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PHMSA Notice Regarding Lithium Battery Shipment Marking

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Security Administration has issued a notice regarding IATA and IACO's Jan. 1, 2017 changes to Lithium Battery markings. This notice address enforcement until PHMSA decides if it will adopt the IATA/IACO markings.

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OSHA's Heat Stress Prevention Website



The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don't drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. [ more ]

CT Adopts the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule

DEEP has passed a new regulation adopting the EPA's 2013 Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule. This rule provides an exemption from hazardous waste requirements for certain solvent-contaminated wipes that meet specified management requirements. In particular, qualifying wipes may be: (1) laundered at certain laundry facilities; or (2) disposed of at certain in-state combustion facilities or at out-of-state combustion or landfill facilities meeting the requirements of the receiving state. [ more ]

Latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Shows 7% Increase

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about one out of every four fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace fatality. Today's report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016, and the number of fatalities has increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012. [ more ]

OSHA Injury/Illness Forms (300A) must be reported by July 1, 2018

Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website. Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. [ more ]

$175,000 in Penalties for Confined Space, LOTO and HAZWOPER Violations

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., have a reached a settlement agreement to improve efforts to prevent safety and health hazards in their Carthage, New York, facility. The company will pay $175,000 in penalties.

OSHA cited the Carthage-based paper milling company for 62 safety and health violations in June 2017. The agreement requires the company to enhance efforts to prevent hazards associated with machine guarding; lack of fall protection; hazardous energy control; confined space entry; emergency response; and electrical and structural safety issues.

The company will also train employees to recognize hazards; make safety and health evaluations a part of management performance appraisals; hire two full-time safety and health staff; perform weekly safety audits; submit periodic abatement progress reports to OSHA; and consent to monitoring inspections for two years. [ more ]

New York City Enacts New Training Regulations for Construction and Demolition Projects

The New York City Council is implementing new construction safety training requirements in a new local law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York City building code. According to Int. No. 1447-C, all construction and/or demolition permit holders will have to make sure that anyone who is working under their permit will have completed either a 10-, 30- or 100-hour OSHA training course and that they hold their required training throughout the duration of the permit. If the worker is completing a 10- or 30-hour OSHA training course, they will also need to earn additional specified Site Safety Training (SST) credits.

Upon successful completion of their required training, workers will receive a Site Safety Training Card, or SST Card. There are varying levels of SST cards, including Temporary, Limited and Supervisor. Permit holders will have to keep daily site logs that include copies of relevant SST cards and proof that the permit holder is in compliance with the NYC building code. In the event that a permit holder is not in compliance, there are civil penalties starting at $500 and going up to $25,000 plus $1,000 a day for each day that the permit holder remains out of compliance. [ more ]

OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting in May

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it will start enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general, construction, and shipyard industries on May 11, 2018. This timeframe will ensure that stakeholders are aware of their obligations, and that OSHA provides consistent instructions to its inspectors. The start of enforcement had previously been set for March 12, 2018.

In January 2017, OSHA issued new comprehensive health standards addressing exposure to beryllium in all industries. In response to feedback from stakeholders, the agency is considering technical updates to the January 2017 general industry standard, which will clarify and simplify compliance with requirements. OSHA will also begin enforcing on May 11, 2018, the new lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit (STEL) for construction and shipyard industries. In the interim, if an employer fails to meet the new PEL or STEL, OSHA will inform the employer of the exposure levels and offer assistance to assure understanding and compliance. [ more ]

The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

One of the most common ways to measure the dangerousness of an occupation is by the total number of fatalities in a year. Going by that metric, truck drivers and material moving occupations are at the top of the list, with 1,388 fatal injuries in 2016, according to recent data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, that number is up 7% over the previous year, the highest it's been since 2007, and all told fatalities among drivers accounts for more than one-quarter of all work-related fatalities in the U.S. Little surprise, then, how much attention is being given to the development of autonomous vehicles and intelligent highway projects. [ more ]

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