DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

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, August 05, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs To Ask

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 safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

OSHA Reduces Cost Estimate for Compliance with Noise Standard

Composites Manufacturing Online reports that:

"OSHA believes it is less expensive for employers to comply with its occupational noise standard than previously estimated, according to the agency’s July 30 Federal Register notice. OSHA proposed to reduce its estimate of the annual cost to manufacturers of complying with the noise standard’s information collection requirements from $82 million to $26 million." 

Read the story here.

What Has OSHA Been Doing In The First Half of 2013

This article in Safety BLR reviews the status of new OSHA rules. The article states:

"On July 3, OSHA’s regulatory priorities were laid out in the federal government’s Spring 2013 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations. Also known as the Unified Agenda, this document lists final rules, proposed rules, and prerules currently under consideration. So what will OSHA focus on in the coming months?"

Read the list here.

Learn the Top 5 Safety Manager Responsibilities A post on the Cerasis blog explains the top five responsibilities of a safety manager.  The post describes those responsibilities this way:

"When it comes to safety in manufacturing, the safety manager is an employer’s point man for worker safety. This means that the safety manager’s responsibilities start with ensuring that all of the employer’s OSHA mandated responsibilities are met. The following are five of the main responsibilities OSHA places on employers."

Read the post here.

Realization Strategy: The Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs to Ask

Realization strategy is a "what if" approach top asking questions that are designed to get people to have more in-depth thinking. They are questions that show there is an expectation of performance.

EHS Today has an article by J. A. Rodriguez that presents five questions CEOs need to ask in order to plant seeds that lead to tghe realization that world-class safety performance is not good enough.

Read the article here.

OSHA Announces Changes to Recordkeeping Rule for Federal Agencies

Last Friday OSHA issued a final rule that will require all federal agencies to submit their OSHA-required injury and illness data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year. This data will allow OSHA to analyze the injuries and illnesses that occur among the more than two million federal agency workers and develop training and inspection programs to respond to the hazards identified.

Other changes to the recordkeeping rule include amending the date when agencies must submit their annual reports to the secretary of labor and the date when the secretary must submit a report to the president. The rule will also restate that volunteers are considered employees of federal agencies and explain how volunteers' injuries should be recorded in agency injury and illness logs. The rule will clarify the definition of federal establishment and explain when contract employees should be included on an agency's log.

Collection of establishment level information will enable OSHA to develop programs to assist agencies in meeting their injury and illness targets under the Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment initiative. The POWER Initiative, which covers fiscal years 2011 through 2014.

Federal agencies have been required to follow the same recording and reporting requirements as the private sector since January 2005. Information on the final rule can be found in the Federal Register notice.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - CSB May "Tell Off" OSHA
Safety News Briefs - Misconceptions About Electrical Safety
Safety News Briefs - Objections To OSHA's New Walkaround Policy

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