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OSHA Rule on Silica in Construction – Compliance Options

The OSHA rule for silica in construction became effective September 23, 2017 although OSHA included a 30-day “grace period” for full enforcement. SMACNA members affected by this rule are encouraged to take a “holistic” approach to silica compliance by assessing the tasks and processes where silica (found in concrete) is disturbed (cut, drilled, grinded, etc.). SMACNA members should be aware that “Table One” and dust collection tools are not the only options for compliance. This Safety Bulletin provides further compliance guidance.
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Reminder: New OSHA electronic reporting begins 2017

This coming year, submitting OSHA records has a new sense of urgency. Each year, members must post OSHA injury and illness records from the prior year for employee review between Jan. 1 through March. However, new reporting requirements for electronically reporting illness and injury data changes the process significantly.
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OSHA Launches Portal for Submission of Injury and Illness Records

OSHA has launched a "portal" for companies to enter injury illness data. However, the (current) deadline for posting 2016 data is December 1, 2017. SMACNA members are encouraged to be prepared for this posting requirement should the regulation be fully implemented by that date.
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Federal OSHA Moves Forward with Proposed Standards but Abandons Others

Reflecting the new administration's call for limiting regulations, OSHA's recent regulatory agendas have a few new standards and several surprise standards with no action planned.
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Be Sure to Check OSHA Training Cards

OSHA 10 and 30 hour training is important to many clients and general contractors. So it is important to verify that all workers on your projects have current and legitimate OSHA training cards. Also see a note on a clarification to last week’s mailing on silica enforcement dates in New York.
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Be Aware of Silica Rule Compliance Date in Your State

OSHA has postponed the compliance date for enforcing the silica in construction rule to September, 2017. However, some states may enforce the rule on the original compliance date of June 23, 2017. See SMACNA Safety Bulletin 17-01 for more information.
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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica in Construction Rule

OSHA has delayed enforcement of the Silica in Construction standard until September. However, contractors should continue with compliance efforts as OSHA completes their review of the regulation.
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OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Repealed

April 2017 - President Trump signed a resolution finalizing the Congressional Review Act process to invalidate a controversial recordkeeping regulation.
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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Rule on Silica in Construction – Compliance Options

    The OSHA rule for silica in construction became effective September 23, 2017 although OSHA included a 30-day “grace period” for full enforcement. SMACNA members affected by this rule are encouraged to take a “holistic” approach to silica compliance by assessing the tasks and processes where silica (found in concrete) is disturbed (cut, drilled, grinded, etc.). SMACNA members should be aware that “Table One” and dust collection tools are not the only options for compliance. This Safety Bulletin provides further compliance guidance.

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  • News Reminder: New OSHA electronic reporting begins 2017

    This coming year, submitting OSHA records has a new sense of urgency. Each year, members must post OSHA injury and illness records from the prior year for employee review between Jan. 1 through March. However, new reporting requirements for electronically reporting illness and injury data changes the process significantly.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Launches Portal for Submission of Injury and Illness Records

    OSHA has launched a "portal" for companies to enter injury illness data. However, the (current) deadline for posting 2016 data is December 1, 2017. SMACNA members are encouraged to be prepared for this posting requirement should the regulation be fully implemented by that date.

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  • Resource Federal OSHA Moves Forward with Proposed Standards but Abandons Others

    Reflecting the new administration's call for limiting regulations, OSHA's recent regulatory agendas have a few new standards and several surprise standards with no action planned.

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  • Resource Be Sure to Check OSHA Training Cards

    OSHA 10 and 30 hour training is important to many clients and general contractors. So it is important to verify that all workers on your projects have current and legitimate OSHA training cards. Also see a note on a clarification to last week’s mailing on silica enforcement dates in New York.

    More

  • Safety Bulletins Be Aware of Silica Rule Compliance Date in Your State

    OSHA has postponed the compliance date for enforcing the silica in construction rule to September, 2017. However, some states may enforce the rule on the original compliance date of June 23, 2017. See SMACNA Safety Bulletin 17-01 for more information.

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  • Resource OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica in Construction Rule

    OSHA has delayed enforcement of the Silica in Construction standard until September. However, contractors should continue with compliance efforts as OSHA completes their review of the regulation.

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  • Resource OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Repealed

    April 2017 - President Trump signed a resolution finalizing the Congressional Review Act process to invalidate a controversial recordkeeping regulation.

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  • News OSHA agrees to SMACNA recommendations on flat roofs requirements

    SMACNA contractors performing service work on flat roofs (low-sloped roofs) received a significant win after OSHA “agreed to” comments submitted by SMACNA and other industry stakeholders.

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  • Resource New 2017 OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements - Free Resource

    This coming year, submitting OSHA records has a new sense of urgency. Each year, members must post OSHA injury and illness records from the prior year for employee review between Jan. 1 through March. However, new reporting requirements for electronically reporting illness and injury data changes the process significantly. Most companies will need to electronically submit their OSHA data by July 1, 2017. The database for submitting the information will not be available until February.

