November 16, 2018 | Volume 16, Number 11

Keeping you current with the latest tips, trends and news!

OSHA Receives Higher Budget for FY 2019

Thanks to a ‘minibus’ appropriations bill signed by President Trump in late September 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will receive around $558 million for fiscal year 2019. This is about 5 million higher than the FY 2018 budget.

Under the new budget, OSHA State Plan states will receive an amount no higher than $102.4 million, while the Susan Harwood Grants will get about $10.5 million. Other OSHA programs will also receive a budget increase.

Read the full text of the law.

Top 10 Violations for Fiscal Year 2018

The top OSHA violation for fiscal year 2018 was Fall Protection-General Requirements, according to the list released during the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

The full list includes:

  • Fall Protection – General Requirements
  • Hazard Communication
  • Scaffolding
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Ladders
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements
  • Machine Guarding
  • Eye and Face Protection

According to an NSC press release, Fall Protection - General Requirements tallied 7,270 violations.

Read the complete press release for the violation count.

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NIOSH Releases Beta Version of ‘Field Analysis of Silica Tool’

The software Field Analysis of Silica Tool (FAST) is ‘fully functional’ and has been released to the public even though it has not yet finished NIOSH’s rigorous testing.

FAST aims to help organizations implement a field-based respirable crystalline silica (RCS) monitoring approach for activities such as end-of-shift silica monitoring. It helps estimate crystalline silica mass and crystalline silica mass concentration per respirable dust sample.

Before downloading and using the program, NIOSH advises that FAST beta users read NIOSH’s Important Note, which discusses the limitations of the software, the accuracy of its measurements, and other caveats and guidelines.

To learn more about FAST, view the FAST page.

Employees in Safety-Critical Jobs Are Tired at Work

Sixty-nine percent of employees, many of whom are in safety-critical industries, are tired at work. This trend raises the likelihood of injuries in the workplace, according to a report by the National Safety Council (NSC).

Here are some highlights of the report, according to an NSC press release:

  • 90 percent of employers see the impact of how fatigue affects safety performance while only 72 percent of employees do.
  • 46 percent of construction workers say they work during high-risk hours, such as at night or early morning.
  • Employees in transportation who report having at least one risk factor for fatigue cited long shifts and sleep loss.

The report, Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks, and Recommendations, covers findings in industries like construction, manufacturing, transportation, and utilities.

Read the full report.

Around 1/4 of Workers Quit Because of Bad Commute

Twenty-three percent of employees have resigned because of difficulty traveling to and from work, according to a survey by Robert Half, a global staffing firm.

A press release from the company gave highlights of the study, including the following:

  • Twenty-two percent said that their commute to and from work has gotten worse while 60 percent said that their organization has not taken steps to reduce the burden.
  • The difficulty of commuting to and from work affects more professionals between the age of 18 and 34 than in the 35 to 54 age bracket.

Read the press release, which contains infographics about commuting and a breakdown of the results by gender and age.

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