“OSHA Issues Final Confined Space Construction Rule Effective August 3, 2015″

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final confined spaces rule Friday to increase protections for construction workers.

The rule, which is effective Aug. 3, 2015 affords construction workers laboring in confined spaces similar enhanced protections as manufacturing and general industry workers whose jobs take them into manholes, crawl spaces and several types of tanks. The rules are intended to protect construction workers against hazards that include exposure to toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers die at rate of 9.7 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, compared with a rate of 3.3 workers across all industries.

“This new rule will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. “In fact, we estimate that it will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.”

In addition to specifying the general conditions employers must maintain at a worksite, the regulations require that employers share vital safety information and continuously monitor hazards.

Moreover, OSHA has clarified five other requirements for companies in the construction industry including:

1. More detailed provisions regarding coordinated activities when there are multiple employers at the worksite

2. Requiring a competent person to evaluate the work site and identify confined spaces, including permit spaces.

3. Requiring continuous atmospheric monitoring whenever possible

4. Requiring continuous monitoring of engulfment hazards

5. Allowing for the suspension of a permit, instead of cancellation, in the event of changes from the entry conditions list on the permit or an unexpected event requiring evacuation of the space.

“Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses,” David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor occupational safety and health, said in the statement.

“This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.”

The maximum penalty OSHA can assess for failure to comply with the new rules is $7,000 for each serious violation and $70,000 for a repeated or willful violation.

For additional compliance information and training materials, visit the following link:

https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/index.html

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series “In An Instant”

Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe

1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc)

2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit”

3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary

4.) Never enter a grain bin alone – have an outside observer who can both see and hear you

5.) Most young teens do not have the experience to be your wingman

6.) Time is of the essence – if you’re engulfed, it takes only 90 seconds for you to die

7.) The outside observer needs to have a sure quick method to contact emergency responders in an emergency

8.) Always lockout unloading equipment before entering (so they can’t be turned on by mistake)

9.) Always check oxygen (min 19.5%) and toxic/inflammable gas levels (phosphine CO2 dust etc) before entry

10.) Always, always use secure a lifeline (harness/rope/ladder) for everyone inside

11.) Ensure that there’s adequate lighting inside  People---Group-of-Firefighters Nationwide Agribusiness

12.) The lifesaving tip of last resort = cross your arms in front of your chest if you’re sinking – so that you can breathe

13.) Even during the most frantic times, never every risk your or anyone else’s life with a 5-minute shortcut

14.) Have a written plan for training and rescue

15.) The most important safety tip – train-and-practice often

Grain bin safety is such an important task that no one should take lightly. In addition to the tips above we want to share a fantastic contest with you that is going on now. Nominate your local fire department to win an invaluable grain bin rescue training and the rescue tube, brought to you by Nationwide Agribusiness.

Other great resources:

Learn more about our sponsor Nationwide Agribusiness on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4zOjiKXz6o – and their website.

Download the “Safe Grain Bin Entry” PowerPoint Presentation Below!

Safe Grain Bin Entry <-PowerPoint Download Link

Join The National Safety Council – “Journey to Safety Excellence”

The Journey to Safety Excellence is a roadmap to help you build a workplace that keeps people safe. It comes with free, practical tools collected from 100 years of experience. Improve how you keep your employees safe!

​Successful organizations – no matter the size or industry – take safety seriously because employees are their most important asset. They know that providing a caring environment can boost employee morale, increase productivity and lower costs. Be one of those companies. Join today

“​The National Safety Council has been an important partner throughout OSHA’s history. Their newest initiative, the
Journey to Safety Excellence, is essential in helping a company or organization become successful in their quest for and commitment to workplace safety.”
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Join the program today and help your company be a leader in workplace safety!

Join here: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/journey-to-safety-excellence.aspx?utm_medium=%28none%29&utm_source=%28direct%29&utm_campaign=journey

Source: National Safety Council

“CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations”

CSB

Washington, DC, April 20, 2015—The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations including key safety improvements resulting from the 2006 CAI/Arnel fire and explosion in Danvers, MA and the 2005 BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion.  All recently voted on recommendations are highlighted on a newly launched webpage designed to update the public on safety recommendation status changes.
Deputy Managing Director for Recommendations Dr. Susan Anenberg said, “Safety recommendations are the CSB’s primary tool for achieving positive change and preventing future incidents. A recommendation is a specific course of action issued to a specific party, based on the findings of CSB investigations, safety studies, and other products.”
One of the recommendations voted upon by the board was issued to Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Public Safety, Department of Fire Services. The recommendation was to incorporate standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association into the state’s fire regulations and was the result of a powerful explosion and fire that took place at the CAI/Arnel ink and paint products manufacturing facility in Danvers, Massachusetts, on November 22, 2006. On January 1, 2015, the state of Massachusetts adopted a revised fire safety code that incorporates the CSB’s recommendations.
Dr. Anenberg said, “We are very pleased that Massachusetts’ revised fire code includes our recommended safety improvements. Their action ensures that the Board’s accident investigation has a lasting impact on safety in the state.”
Another acceptably closed recommendation is a 2007 recommendation to OSHA to implement a national emphasis program for oil refineries focusing on issues the CSB found contributed to the March 23, 2005, explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas. In response to the CSB recommendation, OSHA launched a “Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program,” which led to enhanced inspections of over seventy refineries nationwide.
Also, the CSB successfully closed a recommendation made to the National Fire Protection Association to revise standards based on findings from its investigation into the May 4, 2009, explosion and fire at the Veolia facility in West Carrolton, Ohio.
Dr. Anenberg said, “Actions taken by CSB recommendations recipients trigger important safety changes that can prevent accidents and save lives. Our goal is for all CSB safety recommendations to be successfully adopted and we look forward to sharing our progress with the public through our new website feature.”
For a full list of recently updated recommendations please view the CSB’s website at http://www.csb.gov/recommendations/recently-updated/
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.
The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, www.csb.gov.
For more information, contact CSB Public Affairs at public@csb.gov, Communications Manager Hillary Cohen, cell 202-446-8094 or Sandy Gilmour, Public Affairs, cell 202-251-5496.

“Near-Miss Reporting” – Behavioral Safety Minute – Aubrey Daniels International

While world class safety cultures have thriving near-miss reporting processes, many other organizations struggle with systems that don’t work effectively or inadvertently do more harm than good. ADI senior vice president, David Uhl, explains the real intent of near-miss reporting and the role senior leaders must play to strengthen this process. For a closer look at how to positively affect near-miss reporting, read Towing the Safety Line at Moran.

Source: Aubrey Daniels International

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