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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, March 04, 2013

Safety News Briefs - OSHA Updating Signs and Tags Standard

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 March 9th.

OSHA Considering Update to Accident Prevention Signs and Tags Standard

The OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) meeting on March 18, 2013, will consider a proposed rule to update OSHA's standard on accident prevention signs and tags in construction.

The current standard requires that signs and symbols be visible at all times to warn workers of existing hazards when work is being performed. The updates are based on revisions in the American National Standards Institute consensus standards.

The committee will also consider proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA's Cranes and Derricks standards.

OSHA Assessing State Safety Offices’ Effectiveness

OSHA “state plans” are supposed to be just as effective as the federal agency. If not, the federal government can revoke state approval and take control. There are 26 states with their own agencies.
A 2009 OSHA investigation of the Nevada state plan found problems, after the federal agency had given the state favorable reports. A subsequent OSHA evaluation in 2009 of all states also found problems with Hawaii’s program due to staffing. Issues with other state plans also arose.

OSHA is now attempting to find an effective means of evaluating state plans.

Read the story in the Fort Wayne Gazette Journal

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 23rd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 16th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 9th

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