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U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

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WASHINGTON, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. Read more »

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant boosts ADOT crash-data gathering

Grant helps data collection and management

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PHOENIX – A grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety is helping the Arizona Department of Transportation collect fuller and more accurate vehicle crash data that, in turn, will help transportation engineers, law enforcement and researchers examine trends and causes of fatalities and serious injuries.

The $389,520 grant provides critical financial support for ADOT's Crash Records Unit, including annual licensing fees to use Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS), a data collection and management tool. Through this grant money, ADOT provides access to TraCS to Arizona law enforcement agencies at no cost. Read more »

Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November 10, 2018

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OSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements. In response, the agency published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. The additional one-year extension provides more time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Read the news release for more information.

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

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Kidde is issuing a recall on over 37 million fire extinguishers. The recall includes plastic handle fire extinguishers: The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

To see if you have a fire extinguisher affected by this recall, whether push button or plastic handle, download the PDF recall notices included below.  If you have questions regarding the recall or want to find a replacement fire extinguisher, get in touch with Preferred Safety Products.

PHONE- 303-477-8414

Arizona recognizes Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week

Motorists can make roads safer by practicing ‘Quick Clearance,’ ‘Move Over’

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PHOENIX – From minor incidents on high-volume freeways to serious collisions on lightly-traveled rural roads and everything in between, Traffic Incident Management keeps the traveling public moving and safe after incidents occur.

This week, the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety join other states and municipalities across the country in recognizing Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week. Read more...

Transportation Newsletter - November 2017

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NMA recognizes Sentinels of Safety winners

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Officials of the National Mining Association (NMA), the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), joined together to honor top safety, environmental and technology leaders in the mining industry.

NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 20 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines. Read more »

Equipment Alert: - Manufacturer Notice –Kidde fire extinguisher recall

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Kidde Co., is recalling 134 models of plastic-handled fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and present day. This action is in concert with an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some extinguishers have been known not to work when needed, others to come apart under pressure - one death has been reported. Some were sold under Kidde's brand, some under the name of other retailers. Kidde will replace all defective models. Below is a link to the CPSC’s website page regarding this recall.

Access the Equipment Alert information here


Reminder – registration deadline is tomorrow for the Meritor Air Brake Training to be held on November 16th!

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Mr. Dave Nelson, DSM, Meritor, Inc. will be presenting Air Brake Training seminars on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the ATA offices.

Whether you are a seasoned Technician, relatively new Technician, Shop Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, Safety Manager or someone looking to expand their knowledge of DOT brake requirements, this class if for you!

We are offering two (2) three hour classes - morning class is 8am to 11am and afternoon class is 1pm to 4pm.

Please see registration form for more details.   


Industry Guide Provides Best Practices for High School Construction Programs

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A new guide is available to help administrators, instructors, and others involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) incorporate safety and health into construction training programs. Each year, more than 75,000 students enter two-year postsecondary CTE programs that prepare new and young workers to enter careers in various fields. For more information, see Your Construction Safety Program: Safe Students, Safe Workers.

ADOT seeks public input on options for US 60 bridge at Pinto Creek

Structure no longer meets minimum standards for bridges

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PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public input on options for the US 60 bridge over Pinto Creek, including the agency’s decision to pursue removing and replacing the structure.

Built in 1949, the 637-foot-long Pinto Creek Bridge, located east of the Valley between Superior and Miami, no longer meets minimum standards set by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and ADOT’s bridge design guidelines. Though it continues to be safe for traffic, the structure is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

In accordance with federal law governing proposed transportation projects involving sites with historic significance, ADOT is seeking public input on possible courses of action for the Pinto Creek Bridge. These are:

  • Building a new bridge and removing the existing bridge, the action that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration have decided to pursue
  • Rehabilitating the existing bridge
  • Building a new bridge and rehabilitating the existing bridge
  • Taking no action

The Arizona Federal Highway Administration office has completed a report, Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation and Approval for FHWA Projects that Necessitate the Use of Historic Bridges, which is posted at azdot.gov/PintoCreekBridge. Comments can be submitted by email to PintoCreek@azdot.gov, by calling the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or by mail to:

ADOT Communications 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F  Phoenix, AZ 85007

Comments must be received by Dec. 8 to be included in the official project record.

The McCraren Compliance Team Supports Tucson Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

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Last Saturday, Tom Webb took steps to raise funds and awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson, AZ. All funds raised were donated to the organization to help find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. To learn more and get involved, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

Katie Garvey – 2017 Tucson Honored Hero

Silica Webpage Updated

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Information on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website. The updated silica page contains links to guidance on complying with OSHA’s silica standards in both construction and general industry and maritime, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress

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On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council's annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, which came in at ninth place. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to prevent injury or illness.

