New Safety and Health Resources
October 1 to December 31, 2017
This 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 October l to December 31, 2017. For a listing of all new compliance assistance products issued by OSHA, see OSHA's New Compliance Assistance Products webpage.
Silica in Construction: Fact Sheets on Table 1 Tasks
OSHA has issued a new and revised fact sheets to help employers comply with OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. The fact sheets review dust controls that can be used for equipment and tasks listed in Table 1 of the construction standard.
Safe + Sound Week
OSHA has announced that the second annual Safe + Sound Week will be held August 13-19, 2018. The week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing workplace hazards.
Fall Prevention Stand-Down
OSHA has announced that the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 7-11, 2018.
Updated Training Web Pages
OSHA's redesigned training web pages provide information on training requirements and resources, outreach training (10- and 30-hour cards), OSHA Education Centers, and Susan Harwood Training Grants.
OSHA Penalties Adjusted
OSHA has updated its web page to reflect the annual adjustment to its civil penalty amounts, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. Penalty levels increased approximately two percent.
Maritime Fact Sheets
OSHA has issued several fact sheets related to maritime employment. The fact sheets cover commercial fishing (safe housekeeping and sanitation practices and shipboard pedestal crane safety), longshoring (safe baggage handling at cruise ship terminals), and shipyard employment (evaluation of fire and rescue services).
Roof Tarping (Blue Roof) Safety
A new OSHA fact sheet reviews steps to keep workers safe when installing reinforced plastic tarps, commonly called "blue roofs." These tarps provide temporary protection for the roofs of homes and other buildings damaged during severe weather.
The following materials developed by grantees under OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program were posted on the OSHA Web site from October 1 to December 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.
Fall Protection in Construction
The Latino Worker Resource Center developed training materials in English and Spanish on fall protection in construction.
Hearing Conservation in Construction
The State Builders and Construction Trade Council of California developed training materials on hearing conservation in construction for workers in small construction companies.
Chemical Hazards and Hazard Communication
Hesperian Health Guide developed a train-the-trainer instructional package in Spanish on common workplace chemical hazards across multiple industries. The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program developed training materials in English and Spanish on the Hazard Communication Standard, including hazard classification and labeling.
Chemical, Refinery, and Construction Industries
The Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana developed training materials for workers in the chemical, refinery, and construction industries. Topics include confined space, electrical safety, excavation safety, and fall protection.
The following products were issued by OSHA's Alliance Program participants as part of the Alliance Program from October 1 to December 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.
Multi-Gas Monitors in Oil and Gas Industry
A new hazard alert reviews the use and capabilities of multi-gas monitors in oil and gas exploration and production. The alert was developed by the participants in OSHA's Alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
An updated NIOSH web page provides information on robotics, including the NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research.
Report on Oil and Gas Extraction Fatalities in 2014
NIOSH has issued a report on fatalities in oil and gas extraction in 2014. The report is based on the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database, which collects detailed information on fatalities in this sector.
NIOSH 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 October 1 to December 31, 2017.
- Keep Employees in Motor Vehicles Safe by Preventing Distracted Driving and Ensuring Seat Belts Are Worn! - Massachusetts FACE Facts Safety Alert
- Trucking Safety Videos - Midwestern Insurance Alliance and Kentucky FACE (Getting In/Out of Truck Cabs; Getting In/Out of Trailers; Cranking Trailer Landing Gear; Opening/Closing Trailer Doors).
- Semi-Truck Owner-Operator Crushed by 7.6 Ton Steel Coil While Securing Load to Flatbed Trailer - Kentucky
CPWR created the Construction FACE Database, an Excel database to facilitate use of the information in the NIOSH FACE reports. The database includes data from NIOSH and State FACE reports on construction-related fatalities (768 deaths) that were posted on the NIOSH web page as of June 30, 2015.
Electrocutions in Construction
CPWR has issued a Quarterly Data Report on "Electrocutions and Prevention in the Construction Industry." While electrocution deaths in construction decreased by 39% from 2003 to 2015, 82 construction workers died of electrocution in 2015.
Noise Hazard Alert
CPWR has issued a Noise and Hearing Loss Hazard Alert to promote hearing protection in the construction industry.