OSHA is reminding employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide exposure. Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment, tools, compressors and pumps, gas-powered forklifts, and other devices in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. To reduce the risk of exposure, employers should install an effective ventilation system, use carbon monoxide detectors, and take other precautions as described in OSHA’s Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet. Other OSHA resources include videos (in English and Spanish), QuickCards (in English and Spanish), and a fact sheet on portable generator safety.
OSHA is now enforcing the requirement that employers must evaluate the competency of their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently. The agency will offer compliance assistance until April 15 for those employers who have evaluated operators in accordance with the final rule and are making good faith efforts to comply with the new documentation requirement. For more information, read the agency’s enforcement guidance.
OSHA posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry. OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and workers on the standard’s requirements, including exposure assessments, regulated areas, methods of compliance, and communicating silica hazards to workers. Visit OSHA’s silica standard for general industry webpage for more information and additional compliance assistance resources.
OSHA recently signed a two-year alliance agreement with The Fertilizer Institute and Agricultural Retailers Association to provide training resources and information on protecting the safety, health, and security of industry workers, emergency responders, and communities. The alliance will focus on helping agricultural retail facilities comply with safety and health standards for safe storage and handling of ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia. The first product developed as part of the agreement is a video describing the inspection process under the Agency’s regional emphasis program on ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia.
Read the news release for more information.