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 and articles that came out during the past week. If you have any safety news tips, send them to: email@example.com.
OSHA Delays Requirement For Construction Crane Operator Certification
An article in Cranes Today magazine
includes comments from people who were involved with the creation of the rule requiring crane operator certification. The article reports that:
"OSHA has announced it will delay implementation of the operator certification requirement of its federal cranes and derricks rule by three years, from 2014 to 2017, following widespread condemnation of an interpretation of the rule that would require operators to be certified based on crane capacity."
The article reports on mixed responses to the delay. However, there seems to be agreement that there is an issue with certifying crane operators based on crane capacity that needs to be cleared up.
New Exemption For Digger Derricks
In a related announcement, OSHA issued a final rule
that broadens the exemption for digger derricks used in the electric-utility industry. The exemption has been expanded to include telecommunications work in addition to electric-utility work.
This final rule provides a complete exemption from having to follow the requirements of Subpart CC of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The digger derricks exemption is part of the Cranes and Derricks final standard that was issued Aug. 9, 2010. The new rule becomes effective June 28, 2013.
Just 20 Words, Out Of 320 Pages - Understanding OSHA's GHS Training Requirements
The rule making document for GHS is over 320 pages long. Within that document just 20 words address required training. With employee training required to be completed by the end of 2013, correctly understanding those 20 words is important.
An article in EHS Today magazine points out that there may be a problem. It states, "explaining the new labeling pictograms and safety data sheets (SDS) is easy, but only if the student already understands the current hazcom system. The trouble is, how many workers actually had appropriate hazcom training? Twenty years in the training business told us the answer was probably 'not many.'"
Read the article here
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) Rejects Some and Accepts Other OSHA Proposed Changes
As reported in Bloomberg BNA, the ACCSH has rejected OSHA proposals that would have ended the record keeping requirements for fall protection, as well as the requirement that certain chest X-rays be retained as a part of medical records. A number of proposed changes were approved, most of which involve bringing OSHA standards into line with current best practices.
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Union Report Finds OSHA Resources Lacking, Penalties Weak
In an article in the Society for Human Resource Management journal reports on a report issued by the AFL-CIO. The report, titled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," concludes that OSHA is underfunded and understaffed and issues penalties that are too low to be effective deterrents.
The article reports that:
“'At its current staffing and inspection levels, it would take
federal OSHA 131 years to inspect each workplace under its jurisdiction
just once,' the report stated, noting that there is one inspector for
every 66,776 workers."
"When the AFL-CIO issued its first Death on the Job report in 1992, federal OSHA could inspect workplaces under its jurisdiction once every 84 years."
"Since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
Act, in 1970, the number of workplaces and workers under OSHA’s
jurisdiction has more than doubled, while the number of OSHA staff and
OSHA inspectors has dropped, the report said."
Read the article here
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Labels: GHS, OSHA, OSHA Inspections