KPA Spotlight: August 2017

by Betsy Sibila on August 28, 2017

EHS Spotlight

KPA is dedicated to providing clients with the latest information on regulatory changes and news surrounding Environmental Health and Safety. Take a look at some recent events that could impact your organization.

Regulatory Updates and Interpretations

OSHA Suspends ITA Due to Security Breach – August 16, 2017 (Lexology-OSHA)

OSHA suspended user access to the ITA after the Department of Homeland Security notified the Department of Labor of a potential compromise of user information. It appears that only one company has been affected by this breach of security and that company has been notified.

OSHA is currently working with the ITA developer to determine the extent of the problem and the potential impact to the portal.

New OSHA Regulations on Construction Exposure to Crystalline Silica – August 17,2017 (Lexology-Thompson Hine LLP)

Beginning on September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will significantly reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica during work at construction projects from 250 to 50 µg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an eight-hour day.  Key points:

  • OSHA is significantly reducing the permissible limits of respirable silica at worksites.
  • Employers must utilize a regulatory control method or create an appropriate alternative.
  • These requirements should be communicated to contractors and subcontractors.

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Attention Contractors! What you need to know about OSHA’s new silicia rule – August 22, 2017 (ConstructionDIVE-OSHA Today)

After a few legal fits and starts, as well as extra time for review and input, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new silica standard for construction is scheduled to go into effect about a month from now, on Sept. 23…

The new standard also specifies what services employers must make available to workers who are exposed to high levels of silica dust and the training required of those who are at risk.

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Recent Violations & Citations

OSHA Cites New York Paperboard Mill for 61 Safety, Health Hazards – August 16, 2017 (OSHA News Release)

New York, NY–A New York paperboard mill faces $357,445 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to 61 safety and health hazards.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Syracuse opened an inspection of Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., on Dec. 27, 2016, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Inspectors discovered employees exposed to serious safety hazards, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking safety guards to prevent employees from the risk of amputation.

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Recent Stories

It’s Official! ASSE is set to become ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals)

Following the outcome of a historic membership vote, ASSE will become the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) next year when it launches a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018 in San Antonio, TX.  ASSE’s logo will undergo small adjustments to reflect the new ASSP acronym as well.

Over a 45-day period that ended Aug. 13, ASSE members cast votes on the proposed name, which was approved by the House of Delegates during its annual meeting in June. The final tally found 74% of members (3,651) in favor of the change.  Fourteen percent of eligible members cast ballots, surpassing the minimum voting requirement of 1%.

“Our members have clearly voiced that the American Society of Safety Professionals better reflects our diverse membership,” says ASSE President Jim Smith, M.S., CSP. “Engineers made up our entire membership when we were formed, but today the occupational safety and health profession encompasses many disciplines.”

Betsy SibilaKPA Spotlight: August 2017