OSHA Related

December’s Meeting Announcement

The next SAFER meeting is December 6, 2017 8:00 – 10:00 AM. The main topic is “Meet and Greet with OSHA Providence Area Office and Region 1 Administrator Galen Blanton”.

NOTE: Venue change for this month: The location for this meeting is Dimeo Construction Company Training Facility 780 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905.

The December meeting will include the following:

8:00 am

Bob Kunz
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction – Bob Sestito, Assistant Area Director Providence Office
Guest introductions
New members
What’s new
Building SAFER in RI website update

8:15 am

“Jane’s Wellness Tips”

8:30 am

Silica There has to be something that you want to talk about – right”?

Blue Sky roundtable
Lesson learned
Looking for an answer – now is time to ask…
Anything else you care to share

9:00 am

Galen Blanton, Region 1 Administrator

10:00 am


November’s Meeting

The meeting will be held at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room from 8AM-10AM. Continental breakfast served at 7:30 AM. Hope to see you there.

From Bob Kunz:


We hope that you weathered  the high winds without incident last night – I had to dodge a few branches and trash cans on the way to the office.

We have a great line-up for the November meeting, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jane’s Wellness tip for the month
  3. OSHA Silica Standard 29 CFR 1926.1153 Update
    1. On Oct 19, 2017 OSHA issued interim compliance directive – see link: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=31349
    2. OSHA ID142 – Know what to expect – see link: https://www.osha.gov/dts/sltc/methods/inorganic/id142/id142.pdf
    3. Objective data (OD) – many power tool manufacturers are providing OD – but does it meet the standard? And, how do you apply it?
    4. Sweeping compound
  4. Brain Injury Association of RI
  5. Lesson Learned
    1. Cranes and the FAA


Guardian Issues SRL Inspection Notice

IMPORTANT – stop use and inspect –
Potential Cable Fraying / Bird-Caging –
Halo & Edge Cable Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs)

This is not a product recall.

This notice applies only to the Guardian SRL part #s listed herein, and only for products manufactured from January 1st, 2015 through March, 2017. A small number of these units have shown an increased potential for cable fraying at the swage and/or cable bird-caging. If these conditions are present, Guardian will repair affected units at no charge. This notice does not apply to new/unused units.

See complete notice here: Guardian Cable SRL Inspection Bulletin May 2017


January’s Meeting Announcement

From Bob Kunz – “Team SAFER,

The next meeting is January 4, 2017 7:30 am – 10:00 am at NEIT’s 2nd Floor -Hall of Fame Room, 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

Save the date – get the new year off on the right (or left) foot by celebrating with your colleagues.  There is lots to speak about, including:

  • The CPWR Foundations for Safety Leadership program
    • OSHA 500/502 trainers will now be trained to deliver this wonderful program, effective January 1, 2017.
    • Safety leadership is not an innate trait, but rather a trained set of skills
    • This “free” program will provide your organization with the opportunity for improvement that you strive for…..
    • Visit CPWR.com for more information.
  • The CPWR Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT)
  • OSHA Recordkeeping

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and New Year”.