Many organizations are improperly implementing their voluntary respirator program. OSHA is citing employers because of it and there are also liability concerns that the employer must be aware of. Check it out!
In this short video, I break down the effective dates for all 2017 OSHA rules. This includes the new record keeping laws, anti-retaliation laws, drug screening rules, whistleblower laws, emphasis on incentive programs, beryllium PEL limits, silica PEL limits, walking-working surfaces, electronic submission of OSHA 300 logs and certified vs. qualified crane operators in construction.
OSHA has yet another final ruling on a substance known as beryllium. Thousands of employers will be affected by this new standard so take a few minutes to watch this video and educate yourself and your team on the changes. They are 10x's lower than the previous PEL...Huge changes
Before you drastically change your operations, you may want to take a look at some of these basic elements on complying with the new silica standards set forth by OSHA.
OSHA’s New Silica PEL is Half the Previous Limit for General Industry and 5 Times Lower than the Previous Limit for Construction.
For decades, Silica has accounted for numerous fatalities and chronic illness. The original rule on Silica was established in 1971 and despite the science and years of data pointing to flaws in the original PEL's (personal exposure limits), the rule has not budged. In fact, NIOSH has been stating the original rule has been out of sync with the science since 1974 studies proved as much.
However, now in 2016, OSHA finally passed their final rule on what has been a very political subject. One that the agency estimates will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis every, single year. In order to make this happen, they have lowered the PEL to half the previous limit for general industry and 5 times lower than the previous limit for construction (50 micro grams per cubic meter of air averaged during an 8-hour shift).
OSHA Focuses Inspection Efforts on Ergonomics & Process Safety Management in High Hazard & Health Workplace Industries (*See Lists Below)
OSHA is adding yet another Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to their list of already active inspection programs. The most recent REP has an effective date of January 25, 2016 and will last through (at a minimum, September 30, 2016). Though this will likely be renewed for a longer time frame. Below are the two main areas of emphasis you need to be educated on regarding this new emphasis program
SSG has now directly assisted multiple employers with OSHA inspections pertaining to their national emphasis program on isocyanate exposure. This has all been in the past 2 weeks!
OSHA started a national emphasis program (NEP) in June of 2013 to ensure employers were doing their due diligence to protect workers from the hazards of isocyanate exposure. The following is a recap of the Department of Labor's executive summary on this harmful substance:
This NEP was developed to focus OSHA resources on the workplace health issue of occupational exposure to isocyanates. The health effects of occupational exposure to isocyanates include occupational asthma, irritation of the skin (dermatitis) and mucous membranes (eyes, nose, and throat), hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and chest tightness. Isocyanates include compounds also classified as potential human carcinogens and known to cause cancer in animals. Workers in a wide range of industries and occupations are exposed to at least one of the numerous isocyanates known to be associated with work-related asthma. Occupational factors are associated with at least 15 percent of all adult onset asthma cases in the United States. Occupational asthma is an illness characterized by intermittent breathing difficulty including chest tightness, wheezing, cough and shortness of breath. It is frequently serious and sometimes fatal.
Jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates include painting, blowing foam insulation, and the manufacture and thermal degradation of many polyurethane products such as polyurethane foam, insulation materials, surface coatings, car seats, furniture, foam mattresses, under-carpet padding, packaging materials, shoes, laminated fabrics, polyurethane rubber, and adhesives.
This enforcement program sets forth a site selection system that targets multiple industries and will focus on evaluating inhalation, dermal and other routes of occupational exposure to isocyanates.