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While working on a project I came across this gem on my external hard drive and can not believe I never posted it!!! Yes it is from NIOSH - not OSHA and yes it is nearly 10 years, but the facts are the facts and one day I hope we can put this facial hair debate to bed!!!!! This letter is KEY in that it makes it clear that ANY FACIAL HAIR inside the facepiece of a NIOSH APPROVED respirator MUST NOT come in contact with the respirator, including the nose cup!
Emphasis added by me
Issue Date: October 2, 2006
From: Heinz W. Ahlers, Chief, Technology Evaluation Branch, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
Subject: NIOSH Policy for Respirator Sealing Surfaces and Facial Hair
It has been brought to the attention of NIOSH through phone calls and emails from respirator users and manufacturers that some respirator manufacturers may not understand what NIOSH defines as the sealing surface for respirators and consequently are inappropriately marketing respirators for users with facial hair.
The Department of Labor (DOL) administers the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). DOL’s effective enforcement of these laws is critical to protecting workers from death, injury, and illness. The two DOL agencies primarily responsible for enforcing these laws are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). OSHA and its state partners are responsible for the safety and health of 130 million workers employed at more than 8 million establishments. MSHA is responsible for the safety and health of more than 350,000 miners who work at more than 13,000 mines.
During an opening conference, CSHOs can (FOM states "SHALL") request a list of the chemicals on-site and their respective maximum intended inventories. CSHOs shall review the list of chemicals and quantities, and determine if there are highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) listed in §1910.119, Appendix A or flammable liquids or gases at or above the specified threshold quantity. CSHOs may ask questions, conduct interviews, and/or conduct a walkaround to confirm the information on the list of chemicals and maximum intended inventories. If there is an HHC present at or above threshold quantities, CSHOs shall use the following criteria to determine if any exemptions apply:
I came across this SAFETY ALERT from WY-OSHA. I never knew they would cite exposed valve stems and there example is for stems extending into egress paths. Most surprisingly is that this OSHA Alert actually "endorses" a private product, which I thought OSHA refused to do. Of course this is a "State Plan" and NOT federal OSHA, but I was still surprised to see a product being endorsed by OSHA. It even looks like the private company put the "Safety Alert" together and WY-OSHA uploaded it!
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Another HUGE addition to OSHA's SVEP club!
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Does the “voluntary use” of a "filtering facepieces" (dust masks) require the use Appendix D?
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"Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
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1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
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ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
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Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
Alternating Tread Type Stair
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ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
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ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
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Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
Scenario: An employee scratched his index finger on a vinyl saw clamp at work. He immediately began walking to the onsite first aid station to obtain a Band-Aid. On the way, the injured employee met a co-worker who told him that he had a Band-Aid in his pocket. As the co-worker began to apply the Band-Aid, the injured employee looked at his finger where there was a small amount of blood on the skin adjacent to the nail bed. The worker immediately became light headed and fainted. The injured worker did not incur any additional injury or treatment. When he regained consciousness, the employee indicated that he fainted because he cannot tolerate seeing blood.
Question: Is this a recordable case on the OSHA Log of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses?