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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Weekly Safety News Summary - I2P2

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending December 15st.

Safety advocates push for I2P2

Two of the nation's largest worker safety associations -- the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Assoc. -- are pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013.

Read the story in the Western Farm Press

It's Official: Random Inspections Improve Workplace Safety

I just started my subscription to the Journal Science this week and I immediately noticed an article from last May. This news was covered last spring, but I think having the article available is useful. 

This article in the ScienceNOW section reports on the results of a study focusing on random workplace safety inspections.  The conclusion is that random safety inspections improve safety. 

OSHA does most of the safety inspections in the U.S., but there is no reason why you could not be using in-house staff to conduct your own random safety inspections.

 Read the Science article here

Shop Safety Standards Could Have Saved This Life

A 27-year-old machinist was fatally injured when he was struck by a piece of round stainless steel bar stock that he was machining in a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe.  The machinist had placed a 6--foot piece of round bar stock into Haas TL-3W model lathe. Approximately three feet of unsupported bar stock extended past the spindle.

An article in American Machinist magazine examines the accident and reports on the recommendations of the Washington State Fatality and Control Evaluation Team (FACE).

Read it here.

What Is "MACT" and Should You Be Concerned?

As I'm catching up on my reading in Power Magazine I'm finding an interesting series of editorials by Dr. Robert Peltier the editor-in-chief of Power Magazine. The utility industry is facing a heavy burden of new regulations and Dr. Peltier points out that there is no scientific basis for the new regulations.For example, in the past Best Available Technology (BAT) was required. Now the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) is being the rule.

Read Dr. Peltier's MACT Attack commentary here.

He also writes on interesting editorial on Perception Is Not A Science.

"Construction" or "Maintenance" Which OSHA Standard Applies?

When it comes to deciding whether certain work is "construction," subject to OSHA's Construction Standards, or "maintenance," subject to OSHA's General Industry Standards, however, the answer is not always so clear. A new OSHA Directive on Highway Construction Work Zones, CPL 02-01-054, issued in October 2012, offers some new insights on how to answer this question.

Read the complete article in JDSupra

The GAO Reports Testing labs face unnecessary OSHA burdens

Delays in accrediting laboratories under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's guidelines cost businesses money and unnecessarily keep OSHA staff away from oversight duties, says the Government Accountability Office.

Read the story in the newsletter Federal government managers receive, FierceGovernment.

Read the GOA Report.

OSHA Hovering

Should OSHA treat small contractors the same way they treat large contractors?  Should OSHA do more to provide training to help contractors work safer?

A letter to the editor in the SandPaper from a large contractor expresses concern for the plight of small contractors.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 8th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 1st
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending November 24th

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