him, but he had sustained burns to his head and severe burns to his hand and wrist in addition to smoke inhalation. The sheet metal worker, one other employee, four sub-contractor employees, and two fire-fighters were transported to area hospitals. All but the sheet metal worker and one other employee were observed and released. The sheet metal worker succumbed to his injuries as a result of the fire on January 15, 2015.

Editorial Comment from me... the insulation was fire RESISTANT - not fire PROOF!  I hear this ALL the time when I come across HW being done within feet of unprotected building insulation... "it fire proof insulation so we do not need to shield it".

If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here with resources to help. The Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan free of charge. Contact CET today at 800-866-4674 or submit a request online at

Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of their shift every day!

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Tip:  This is a general industry facility.  The workers are contractors.  The vessel is part of a PSM/RMP covered process.  The vessel manway is only 16" in diameter. 

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Inorganic Arsenic Standard requires employers to:

  1. Monitor workers' exposure to inorganic arsenic and notify workers of exposure-monitoring results;
  2. notify anyone who cleans protective clothing or equipment of inorganic arsenic exposure;
  3. develop, update and maintain a housekeeping and maintenance plan;
  4. monitor worker health by providing medical surveillance;
  5. post warning signs and apply labels to shipping and storage containers of inorganic arsenic;
  6. develop and maintain worker exposure monitoring and medical records;
  7. establish and implement written compliance programs; and
  8. provide workers with information about their exposures and the health effects of exposure to inorganic arsenic.

OSHA Proposed Action is the inclusion of 688 covered coal-fired electric power plants ...

MANY THANKS to John Newquist (Ret. Region V Asst. Administrator) for sharing on Slide Share.


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