Monthly Archives: February 2015

Revised Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance for Regional Inspectors

In August 2013, EPA revised the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors which is intended to assist regional inspectors in reviewing a facility’s implementation of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112. This guidance document is also available to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule, and the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented. The document is designed to provide a consistent national policy on several SPCC-related issues.

Refer to the EPA web site information found here: http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/spcc/spcc_guidance.htm

OSHA 300 Log – UPDATE

Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

Nonexempt employers with more than 10 employees must track injuries and illnesses and post the form. Certain low-hazard industries are exempt. Businesses that employ fewer than 10 workers or those that fall into an exempt category must also record injuries if they are required to by OSHA or the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for survey purposes. Only the summary must be posted; the log does not have to be displayed but must be available to employees, their representatives or OSHA inspectors. Companies with multiple job sites should keep a separate log and summary for each location that’s expected to be operational for at least a year. – See more at: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/safetysecurity/articles/pages/osha-300a-form-due-feb.aspx#sthash.xTsBThXZ.dpuf

The 300A summary must be posted at each job site from Feb. 1 to April 30, in a conspicuous area where notices to employees are customarily placed. Copies of the form should be provided to any employees who may not see the posted summary because they do not regularly work onsite. Companies are required to update and maintain records for the current year and the following five years and provide them to OSHA investigators for inspection. Employers must also ensure that the annual summary is not altered, defaced or obscured during the posting period. – See more at:http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/safetysecurity/articles/pages/osha-300a-form-due-feb.aspx#sthash.xTsBThXZ.dpuf

On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced changes to the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, and to the list of severe work-related injuries and illnesses that all covered employers must report to OSHA. These new requirements will go into effect on January 1, 2015 for workplaces under Federal OSHA jurisdiction.

All employers must report

1.All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.

2.All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.

You can report to OSHA by

1.Calling OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

2.Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours.

3.Using the new online form that will soon be available.

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard – UPDATE

The ISO (International Standards Organization) is currently revising their Environmental Management Systems standard 14001. The popularity of ISO 14001 is a result of the continuous efforts of the committee to revise and update the standard, in keeping with current ecological, political and social developments. With the last revision dating back to 2009, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has  announced the next version for 2015

A draft version of ISO 14001:2015 is now available for purchase from ISO. ISO expects the completed 14001:2015 to be available by the end of 2015. SEE: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso14001_revision

OSHA Cranes and Derricks Rule

In 2013, OSHA’s 2010 final rules for cranes and derricks Standard was expanded to include underground construction and demolition. The updated revision went into effect May 23, 2013. Additionally, the final rule streamlines OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rule also corrects errors made to the underground construction and demolition standards in the 2010 rulemaking.

Ensure that you are in compliance with the new rule.

OSHA’s Hazard Communication (Haz Com) Standard – UPDATE

New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,’ but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’

The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets. Here are the OSHA compliance deadlines for employers:

  • December 1, 2013: Employers must train employees on the new label and SDS (Safety Data Sheet) requirements.
  • June 1, 2015: Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

For more information: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html

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