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October 3, 2017 · Volume 16, Issue 18
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OSHA to delay enforcement of crystalline silica standard in the construction industry

OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply. For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage.

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress

Top from left: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection, Lockout/Tagout Bottom from left: Ladders, Powered Industria
Top from left: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection, Lockout/Tagout
Bottom from left: Ladders, Powered Industrial Trucks, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection – Training Requirements, Electrical – Wiring Methods

On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council's annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, which came in at ninth place. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to prevent injury or illness.

OSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Training Grants

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

OSHA has awarded $10.5 million in one-year grants to 80 organizations through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities. See the list of Fiscal Year 2017 Susan Harwood Training Grant recipients for details on the education and training offered by each awardee.

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Cooperative Programs

OSHA Alliance Partners Commit to Improving Worker Safety and Health

Alliance Program logo - Alliance, An OSHA Cooperative Program

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, and give them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

Company Achieves Safety Excellence with Help from Wyoming OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Consultation: An OSHA Cooperative Program

Unicover Corporation is a small, family-owned business in Cheyenne, Wyo., that manufactures and sells commemorative stamps, coins, and custom packaging. Working with Wyoming OSHA’s Consultation Services, the company has been in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for the past eight years. Participating in SHARP has helped Unicover identify and implement best practices to protect its workers, boost employee morale, create a culture that emphasizes a safe and healthful workplace, improve worker retention, and reduce costly turnover. The cost savings in reduced workers’ compensation and insurance premiums have created a competitive advantage for the company. This year, the company saved approximately $15,200 in workers’ compensation premiums compared to the average premium cost paid by others in its industry. For more information on the benefits of working with OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program, read Unicover’s success story.

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Chicago Container Manufacturer Cited After 4 Workers Suffer Injuries


BWAY Corp., a Chicago container manufacturer, was cited by OSHA for multiple repeated and serious safety violations after the agency responded to four separate reports of employee injuries. One employee suffered two broken bones in his hand after it was crushed by equipment. Three other employees suffered amputations from unguarded chain and sprocket assemblies. Violations include failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental machine start-up; failing to lockout equipment prior to clearing jams; and inadequate machine guarding. Proposed penalties total $503,380. Read the news release for more information.

Michigan Fines Metal Processing Company for Safety Violations


Michigan OSHA issued 10 citations and $102,600 in penalties to SET Enterprises Inc. in New Boston for exposing workers to amputation hazards. Inspectors determined that the company failed to: train workers on potential hazards and safe operation of machines; ensure proper machine guarding; and provide workers with gloves designed to prevent cuts.

Virginia Cites Air Conditioning Company Following Worker Fatality


Virginia Occupational Safety and Health issued six citations and $225,995 in penalties to James River Air Conditioning Company Inc. in Richmond after a worker was fatally injured from falling through an unprotected roof hole. An employee working on a roof fell 28 feet through an unmarked unsecured hole cover that did not hold his weight. The company was cited for failing to protect workers from falls of more than 6 feet and provide hole covers that support the weight of both employees and equipment. The company was also cited for failing to mark, secure, and install roof hole covers for HVAC openings.

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Safety and Health Resources

New Fact Sheets Available on Protecting Workers in Laboratories and Shipyards

OSHA Fact Sheets

Two new OSHA fact sheets provide information on assessing and preventing hazards in specific worksites.

  • Preventing and Managing Laboratory Worker Exposure to Zika Virus provides guidance on protecting workers in biomedical laboratories from infection by the virus. It includes information on performing risk assessments and standard biosafety practices for laboratory work involving pathogens.
  • Evaluating Shipyard Competent Person Programs is aimed at protecting shipyard workers from exposure to dangerous atmospheres, particularly in or around confined and/or enclosed spaces aboard vessels. The fact sheet offers guidance on determining the necessary qualifications of experts who must be employed to determine whether a confined space is safe for workers and prescribe protective measures.

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