Trade News Release
October 19, 1999
Contact: Bill Wright
Hazard Awareness, Fire Safety, Lead in Construction
NEW OSHA INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE PINPOINTS WORKPLACE HAZARDS, REMEDIES
If you think your small business can't afford a customized safety and health audit or you need guidance on OSHA standards, then pull up a chair, turn on your computer, and visit OSHA on the world wide web.
Following extensive field and public testing, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released its newest on-line advisors covering hazard awareness, fire safety and lead in construction. These interactive software are designed to provide readily-available safety and health information to employers and workers.
OSHA's Hazard Awareness Advisor is designed to help employers and employees locate potential hazards in specific work environments. The advisor asks questions about activities, practices, equipment, material, and conditions and policies at the workplace. Based on the responses, the software determines the hazards likely to be present, then prepares a customized report detailing pertinent OSHA standards that address those hazards.
The Fire Safety Advisor addresses the agency's general industry standards for fire safety and emergency evacuation as well as firefighting, fire suppression, and fire detection systems and equipment. The software asks users about their workplace and workplace policies and practices to determine whether and how OSHA's fire safety standards may apply. Based upon the responses, the advisor alerts users to fire safety hazards and assists them in conducting detailed compliance reviews. The advisor helps users write a customized "Emergency Action Plan" and "Fire Prevention Plan" for their workplace.
Finally, the Lead in Construction Advisor reviews OSHA's lead standard, and asks questions about exposures and workplace activities. Based on the responses, the advisor determines how the lead standard might apply to their workplace, and provides guidance on conducting an initial determination of exposure and how to use exposure assessment data.
The newest advisors can be found on the agency's web site at http://www.osha-slc.gov/dts/osta/oshasoft/. Other software advisors available via OSHA's site include:Safety Pays; Asbestos; Confined Spaces; and GOCAD (Cadmium Standard Biological Monitoring Advisor).
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The text of this news release is on the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-1999.