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There have been recent changes to OSHA regulations. Businesses and other organizations need to be aware of new compliance dates and requirements. Nain & Associates is always ready to help make sure you are up to date with the changes.

Nain and Associates delivers assistance with workplace hazard assessment, policies and procedures for OSHA compliance, OSHA visit preparation and response, hazard abatement, and training or safety requirements. We provide hands-on, on-site and affordable services by certified safety professionals.

OSHA Changes

GHS and SDS

The new Global Harmonization Standard requirement for Hazard Communication should be completed as of June 1, 2016. You should have already trained your employees on the new Safety Data Sheets and labeling requirements for hazardous chemicals within your workplace. Your SDS books or data base should have the most recent copy of SDS with the new GHS format.

https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html

Recordkeeping – Electronic Reporting 300A logs

By now, your employees should have been informed of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation. Depending on the size or industry of your establishment, OSHA 300A logs are to be submitted on-line, only. The deadline for reporting the 300A 2016 log is December 15, 2017. Then the deadline for all logs, 300A, 300 and 301, for 2017, is July 1, 2018.

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html

Beryllium

The new rule replaces a 40-year-old permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium that was outdated and did not adequately protect worker health. The PEL has been reduced to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meters of air, averaged over 8-hours and a new short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meters of air, over a 15-minute sampling period. In addition to the new PELs, the rule sets requirements for use of personal protective equipment, medical exams, training and other protections.

https://www.osha.gov/berylliumrule/index.html

Walking, Working Surfaces

Employees must be trained on fall hazards, as usual, but the major change to this standard is that the use of cages, alone, are no longer sufficient for fall protection on fixed ladders. The ladder height affected by this new rule is 24-feet or higher. The addition of fall arrest systems to fixed ladders must be complete by November 2036. Until then, fixed ladders over 24 feet must have something to protect workers from falls: cage, well, fall arrest system or ladder safety system in place by November 2018.

https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces/index.html

Silica

You could say that silica is the 21st century asbestos. The new standard reduces the Permissable Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 micrograms of silica per cubic meters of air, averaged over 8-hours. The level requiring action begins at 25 micrograms of silica per cubic meters of air, averaged over 8-hours, whereas the employer must conduct air sampling and take steps to protect workers from silica exposure by utilizing engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). A written exposure control plan must be put into place once testing determines a reading at or above the action level. Compliance with the new changes begins June 23, 2018. By June 23, 2020, medical surveillance must be offered for employees exposed at or above the action level for 30 days or more a year. However, any employee exposed above the PEL for 30 days or more a year must begin medical surveillance by June 23, 2018. There are some subtle differences with the General Industry and the Construction standard. Let us help you get it right!

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3911.pdf - General Industry

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3902.pdf - Construction

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