Top from left: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection, Lockout/Tagout
Bottom from left: Ladders, Powered Industrial Trucks, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection – Training Requirements, Electrical – Wiring Methods.

Top Stories OSHA to delay enforcement of crystalline silica standard in the construction industry OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

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Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply. For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage.

White House Announces Raymond Martinez as FMCSA Administrator Nominee; CVSA Looks Forward to Ongoing Positive Relationship with Administration

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President Donald Trump announced that he intends to nominate Raymond P. Martinez of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to serve as the next administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“The Alliance supports this nomination,” said Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Executive Director Collin Mooney. “With Mr. Martinez at the helm of FMCSA, we look forward to continuing our long-standing history of fostering a collaborative and cooperative relationship between CVSA and one of its federal government partners, FMCSA.”
For full information see the CVSA website at cvsa.org

OSHA and ASSE Working Together to Provide Resources to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers have partnered to distribute protective equipment and other resources to those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The personal protective equipment will be distributed to area businesses and recovery workers by staff from OSHA’s Houston and Corpus Christi offices as they provide support to the many employers and contractors assisting with cleanup and recovery. ASSE members will also distribute the donations to the community to aid in the cleanup of residential locations.
For more information visit the OSHA website at www.osha.gov

Florence Copper Receives Project Approval

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SoAzBC Congratulates Florence Copper on their project.
Taseko announces permitting success and board approval for construction of Florence Copper test facility.
For full information please visit the Taseko website at www.tasekomines.com

Transportation Newsletter - October 2017

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MSHA Proposes Changes to Final Rule on Workplace Examinations in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

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MSHA published today two proposed rules in the Federal Register that would change the Agency’s final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines that was published on Jan. 23, 2017.

The first proposed rule would make limited changes to the final rule. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. It would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. The proposed rule would continue to permit mine operators with consecutive shifts or those that operate on a 24-hour, 365-day basis to conduct an examination on the previous shift.

The second proposed rule would further delay the effective date of the final rule. The proposed extension would offer additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
MSHA will hold four public hearings on the proposed rule. Each hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. local time.

For full information see the MSHA website

Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Proposed Rules

Delay of Effective Date; and Limited Reopening of the Rulemaking Record; Notice of Public Hearings; Close of Comment Period

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On September 12, 2017, MSHA will publish two proposed rules in the Federal Register to amend the Agency’s Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule (82 FR 7680). Both proposed rules will be available for viewing on September 11, 2017, at 8:45 a.m. at the Office of the Federal Register, Public Inspection Desk.

The first proposed rule would make limited changes to the Agency’s final rule. These proposed changes seek to provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing protections afforded miners.

The second proposed rule would further delay the effective date of the final rule to ensure that the mining community can be provided the training and compliance assistance needed before the final rule becomes effective.

Comments on the proposed extension must be received by midnight Daylight Saving Time on September 26, 2017.

MSHA Leadership Position Announcements from the PCA

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On August 21st, Secretary Alexander Acosta appointed his former chief of staff, Capitol Hill veteran Wayne Palmer, as acting Assistant Secretary of Mine Safety and Health. Palmer’s replacement at the Department of Labor, Nicholas Geale (who is also the Department’s acting Solicitor), stated that Palmer is from Pennsylvania and has “mining in his family’s background.” Palmer’s political experience includes working for Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and George Voinovich (R-OH), as well as lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry.

Department of Labor spokesman Eric Holland said Acosta "is confident that Mr. Palmer's abilities and government experience will complement the eventual nominee's deep industry expertise. In the meantime, Mr. Palmer will collaborate with senior career staff, who bring decades of experience to the table, on immediate priorities to improve the safety and health conditions for all American miners."

Then on Saturday (September 2nd), the White House announced that President Trump would be nominating David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Mr. Zatezalo was previously the CEO of Rhino Resources, a Kentucky-based coal company. The administration noted his looming nomination along with more than three dozen others in a Labor Day weekend press release. According to a biography released by the White House, Zatezalo started out as a miner in 1974, then worked as a mine foreman before becoming an executive. He received a degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from Ohio University.

Over his career, Mr. Zatezalo worked for Consolidation Coal Company, Southern Ohio Coal Company, and Windsor Coal Company. Most recently, between 2007 and 2014, Zatezalo served in a number of roles at Rhino Resources, including as its COO, president and CEO. He is the past chairman of the Ohio Coal Association and a member of Mine Rescue Veterans of Pittsburgh.Several insiders have noted that the confirmation process for Mr. Zatezalo could take months to complete.

