This episode of the Conscious Capitalism Southern Arizona Podcast, co-hosted by our own Sarah McCraren, is a good listen for local builders and building owners in addition to anyone interested in what’s going on in Tucson to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy efficiency. We talk to both Local First Arizona and the 2030 District about the SCALE UP Program and how it supports business owners to achieve sustainable energy practices, save money and increase the market value of their buildings.
2018 Special Citation, SABC, Amer. Mining Hall of Fame
Allan Henson, Director of Safety, MSHA, OSHA and DOT for McCraren Compliance, received the prestigious honor of being awarded 162nd Electrical/Environmental Drill Status Guardsman of the Year Award. Many of our clients know Allan as both a top safety trainer and as an expert in Fleet, Equipment and Driver safety and compliance. Allan spends most of his days creating safer workplaces but devotes his time outside of work towards securing safety and freedom for all of our citizen through his 25+ years of military service. Allan served active duty for Navy, and has been a member of the National Guard even since leaving active duty. Allan’s commitment to his country, his community and to safety is evident in both what he brings to work everyday and through his many honors and accomplishments.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a proposed rule to revise the beryllium standard for general industry. The proposed changes are designed to clarify the standard, and to simplify or improve compliance with the standard.
The proposed rule would amend selected paragraphs of the standard, including “Definitions,” “Methods of Compliance,” “Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment,” “Hygiene Areas and Practices,” “Housekeeping,” “Medical Surveillance,” “Hazard Communication,” and “Recordkeeping.” It would also remove the existing Appendix A, which lists suggested controls, and replace it with a new Appendix A, Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas.
Comments, hearing requests, and other information must be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. Read the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by February 9, 2019. The enforcement date for the provisions affected by this proposal is December 12, 2018. While this rulemaking is pending, compliance with the standard as modified by this proposal will be accepted as compliance.
The proposal satisfies a settlement agreement with stakeholders that had concerns about some of the provisions in the 2017 beryllium final rule. The proposed rule would affect approximately 50,500 workers employed in general industry, and is estimated to yield minor net cost savings to employers. OSHA expects the proposed changes would provide employees with equivalent safety and health protections to the current standard.
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 help 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.
For most of the past year, both directions of I-10 between Orange Grove and Cortaro roads have been sharing the future eastbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier, as the Arizona Department of Transportation creates a modern Ina Road interchange to serve the growing area. I-10 will remain three lanes in each direction after the shift.
New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange.
For more information on this project, please visit azdot.gov/InaTI.