OSHA's fiscal 2011 budget calls for $573 million to help OSHA protect more than 100 million workers nationwide. This proposed increase - $14 million over OSHA's current operating budget - includes $4 million to support personnel for developing standards, $7.7 million for federal enforcement, and $1.5 million to support State-operated OSHA programs. The budget also requests $1 million for the On-site Consultation Program that helps small businesses protect workers, and $250,000 for training grants. Read OSHA's budget document for details.
Construction Companies Look to CIHs as New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Enforcement Approaches
On September 23rd, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is scheduled to begin enforcement of the new respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. These actions are part of the agency’s final rule that has two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. According to OSHA, this final rule is designed to save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The agency...
Construction Companies Prepare for OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Standard Enforcement
Next month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing a Final Rule for respirable crystalline silica in an effort to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease in construction workers. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. OSHA’s new Crystalline Silica Rule has a reduced permissible exposure limit (PEL) which requires employers to limit worker exposures to...
Construction Firms in Puerto Rico Prepare for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard
In less than two months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing the new respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. Construction companies on the islands have until September 23rd to prepare for any potential enforcement actions. According to OSHA, crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring materials and is used in numerous industrial products found at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, stone and...
OSHA Announces a New Proposed Rule on Beryllium Exposure
On Jan. 9, OSHA issued a final rule that established new protections for workers who are exposed to beryllium in general industry, construction and shipyards. Beryllium is a lightweight metal used primarily in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics. It also is present as a trace material in metal slags. OSHA on June 23 announced a new proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. The proposal for shipyards and construction would...
OSHA finds machine safety hazards, silica overexposure at Ohio steel plant
Amsted Rail Company Inc., a manufacturer of cast steel freight components, faces $610,034 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor`s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after agency investigators found workers at its Groveport plant exposed to machine hazards and silica. OSHA found one worker was hospitalized after suffering severe injuries when he was caught in a machine, and at least four workers were exposed to excessive levels of silica, which can cause serious health issues. "Compani...