National Mine Rescue Contest to Test Mine Emergency Response Skills

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BECKLEY, WV – More than 60 teams representing coal mines around the country will participate in the 2017 National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench, and Preshift Competition

WHO: Mine Safety and Health Administration
Holmes Mine Rescue Association

WHAT: 2017 National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench, and Preshift Competition
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11: Bench and first aid competitions
Tuesday, Sept. 12: Mine rescue team field competition
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Mine rescue team field competition
Thursday, Sept. 14: Preshift competition

Each day’s event starts at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

WHERE: National Mine Health and Safety Academy
1301 Airport Rd.
Beckley, WV 25813-9426

OSHA Proposes Extension to Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

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OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA proposed a delay of the enforcement date to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Comments may be submitted by Sept. 29 either electronically, at www.regulations.gov, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and more information.

Transportation Newsletter - September 2017

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Transportation Newsletter - September 2017

ADOT alerts trucking companies to possible scam by individual impersonating police officer

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Call ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division if you observe suspicious behavior PHOENIX – Trucking companies should be on alert for an individual impersonating an Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement and Compliance Division officer. Earlier this month, a man identifying himself as an officer with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division contacted a Mesa-based trucking company saying one of its trucks was damaged in a crash and that the company needed to send payment for a mechanic called out to make repairs. Inconsistencies in the suspect’s story led the company’s operations manager to suspect a scam. Trucking companies should be aware of the following if contacted by someone identifying himself or herself as an ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division officer:

  • While ADOT officers assist state troopers and local police agencies with commercial vehicle safety inspections, they don’t investigate crashes or typical traffic incidents.
  • ADOT officers will assist drivers who have been involved in crashes or have mechanical problems but will never unilaterally call mechanics and hold trucks until payment is made.
  • ADOT officers may call for heavy-duty tow trucks, but this would be discussed beforehand with the trucking company.
  • An ADOT officer will give a trucking company his or her name, badge number, location and contact information. The officer will also provide the truck number and driver’s name. Typically, the officer will have the driver speak with his or her company.
If a trucking company has suspicions, the owner or manager can call the ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division dispatch center at 602.712.8396.

CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation; Announces April 1, 2018, Effective Date for Out-of-Service Criteria Related to ELD Rule

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.

This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.

CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.

CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.

A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency of CVSA’s commitment to implementing the new requirement, as scheduled, on Dec. 18, 2017, and noting the April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC.

For more information about the ELD rule, visit FMCSA's ELD implementation website.

It's Official: ASSE to Become American Society of Safety Professionals

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Following the outcome of a historic membership vote, ASSE will become the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) next year when it launches a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018. ASSE's logo will undergo small adjustments to reflect the new ASSP acronym as well.

Over a 45-day period that ended Aug. 13, ASSE members cast votes on the proposed name, which was approved by the House of Delegates during its annual meeting in June. The final tally found 74% of members (3,651) in favor of the change. Fourteen percent of eligible members cast ballots, surpassing the minimum voting requirement of 1%.

“Our members have clearly voiced that the American Society of Safety Professionals better reflects our diverse membership,” says ASSE President Jim Smith, M.S., CSP. “Engineers made up our entire membership when we were formed, but today the occupational safety and health profession encompasses many disciplines."

Research conducted in 2016 with ASSE members, customers and stakeholders across the globe indicated that an updated brand with a clearer vision would better reflect the organization’s current membership and position it for growth. The study also found that a new name would help eliminate confusion about who could join the Society.

“Our members have always decided who we are and what we’re all about,” Smith said. “This latest vote was part of an objective process that has made us a strong organization for more than 100 years.”

ASSE’s logo will undergo small adjustments that correspond with its name change. The green shield will continue to display the organization’s acronym in gold letters within the four angles of a gold cross, but the “E” will be changed to “P.”

The organization will continue to be called ASSE until early June 2018 when it debuts a new website and makes the conversion to its new name in alignment with Safety 2018, slated for June 3-6 in San Antonio, TX.

“Workplace safety is constantly evolving, so our society must adjust as well to remain strong and relevant while growing our profession,” Smith says. “Our profession includes more occupations and industries than ever before. Our members are knowledgeable about everything from risk assessment and hazard control to workers’ compensation and organizational management, not to mention the more traditional aspects of safety management and engineering.”

"Anti-Restart" Switches Required on Some Machinery

Do your machinery start buttons meets OSHA requirements?

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It’s not uncommon to hear people cheer when the lights and air conditioning automatically come back on when power gets restored after an extended power outage. But there is also a real hazard created if certain equipment, such as saws (e.g.: band saws, table saws, radial saws . . .), sanders (belt and disc), drill presses, and mechanical power presses were to automatically restart after a power failure. This is because someone working or passing through the area might not be aware the equipment has restarted, creating the potential for unintended contact with a turning saw blade, drill bit, or sanding belt, or the unintentional activation of a press cycle. In addition, material that was being worked on when power went out might still be in place when it restarts, possibly causing it to be flung through the air, or jamming at the point of operation on the equipment.

