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Ohsa Quick Takes -Newsletter

OSHA Launches Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates

Ohsa Quick Takes -Newsletter

OSHA is initiating the Site-Specific Targeting Program to target workplaces with high injury rates for inspection. Using injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for calendar year 2016, OSHA will inspect establishments that should have provided 300A data, but did not. This program helps OSHA ensure that employers provide safe and healthful workplaces by directing enforcement resources to those workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

For details on the program, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements, read the news release.

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OSHA Seeks Members to Serve on Committee for Protecting Maritime Workers’ Safety and Health


OSHA is accepting nominations from individuals to serve on the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. The committee advises the Secretary of Labor on occupational safety and health programs and initiatives, enforcement, and standards for the maritime industries. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, safety and health professional, and government representatives to fill 15 vacancies. Nominations must be submitted to, or by mail or facsimile by Dec. 10.

For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

OSHA Resources Can Help Workers Stay Safe During Holiday Season


Retailers and other businesses temporarily increase staffing levels to accommodate the busy holiday shopping season. OSHA has resources to help keep warehouse employees, tractor trailer drivers, and forklift operators safe as they work to get merchandise to people’s home. Retailers are encouraged to follow crowd control safety guidelines, such as using trained security personnel or rope lines for customers.

For more information, visit OSHA’s Holiday Workplace Safety webpage.

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

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OSHA issued a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators. Under the final rule, employers are required to train, certify/license, and evaluate operators to safely perform crane activities. Operators can be certified based on either the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, ensuring that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements. Most requirements in the final rule will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019.

For more information, see the news release.

Protect Hurricane Recovery Workers Installing Blue Roof Tarps

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Reinforced plastic tarps, commonly called “Blue Roofs,” provide temporary protection for the roofs of homes and other buildings damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes or other severe weather. When employees access roofs to install these tarps, they are at risk of falls, electrocutions and other hazards. OSHA has recommendations to help keep workers safe, such as to look for downed power lines, assess the roof condition, and never walk on the tarp.