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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly Safety News Briefs - Possible Changes To GHS

A regular news feature summarizing workplace 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 February 9th.

OSHA Considering Adopting Recent U.N. Changes To The GHS Hazard Communication Standard

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that last December the U.N. adopted changes to the GHS.  OSHA is now considering incorporating those changes in their GHS requirements. The article mentions that there is some concern from industry representatives in the U.S. about the lack of transparency in the U.N. rule making process. The U.N. Subcommittee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals determines what changes to make without industry consultation nor input. The concern is that this lack of transparency may become part of the process in the U.S.

Read the article here.

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One Third of U.S. Gulf Drilling Rigs to Be Inspected for Faulty Bolts

NASDAQ news is reporting that incorrectly manufactured bolts are causing failures on offshore drilling equipment. The news report states:

"A safety alert issued to offshore drillers on Jan. 29 by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said that bolts connecting blowout preventers manufactured by a subsidiary of GE Oil & Gas to other subsea well equipment need to be inspected and replaced. According to the alert, it's believed the bolts connecting the equipment, which is designed to shut-in a well during an emergency, can crack due to improper manufacturing techniques."

Ensuring the quality of bolts has been a problem in the past for all industries. An example is that, in the past cheap "knock off" bolts, marked to indicate they've been made to certain specifications, have not actually been manufactured to those specifications.

Read the current story in NASDAQ.

OSHA Announces Interim Final Rules on Seaman’s Protection Act Whistleblower Procedures

New rules that establish procedures governing whistleblower complaints filed under the Seaman’s Protection Act have been announced by OSHA. The Act protects seamen from retaliation for engaging in protected activity under the Act. Protected activities include providing information to the government about an alleged violation of maritime safety laws or regulations.

On October 15, 2010, Congress amended the Seaman’s Protection Act by enacting Section 611 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Among the revisions, Congress transferred the administration of the whistleblower protections in the Act to OSHA. These were previously enforced through federal court. Congress also expanded the number of protected activities under the Act, and adopted the procedures and burdens of proof provided in Section 31105 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.

The interim final rule establishes the procedures and time frames for:
  • handling retaliation complaints
  • investigations
  • the appeal of OSHA determinations to an administrative law judge for a hearing
  • review of ALJ decisions by the Administrative Review Board
  • judicial review of the secretary of labor’s final decision
Individuals may submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent via facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by April 8, 2013.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 2nd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 28th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 19th

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