February 1, 2010 | Volume 9, Number 3
No Time to Waste: Representatives Introduce Two Safety Laws
OSHA Proposal Fails to Make Noise
Get Safety Going
Are Your Drivers Prepared for the Winter Weather?
OSHA Releases Public Input on PELs
OSHA Enters 40th Year
No Time To Waste: Representatives Introduce Two Safety Laws
One on the Protecting America's Workers Act; the other on injury reporting.

Two members of Congress wasted no time introducing safety legislation at the start of the 112th Congress on January 5.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) re-introduced H.R. 190, The Protecting America's Workers Act, which would broaden the Occupational Safety and Health Act, strengthen whistleblower protection, and enhance reporting, inspection, and enforcement. The bill also calls for civil and criminal penalties for safety violations, and upholds the rights of victims and their family members.

H.R. 190 also includes provisions on concurrent enforcement authority with regards to state plans, as well as provisions requiring review of state plans. Finally, the bill calls on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for health hazard evaluations.

The bill had been introduced before, but was later incorporated in the Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act (H.R. 5663). It passed the committee hearings, but the entire House never got to vote on it. In December 2010, a watered-down version did come under Congressional vote, but did not get majority support.

Read the bill details.

Also on January 5, Rep. Raymond Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 128, a bill that would update regulations on how injuries and illnesses are reported.

OSHA has a similar rule in the works.

OSHA Proposal Fails to Make Noise
OSHA withdraws interpretation on noise standard.

Three months after its publication, OSHA withdrew Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise, a proposal that would have elaborated on the term "feasible administrative or engineering controls."

David Michaels, OSHA Administrator, cited reasons for the withdrawal, including cost considerations and the need for more public outreach and many more resources.

In the meantime, the agency will continue to consider other approaches to managing workplace noise hazards, such as:
  • Conducting a thorough review of comments that have been submitted in response to the Federal Register notice and of any other information it receives on this issue.
  • Holding a stakeholder meeting on preventing occupational hearing loss to elicit the views of employers, workers, and noise control and public health professionals.
  • Consulting with experts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
  • Initiating a robust outreach and compliance assistance effort to provide enhanced technical information and guidance on the many inexpensive, effective engineering controls for dangerous noise levels.
Noise hazards have caused significant, permanent hearing loss to nearly 125,000 workers since 2004. In 2008, there were over 22,000 hearing loss incidents.

Read the entire press release.

Get Safety Going™
The Human Side of Safety

Once STOP For Each Other participants learn how important it is to observe for safe and unsafe conditions and how to address them, they move to a new level in safety awareness as they consider the causes of safe and unsafe conditions – and the most effective methods for addressing them.

Identifying safe and unsafe conditions is the first step in seeing safety. But conditions are just part of the story. There's an even more important side to safety – the human side. In fact people, not conditions, are the most critical part of safety.

The actions of people are the most important part of seeing safety. Why? Because it's the safe and unsafe acts of people that lead to safe and unsafe conditions. Safe actions are actions that lead to safe conditions. Unsafe acts lead to unsafe conditions.

Think about these safe and unsafe conditions. Which ones were created by the actions of people?
  • A floor tile that has been loose for a week
  • A barricaded work area
  • A posted sign requiring goggles
  • A coffee spill left on the floor
All these conditions were created by the actions of people. A person barricaded the work area. Another person posted the sign requiring goggles. These safe acts created safe conditions. In the same way, unsafe actions of people resulted in the unsafe conditions. Someone spilled coffee on the floor and did not stop to clean it up. People passing by did not report or repair the loose floor tile. The actions of people create safe and unsafe conditions. That is why we need to focus our attention on what people do.

The STOP Safety Observation Card has one side dedicated to Actions of People for this reason.

Taken from Unit 3 of STOP™ For Each Other.

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Are Your Drivers Prepared for the Winter Weather?

With the onslaught of cold weather and snow across the country, now is a great time to review some tips for safe winter driving with your employees.

The Skid
A vehicle skidding out of control is every driver's nightmare. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. When roadways are wet, icy or covered with snow and slush, a vehicle will skid no matter how skilled the driver is.

If your vehicle starts to skid – DON'T PANIC.

You can recover and straighten out by using these proven techniques:
  • Do not use the brakes.
  • Look ahead and steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.
  • As the vehicle starts to come out of the skid, straighten your wheels slowly.
  • Now use your brakes gently to stop the vehicle.
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OSHA Releases Public Input on PELs
Feedback yields other chemicals that must be dealt with.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an online list of hazardous chemicals for which there should be exposure-reduction strategies and/or revisions of their Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs).

OSHA initiated a web forum last summer where the public gave their opinions and advice on dangerous substances, PELs, etc.

Some of the recommendations of substances to include in this effort were:
  • Chemicals included in 1/19/1989 OSHA revision of PEL values
  • Solvents/chemicals that are used most broadly in manufacturing processes
  • Diesel engine exhaust particulate
  • Triglycidyl Isocyanurate.
See a complete list of suggestions.

OSHA Enters 40th Year
OSHA Administrator looks back and addresses critics.

David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, gave the first in a series of planned speeches for OSHA's 40th anniversary. During the speech Michaels defended the safety agency against critics who believe that OSHA's policies are unproductive and slow the growth of business.

Michaels focused on how over the last forty years OSHA has been able to help reduce on-the-job injury and fatality figures. In the early 70's, about 14,000 workers died in the United States and nearly 11 out of 100 workers became ill or injured on the job. By 2009, those numbers dipped to about 4,400 fatalities and 4 out of every 100 workers becoming ill or injured.

Currently, OSHA is proposing or revamping several safety standards, including the Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule, which would require employees to create safety programs that comply with OSHA regulations.

Michaels admits that there's still a lot of work to be done. He also lamented staff shortage for safety inspections, a relatively low budget, and inadequate OSHA protection for public sector employees.

Read Michaels' full speech.
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