While it may be thought that just the sound being generated by the running equipment would make a person nearby aware that the equipment is running again, this is not always the case; some types of equipment are relatively quiet when running under no load, plus the ambient noise created by other activities and equipment in the area could easily drown out the noise produced by the restarted equipment. So Federal OSHA has a couple of regulations that address this particular hazard, most specifically in their standards for woodworking equipment and for mechanical power presses.

The Federal OSHA woodworking equipment standard for general industry found at 29 CFR 1910.213(b)(13) says "On applications where injury to the operator might result if motors were to restart after power failures, provision shall be made to prevent machines from automatically restarting upon restoration of power." This can be achieved by using woodworking equipment that is manufactured or equipped with a magnetic start switch or similar protective starter switch, sometimes referred to as an anti-restart switch, safety restart switch, or a starter switch with “drop out” protection.

How can you determine if a specific piece of equipment is provided with a functioning safety start switch? When I conduct mock-OSHA inspections, I simply unplug a piece of equipment while it is running (under no load), or I turn off power to the equipment at its main electrical cut-off switch or breaker, and then let it come to a complete stop. Then I restore power to the equipment by plugging it back in, or by turning it back on at the main cutoff switch or breaker (I always use a second person to assist me by having them watch to make certain no one inadvertently gets too close to the machine during testing). If the piece of equipment automatically restarts when I restore the power, then it does not have the required anti-start switch (or the anti-start switch is not functioning properly - they do wear out or malfunction sometimes). But if the equipment does not restart when I restore power at the plug, main cutoff switch, or breaker, and will only run after activating the equipment’s primary start button or switch, then it does have the required anti-restart protection.

The OSHA standard applicable to mechanical power presses, which requires the same basic type of protection, is found at 29 CFR 1910.217(b)(8)(iii). In addition, paragraph 29 CFR 1926.304(f) of the OSHA construction standards for woodworking tools mandates that “All woodworking tools and machinery shall meet other applicable requirements of American National Standards Institute, 01.1-1961, Safety Code for Woodworking Machinery”; and that ANSI standard also requires anti-restart switches for the same types of equipment.

But what about equipment not used for woodworking? For example, a band saw being used for cutting steel rods instead of wood? Or a drill press used to drill holes in pieces of angle iron as opposed to a piece of wood? Although the hazard is basically the same, the OSHA standards do not specifically require anti-start switches for equipment used to cut metal and other materials. However, OSHA did publish a letter of interpretation regarding this subject. In that letter, OSHA explains that the agency would refer to any applicable listing requirements for the equipment issued by Nationally Recognized Laboratories (such as Underwriters Laboratories), and where warranted enforce the use of anti-restart switches via 1910.303(b)(2) (listed or labeled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling). OSHA could also refer to applicable ANSI standards for specific types of equipment and, if they require a safety switch, the agency might cite the employer under the General Duty clause of The OSH Act of 1970 (employers must protect workers from recognized hazards). OSHA could also issue a citation under the General Duty Clause if it was determined that a safety switch originally installed by an equipment manufacturer was later removed or bypassed by the employer, or was not maintained in a functioning state.

So what options do employers have if they determine their equipment does not have a properly functioning anti-start up switch? Equipment manufacturers and their vendors may have replacement safety startup switches that could be installed by a qualified electrician. There are also after-market devices available in different configurations that can be plugged into, or wired in lieu of, power cords for equipment (again, by a qualified electrician), such as those marketed by JDS Products (www.jdsproducts.com) and other companies.

Amputations are a prevalent problem for operators of woodworking equipment, and not being aware that a piece of equipment has automatically restarted after a power interruption a contributing cause. Therefore, I will close by urging you to take an inventory of woodworking (and similar) equipment to determine if each piece is equipped with a properly-functioning anti-start switch, and installing one / repairing any that do not. And please add safety starter switches to your site or equipment safety inspection checklists if not already on there. Your actions could possibly save an employee, and you, from suffering a lot of grief, pain and misery.

New system allows qualified trucks to bypass some ADOT ports of entry

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PHOENIX ‒ To help interstate commerce flow more efficiently while promoting safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation is adding a system that automatically checks the weight and registration of qualified commercial trucks without requiring them to stop as they enter the state.

“Using cutting-edge technology allows us to enforce safety requirements on trucks that enter Arizona while letting trucks that comply with our rules to continue on their way,” said Tim Lane, director of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, which operates commercial ports of entry. “We’re eliminating friction that can be costly for both the trucking companies and the state of Arizona.”

The Drivewyze Preclear technology, similar to a system in place since 2015 near three ADOT interstate highway rest areas, uses geofencing technology and sensors embedded in the roadway to identify and check the weight, credentials and safety status of trucks that subscribe to the service as they approach seven Arizona ports of entry from California, Utah and New Mexico.

