OSHA Proposes Amendment to Respiratory Protection Standard

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to its Respiratory Protection Standard.

The new protocols would apply to employers in the general, shipyard and construction industries.

OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard contains mandatory fit-testing methods to ensure employees’ respirators fit properly and protect the wearer. It also allows individuals to submit new fit-test protocols for OSHA approval.

The proposed protocols are variations of the existing OSHA-accepted protocol, but differ from it by the exercise sets, exercise duration and sampling sequence. The proposed rules would also allow employers greater flexibility in choosing fit-testing methods for employees. In addition, they would not require an employer to update or replace current fit-testing methods, as long as the fit-testing method(s) currently in use meet existing standards.

Individuals may submit comments to OSHA electronically by clicking here. To view the existing Respiratory Protection Standard, click here. If you would like to read the full news release from OSHA, click here.


Connect with Spill 911 on LinkedIn

Spill 911 is excited to announce that we are now on LinkedIn!

LinkedIn has always been a way to connect with potential future employers, business colleagues and other networking connections you’ve made throughout your career. But in addition, it is now also a great way for businesses to connect with other businesses.

LinkedIn will provide our customers with a one-stop shop to keep up to date on our latest promotions and sales, as well as other news going on in our world and the world around us. It will also provide an easy outlet for customers to reach out to us with any questions they may have about one of our products or just our company in general.

Please feel free to visit our page on LinkedIn by clicking here. And be sure to follow Spill 911 on LinkedIn to keep up to date on all the latest news and information!

OSHA, Health Canada Update Hazardous Chemical Labelling Plan

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada announced they have jointly developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan.

The updated plan will ensure that current and future requirements for classifying and communicating the hazards of workplace chemicals will be acceptable in the United States and Canada without reducing worker safety.

Included in the work plan are activities that support developing materials to assist stakeholders with implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) and understanding the interpretation of technical issues and requirements in Canada and the U.S.; coordinating opinions on issues that arise from international discussions on the GHS; and maintaining alignment between the U.S. and Canadian requirements for implementing the GHS when revisions are made.

In 2013, OSHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada’s Department of Health to develop a system that allows the use of one label and one safety data sheet and is accepted by both countries.

To read more on the updated plan, click here. To read the full news release from OSHA, click here.

Spill 911 Introduces New Line of Portable Sign Bases

Spill 911 is excited to announce a new line of portable sign bases to it’s product database.

Portable sign bases are convenient for anyone who has to move signs around their facility. Instead of going with a heavier option that is hard to pick up and move from place to place, these plastic sign bases are lightweight and equipped with wheels for easy portability.

The bases can be used with a number of different sizes of signs and in an indoor or outdoor setting. If you want to keep a sign in a specific location, you can fill the base with water for added stability in winds up to 30-40 mph.

Each sign base also include a loop handle and stability mounting plates to keep the sign from twisting while on the pole. These bases are currently available in either 48″ or 58″ heights and in black, blue, red or yellow colors.

For more information on these new portable sign bases, click here. If you have any questions on this product or any of our other products, please give one of our customer service representatives a call at 800-474-5911.