Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Friday, June 28, 2013
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Makes The News At Safety 2013
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.
Business Groups, GOP Strongly Object To OSHA’s Interpretation on Walkaround Inspections
Bloomberg BNA reports that: "A coalition of business groups and Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee have requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration withdraw a recent letter of interpretation on walkaround inspections, calling it a naked attempt to promote a union agenda."
The OSHA interpretation was reported on in an earlier post in this blog
The Bloomberg article reports that a letter from House Republicans points out the issuing of this interpretation involves a number of violations of the OSHA law. For example, it is required that the employee representative be an employee; the existing regulations suggest the representative be a safety engineer or industrial hygienists; OSHA regulations were changed without going through the required process; and that the new interpretation was not reviewed by the secretary of labor.
Read the Bloomberg BNA article here
OSHA Issues Policy To Scrutinize Employer Accident Reporting and Safety Incentive Policies
Lexology reports that, "Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum to its enforcement personnel directing them to scrutinize employers' on-the-job injury reporting policies and safety incentive programs."
The article states that the memorandum directs OSHA inspectors to scrutinize employer safety policies that call for:
Get the details in the Lexology article here
- Discipline of an employee who does not report a work-related injury in a timely manner.
- Discipline based on the fact that a reported injury resulted from the employee's violation of a safety rule.
- Rewarding employees with bonuses or prizes, if no one has been injured over a defined period of time.
No Additional OSHA Extensions on Fall Protection
In a speech made at the Safety 2013 conference OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michael stated that:
- OSHA is is taking concrete action to ensure temporary workers have the necessary and mandatory training.
- There will be no more extensions of time for residential construction employers to fully comply with the OSHA mandate to use fall protection.
Read the article in Occupational Health and Safety magazine
EHS Today Reports On Safety 2013 Conference
An article in EHS Today covering the same Safety 2013 speech (above) notes that Dr. Michael said that his highest priority was I2P2.
The EHS Today article states:
"Michaels stressed that such a standard, which is designed to compel employers to find and fix hazards, could have wide-reaching ramifications in the occupational safety and health arena without creating economic woes for employers. During his presentation, he summed
up the program by citing the following the sentence: 'I2P2 would require employers to have an ongoing, investigative, preventative process in place instead of being reactive and addressing problems after an accident occurs.'"
In a Q&A session afterward Dr. Michaels stated that even small business may need to hire a safety professional, and if they could not afford it, maybe they should consider a different type of business.
Read the article in EHS Today
Another EHS Today article covers the talk by Robert E. Grieve called "Four Clues Your Safety Culture Is Out of Balance."
The article states:
"According to Grieve, four elements must be balanced in a safe workplace culture: experience, technical knowledge, focus and pace. If you tip out of balance in any of these areas, your workers might be at risk."
Find out more about these four clues by reading the article here
New OSHA Program Focuses On Automotive Lifts In Hawaii, Guam and CNMI
This report comes from the Pacific News Center. They report that OSHA has a new local emphasis program targeting automotive lifts. The article states:
"OSHA compliance offices will begin conducting inspections to identify and evaluate hazards of lifts used in the automotive industry.
Inspections will be conducted at randomly selected sites in general operations within targeted industries, such as: automobile dealers;
automotive repair and maintenance shops; gasoline stations; and automotive parts, accessories and tire stores."
Read the article here
Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - OSHA To Be Watching For Missing Exit Signs
Safety News Briefs - Possible VPP Changes
Health Hazards of Green Buildings
Labels: fall protection, OSHA, OSHA Inspections, workplace safety
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