OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

November 2017 Quicktakes OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to […]

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress

November 2017 Quicktakes Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for […]

OSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Training Grants

November 2017 Quicktakes OSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Training Grant OSHA has awarded $10.5 million in one-year grants to 80 organizations through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities. See the list of […]

New OSHA Training Institute Education Centers Announced

November 2017 Quicktakes New OSHA Training Institute Education Centers Announced Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., have been selected as the newest additions to the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers network. OTI Education Centers are non-profit organizations that offer training on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues to workers […]

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Provides Free Training Opportunities

November 2017 Quicktakes OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Provides Free Training Opportunities OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers free, confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. The program can also provide small business owners and workers with free safety training. For example, an […]

OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Texas and Louisiana

November 2017 Quicktakes OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Texas and Louisiana On Oct. 10, OSHA resumes normal operations throughout Texas and Louisiana after temporarily suspending most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Harvey. During initial cleanup and recovery operations, OSHA focused its efforts on compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers in a number of counties […]

New Fact Sheets Available on Protecting Workers in the Shipyard and Maritime Industries

December 2017 Quicktakes New Fact Sheets Available on Protecting Workers in the Shipyard and Maritime Industries OSHA has released four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards found in the shipyard and maritime industries. The subjects covered by the four fact sheets are pedestal crane safety, housekeeping safety, fire and rescue in shipyard employment, and safe baggage […]

Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November 10, 2018

December 2017 Quicktakes Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November 10, 2018 OSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final […]

Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu

December 2017 Quicktakes Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu OSHA’s Seasonal Flu webpage offers information about how to reduce the spread of the flu in workplaces. It provides information on basic precautions that should be used by employers and workers in all workplaces, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. OSHA provides additional precautions that […]

Industry Guide Provides Best Practices for High School Construction Programs

December 2017 Quicktakes Industry Guide Provides Best Practices for High School Construction Programs A new guide is available to help administrators, instructors, and others involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) incorporate safety and health into construction training programs. Each year, more than 75,000 students enter two-year post-secondary CTE programs that prepare new and young […]