Here's a collection of safety-related news this month:
Two New OSHA Bulletins Address the Responsibility of Employers to Protect Temp WorkersOSHA has issued two new bulletins in its series of guidance documents developed under the agency’s Temporary Worker Initiative. This initiative focuses on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are employed under the joint employment of a staffing agency and a host employer. The bulletins address bloodborne pathogens and powered industrial truck training. Both documents emphasize that temporary workers are entitled to the same protections under the OSH Act as all other covered workers and that the host employer and staffing agency are responsible for determining the conditions of employment and complying with the law.
FAA Commercial Drone Rules Now In EffectThe first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of drones have been implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration. The new rules – formally known as Part 107 – are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. Users can operate their unmanned aircraft in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace without air traffic control permission. Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace need air traffic approval. The agency is offering a process to waive some of the rule’s restrictions. Read a summary of the new rules. (pdf).
OSHA Asks for Input on Shipyard Fall Protection RulesOSHA is requesting input from the maritime industry as it considers updating standards addressing falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking and other shipyard-related employment. The request seeks comments and information on safe access to and egress from vessels, buildings and other structures in shipyards (including the use of stairways and ladders); the use of fall protection and also falling object protection; and the erection, use and dismantling of scaffolding systems. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically to www.regulations.gov on Docket No. OSHA-2013-0022.
DOT Proposes Speed Limiters For Large Commercial VehiclesThe U.S. Dept. of Transportation has proposed equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways. The proposal would establish safety standards requiring all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with speed limiting devices. The proposal discusses the benefits of setting the maximum speed at 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour, but the DOT will consider other speeds based on public input. Read more here.
Upcoming Safety Webinars from OH&S:
- 10/12: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Understanding the effect of cognitive bias on workforce competency
- 10/25: Preparing your Organization for Electrical Compliance/NFPA 70E
- 10/26: Marijuana – The Impact on the Workplace and Workplace Testing