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ACCSH September Meeting to Address Proposed Rule for Beryllium in Construction

ACCSH September Meeting to Address Proposed Rule for Beryllium in Construction

From the National Law Review. Last May Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing various provisions of the agency’s requirements of the beryllium standard.  Since then, for the construction and shipyard industries, only the permissible exposure limits and short term exposure limit are being enforced until OSHA undertakes additional rulemaking for those industries. It appears OSHA is taking steps toward rulemaking and has announced that it will address a proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in the construction industry at an upcoming Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (“ACCSH”) meeting.

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OSHA Requests Information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA Requests Information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1. The agency is also requesting information about other construction equipment and tasks that generate silica that it should consider adding to Table 1, along with information about their associated engineering and work practice control methods. NDA will be submitting comments.

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Attending the World Demolition Summit?

Attending the World Demolition Summit?

From Demolition & Recylcing International. The National Demolition Association (NDA) of the USA is hosting a Foundations of Demolition Risk Management course open to all attendees at this year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS) in Boston.

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Join us for Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019

Join us for Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.

Why Participate?
Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Who Participates?
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 2,700 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety!

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New episode of Demolition Now available

New episode of Demolition Now available

NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with Andy Levinson, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Standards and Guidance at OSHA on the Safe + Sound Campaign, which NDA is part of. Later, Kevin speaks with Robin Thorne, CEO of CTI Environmental and the Founder of Demochicks.com.

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Here's how to achieve a zero-injury jobsite

Here's how to achieve a zero-injury jobsite

From constructiondive.com. Out of the more than 4,500 workers who were killed at work in 2016, one in five of them died on a construction site. It’s a grim reminder that faulty safety processes can be deadly. Also at stake: your company’s reputation, costly schedule delays, higher insurance rates and expensive litigation.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REMINDS EMPLOYERS OF THE DANGERS OF HEAT ILLNESS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REMINDS EMPLOYERS OF THE DANGERS OF HEAT ILLNESS

As temperatures rise in New England, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.

OSHA's message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade. Employers should encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes, and take frequent rest breaks in shaded areas. Employers should:

  • Encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes; and take frequent rest breaks in the shade to cool down;
  • Develop an emergency plan that explains what to do when a worker shows signs of heat-related illness;
  • Train workers on the hazards of heat exposure, and how to prevent illness; and
  • Allow workers to build a tolerance for working in heat.
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Bourbon Warehouse in Kentucky Partially Collapses in Storm

Bourbon Warehouse in Kentucky Partially Collapses in Storm

From The Weather Channel. Watch this video of clean up underway in Owensboro, Kentucky, after a storm caused a bourbon distillery warehouse to partially collapse. The video represents the vast differences in recovery work that NDA members perform daily. With proper planning and use of the right equipment, recovery efforts are safe, cost effective and make way for the engines of commerce to continue with minimal interruption.

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NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator

NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator

How much is fatigue costing the workplace? The National Safety Council has teamed with Brigham and Women's Hospital to develop an easy-to-use online tool, where employers can receive a tailored estimate of how much fatigue is costing their bottom line. The calculator will estimate how much of the burden can be avoided with programs implemented in the workplace.

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Rollback of Beryllium Rule Would Stop Under House Spending Bill

Rollback of Beryllium Rule Would Stop Under House Spending Bill

From Bloomberg Environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration would be blocked from rolling back a regulation aimed at reducing workers’ exposure to beryllium in the construction and maritime industries under spending language approved by House lawmakers.

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