This Safety Notice is issued to inform you that MSA received a field report from an end user regarding select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses and that, as a result of MSA’s findings related to this report, you must take the actions outlined in this Safety Notice. [Read more…]
December 1, 2017 is the final deadline to comply with the newly implemented Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) regulations that require electronically submitting 2016 workplace injury data and information to OSHA. To help navigate these regulations, here are few reminders about this new reporting format that affects almost all construction industry businesses.
What must construction industry businesses submit?
The new regulations require electronic reporting data and information from OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. For data for years 2017 and beyond, certain establishments will also need to provide information from Forms 300 and 301. The new rule, however, does not change the information required to record on these forms or the criteria triggering recording obligations. The rule only requires electronically submitting safety records that OSHA previously required businesses to keep and make available in hard copy format.
Who must submit electronic records?
For reporting 2016 data and information by the December 1, 2017 deadline, the electronic reporting requirement applies to any establishment subject to OSHA record keeping requirements that either has 250 or more workers or has 20 to 249 workers and is in an high risk industry identified by OSHA (construction is one). The same applies to reporting data from 2017 and beyond, plus establishments with 250 or more workers must also submit information from Forms 300 and 301.
What are the current and upcoming submission deadlines?
For workplace injury and illness data collected for year 2016, the deadline for electronic submission is December 1, 2017. For upcoming years, the timing varies. The following chart summarizes existing submission deadlines for establishments subject to OSHA record keeping requirements that either have 250 or more workers or have between 20 and 249 workers and are in a high-risk industry, as identified by OSHA.
Data Reported Year
Required Information to Report
Information from Form 300A
December 1, 2017
Information from Form 300A
(plus from Forms 300 and 301 for establishments with 250+ employees)
July 1, 2018
2018 and beyond
Same as above
March 2, 2019 and 03/02 for subsequent years
How must information be collected, recorded, and reported?
As in the past, businesses must collect and record information and data for each establishment within the company. The new regulations just add submitting that information electronically. OSHA regulations define an establishment as “a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed.” OSHA regulations further explain that “[f]or activities where employees do not work at a single physical location, such as construction; transportation; communications, electric, gas and sanitary services; and similar operations, the establishment is represented by main or branch offices, terminals, stations, etc. that either supervise such activities or are the base from which personnel carry out these activities.”
OSHA provides an online platform for uploading or entering directly the required reporting information and data. To help those new to the system—i.e., almost everyone—OSHA provides a trial platform (called the “sandbox”), where users can become familiar with the platform’s functionality without actually submitting any data or information.
Why does OSHA require electronic submission of summary data?
Simply put—safety. OSHA intends for these new electronic reporting requirements to promote workplace safety by providing publicly available data and information about workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA anticipates that this reporting will:
- help identify particular safety issues common to certain industries (e.g., a specific model of a tool that causes similar injuries to workers across a trade);
- provide information for businesses to compare their safety performance against related and similar companies;
- promote a “race to the top” by allowing business to assess safety performance against industry norms; and
- enhance research efforts regarding workplace safety issues by having nationwide data accessible in one location.
The new electronic reporting requirements make use of a simple, user-friendly system that enhances access to valuable collected and aggregated data and information. In complying with these new reporting requirements, construction industry companies should make sure to report data and information for each and every “establishment” in the company. For more information about understanding the regulatory language and complying with these requirements, businesses are advised to consult with their attorneys.
Enforcement has been indefinitely delayed for a controversial Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that would force companies to make all of their injury and illness data public.
The new rule, which requires employers in high-hazard industries, including manufacturing and construction, to send injury and illness data straight to OSHA every year for public posting on the agency’s website, was supposed to go into effect on July 1. [Read more…]
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.
“The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls.” The final rule also increases consistency between general and construction industries, which will help employers and workers that work in both industries.
OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually. The rule becomes effective on Jan. 17, 2017, and will affect approximately 112 million workers at seven million worksites.
The final rule’s most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems. OSHA has permitted the use of personal fall protection systems in construction since 1994 and the final rule adopts similar requirements for general industry. Other changes include allowing employers to use rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a lower level; prohibiting the use of body belts as part of a personal fall arrest system; and requiring worker training on personal fall protection systems and fall equipment.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a limited number of Lad-Saf X2/X3 sleeves with the locking lever not working properly. This condition can allow the sleeve to disengage from the cable during use. The assembly error is believed to affect only a limited number of units and has been corrected. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents. [Read more…]
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard, which becomes effective Aug. 3, 2015. The agency is postponing full enforcement of the new standard to Oct. 2, 2015, in response to requests for additional time to train and acquire the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard. [Read more…]
On June 1, 2015 chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers were required to start providing a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. [Read more…]