Introducing MSHA’s new Mine Data Retrieval System

We are pleased to announce that an  improved version of the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) is now available for your review on MSHA.gov. Please take a look at the new system and let us know what you think.  Your feedback is important to help ensure that the changes work for everyone. The new system features:
  • An improved user-friendly interface
  • Enhanced ability to analyze data
  • Advanced data visualizations including maps, charts and graphs
  • Upgraded search capabilities 
Please send your comments to webhelp@dol.gov. 

U.S. Department of Labor Posts New Frequently Asked Questions and Videos on OSHA Standard for Controlling Silica in Construction

OSHAannounced today that new frequently asked questions (FAQs) and training videos on the Agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in construction are now available online.
Developed by OSHA in cooperation with industry and labor organizations, the FAQs provide employers and workers with guidance on the standard’s requirements. In addition, a series of six new videos instruct users on methods for controlling exposure to silica dust when performing common construction tasks, or using construction equipment. The videos cover topics including handheld power saws, jackhammers, drills, and grinders.
Visit OSHA’s silica standard for construction page for more information and resources on complying with the standard.

Southwest Safety Congress is BACK and Registration is OPEN!

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Location: Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

Breakfast, lunch, and WiFi are included for all attendees and exhibitors!

Space is limited so hurry to register/vendor/sponsor!
Who should attend?                           
  • Business Owners                         
  • Management                                  
  • Safety Personnel
  • HR Managers
  • First Line Supervisors
  • Employees
   This Year’s Session Topics Include:
  • Opioid Crisis
  • CPR/AED (4 Hour)
  • Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection – Rescue
  • OSHA Silica Update
  • Workplace Violence
  • And More!

Eaton Issues Recall for Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches

Power management company Eaton has issued a product safety bulletin for certain Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches intended for use in heavy commercial, utility, and industrial applications.

Safety switches can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position.

For more information related to the recall, visit www.eaton.com/hdss-advisorybulletin

 

Inspections News

August 16, 2018, the City of Tucson has made some changes to regular building inspections. The Remote Video Inspection program has been expanded which allows permit holders to use their smart phone for residential construction and follow-up commercial inspections. Additionally, window and stucco installation will no longer be inspected by the City of Tucson. If you have an active permit with these items attached, please disregard these items. Additional information may be found here.

MSHA to hold meetings on safety improvement technologies at mines

Arlington, VA — The Mine Safety and Health Administration has scheduled six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar on a Request for Information on technologies that may help reduce incidents involving mobile equipment at surface mines, as well as belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. Additional information»

 

 

Safe + Sound Week: Join the Movement to Make Safety a Priority

Safe + Sound Week is Aug. 13-19. Register to join the more than 1,000 organizations already planning to participate. The Safe + Sound website offers free training and events, including a workshop from Maryland OSHA and webinars from the National Safety Education Center and Chief Insurance Solutions, LLC. A free OSHA webinar can help you to change your approach to safety and health as well as plan an event. Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage for more information.

The Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy, and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.
The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). For more information, read the news release.