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  • Resource OSHA Standards Revision

    SMACNA Safety Bulletin 16-08 provides information on recent revisions to several construction standards that provide clarification on outdated regulations.

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  • Resource OSHA Recordkeeping - Know What NOT To Record

    SMACNA Safety Bulletin 16-07 discussed the importance of ensuring that SMACNA members conduct proper OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping by understanding that first aid cases are not recordable. A list of what NOT to record is included in the safety bulletin.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA reporting rule - post incident drug testing

    SMACNA Safety Bulletins 16-03 and 16-04 summarized the new reporting requirements under the new OSHA rule for electronic reporting of injury and illness data. This safety bulletin provides further information on post incident drug testing. read more

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule

    The OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction final rule, issued May 4, 2015, was unclear about how it applied to attics and crawlspaces in residential construction. However, a settlement has been reached between OSHA and interested parties who negotiated the rule. See SMACNA Safety Bulletin 16-06 and the actual settlement letter.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Bulletin 16-04 (OSHA Rule on Electronic Filing of Injury and Illness Data)

    The final OSHA rule for electronic filing of injury and illness data also has certain criteria for implementing a program for reporting injuries and illnesses that focuses on promoting an open reporting policy, specifically regarding fear of retaliation and incentive programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Bulletin 16-03 (OSHA Rule on Electronic Filing of Injury and Illness Data)

    OSHA has issued a final rule to further complicate the collection and recording of injury and illness data. OSHA currently requires most employers in the sheet metal and HVAC industry to keep a record of injury and illnesses. With this new rule, OSHA now requires employers in the sheet metal and HVAC industry to send OSHA injury and illness data through a dedicated webpage for posting on the agency's website.

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  • Resource OSHA Announces New Standard for Silica

    On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime.

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  • Resource OSHA Cooperative Programs Can Help Your Company Improve Safety Programs

    In addition to OSHA's On-site Consultation Program which offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses, OSHA also offers several cooperative programs under which SMACNA contractors can work cooperatively with OSHA to help prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace.

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  • Resource OSHA Fines to Increase in 2016

    OSHA fines will rise dramatically in 2016 for the first time since 1990 due to a provision in a recent budget agreement passed by Congress.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

    On May 1, 2015, OSHA issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those in the existing General Industry standard with some differences tailored to the construction industry.

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  • News Is your crane and rigging program compliant?

    OSHA recently issued a directive for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Update

    This Safety Bulletin provides an update on proposed standards affecting the sheet metal/ HVAC industry as listed in the most recent Federal OSHA semi-annual regulatory agenda

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  • Safety Bulletins Dust Masks vs Respirators

    A recent thread of emails on the SMACNA Safety Listserve addressed certification and fit testing for “dust masks”. The following information is provided as a brief guide to using dust masks and respirators known as “filtering facepieces”.

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  • Safety Bulletins Correct Wearing of Hardhats

    An ongoing issue in the construction industry is whether workers can wear hardhats “backwards”. The basic answer is No, unless the hardhat is made to be worn either way.

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  • Safety Bulletins Heat Stress Information

    In the months leading up to summer, SMACNA encourages contractors to provide workers with information and training on the hazards associated with working in hot environments.

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  • Safety Bulletins Cranes and Derricks in Demolition and Underground Work

    The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction.

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Walking and Working Surfaces / Fall Protection

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Walking and Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072

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  • Resource 2009 OSHA Enforcement for Small Businesses

    July 2009 Small Business Forum with OSHA Director of Enforcement and Construction Programs Richard E. Fairfax, CIH. Features discussion items include: Serious revamping of the training, with more courses, more mandatory courses, hands-on time with equipment and more.

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  • Resource OSHA Crane and Derrick Standard Information

    SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Cranes and Derricks in Construction Crane FAQ Crane Fact Sheet Crane Final Rule A/D Fact Sheet Hand Signal Chart Pocket Size Hand Signal Chart Quiz Hand Signal Chart Quiz Answer Sheet Hoisting and Rigging Student Card Hoisting and Rigging Certificate Signaling Student Card Signaling Certificate

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on PPE and Training Clarification Rule

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2008-0031

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Confined Spaces in Construction

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0026

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  • Resource OSHA Proposed Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction

    PDF of 29 CFR Part 1926 [Docket ID–OSHA–2007–0026] RIN 1218–AB47 Confined Spaces in Construction - proposed rule

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  • Resource Fall Protection Tip Sheets

    Falls from elevations account for approximately one-third of all deaths in construction. The following tips highlight some of the key issues that employers should consider when planning, implementing, and maintaining their fall prevention programs.

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  • Resource Information Related to Hexavalent Chromium

    Seven PDFs covering hexavalent chromium, as well as a link to videos covering the topic at ELCOSH.org

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Employer Payment of Personal Protective Equipment

    SMACNA Comments to OSHA on employer payment of personal protective equipment Subject of memo: Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment - Docket S-042

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Encourages Defibrillator Use

    Each year 300,000 to 400,000 individuals die from cardiac arrest. Most of these deaths occur outside hospitals. With this in mind, OSHA is now encouraging the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

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