December 3, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 23
Heads Up! Revised Head Protection Standard Now in Force
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ATV Deaths On the Rise
NHTSA Releases Stats on Passenger Vehicle Safety
OSHA Revises Exemption to Digger Derricks
Heads Up! Revised Head Protection Standard
Now in Force

Covers the latest consensus findings

The direct final rule for OSHA's head protection standard took effect on November 16, according to a notice published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In its OSHA's QuickTakes newsletter, OSHA said that the final rule now incorporates the latest consensus standard. The 2009 version of the American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection supersedes the 1986 edition.

According to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), the 2009 version "describes Types and Classes, testing and performance requirements for protective helmets."

The revised OSHA head protection standard covers general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction.

Read OSHA's notice.
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ATV Deaths On the Rise
According to a NIOSH Science Blog

There were around 300 workplace fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles (ATV) between 1992 and 2007, with the rate increasing from 11 in 1992 to 41 in 2007, according to a NIOSH Science Blog.

About two-thirds of the deaths were agricultural employees; over 50 percent took place on farms, while one-fifth happened on highways. Each death from 2003-2006 cost over $800,000, with "societal cost" amounting to over $103 million.

ATVs have become more common work equipment, with nearly 11 million in operation in 2010, from border patrol to mining. They are used in relatively extreme conditions and inaccessible areas.

The NIOSH Science Blog offers recommended safe practices for employers:
  • Provide helmet and eye-protection….and encourage the use of other personal protective equipment such as sturdy boots, gloves, long shirts and pants.
  • Identify, mark, and eliminate possible hazards such as excavations, trenches, and guy wires
  • Establish operating and maintenance policies that follow manufacturer's terrain guidelines.
For more information, read the NIOSH Science Blog.
NHTSA Releases Stats on Passenger Vehicle Safety
Issues Traffic Safety Fact Sheet

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released data on passenger vehicles, including related injuries and fatalities, for 2010.

In a Traffic Safety Fact Sheet, the NHTSA defines a passenger vehicle as a motor vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds, including passenger cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, SUVs).

Major findings include:
  • Over 9 million of police-reported crashes involved passenger vehicles
  • Seventy-nine percent of fatal crashes involved passenger vehicles
  • Over 22,000 occupants of passenger vehicles were killed
  • Just under 2 million occupants were injured
The NHTSA Traffic Safety Fact Sheet also discusses rollover accidents, vehicle registrations, and types of crashes.

For more information, download the Fact Sheet.

OSHA Revises Exemption to Digger Derricks
Final rule only for electric-utility work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the Cranes and Derricks standard to provide a blanket exemption to digger derrick use in the electric-utility industry.

The revision follows after stakeholders commented on the scope of the exemption of the Cranes and Derricks standard, which was released in August 2010. The updated rule takes effect February 7, 2013 if there is no significant adverse comment by December 10, 2012.

Visit the Federal Register page for more information.

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