August 2018 Workplace Safety News & Notes

Safety News

Here’s a collection of safety news from around the web:

OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for Beryllium Standard

OSHA has extended the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. It affects only provisions for methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping. Enforcement of new PELs for general industry, construction and shipyards, and the general industry provisions for exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical removal are unaffected by this rule. Read the notice.

Black Lung Increasing Among U.S. Coal Miners

One in ten underground coal miners who have worked in mines for at least 25 years were identified as having black lung, according to a new report by NIOSH. Coal miners in central Appalachia are disproportionately affected with as many as 1 in 5 having evidence of black lung – the highest level recorded in 25 years. Since 2000, the nationwide prevalence of black lung has increased, especially in progressive massive fibrosis (PMF), the most severe form of black lung disease. Read more.

Safety Pays Calculator Assess Impact of Injuries on Profitability

The OSHA Safety Pays tool uses your company’s profit margin, the average costs of an injury or illness and an indirect cost multiplier to project the amount of sales you would need to generate to cover those costs. The tool is intended to raise awareness of how occupational injuries and illnesses can impact a company’s profitability, not to provide a detailed analysis of occupational injury and illness costs.
Check it out here.

Safety Training vs. Safety Learning

A recent editorial piece in ISHN promotes a new approach to safety success. More companies now are engaged in collaborative learning – part of the drive for greater worker engagement – and also a means to improve safety performance. Training, coaching and mentoring will always be important in safety, but team collaboration may offer even greater benefits. Read more.

Updated Bird Flu information from OSHA

OSHA’s recently updated Avian Influenza page provides information on protecting workers in egg and poultry production, veterinary facilities, pet shops and food services who may be exposed to infectious birds or poultry products. The page includes information on hand hygiene and good housekeeping, as well as recommended precautions, such as PPE, for higher-risk occupations. Visit the avian influenza page.

Safe + Sound Week Raises Safety Awareness

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. The official event dates this year are August 13 to 19, but the information and activities can be useful anytime.
Learn more.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S

  • August 22 – Effective Chemical Hazard Communication
  • Sept. 6 – A Two Degree Future – Low-carbon Economy
  • Sept. 12 – Common OH&S Pitfalls in the Utilities Sector
  • On Demand – Leveraging ANSI Standards for a State-of-the-Art Fall Protection Program
  • Learn more or sign up.