The driver’s cellphone or an electronic logging device in the truck’s cab then receives instructions. Trucks registered with Drivewyze that pass the tests may continue on their way, though like other trucks some will be selected at random for safety checks. Registered trucks that are overweight or have paperwork issues will be instructed to stop for inspection.

“If we pull over every truck, it causes unnecessary delays for drivers and companies that have complied with Arizona’s regulations,” Lane said. “This system will allow us to increase enforcement in the cases where we need to do that.”

The system is being added at these locations over the coming month:
  • Interstate 8: Yuma
  • Interstate 10: Ehrenberg near the California line, and San Simon near the New Mexico line
  • Interstate 15: St. George, just north of the Arizona-Utah line
  • Interstate 40: Topock near the California line, and Sanders near the New Mexico line
  • State Route 68 and US 93: Kingman
For the past two years, a similar system at the McGuireville Rest Area on I-17, the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on I-19 and the Sacaton Rest Area on I-10 has used sensors and cameras to determine a commercial vehicle’s approximate weight and check the status of its registration, U.S. Department of Transportation number, fuel tax assessment and carrier safety records. A sign instructs vehicles exceeding weight requirements to pull into the rest areas to be weighed and inspected.

Reducing wait times at commercial ports is among ADOT’s priorities using the Arizona Management System. Championed by Governor Doug Ducey, the system has employees continuously looking for ways to make state agencies more valuable to customers.

ADOT’s other steps in the past year to remove barriers to commercial travel include training truckers and trucking firms in Mexico on inspection requirements to reduce delays at the border without sacrificing safety.

MSHA Screening Shows For Third Straight Year No Mines Eligible for a Pattern of Violations Notice

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MSHA announced today that – for the third consecutive year – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern of Violations notice. The screening period started on July 1, 2016, and ended on June 30, 2017.

The POV provision in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 is one of MSHA’s toughest enforcement tools. The agency reserves the provision for mines that pose the greatest risk to the health and safety of miners, particularly those with chronic violation records.

The Mine Act authorizes MSHA to issue a POV notice to mine operators that demonstrate a disregard for the health and safety of miners through a pattern of significant and substantial violations. It requires mines that receive POV notices to be issued withdrawal orders – temporarily ceasing operations until the violation is abated – for all significant and substantial, or “S&S” violations.

“A number of mine operators have proactively implemented corrective action programs to address specific hazards at their mines to improve miner safety and health, and those efforts are paying off,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Patricia W. Silvey. “Throughout the year, MSHA works with mine operators and miners to identify and correct recurring hazards.”

In January 2013, MSHA published its final POV rule to strengthen safety measures in the nation’s most dangerous mines. The regulation enables MSHA to consider mitigating circumstances before issuing a POV notice and encourages mine operators to implement a corrective action program if they are approaching a POV.

In recent years, MSHA developed two online tools to help mine operators monitor compliance – the POV monitoring tool, which alerts mine operators that they meet the screening criteria and should take appropriate corrective actions; and the S&S rate calculator that enables mine operators to monitor their S&S violations.

Transportation Newsletter - August 2017

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OSHA’s New Policy on Monorail Hoists in Construction

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OSHA announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements.

The policy change was made in response to comments from stakeholders and in recognition that a monorail hoist – which is attached to a fixed monorail mounted on equipment such as trucks, trailers, or scaffolding systems – is significantly different from other cranes and derricks in construction.

Some monorail hoists can be extended and contracted in only a fixed horizontal direction. They do not rotate, swing on a hinge, or boom out much farther than the equipment on which they are mounted. They are often used in construction to hoist precast concrete components, storage tanks, and mechanical equipment.

Under the new policy, the agency will not cite employers for failing to meet the requirements of Subpart CC if they meet the requirements of the overhead hoists and general training standards.

The general industry requirements for monorail hoists remain intact.

“This enforcement policy is a commonsense approach to addressing industry concerns while also ensuring workers are protected,” said Dean McKenzie, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction.

Electronic submission of injury and illness records to OSHA

Available August 1st

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The Injury Tracking Application (ITA), will be accessible from the ITA webpage on August 1, 2017, where employers will be able to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA form 300A. The deadline for submitting the 2016 data is December 1, 2017.

The data submission process involves four steps:
(1) Creating an establishment;
(2) Adding 300A summary data;
(3) Submitting data to OSHA; and
(4) Reviewing the confirmation email.

The secure website offers three options for data submission manual entry, file upload and electronic data transmission.

The new rule (proposed for delay) requires certain employers (250+ Employees or 20+ Employees for certain high risk industries) to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

The ITA webpage also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of frequently asked questions and a link to request assistance with completing the form.

Transportation News - July 2017

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OSHA Proposes Delay

Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting

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OSHA says they need more time to review the electronic reporting law for questions on law and policy. The proposed delay would mean employers would now electronically report their 2016 injury and illness data by December 1st 2017 (previous scheduled for July 1st, 2017).

