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“OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Standard Needs to be Changed”

Mar 14, 2019

If you have ever had the above thought, the Agency has an offer for you. OSHA is requesting information on potential rulemaking to update the standards for powered industrial trucks used in the general, construction, and maritime industries.  OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program.

Comments are due by June 10, 2019.  For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice and news release.

It is really important that employers and employees comment on this proposed update to the standard. The current general industry standard, 1910.178, is based on a 1969 consensus standard.

Leslie Ptak

Compliance Assistance Specialist

Madison OSHA Office

608-441-5388 x124

www.OSHA.gov

Did You Know OSHA Has A New Video on Inspections Under Its Ammonium Nitrate Emphasis Program?

Feb 25, 2019

If you’ve never been inspected by OSHA, but always wondered what happens on an OSHA inspection, this video below is an excellent dramatization of an OSHA opening conference, walkthrough, and initial closing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_6jx2Nwm68

It was developed for our Ammonium Nitrate Emphasis Program, which is a product of OSHA’s Region VII (Kansas City Region). This opening conference is required to be conducted on every OSHA inspection. A link to an OSHA document all about Employers Rights and Responsibilities regarding our inspections is here,

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3000.pdf

If you are curious about the emphasis program and OSHA’s expectations for employers covered by the REP, the link to the OSHA site explaining it is here,https://www.osha.gov/dep/fertilizer_industry/index.html

 

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is May 6–10, 2019

Feb 25, 2019

It is never too soon to begin planning for your safety stand-down. This is an excellent web page with tons of resources to help you execute your stand-downs.

https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/resources.html

Download the poster for the 2019 Stand-down here:

https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/poster.pdf

This year, OSHA has included social media graphics for employers to spread the word:

https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/mediaresources.html

Thanks to 3M who produced this excellent video demonstrating how personal fall protection systems for leading edge work must be:

o   Leading edge rated (or the PFPS could fail)

o   Used as the manufacturer intends (or the PFPS could fail)

While OSHA never, ever endorses a product, service or vendor, the message of this video is extremely important. If you are willing to spend time and money on personal fall protection systems, you should ensure that they are selected and used properly.  The video might take some time to download, but it is well worth the effort for the important information it imparts:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmultimedia.3m.com%2Fmws%2Fmedia%2F1643738O%2F3m-dbi-sala-leading-edge-awareness-video.mp4&data=02%7C01%7CPtak.Leslie%40dol.gov%7C952bfe853b304086e43708d6937b183c%7C75a6305472044e0c9126adab971d4aca%7C0%7C0%7C636858554222272910&sdata=%2F62259l23xdMEONkmztLrk7ZfglVzN85g%2BS0XVQ4PPA%3D&reserved=0

In case you wondered, the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) show that falls are still a leading cause of workplace fatalities, the number of fall fatalities increased in 2017, and construction was the industry that had the highest number of workplace fatalities. The link to the BLS fatality data is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0016.pdf

The BLS web page for all of the 2017 fatality report is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

The Wisconsin specific BLS web page for all of 2017 fatality report is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/tgs/2017/iiffw55.htm

Leslie Ptak

Compliance Assistance Specialist

Madison OSHA Office

608-441-5388 x124

www.OSHA.gov/stopfalls