New Safety and Health Resources
January 1 to March 31, 2017
This quarterly update highlights new workplace safety and health resources issued by OSHA, OSHA's Susan Harwood grantees, OSHA's Alliance Program participants, NIOSH, and others.
Table of Contents
- OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources
- Harwood Grant Materials
- Alliance Program Materials
- NIOSH Resources
- Additional Resources
OSHA issued the following new or updated compliance assistance resources from January 1 to March 31, 2017. For a listing of all new compliance assistance products issued by OSHA, see OSHA's New Compliance Assistance Products webpage.
Safe and Sound Week
OSHA, in conjunction with co-sponsors and partner organizations, is encouraging employers and workers to host activities and events across the country to promote proactive safety and health programs for Safe and Sound Week (June 12-18, 2017). The new webpage includes a link to sign up for more information and updates; it will be updated to include resources to participate on April 17.
Beryllium Final Rule
A webpage with information about OSHA's final rule to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer in American workers by limiting their exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds is available. The rule includes standards for general industry, construction, and shipyards. OSHA has also issued facts sheets that provide an overview of the rule (OSHA Publication 3821) and information on medical surveillance (OSHA Publication 3822) for beryllium-exposed workers.
Long Work Hours, Extended or Irregular Shifts, and Worker Fatigue
This new Safety and Health Topics Page focuses on worker fatigue. It includes information about the impact of demanding work schedules and measures workers and employers can take to prevent worker fatigue and fatigue-related injuries and illnesses.
Process Safety Management Guidance Documents
OSHA has released three guidance documents to help employers comply with its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. PSM is critically important to facilities that store highly hazardous chemicals. The new documents cover PSM compliance for Small Businesses, Storage Facilities and Explosives and Pyrotechnics Manufacturing.
Outreach Training Program Requirements
OSHA has updated its Program Requirements for the Outreach Training Program, and also updated its procedures for Construction, General Industry, Maritime, and Disaster Site Worker classes. The changes are effective April 1, 2017. The Outreach Training Program trains workers and supervisors to recognize and prevent safety and health hazards on the job, and to understand worker rights and employer responsibilities. Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers.
Safety and Health Information Bulletin: Working Safely with Wire Rope
Recent OSHA investigations found several workplace incidents involving wire rope failures, often resulting in worker fatalities. This OSHA bulletin reviews how wire rope is structured, what causes degradation, what to look for when inspecting ropes, and how often to inspect them.
Commonly Used Statistics
Updated OSHA statistics on budgets, inspections, fatalities, and most frequently cited standards are now available.
Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs.
OSHA issued recommended practices to help employers create workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing safety and other concerns without fear of retaliation. The recommendations, which are advisory only and create no new legal obligations, are intended to apply to all public and private sector employers covered by the 22 whistleblower protection laws that OSHA enforces. OSHA has also issued a fact sheet on Whistleblower Protection for Public Transportation Agency Workers.
Protecting Workers from Slips, Trips and Falls during Disaster Response
Responding to natural and man-made disasters puts emergency response workers at risk of injury or death from slips, trips, and falls. This QuickCard explains what employers must do to keep workers safe in these situations.
The following materials developed by grantees under OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program were posted on the OSHA Web site from January 1 to March 31, 2017. See the OSHA Web site for a complete list of a materials developed by Harwood grantees. These materials do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.
Miami Dade College: Fall Prevention
Miami Dade College developed and provided a fall prevention training program for workers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. Training materials include a training presentation and pre/post-test forms.
National Association of Tower Erectors: Fall Prevention
The National Association of Tower Erectors developed and provided a fall prevention training program for workers in the communication tower erection industry. Training materials include a training presentation, instructor and student workbooks, and a train-the-trainer student manual.
National Roofing Contractor Association: Fall Prevention
The National Roofing Contractor Association developed and provided a fall prevention training program for workers in the roofing industry. Training materials include a training presentation, fall protection checklist, fall protection plan developmental tool, student handouts, and pre/post-tests.
Philadelphia Area Project Occupational Safety and Health: Fall Prevention
The grantee presented three-hour fall prevention in construction training to workers in residential construction. The target audience includes small businesses, and limited English proficiency, low literacy, minority, and young workers. Training topics include fall prevention from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs. Training materials are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The following products were issued by OSHA's Alliance Program participants as part of the Alliance Program from January 1 to March 31, 2017. These products do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA. For a complete listing of Alliance products, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.
Safe Fueling of Vehicles, Equipment, and Containers with Liquid Fuels
Through OSHA's Alliance with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), NALP developed a quick card describing general safety tips to help prevent injuries and fatalities while adding fuel to landscaping vehicles and equipment.
Best Practices for Unintentional Encounters with Buried Facilities
Through OSHA's Alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA), APCA developed a best practice document for supervisory personnel and operators on basic steps to follow if an underground utility is disturbed or damaged.
FACE Reports and Products
The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program conducts investigations on workplace fatalities to identify the factors that contributed to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths. The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program issued the following reports and products from January 1 to March 31, 2017.
- Roofer Falls 19 Feet from Roof, Washington. Also available as a slideshow.
- Construction Laborer Falls When Ladder Breaks, Washington. Also available as a slideshow.
Other New FACE Reports/Products
- Truck Driver Died When He Was Struck By a Vehicle in a Hit-and-Run Incident, Michigan
- Food Pantry Volunteer Pinned By a Table Against a Wood Cabinet When the Table Was Struck By Backing Vehicle, Michigan
- City Police Officer Dies After His Vehicle is Struck by a Civilian Motorist in a Federal Highway Intersection, Kentucky
- Semi-Truck Driver Fatally Struck by Falling Flatbed Cage Door, Kentucky
- Maintenance Technician is Struck by Crane, Falls 10 Feet to Conveyor and Dies, Kentucky
- Trucking Crash Prevention Toolkit, Kentucky
- Teen Laborer Rides on Side of Forklift, Falls While Jumping, and is Run Over by Rear Tire, Kentucky
- Seasonal Lawn Mower Operator Crushed and Dies After Lawn Mower Rolls Over on a 30 Degree Slope, Kentucky
- Toolbox Talk: Dump Truck Driver Drives Off Embankment After Losing Control, Oregon
NIOSH Sound Level Meter App
NIOSH hearing loss researchers collaborated with an app developer to create an iOS based sound level meter app that measures and characterizes occupational noise exposure similar to professional instruments. The NIOSH Sound Level Meter (NIOSH SLM) app for iOS devices is now available on iTunes freely to the occupational safety and health community and general public.
CPWR: Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) Training Module
CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training) developed the Foundations for Safety Leadership training module, which is now an official elective in the OSHA 30-hour outreach training program course. Each year, more than 100,000 construction workers, foremen, and other supervisory personnel take the OSHA 30-hour course to learn how to identify and control occupational hazards. The new 2.5-hour FSL module fills a long-standing need to provide leadership skills training.
National Safety Council: Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers
The National Safety Council collaborated with other organizations to develop "The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers" tool. This calculator provides business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use (including prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol abuse and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction, and abuse of other illicit drugs and marijuana) in their workplace based on size of organization, industry, and state.