OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been… Continue Reading OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

Electrical safety for workers in non-electrical jobs

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Click Here For IBT Power Line Awareness Fact sheet Electrical safety group unveils videos, infographics for workers in non-electrical jobs Originally published on National Safety Council Website The Electrical Safety Foundation International has introduced several resources aimed at workers in “occupations that traditionally receive little to no electrical training.” In an April 30 press release, ESFI President Brett Brenner says… Continue Reading Electrical safety for workers in non-electrical jobs

OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

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OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections  Robinson & Cole LLP These days, it is not uncommon to see drones flying overhead. But employers beware…you might see one during your next workplace inspection. Earlier this year, OSHA issued a memo formalizing its use of drones for inspection activities, and, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Law, it used drones for 9… Continue Reading OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

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CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has recently developed a new website called the Exposure Control Database. This online tool helps construction health and safety practitioners predict worker exposure to four major hazards including silica, noise, welding fumes, and lead based on a combination of work factors like task,… Continue Reading CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

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Railroad Equipment

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The… Continue Reading BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos

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OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 29 C.F.R. § 1926.1153 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for the Construction Industry On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (silica) in the construction industry (the standard). 81 Fed. Reg. 16286. OSHA… Continue Reading OSHA Releases Silica Rule FAQs and Training Videos

OSHA Clarifies Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

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OSHA Clarifies Its Position on Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Published October 17, 2018 by AIHA – A memorandum issued by OSHA on Oct. 11 clarifies the agency’s position that its rule prohibiting employer retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing. According to the memo, OSHA believes that many employers… Continue Reading OSHA Clarifies Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

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Google, other companies must endorse ban Originally posted on www.stopkillerrobots.org Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon,… Continue Reading Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

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Crane lift at an airport

Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced Posted Aug. 9, 2018, 8:30 AM Bruce Rolfsen – BNA Eight years after OSHA issued its rule to improve construction crane safety key provisions have yet to be enforced because of disagreements over requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s current proposal to rewrite unenforced portions of the rule covering operators… Continue Reading BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

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The power of the sun

CDC, OSHA: Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit (Construction Dive) After an analysis of 25 OSHA heat-related illnesses — 14 fatal and 11 nonfatal — the Centers for Disease Control suggested that employers start screening their workers for heat stress when the heat index reaches 85 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the 91 F OSHA currently recommends. Heat stress covers a… Continue Reading Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit