September 17, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 18
OSHA's Temporary Enforcement Measures Extended
Getting Out of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
Enhancing Firefighter Safety
Reactivate Your Lockout/Tagout Training
Roll Stability System Analysis
Get Safety Going™
OSHA's Temporary Enforcement Measures Extended
Interim measures on fall protection in residential construction.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through December 15, 2012, according to an OSHA press release and a memorandum to OSHA regional administrators.

The extension concerns OSHA's residential fall protection directive, Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, STD 03-11-002, which took effect June 16, 2011. The temporary enforcement measures, in place since September 22, 2011, help organizations transition to and eventually comply with the directive.

The interim measures provide:
  • On-site compliance assistance
  • Lower penalties and time to remedy violations under the new standard (only for companies who follow the old fall protection standard, but not the new)
  • Assistance to ensure consistency
  • Outreach programs.
The low penalties and extra time do not apply to cases where a death, catastrophe, or serious injury happens because of a fall. For more detailed information, read the OSHA memorandum.
Getting Out of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
OSHA issues removal criteria.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released guidelines outlining how employers in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) can be removed from the program, according to an OSHA press release.

SVEP targets employers that demonstrate indifference to occupational safely by engaging in "willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations." It has been in effect since June 2010.

Employers can be removed from the SVEP:
  1. After a period of three years from the date of the final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items.

  2. When all violations have been abated and all final penalties have been paid, after the employer has abided by and completed all settlement provisions, and if no additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments have been received.
This policy will go into effect immediately. For more information, visit OSHA's SVEP web page.
Enhancing Firefighter Safety
Study to be conducted by the USFA and IAFC.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a press release announcing its partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Both organizations will launch a study that will:
  • Identify individual and organizational behaviors that adversely impact firefighter health and safety, and
  • Develop strategies to mitigate them.
According to the press release, organizational leadership and personal responsibility are essential to a culture change that will improve firefighter safety.

The study also adheres to an initiative of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which calls for a change in safety culture in the firefighter profession.

Read the USFA press release.

Reactivate Your Lockout/Tagout Training
Help your employees work safely around hazardous energy.

Make no mistake…hazardous energy can be deadly. But, compliance with OSHA's lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year!

DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new Lockout/Tagout: Make No Mistake addresses OSHA's standard and reminds your employees of the vital importance of following the seven steps of lockout/tagout.

This training program ends with an electrifying twist and shows employees that it only takes one time of not following procedure to be seriously, or even fatally, injured.

Preview this program free online today!

Roll Stability System Analysis
Transportation research group publishes study

Roll Stability Control (RSC) systems may help reduce rollover and jackknife crashes better than Electronic Stability Control (ESC) technology, according to a press release by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

The ATRI conducted a study of over 135,000 heavy trucks. It examined crash rates, crash costs, and technology costs for RSC and ESC technology compared to vehicles without any Roll Stability Systems technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a proposed new federal motor vehicle safety standard which would require the installation of ESC systems on truck tractors and certain buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 26,000 pounds.

Read the ATRI press release and check the NTHSA NPRM.

Get Safety Going™
STOP™ For Each Other

STOP™ For Each Other is based on the idea that safety is everyone's responsibility. It is designed to help participants look at safety in a new way, so they can help themselves and their co–workers work injury–free. During the program, participants develop their safety awareness and communication skills enabling them to talk with others about all aspects of safety.

STOP™ For Each Other is designed for all levels of employees who need to make informal safety observations and conduct effective peer–to–peer formal observations.

Important STOP™ For Each Other concepts include:

Seeing safety. Participants become so attuned to safety that they automatically notice safe or unsafe practices throughout the workplace and home. This is also referred to as "making safety second nature."

We depend on each other. Peers rely on themselves and each other to stay safe.

Show me you care, make me aware. The program gives peers permission to talk with each other about safety.

STOP™ For Each Other is especially well suited for delivery to personnel in team−based or flat organizations. STOP™ For Each Other also works well for organizations that have used STOP™ For Supervision and wish to train non−supervisory personnel or to conduct refresher training. STOP™ For Each Other's job−focused application activities make safety real, not theoretical.

Learn more! Join us for a FREE one-hour overview webinar. Or attend a one-day workshop in a city near you.

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