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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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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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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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

Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months

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Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months Originally Posted on Construction Dive Dive Brief: As of April 17, OSHA and state safety agencies have issued 116 violation citations under OSHA’s new silica safety rule, Bloomberg BNA reported. The regulation went into effect Sept. 23, but OSHA began full enforcement Oct. 23. The most frequently mentioned violation involved contractors allegedly failing to measure silica… Continue Reading Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months

The Tug-of-War Between Fed OSHA and the State OSH

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A fascinating jurisdiction tug-of-war has broken out between federal OSHA and a few fed OSHA approved State OSH Programs, in relation to OSHA’s Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (aka the E-Recordkeeping Rule). The E-Recordkeeping Rule requires large employers and smaller employees that operate in “high hazard industries” to proactively submit to electronic injury and illnesses… Continue Reading The Tug-of-War Between Fed OSHA and the State OSH

Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory?

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Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory? Administrative Law Judges are increasingly exercising their discretion to waive mandatory settlement conferences for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests with large penalties.  The increased penalties that OSHA can now levy may be the reason. By rule, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission requires parties to participate in a mandatory… Continue Reading Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory?