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December 12
Links of Interest: OSHA Extends Temporary Enforcement Measures in Residential Construction through March 15

A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…

Residential construction. OSHA announced the extension of its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through March 15, 2013. According to the agency, the temporary enforcement measures include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach. Read the press release.

Lead and noise. NIOSH recently published a new “Workplace Solutions” document including recommendations for reducing lead and noise exposures at outdoor firing ranges for both workers and users. Previously the agency had published an alert addressing these hazards at indoor firing ranges.

Rig move safety. NIOSH issued a 27-minute video that covers rig move safety for truckers in the oil and gas industry. “Move IT!” is available to stream on YouTube. Watch now.

Mining. This month’s NIOSH Technology News report discusses “through-the-earth” communication, an emerging technology with the objective of providing a two-way communication system for miners and personnel on the surface following a mining accident or emergency. Read more.

Construction. At the conclusion of OSHA’s 2012 no-notice construction incident prevention campaign, the agency has issued 243 citations and proposed $658,862 in fines to companies on construction sites in OSHA’s Philadelphia region. Of the 545 no-notice inspections OSHA performed during the campaign, 59 percent revealed violations, the agency reported.

Flight attendant safety. The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked with OSHA to propose a new policy that FAA says will improve occupational health and safety for aircraft cabin crew members by allowing OSHA to enforce OHS standards currently not covered by FAA’s oversight. Read OSHA’s press release.

Health care. A monograph published Nov. 19 by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits and certifies health care organizations, identifies potential opportunities for synergies between efforts to improve worker safety and efforts to improve patient safety in the health care industry. Read more.

NIOSH eNews. The latest issue of NIOSH eNews includes information on the agency’s oil and gas extraction safety and health program, as well as news related to motor vehicle safety and chemical hazard exposure assessment and control. Read more.

Construction. OSHA published a new Web page focused on preventing backover incidents in the construction industry. According to the agency, over 70 workers died from backover accidents last year. View the Web page.

Ignition hazards. A new OSHA fact sheet discusses internal combustion engines as potential ignition hazards in workplaces that process flammable liquids and gases. OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board have documented a history of fires and explosions where internal combustion engines were identified as ignition sources. View the fact sheet.

In memoriam. Former Secretary of Labor James Hodgson passed away Nov. 28. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued a statement on his death Dec. 10: “James Hodgson once said: 'I've never had any ambitions; only enthusiasms.' He was being modest, of course, since one of his 'enthusiasms' was worker health and safety. And as the nation's 12th secretary of labor, he leaves an extraordinary legacy in this area.” Read more.

Workplace health. The latest NIOSH Science Blog post talks about how the agency has launched an internal pilot program to reduce sedentary work with sit-stand workstations. Read more.

Solvents. Researchers found that occupational exposures to chemical solvents such as cleaners and cosmetics during pregnancy increased the risk of certain birth defects. The study results were published in the journal Epidemiology. Learn more.

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