Safety Bulletin 10-06 (August 2010) included information on the new OSHA standard for Cranes and
Derricks in Construction that becomes effective November 8, 2010. This bulletin will provide
additional information on several areas of the standard that SMACNA members should be aware of.
SMACNA submitted comments on proposed Federal OSHA General Industry standards regulating all walking and
working surfaces including a new standard for fall protection. The proposed standards apply to all General Industry
(non-Construction) workplaces such as sheet metal fabrication shops as well as any client-owned residential,
commercial, or industrial workplaces and buildings that SMACNA members may conduct business.
OSHA has passed the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (CFR Subpart CC –
1926.1400) and there are several “gray” areas including the requirements for training of “signal
persons” and “riggers” and “operators”. With the exception of the Operator Certification
requirements (and a few others), the rule becomes effective November 8, 2010.
It seems that every day there are news stories about traffic accidents where the cause is
partially or wholly attributed to a distracted driver, often due to using a cell phone or other
electronic devise. The National Safety Council (NSC) recently published an excellent “white
paper” describing the nature of distracted driver accidents entitled Understanding the
Distracted Brain, and it is available for free at the NSC website.
The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is the annual program which allows SMACNA
to track the safety history of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance. The
records set for participation in the 2010 SSEAP were outlined in the July edition of SMACNews and
indicates that safety remains a top priority for SMACNA members during the slow economy.
OSHA recently announced administrative enhancements to its penalty policies,
specifically addressing those penalties that are considered "too low to have an
adequate deterrent effect." According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA,
Dr. David Michaels, "For many employers, investing in job safety happens only
when they have adequate incentives to comply with OSHA's requirements.
A new regulation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) requires that
contractors take certain actions if they “disturb” lead based paint (LBP) in older buildings. The
Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program is a federal regulatory program
that provides compliance assistance and applies to renovation and demolition activities in
residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities such as schools and day-care centers
built before 1978.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to revise its
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting (Recordkeeping) regulation to restore a
column to the OSHA 300 Log (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) that employers would use to
record work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
The SMACNA safety and health department is proud to announce that the SMACNA safety
list serve has reached a milestone of 100 active participants. Anyone may sign up for the
safety list serve. It is an excellent resource for personnel designated with safety and health
program responsibilities such as safety directors, foremen and supervisors, or office managers.
Got a safety question or concern in need of immediate feedback?
During a recent Small Business Roundtable presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) - Office of
Advocacy, Mr. Richard Fairfax discussed future plans for OSHA enforcement. Mr. Fairfax is the Director of the
Directorate of Enforcement and Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction for Federal OSHA. The
following is a summary of key issues that face the sheet metal and HVAC industry in the coming months and years,
according to Mr. Fairfax