OSHA News & Safety Releases
It's the LAW! Poster unveiled
To help ensure that workers have a "voice" in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, OSHA unveiled a new version of their "It's the Law" poster. The Poster is uploaded here, and can be downloaded from our site, or directly from the OSHA site. Please post these at your worksites, and be aware that legal size paper (8-1/2 x 14") is the smallest size approved for display.
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OSHA Recordkeeping Rule update that you need to know about!
OSHA has updated the recordkeeping rule regarding reporting Fatalities and Severe injuries and has expanded the list of severe injuries that must be reported.
The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015 - so be sure your Project Managers, Field Supervisors and all Staff is aware of these changes.
The OSHA Fact Sheet, with full details, is attached. You may also want to visit the OSHA link for additional information, at: www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014
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OSHA Interpretation December 2013
Fall Protection for walk/work along bridge decks with a 32 inch high barrier wall
Based on a question asked by a contractor in Florida, OSHA responded to appropriate safety measures to protect workers along bridge decks.
A Temporary Enforcement Policy for Cranes & Derricks goes into effect on July 26, 2012.
Full details are attached.
OSHA Clarification on double connections at beams not framing into columns
OSHA RELEASE/ MARCH 2010
Painting or placement of adhesive stckers on a protective helmet shell.
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CURRENT OSHA NEWS TRADE RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2009
Contact: Office of Communications
OSHA News Release - Table of Contents
OSHA revises enforcement policies for fall protection during steel erection
WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised the steel erection compliance directive for the agency's Steel Erection Standard to change two enforcement policies related to tripping hazards and installation of nets or floors during steel erection.
One of the revised policies addresses the standard's requirement that employers install a floor or net within two stories or 30 feet, whichever is less.
The other policy states that employers must comply with the requirement that steel studs, known as shear connectors, be installed at the worksite. Shear connectors bind concrete to the steel.
"Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers," said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. "We are intent on reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and believe these policy revisions will help us attain that goal."
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007 data show that 1,204 fatalities occurred in the construction industry, 447 of which resulted from falls. The steel erection standard sets forth requirements to protect workers from the hazards associated with steel erection activities when constructing, altering, and repairing single and multi-story buildings, bridges, and other structures where steel erection occurs.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For additional information or more detail, please visit www.osha.gov.