OSHA Roundup for Feb. 22, 2016
The wireless tower industry needs to change its culture and how it designs towers to better protect workers, stakeholders said at a joint OSHA-Federal Communications Commission workshop.
Confused on how to use the “weight of evidence” approach for classifying hazardous chemicals? Check out a new draft OSHA document that provides guidance.
In partnership with other stakeholders, OSHA launches a safety campaign targeting the upstream oil and gas industry that will feature inspections and safety trainings, and will run through March.
Do you know how to avoid hydrogen gas purging hazards? OSHA has a new Safety and Health Information Bulletin that aims to educate employers on the risks and how to avoid them.
OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health schedules a meeting to discuss draft guidelines on safety and health program management.
An upcoming OSHA hearing to discuss the agency’s proposed rule on beryllium has been rescheduled from Feb. 29 to March 21.
Notable proposed fines
$69,300 to an Ohio manufacturer for guarding, training and reporting violations stemming from an investigation after an employee’s pinky finger was amputated
$59,290 to a Massachusetts contractor for steel framework and erection violations related to a university building collapse in Rhode Island that injured six workers
$41,200 to a Wisconsin laundry facility for lockout/tagout violations that contributed to the death of an employee who was caught by a conveyor system that propelled into a dryer
$33,800 to a circus operator for allegedly failing to properly erect a tent, resulting in its collapse at a New Hampshire show that killed two audience members and injured several other people, including two circus employees
$19,600 to an Illinois tree service employer for logging operation violations related to the death of a worker who was struck by a falling tree
Happening this week
Feb. 22 – Deadline to submit comments on OSHA’s draft update to its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
Feb. 24 – Deadline to provide written comments or oral statements for an upcoming NACOSH meeting on Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
Feb. 24-25 – A NACOSH subcommittee meeting to discuss a proposed rule on emergency response and preparedness
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