OSHA invites the public to comment on the proposed deadline extension electronically at WWW.REGULATIONS.GOV

The new rule (proposed for delay) requires certain employers (250+ Employees or 20+ Employees for certain high risk industries) to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. OSHA will provide a secure website that offers multiple options for data submission (manual entry, file upload, electronic data transmission).

The new rule was scheduled to be phased in over 2 years.

FMCSA 2017 Road Check

Notes from an Observer

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I was honored this year to be involved with Road Check 2017 as an observer in Flagstaff through our association with Arizona Rock Products. Having been a driver myself for over twenty to years with FedEx Freight, I knew from a drivers perspective how I felt when getting pulled into an inspection. So it was interesting finding out from a DOT Enforcement officer’s perspective of how they felt, what was their point of emphasis and finally how do they normally approach the situation.

Road Check is an annual program that looks at drivers, paperwork and equipment for commercial motor vehicles. There are three separate levels of inspection depending primarily on the location. A level one inspection is an in-depth procedure covering a 37 step process, where as a level two and three subsequently cover different aspects of inspection.

Every year CVSA targets special safety aspects of a Commercial Motor Vehicle. This year’s focus was on cargo securement. Although cargo securement is a normal part of the inspection process, it was given specific emphasis this year due to the numerous safety violations DOT and the CVSA have seen over the past year. According to DOT/CVSA the leading cause for cargo securement violations are:

unsecured spare tires


From my observation, one of the primary reasons for CMV’s getting pulled into a level one inspection was the overall general condition of the truck. Articles hanging from and under the bed of a trailer or tractor, air leaks, tape on the electrical or airlines, or no reflective tape on the rear of vehicle were common conditions getting the attention of the inspectors.

From a neutral perspective it was comforting to see how professional, personal and down to earth the AZDOT and Highway patrol men and women were doing these inspections. The experience levels of these officers ranged from trainee up to over thirty years of experience from all over Arizona including as far south as Sahuarita, Nogales and Rio Rico. All of the officers were very helpful and willing to explain their approach and procedures.

- Allan Henson, Director of Transportation

Be Heard

Public Meeting - Sonoran Corridor

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State and federal officials want to know what you think about a proposed Sonoran Corridor connecting Interstate 10 and Interstate 19 south of Tucson International Airport as they begin an anticipated three-year environmental study of the idea.

Next week, officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will host two public meetings to gather public input. The meetings are scheduled for

* Wednesday, June 7, at the Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport, 4550 S. Palo Verde Road, Tucson

* Thursday, June 8, at the Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church, 70 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita

Both meetings will take place at 5:30 – 7 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

The meetings are part of a public scoping process that allows the community the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments and concerns about potential locations for the proposed corridor as well as environmental considerations, impacts on wildlife habitat and cultural resources and other modes of transportation that may be considered.

Public comment also is welcome through July 15 in several ways:

* Online survey: azdot.gov/SonoranCorridor

* Email: Sonorancorridor@azdot.gov

* Toll-free bilingual information line: 855-712-8530

* Mail:

Sonoran Corridor Tier 1 EIS Study Team
c/o ADOT Communications
1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Transportation Newsletter - June 2017

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What to Expect During 2017 Road Checks

DOT Compliance Checks

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The Roadcheck event gives government, industry, and academia an opportunity to get a measurement of the level of motor carrier safety and security by comparing roadside inspection data to prior years. The 62,796 truck and bus inspections completed during Roadcheck 2016 offered a sizable sample for assessing the current level of motor carrier safety. The Roadcheck is an opportunity to highlight safety and security on our highways. Finally, the Roadcheck event allows an opportunity for those interested in promoting truck and bus safety to participate.

Drivers need to be trained on how an inspector inspects a vehicle and how to follow the instructions. Training should also cover how drivers should handle themselves during a roadside inspection.

A driver could be directed to pull into a fixed or mobile roadside inspection site. The roadside inspection procedure begins with a driver interview.
The interview will include a check of the:

  • Driver credentials (Driver’s License/CDL, medical certificate)
  • Driver’s hours-of-service compliance (logbook or electronic logging device)
  • Carrier and vehicle credential documents (markings, lease agreements, proof of annual inspection, IFTA, IRP, etc.)
  • Shipping papers (bills of lading, HM shipping papers, etc.)

During this time, the officer will also be assessing the driver’s condition. If the driver cannot answer simple questions, cannot follow simple instructions, or appears to have some type of problem, the officer will investigate the driver further to determine if the driver is impaired,fatigued, or cannot speak English. If the vehicle will be inspected as well, the officer will also provide the driver with instructions related to the vehicle portion of the inspection.

