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, January 06, 2014

Safety News Briefs

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.

Court Determines That Part of OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Exceeds Statutory Authority, But It Remains In Force

The District of Columbia Circuit Court has determined that the part of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which provides the new globally harmonized system (GHS) of labeling, that requires compliance from all states exceeds OSHA's statutory authority.  The original OSHA act provides that states may establish their own workplace regulation in place of OSHA standards.  However, the new HCS preempts state legislative and regulatory requirements to establish the GHS for labeling of chemicals.  An article in the Federal Regulations Advisor notes:

"Given that OSHA had no authority to issue authoritative statements on the preemptive effect of its statute, the court found that the relevant provision was, at most, an interpretative rule advising the public of the OSHA’s interpretation of the statute."

Read the article here.

Get A Second View Of This In Mother Jones.

Proposed OSHA Silica Rules of Concern to Recycling Industry

That OSHA's proposed silica rules are of concern to the oil and gas drilling industry has been in the news.  However, the impact extends into other industries as well.  An article in the January issue of American Recycler points out some of the problems it will present to the recycling industry.  For example, it will be impossible for some recyclers to conduct the required air sampling.  The article states:

Pat O’Brien, executive director of the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association stated, “OSHA is trying to apply rules that generally don’t work for our members. What is proposed today requires monitoring and a competent person to take air measurements to determine whether you need to do any protective measures to protect the workers on a job site. If someone is on a site for months at a time that might work, but we usually have one or two workers on a truck performing several jobs in a day. To have someone follow them around to take measurements and then get laboratory analysis does not make sense. The people would be on 20 jobs later before they got results"

Read the article here.

White House Regulatory Office Releases Final Rule Covering Electrical Power Safety

Bloomberg BNA reports that:

"A review of the draft final rule to protect workers constructing and repairing high-voltage power lines was completed Dec. 20 by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, ending an examination that lasted 18 months, according to an OIRA statement.

The next step is expected to be publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. An OSHA spokesman told Bloomberg BNA Dec. 23 that a publication date hadn't been set."

Read the Bloomberg BNA article here.

Related past posts:
OSHA Disputes Senator's Claim
Senators Call For OSHA To Be Stopped
Is OSHA's New Use Of The General Duty Clause Legal?

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