Jan 19, 2010

OSHA Updates - public meetings, major fine, YouTube respirator videos, Hexavalent Chromium and cold-related protection help

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OSHA will host an "OSHA Listens" public meeting Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C., to solicit comments and suggestions enhancing OSHA efforts to protect the safety and health of workers... For more information news release.QuickTakes

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 OSHA proposes more than $1.4 million in penalties in connection with fatal explosion that killed a 45-year-old worker when an altered piece of equipment ignited flammable vapors inside a tank he was cleaning.  Read the news release for more information.


OSHA announces informal public hearings to align the agency's hazard communication standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.  Read the Federal Register notice for details.


New OSHA YouTube videos provide proper respirator fit and use guidance The "Respirator Safety" video shows healthcare workers how to correctly put on and take off respirators, such as N95s. The "Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks" video can be viewed by visiting the Department of Labor's YouTube site.

The new OSHA Hexavalent Chromium booklet and OSHA's publications Web pag explains OSHA's hexavalent chromium standards so that workers and employers know the best ways to prevent illness and death caused by exposure in the workplace.


OSHA 'QuickTips' for workers on preventing cold-related injuries and illnesses reminds workers and employers, whose work is concentrated outside, to take the necessary precautions to prevent cold-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA's "Cold Stress Pocket Card" (English/Spanish) helps with Electronic copies can be downloaded from the agency's publications page


Visit OSHA's QuickTakes page to view previous issues.