OSHA Related

OSHA Issues NEP on Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA issued the National Emphasis Program – Respirable Crystalline Silica effective 2/4/2020. See the full directive here.

This Instruction describes policies and procedures for implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction industries.

This replacement NEP addresses enforcement of OSHA’s standards for RCS, promulgated in 2016. One standard covers general industry and maritime, and the other covers construction. Both standards set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for RCS of 50 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The former TWA PELs for respirable quartz silica were calculated based on silica content and were approximately equivalent to 100 μg/m3 for general industry and 250 μg/m3 for construction and shipyards (81 FR at 16294, March 25, 2016).

Worker Exposure to Flame Retardants Study Released

Thank you to Anchor Insulation for assisting the CDC by participating in the NIOSH Flame Retardants Study.

From Chris King, M.S. OSH, Director of Safety, Anchor Insulation

All, below is a link for a paper titled, Worker exposure to flame retardants in manufacturing, construction and service industries just published by NIOSH/CDC. Anchor Insulation participated in this study, particular to Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation installation. Although not stated in paper, informal discussion with the authors indicate that the PPE currently utilized by Anchor’s Spray Foam workers consisting of non-permeable tyvec (with booties and hoodies), nitrile gloves, and supplied air respirators are effective in protecting workers against flame retardant components used in SPF. Another reason to engage in industry best practices as identified by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Association.

Link to the paper is here.

Boom Lift Safety Notice

Genie announced a Safety Notice with “Mandatory Action Required” for some of there aerial work platforms (boom lifts) centered on the turntable rotation bearing bolts. See the notice here.

February Meeting

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER,

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the unseasonably warm January.  And, to only have to handle 4 inches of snow was a real pleasure.  We have a fantastic lineup for our February meeting, as follows: 

Tom Wojick, founder and President of The Renewal Group, will be presenting ”Think – Feel – Act Your Way to a Safer Organization”.  This presentation is certain to move you in so many ways.

This month’s meeting is sponsored by the RIAGC.

We look forward to spending tome with you.  Remember to bring a friend and story….

DigSafe Training Registration Link

Thanks to Danielle White, Safety Coordinator for Cardi Corporation

The last few SAFER meetings we have been discussing the upcoming DigSafe training information to be put up on the SAFER web page.  Below is the registration link for the DigSafe Training Seminar being hosted by National Grid and CIRI on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln.

Through this link, companies will be able to register the number of attendees they will be sending.  Please keep in mind, most companies send a maximum of about twenty.  Keeping the number per company lower, allows for other companies to have availability to send their people.

Please let me or Dianna Bernard know if you have any questions.

http://www.must-ne.com/safety_training.php

December Meeting

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room.

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER, we hope that you enjoyed a healthy and rejuvenating holiday with your family and friends. As we head into the beginning of a new week, we find our driveways, roadways, company parking lots and projects with snow on the ground. Please use caution shoveling and driving.

This months meeting will include discussions pertaining to the following topics:
• Winter weather
• OSHA video resources https://www.osha.gov/video/
• OSHA leading indicators resource page https://www.osha.gov/leadingindicators/
• Use of technology to support safety programs and decision making

The meeting is sponsored by Northeast Tree Services, Inc.

Please accept the meeting in your emailed notice to RSVP. If you did not receive an email notice of this meeting and wish to attend please notify Bob Kunz to RSVP.

Regards,

OSHA Announces Temporary Enforcement Policy for CIC Crane Certificate

From OSHA: The Crane Institute Certification (CIC) had been previously accredited by an organization that appeared to meet the requirement of 29 CFR 1926.1427(d).

However, CIC has informed OSHA it is not currently accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC also stated that it expects to receive that accreditation within the next few months. Therefore, operator certifications currently being issued by CIC do not meet the requirements of OSHA’s standard.

Review OSHA’s “Temporary Enforcement Policy- Certification Issued by Crane Institute Certification” memorandum here.

Crosby Shackle Recall

THE CROSBY GROUP has determined the above listed shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected defect, and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death.

By use of the Production Identification Code (PIC) symbols appearing on the product, we have determined the 7/8” 6.5t shackles with PIC 5VJ shown on the bow may have this condition. See below image showing the position of the PIC on the bow. No other sizes or PICs are part of this Important Safety Notice.

See full recall notice here.

October’s Meeting

The next SAFER meeting will be held on October 3, 2019 from 8 AM-10 AM at the New England Institute of Technology, (NEIT), 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

From Bob Kunz:
Team SAFER, we are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Here is the line-up:

• Opening

• OSHA update
o Silica standard Table 1 RFI comment period ends 10/14/19 : https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/08142019
o Leading indicator stakeholder meeting 11/7/19 : https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21111/stakeholder-meeting-on-using-leading-indicators-to-improve-safety-and-health-outcomes

• NCCI experience modification rating discussion – AON, Chris Demas
o What is it?
o How is it calculated?
o Why does it matter?
o How is it used?
o Can it be managed?

• NSC opioid toolbox : https://www.nsc.org/pages/prescription-drug-employer-kit

Cardi Corp sponsoring the Coffee and Calories. Make safe (and healthy) choices today, tomorrow and always.

Regards,