CVSA has announced that the special emphasis area at this year’s Roadcheck is cargo securement. As well as emphasizing the securement regulations during inspections, officers will also be checking that drivers are conducting the required enroute cargo securement inspections.

For more information go to the CVSA Webpage

MSHA’s Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

Effective Date

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MSHA is delaying the effective date of the final rule from May 23, 2017 to October 2, 2017. This extension offers additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance. The extension notice will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 22, 2017. It is available for viewing at the Office of the Federal Register.

The final rule improves miners’ safety and health by requiring mine operators to: (1) conduct working place examinations to identify hazards before work begins in an area, (2) notify affected miners of hazardous conditions that are not corrected immediately; and (3) record the locations examined, the adverse conditions found, and the date of the corrective action.

MSHA is developing a variety of compliance assistance materials to assist the industry, which the agency will make available to stakeholders and post on the website at www.msha.gov.

Hazards of Heat Stress

Free Safety Webinar

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The North Carolina Dept. of Labor is offering a series of free 90-minute webinars on the hazards of heat stress in construction and general industry. At the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of methods to prevent or minimize exposure to excessive heat in order to prevent heat stress. In addition, students will be able to recognize symptoms of heat stress along with tips on how to treat heat stress victims.

Check out the NCDOL webpage for dates and registration information.

During the month of April the National Safety Council offered distracted driving webinars and now the training materials are available online. Join us in increasing awareness by sharing this information both throughout the workplace and with friends and family.

Access training materials here.

Did You See MSHA's Latest Press Release

Miners working alone

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On last week's MSHA quarterly training call, Patricia W. Silvey, deputy assistant secretary of labor for operations, highlighted the number of mining related fatalities this year in which miners were working alone at the time of a fatal accident. In the first three months of 2017, five miners died in accidents that occurred when they were working alone on mine property. Due to this startling fact, MSHA announced an initiative to raise awareness of the hazards miners face when working alone can not be avoided.
MSHA points out that among other best practices minders should:

  • Think about the task:
    • Does the miner have adequate training, knowledge, skills and equipment to do the job safely?
    • Does the miner need help to complete the job?
  • Always inform a responsible person where the miner will be working and traveling in the mine.
  • Before beginning any task, identify the hazards.
  • Don’t take shortcuts.
  • Use customary check-in/check-out procedures.

For more details on the outreach initiative and about these fatalities, visit MSHA's website.

Hands Free Driving - Is Now Law in Tucson

What you need to know

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It's official! The new law to ban the use of a hand-held device while driving went into effect May 1st. The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted in March to make violation of the ban a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you. Texting while driving already was banned in the city, but the new rules expand that ban to phone calls and the use of other hand-held mobile communication and electronic devices. The new violation is classified as a civil traffic matter, starting with a $100 fine for a first non-accident offense, $250 for the second offense, and subsequent offenses are $500. For violations involving a traffic accident, there will be a penalty of $500. Mayor and Council agreed to review the ordinance in six months to see how it's working and whether it needs to be strengthened. If you don't have bluetooth available in your car, you can search the internet for adapters and other ways to make it possible to be hands free while in your vehicle.

Check out the PSA provided by Channel 12

Transportation News - May 2017

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Worker's Memorial Day - April 28th

OSHA honors workers who lost their lives on the job

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What Are the Latest Trends in Safety

and How Do We Continue to Drive Down the Number of Injuries and Fatalities?

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Everyone agrees we have made great strides in safety. You only need to at look at the numerous charts and graphs to see the significant declines in serious and fatal injuries over the last several decades. However when taking the shorter view the picture looks like more of a plateau. So the big question is where do we go from here and how do we continue to drive the trends downward.

Safety Management to Safety Leadership – Have you ever heard that all safety regulations are written in blood? If so, you know that most occupational health and safety regulations were put in place after one or more people died. Too much of our safety efforts are reactive. Too much time is spent managing systems and documentation which distracts from the human factor. In the end the success of our safety programs will come from effectively engaging and motivating people.

Safety Culture to Safety Community – Yes, it is important for an organization to establish and maintain a culture which strongly values the wellbeing of their employees. However the new safety paradigm should also recognize the community within the culture. Who are the people in the workplace? How to best communicate safety to all the different community constituents? What is the right message, format and media? And how do you engage the entire community in the ongoing safety conversation?

Safety Behaviors to Safety Beliefs – Actions (behaviors) are motivated by beliefs. In order to

influence a certain behavior you must first change the underlying belief. Beliefs are built on experiences. We can have all the right words and even have an intellectual understanding of something but we only truly know what we have lived.

Safety leaders within Safety communities will create the experiences to allow us all to believe that zero incidents is possible. In turn everyone at all levels will to take actions aligned to that belief.

