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, October 21, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Must You Comply With All Consesus Standards?

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.

Are You Required to Comply With ANSI Consensus Standards

An article by J.B. Titus in Plant Engineering points out that:

"1) Consensus standards (like ANSI) are not law. They are created by industry and generally are voluntary.

2) You can be cited by OSHA for not complying with a consensus standard, whether referenced or not.

3) Consensus standards (like ANSI) can become mandatory by either OSHA’s 'incorporation by reference' or by the OSHA General Duty Clause.

4) You are not required to adopt any consensus standard. However, you could be cited by OSHA for not adopting one or more consensus standard relative to your business."

However, the article also shows what to do if complying with a consensus standard does not make sense, and compliance does not provide a safer workplace in a specific situation. Find out how by reading this short article in Plant Engineering (click here).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Europe (The EU member states), consensus industry standards which affect health, safety or the environment are law under the Harmonization Criteria EC Directive as all new products must bear the CE Mark (for marketability-free of hazards when used IAW mfr's instructions)which indicates the product meets the current EN criteria for the type of product. The use of old, outdated products shifts the burden of product liability from the mfr(s) onto the owner/operator. This also applies to mfr(s) info on PPE, ergonomics, and other safety, health, and environmental products used by employees in the performance of their work. Safety systems are far more strict on paper than they are in the US. (As a comparison, the US OSHA (legal) std for fork trucks (lifts) is enforced from the ANSI ASME 1969 std with ASME having updated this std no less than 5 times since then.) This doesn't happen in Europe as the Werks Council would have a field day in extracting concessions for such a violation and the forklifts would still have to be replaced with new ones!

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