OSHA announces policy change on monorail hoists in construction

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements. The policy change was made in response to comments from stakeholders and in recognition that a monorail hoist – which is attached to a fixed monorail mounted on equipment such as trucks, trailers, or scaffolding systems – is significantly different from other cranes and derricks in construction. Read more...

New email sign-up available for recordkeeping reminders and updates on electronic submission of injury logs

OSHA has established an email notification system to provide recordkeeping reminders as well as updates on a new requirement that employers electronically submit their injury and illness logs to the agency. This year’s deadline is July 1, 2017. OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions at this time, but will notify interested parties when and how to provide electronic submissions. To receive these notifications, sign up online....

OSHA to delay enforcing crystalline silica standard in the construction industry

OSHA to delay enforcing crystalline silica standard in the construction industry United States Department of Labor sent this bulletin at 04/06/2017 04:05 PM EDT News Release from OSHA Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Release U.S. Department of Labor  |  April 6, 2017 OSHA to delay enforcing crystalline silica standard in the construction industry WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. # # # Media Contacts: Amy Louviere, 202-693-9423, louviere.amy@dol.govAmanda Kraft, 202-693-4664, kraft.amanda.c@dol.gov Release Number:  17-415-NAT U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible...

Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Silica Construction Standard

The guide is intended to help small businesses understand and comply with OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. Workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica are at increased risk of developing serious adverse health effects including silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect construction employees from the hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica.  The guide is divided into sections that correspond to the standard’s major provisions. Each section describes the provision and gives additional details to help employers better understand and comply with the standard. OSHA will soon be releasing a separate small entity compliance guide for the general industry and maritime silica standard. There are currently no plans to produce print versions of these publications. For more information, see OSHA Silica Rule Web page.    ...