OSHA Initiates “Temporary Enforcement” Confined Space Standard on August 3rd

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a “Temporary Enforcement” period on the new confined space standard in construction will be in effect from August 3rd until October 2nd.

During the two-month period, OSHA will not issue citations for employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. OSHA writes that employers must comply with either the training requirements of the new standard or the old standard. Failure to train using either standard will result in citations.

Good faith efforts include:

  • Scheduling training for employees as required by the new standard;
  • Ordering the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard; and
  • Taking alternative measures to educate and protect employees from confined space hazards.

The final rule for Confined Spaces in Construction was issued on May 4th, 2015.

Read the OSHA press release for more information.

OSHA Releases Inspection Guidelines on HAZCOM Standard

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published instructions to help its compliance safety and health officers “ensure consistent enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard…. during its transition period and after the standard is fully implemented on June 1, 2016.”

The instruction also enumerated deadlines for the following:

  • Employee training on revised labels and Safety Data Sheets: December 1, 2013
  • Compliance of chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors with Safety Data Sheet requirements: June 1, 2015
  • Compliance of distributors with labeling provisions: December 1, 2015
    - If they are relabeling materials and/or developing SDS, then compliance is mandated by June 1, 2015.
  • Full compliance of all manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers with the revised Hazard Communication Standard: June 1, 2015, except as noted in 1910.1200(j)(2).
  • Updating of written hazard communication program, any alternative workplace labeling, and supplementary workplace training for emergent hazards: June 1, 2016.

The instructions explain when to issue citations, what to do if “a label or SDS…differs from standard requirements,” how to document violations, how to incorporate photos and videos, and more.

Download the inspection guidelines.

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Restaurant and Fast-Food Less Healthy Than Home-Cooked Meals

Diners at full-service restaurants and fast-food chains consume, on average, 200 more calories a day than those eating meals prepared at home, according to a study conducted by a professor from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The study also found that the increase in calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium intake were substantially larger when diners ate at a full-service restaurant.

The study looked at data from 2003-2010 and included about 18,000 adults in the United States, age 18 years or older.

For more exact figures, read the press release or view the abstract from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Injuries Using Kinesiology Tape Not Recordable

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a letter of interpretation stating that the use of kinesiology tape to manage certain injuries does not need to be recorded.

OSHA said that the use of kinesiology tape is considered first-aid treatment, and not medical treatment.

This reverses a previous OSHA letter of interpretation, which stated that applying kinesiology tape is a type of medical treatment, and thus recordable.

Read OSHA’s letter.

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