OSHA Legal Settlement Clarifies Final Rule on Electric Power Generation Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released several memorandums clarifying the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, and Electrical Protective Equipment Standard.

The memorandums were issued as part of a legal settlement between OSHA and three other organizations. It was suggested that OSHA begin sharing a correcting amendment to clarify, in relevant part:

  1. that work meeting the definition of line-clearance tree trimming at 29 CFR 191 0.269(x) is covered by 29 CFR 1910.269 only to the extent it is done for the purpose of clearing space around electric power generation, transmission, or distribution lines or equipment and on behalf of an organization that operates, or that controls the operating procedures for, those lines or equipment; and
  2. that the electrical safety-related work practices in 29 CFR 1910.331 through 1910.335 (Subpart S) may apply to line-clearance tree-trimming work near, but not directly associated with, electric power generation, transmission, or distribution installations.

The memorandums consist of a question-and-answer about the final rule; fall protection enforcement; schedule of enforcement; and the application of the final rule to line-clearance tree trimming.

For more information, download a PDF of the legal settlement.

Dietary Guidelines Committee Submits Report to US Government

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has submitted a report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two departments will consider the scientific findings while putting together the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year.

Reviewing trends in food and nutrient intakes and dietary patterns, the DGAC discovered that Americans do not get enough vitamin A, D, E, and C, calcium, fiber, folate, potassium, and magnesium. It also concluded that a healthy diet involves high consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; entails moderate alcohol intake (among adults); and requires little consumption of red and processed meat.

For more information, read the OSHA press release of the DGAC report or visit the dedicated webpage.

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FTA Seeks More Oversight of Rail Transit Systems

Last month, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposed rule that would increase oversight responsibilities of State Safety Oversight Agencies, replace the current regulatory framework, and provide states with additional resources.

At the same time, it would also strengthen federal authority over State Safety Oversight programs.

Announced during a five state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour, the proposed rule is heralded as part of much needed investments and improvements in infrastructure and transportation that would dovetail with the GROW AMERICA Act.

The proposed bill will be open for public comment for 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

For more information, read the FTA press release.

Clearing Up Snow? OSHA Issues Hazard Alert on Snow Removal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a Hazard Alert for snow or ice removal operations. Workers engaged in these tasks face fall risks, electrocution, entrapment, and health hazards associated with extreme weather conditions such as frostbite or hypothermia.

The Hazard Alert reminds employers to:

  • Plan ahead for safe snow removal
  • When and where possible, remove snow without workers having to climb on roofs
  • Ensure that roofs can safely carry the weight of workers and the equipment they will use
  • Refrain from making snow piles on the roof
  • Train workers to wear fall protection
  • Use aerial lifts and ladders safely.

For more safety practices, download of the PDF of the Hazard Alert.

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