OSHA Launches Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated the Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) Program using injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for 2016.

The program will target high injury rate establishments in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors for inspection. The agency will perform inspections of employers the agency believes should have provided 300A data, but did not for the 2016 injury and illness data collection.

Going forward, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to provide this information each year by March 2.

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers employers with up to 250 workers with free, confidential safety and health advice on complying with OSHA standards, and establishing and improving safety and health programs.

To read the full news release from OSHA and for more information on this program, click here.

When to Use a Hazmat Spill Kit?

Hazmat spill kits should be used when the spilled chemical poses a risk to health and welfare of those in both the immediate and near vicinity of the spill; depending on the type of chemical that is spilled, certain steps must be taken in order to contain the spill, prevent combustion, and to avoid loss of life or further damage to property.

A quick response to an accident or spill can greatly reduce exposure to a flammable substance. If a spill or accident occurs, first responders must ensure that the contaminated materials are disposed of in the correct hazardous waste bin (ensure stained clothing is removed immediately). A correct spill kit is used on the spill; in the case of a liquid spill, ensure that the spill is cleaned as soon as possible to prevent the formation of aerosols. Managers must have employees tested for exposure to carcinogens, and safety officers must provide medical treatment for specific exposures or dangers. Prepare hazmat spill kits and emergency plans prior to beginning use of the carcinogenic substances, and in the case of a large spill, vacate the area and call for assistance.

Standard containment devices such as fume hoods, glove boxes, use of high efficiency particular air (HEPA) filters, ventilated containment or weighing, or placing the dangerous substance in a sealed weighed container (Tare Method) are sound preparedness precautions. The employment of these methods and equipment can help reduce the unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals.

Special care must be taken when using single exposure chemicals, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. All surfaces where harmful chemicals are used must be of a suitable material, e.g.: stainless steel, plastic trays or absorbent plastic backed paper. Correct signs must be placed outside of the work stating: “No eating, drinking or smoking,” “Danger carcinogen in use,” and “Authorized personnel Only” are few such signs.

OSHA Launches Regional Emphasis Program Focused on Reducing Employee Exposure to Ammonium

Late last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced they have launched a new program to address hazards from exposure to fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and agricultural anhydrous ammonium.

The Regional Emphasis Program (REP) will be effective in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Workers employed in the fertilizer storage, mixing/blending and distribution industry can face hazards that can lead to serious injury, illness and death, including fire and explosions, as well as exposure to toxic gases and hazardous chemicals.

The program began on October 1st with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach to encourage employers to bring their facilities into compliance with OSHA standards. During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations and fatalities. Enforcement activities will begin after the outreach period and run through September 30, 2019, unless extended.

Information on hazards and methods for control is available on the OSHA web page, Fertilizer Industry Guidance on Storage and Use of Ammonium Nitrate, and information regarding storage and handling is on the OSHA web page covering anhydrous ammonia standards.

Infographic: Guide to Comparing Safety Gloves

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires the use of protective gloves and other safety equipment when handling hazardous materials in the workplace. Employees must be sure they are properly protected at all times to avoid injuries and other consequences. To determine which gloves are the proper gloves for each specific use, workers must first determine what type of materials they will be working with, then determine whether they will be having incidental or extended contact with those materials. They must be sure that the protective gloves they will be wearing will not only be made of a material that will protect their hands from the effects of the hazardous materials, but also are durable enough for the type of use to which they will be subjected. The accompanying guide provided by Envrio Tech details some of the most common types of protective gloves, as well as their intended uses, their advantages and their disadvantages.

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