Transportation Newsletter – March 2017

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March Newsletter

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries—Key Findings

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The U.S. Department of Labor released its occupational injuries summaries in mid-December 2016. Key findings (as reported by the CFOI) are listed below. As you read through these statistics, think about how they apply to you. Do you or someone you work with fall into one of the groups included in the summary? Did you or someone you work with experience an injury or near miss in the last year or two?
  • Annual total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest since 5,214 fatal injuries in 2008.
  • The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015, at 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43
  • Hispanic or Latino workers incurred 903 fatal injuries in 2015—the most since 937 fatalities in 2007.
  • Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, the second-largest number for the group since the national census began in 1992, but decreased from the 2014 figure of 684.
  • Roadway incident fatalities were up 9 percent from 2014 totals, accounting for over one-quarter of the fatal occupational injuries in 2015.
  • Workplace suicides decreased 18 percent in 2015; homicides were up 2 percent from 2014 totals.
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation.· The 937 fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015 represented the highest total since 975 cases in 2008
  • Fatal injuries in the private oil and gas extraction industries were 38 percent lower in 2015 than 2014.
  • Seventeen percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity in 2015 rather than for their direct employer at the time of the incident.
  • Non-Hispanic Black or African-American workers incurred 495 fatal work injuries in 2015, the most since 2008.· Workers age 45 years and older accounted for 58 percent of workplace fatalities in 2015 but they accounted for only 45 percent of the total hours worked.
Behind the statistics lie the real stories of the people, workplaces, families and communities impacted by these fatalities. The best way to honor those who lost their lives in work related incidents is to do what you can to prevent future deaths. Influence the culture at your company. Know your company’s safety policies. Make suggestions to improve those policies and practices. Put safety on the daily by reminding those around you of the safe way to do the work. Be the voice of those lost to work place incidents.

Celebrate National Wear Red Day

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Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® Friday, February 3, 2017, encourage others to do the same and make the time to Know Your Numbers. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

Transportation Newsletter - February 2017

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Work Related Mining Deaths in 2016 - The Results are In

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The Mining Safety & Heath Administration, reported 2016 as the lowest number of deaths ever recorded at our nation’s mines. Twenty-five miners lost their lives in work related accidents. This number is down from the 29 work related deaths recorded in 2015.

Nine of the 25 fatalities occurred in coal mines; four in West Virginia, two in Kentucky, and one each in Alabama, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The leading causes of death were powered haulage and machinery, which accounted for six of the deaths.

A total of 16 deaths were reported in metal and nonmetal mines in 2016. Mississippi and Texas led with two, followed by one each in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. The leading cause of death in these mines was machinery accidents, at four, followed by powered haulage, at three. All deaths occurred at surface mines.

Of the 16 deaths at MNM mines:

  • · 12 were employees
  • · 4 were contractors
By Commodity
  • 4 - Truck Driver (25%)
  • 4 - Supervisor (25%)
  • 4 - Heavy Equipment Operator (25%)
  • 2 - Mechanics (13%)
  • 1 - Miner (6%)
  • 1 - Drill Operator (6%)
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Choosing the Right Respirator

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Yes, there are lots and lots of respirators out there. But how do you know if you need to wear one, and if you do, how do you know which one to chose?

The first step is to know what your exposed to and how much exposure you have. But where to start?

  • Some dangerous inhalants, such as lead or methylene chloride, have their own OSHA standard. If you or your employees are exposed to these, the OSHA standard will provide specific guidance.
  • When you or your workers notice odors, irritants or experience trouble breathing, you must figure out the source and find the best way to eliminate or reduce exposure.
  • If your workplace has fumes, dust, aerosols or other visible emissions, you must evaluate the need for protection.

Once you know what airborne contaminants exist in your workplace, assess your exposure compared to the permissible exposure limit for the contaminant. Exposures above the limit require action.

There are many different types of respirators and multiple factors to consider when selecting the right one. Things such as the physical work environment, employee health limitations and individual comfort should influence selection. You want to select a mask you or your employee can actually wear when doing the work.

Different types of respirators fall into 2 basic categories:

  • Air-Purifying Respirators; Dust Mask, Half Masks, Full Facepiece, and Powered Air Purifying
  • Air-Supplying Respirators; Supplied Air, and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Many air-purifying respirators require cartridges designed to filter out specific contaminants. Effective protection will require the right respirator/cartridge combination.

Once you select the appropriate respirator, the next step is to ensure it fits. We all come in different shapes and sizes and therefore so do respirators and masks.

Before using your respirator you must complete both a medical evaluation and fit test.

In addition, your employer must have a written respiratory protection plan. Employees must be trained prior to using a respirator and at least annually. Training should include the need for respiratory protection, proper fit, use, storage and maintenance, what to do in emergencies, and how to recognize medical conditions which may limit effectiveness of the respirator.

Now that you have the basics, what’s next?