December 16, 2011 / Volume 9, Number 24
OSHA 2011: A Year in Review
Occupational Risks in the Construction Industry
Crane-k Up the Safety
OSHA Updates NEP for Chemical Facilities
'Tis the Season to be Safe
Get Safety Going
OSHA 2011: A Year in Review
A look back at 2011's top stories.

As the year winds down, here is a look at some of the trends, developments, and achievements of the nation�s leading safety agency.
  1. Published list of hazardous chemicals that require exposure-reduction strategies, and/or revisions of their Permissible Exposure Limits. Read more.

  2. Established enforcement guidelines for PPE standards, which replaced the 1995 edition. Read more.

  3. Issued safety guidelines, directives, or compliance guidance for:

  4. Launched the Water Rest Shade initiative to help manage heat-related illnesses. Read more.

  5. Released hazard alerts for:

  6. Issued an increased number and more expensive citations as part of stronger enforcement.

  7. Held stakeholder meetings on:

  8. Provided updates to:

  9. Celebrated its 40th year. Read more.

  10. Faced budget cuts even as Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels fought for and insisted on a higher budget.
Occupational Risks in the Construction Industry
New statistics released.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has updated key resources that help emergency response employees identify and avoid exposure to potentially life-threatening infectious diseases in the line of duty.

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has released new research on safety in the construction industry.

Presenting at the American Public Health Association conference, Dr. Sue Dong of the CPWR concluded that:
  • A construction worker has a 1/200 chance of dying from a work-related injury over a 45-year career
  • A Hispanic construction worker is 20 percent more likely to die from a work-related injury than his white, non-Hispanic counterpart
  • If a construction worker is not killed at work, that worker has a 75 percent or greater likelihood of lost-time injuries over a 45-year career
  • A construction worker who begins work at age 20 and survives until age 85 has a 15 percent likelihood of developing COPD and an 11 percent likelihood of dust-related parenchymal chest x-ray changes.
The study, Lifetime Risk of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses among Construction Workers was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Crane-k Up the Safety
Two new crane safety training DVDs.

Cranes are massive machines that can be invaluable in the work that they do and incredibly hazardous for those who work with them. DuPont Sustainable Solutions has released two new training programs to help your employees work safely around these dangerous machines.

Overhead & Gantry Cranes will help your organization comply with OSHA standard 29CFR1910.179. It covers the basics of crane safety, pre-operational and periodic inspections, and how to rig and move a load.

Cranes In Construction discusses the roles and responsibilities of crew members and hazards associated with mobile, crawler, and tower cranes. It will help your organization comply with OSHA's revised Cranes in Construction standard 29CFR1926 Subpart CC.

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OSHA Updates NEP for Chemical Facilities
An update to the 2009 NEP.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to help reduce fatalities and injuries in chemical facilities.

According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, the new NEP guides OSHA inspectors on how to inspect chemical facilities and check whether adequate safety measures are in place.

The NEP:
  • Outlines policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces that are covered by OSHA�s process safety management (PSM) standard.
  • Seeks to conduct focused inspections at facilities randomly selected from a list of worksites likely to have highly hazardous chemicals in quantities covered by the standard.
Under the NEP, inspections will include detailed questions that pertain to PST requirements and aim to verify the consistency of employers' written and implemented PSM programs.

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'Tis the Season to be Safe
Winter and holiday safety tips.

Share these important safety measures with your employees to help them enjoy the season safely.

Winter Safety

Beware of hypothermia, a potentially deadly condition caused by your body temperature dropping below normal levels.
  • Symptoms include intense shivering, muscle tension, fatigue, and slurred speech.
  • Severe cold alone probably won't cause hypothermia, usually wind and being wet play a factor.
  • Wear the right clothing such as windproof and waterproof items.
  • When working outdoors, try to go indoors when you aren't busy, even if it's only for a few minutes.
General Holiday Safety
  • Help ensure electrical safety.
    • Check light bulbs, sockets, wires, and wires for anything cracked, broken or exposed.
    • Keep lights away from curtains or flammable materials.
    • Don't connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord.
    • Watch out for trip hazards with your wiring.
  • Consider the safety of your decorations and remove items that could cause potential risks.
  • Take fire safety precautions.
    • Never burn wrapping materials in the fireplace. The fire can release toxic fumes or even cause a flash fire.
    • Use kindling and wooden matches to light fires � not flammable liquids.
    • Check your fire alarms, extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors.
Get Safety Going
Share this excerpt from STOP™ For Each Other at your next safety meeting.

It Starts with You
Here's something important to remember: other people aren't always the ones who create safe and unsafe conditions. You could be the person who does something that results in an incident or injury…or you could be the person who prevents an injury to yourself or to someone else. Your personal safety awareness will help you eliminate and prevent incidents and injuries. Working safely starts with you.

How will you know you're developing your safety awareness?
  • Before you begin a job, you consider how to do the job more safely.
  • You make sure you know how to use all personal protective equipment.
  • You check that your tools are right for the job and are in good condition.
  • When you enter a work area, you scan it to see what is going on.
  • As you work, you can check your position to reduce strain on your body.
  • If you spot an unsafe act or unsafe condition, you correct it or take steps to see it's corrected.
  • While you're working, you become aware of any changes in the area – people coming or going, jobs beginning or ending.
  • You start talking with others about safety.
  • You start taking safety home in a new way - with safety awareness.
Taken from Unit 1 of STOP™ For Each Other

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