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The Assault on Health and Safety Begins!
Deregulation policies a threat to worker safety!
OSHA Delays Electronic Record-Keeping Rule!
Talk of scrapping two regulations for each new one adopted!
Proposed $2.5B Cut to Dept. of Labor’s Budget, Elimination of Chemical Safety Board
During the past six months, there has been lots of talk (and action) in Washington about reducing and eliminating regulations, repealing OSHA rules, and imposing major staff reductions and budget cuts in agencies dedicated to increasing worker health and safety (OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, and The Chemical Safety Board). Despite all the headlines, businesses throughout the country must continue to operate and, unfortunately, workers continue to be injured or killed on the job on a daily basis.
Although safety regulations and enforcement actions can have a positive effect on reducing worker injuries, they do not prevent them. It still remains everyone’s responsibility within the workplace to promote, create, and maintain a safe and healthy work environment despite whether or not a formal regulation is in place. From top management down through all levels of the business hierarchy to the employees on the shop floor, safety should be everyone’s top priority.
Regulations or the threat of enforcement penalties and fines should not be the sole driving force in providing safe and healthy work environments. Many highly successful businesses foster safe working conditions and decide on their own to implement safety programs that exceed the basic requirements spelled out in safety regulations.
Bottomline –Safety should remain at the top of your priority list every day for yourself, your fellow employees, and your family and friends while you are away from the workplace.
For more information or of you require assistance with your health and safety programs, please contact Bob King, CIH, CSP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or email@example.com.
Each year, nearly 2.2 million workers die as a result of an occupational injury or illness. This statistic is burdensome to organizations and society as a whole. To encourage a strong occupational health and safety program, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been working on the development of a new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Standard; ISO 45001. This standard aims to provide organizations with the framework to manage the prevention of work related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.
ISO 45001 has been drafted to include many of the same concepts set forth in OHSAS 18001. The main differences between the two standards is that ISO 45001 has a much stronger focus on the context of an organization and requires top management to provide leadership in the development, management, and tracking of their company’s OHS Management System. It is expected that OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn once the new ISO 45001 standard is published. Organizations certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to transition to ISO 45001 within three years of its publication.
Currently the new OHS Standard is in its second draft. A preview of this version is currently available for review. For the next four months, the OHS Standard will be undergoing the translation and ballot phase of the review process. If a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is not required, the new ISO 45001 standard could be published as early as November 2017. If a FDIS is required, publication could be pushed back to the second quarter of 2018.
Summary of Changes:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to revise existing hazard categories currently used for hazardous chemical inventory reporting under EPCRA Section 311 (Tier I) and Section 312 (Tier II) to conform to the hazard classes now used in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). EPA has decided to replace the existing five hazard categories:
- Sudden Release of Pressure
- Immediate (Acute)
- Delayed (Chronic)
with the specific hazard classes listed in the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard:
|Physical Hazard||Health Hazard|
|Flammable (gases, aerosols, liquids, or solids)||Carcinogenicity|
|Gas under pressure||Acute toxicity (any route of exposure)|
|Self-heating||Skin Corrosion or Irritation|
|Pyrophoric (liquid or solid)||Respiratory or Skin Sensitization|
|Pyrophoric Gas||Serious eye damage or eye irritation|
|Corrosive to metal||Specific target organ toxicity (single or repeated exposure)|
|Oxidizer (liquid, solid or gas)||Aspiration Hazard|
|Organic peroxide||Germ cell mutagenicity|
|In contact with water emits flammable gas||Hazard Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC)|
|Hazard Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC)|
EPA will be modifying the Tier2 Submit software developed for reporting under section 312 to include the new physical and health hazards. For states that have their own reporting software for section 312, EPA is providing flexibility to allow states to modify their software by January 1, 2018. Facilities are required to comply with reporting the new physical and health hazards on their Tier II inventory form for reporting year 2017, by March 1, 2018.
Effective Date: This final rule was effective June 13, 2016.
Compliance Date: The compliance date is January 1, 2018.
Note: These changes will not affect reporting for the current year 2016 and existing forms and software will be used for completing Tier II reports which must be completed by March 1, 2017.
For more information, please contact Bob King, CIH, CSP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.