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OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich. OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces; set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow and deliberate.


659 Background, Updates, Impacts, Nuances and Making EM 385-1-1 Work for You and Safe Production, Pete B. Rice, Dave Parker and Paul J. Colangelo

Over 30 years before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published their first set of safety standards, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) developed their Requirements Engineering Manual, EM 385-1-1. The most recent version of the EM 385-1-1contains a multitude of references to OSHA’s federal regulations as well as many parallel requirements, but there are several nuances that contractors need to examine and prepare for before work begins on a federal construction project. This paper tation will briefly identify what and who is the USACE, updates to EM 385-1, impacts on your safety planning, around the nuisances of the Corp standards and making EM 385-1-1 work for your organization.


611 OSHA's General Duty Clause: A Guide to Enforcement and Legal Defenses, Adele L. Abrams

The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.


Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada

This is a historic document titled "Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada". This document would be of value to those SH&E Professionals with goblal responsibilities including Mexico and Canada. The document gives and overview and summary of each country and then does provide some comparisons.


Lockout/Tagout Risk Assessment: Evaluating Alternative Energy Control, Paul A Zoubek

OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard exempts traditional lockout methods if access to hazardous energy sources or moving machine parts are routine, repetitive and integral to the use of the equipment for production, provided that the work is performed using alternative measures which provide effective protection (such as interlocked guards). Outlined are risk assessment methods in ANSI Z244.1 to evaluate whether alternative methods will provide proper protection to the worker.


ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update - VIDEO, Jim Thornton

This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.


Process Safety Procedure-Contractors, Various

A contractor process safety procedure is provided in this resource related to CalOSHA regulations.


Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

On March 26, 2012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions will improve consistency and quality of information that is provided to both employers and employees concerning chemical hazards and protective measures related to chemical hazards.


General Industry Digest, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

The summary of General Industry safety and health standards contained in this booklet are to aid employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and health personnel in their efforts toward achieving compliance with OSHA standards in the workplace.


Q&A with Patrick Kapust, Kyle W. Morrison

Patrick Kapust serves as deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and leads a staff supporting OSHA's mission of standards enforcement. He started with the agency in 1991 as a compliance safety and health officer. In October, Kapust spoke with Safety+Health Senior Associate Editor Kyle W. Morrison about recent changes OSHA has undertaken regarding its enforcement efforts.


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