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….

Guardian SRL-LE Stop Use Notice

IMPORTANT – STOP USE IMMEDIATELY
Guardian SRL-LEs with Stainless Steel or Web Lifelines

This notice is intended to communicate product information regarding Guardian Fall Protection leading edge-compatible self-retracting lifelines (SRL-LE) that utilize a stainless steel or web lifeline. A small number of these SRLs were identified as non-compliant with ANSI Z359.14-14 and must immediately be removed from service.

See Stop Notice Here.

Guardian 3-Way SRL Recall Notice

All Guardian Fall Protection and Web Devices 3-Way Rescue and Retrieval self-retracting lifelines (SRL) manufactured before March of 2019 are being recalled. Under certain conditions, braking forces may cause gear misalignment, potentially resulting in diminished rescue/retrieval. If your company uses any of these SRLs manufactured before March 2019, or uses the equipment, but is uncertain of the date of manufacture, the SRLs should be removed from service immediately. All affected product should be returned to Pure Safety Group for repair. Do not attempt to repair the units.

See Recall Notice Here.

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

January’s Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:0 to AM.
Location: Hall of Fame Room (2nd floor), New England Institute of Technology, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER,

The January meeting topic will be led by Tom Ducharme, of Manafort Brothers Inc. As NUCARI is sponsoring the event, we thought that excavation and work zone safety would be fitting topics. We hope you can join us to kick-off the new year together.

As a follow-up to the December meeting, I have attached two documents that might further prepare you for an OSHA inspection. You may recall that we reviewed the OSHA website resources sources on this subject.

What to do When OSHA Investigator Knocks at Your Door

Procedure No. 5.009 OSHA Inspection Flow Chart – Report Template

Finally, the holiday season can be difficult and stressful for a number of reasons. For this reason, I have provided some resource information below pertaining to active listening and BHLINK.

See you in 2020!

Regards,

https://youtu.be/oWe_ogA5YCU

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2017/07/quiet-power-listening/

https://www.bhlink.org/

https://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/research/FSL-skill-sheet-Actively-listen-Final.pdf 

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,