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Silica Rule for Construction, Maritime and General Industry Compliance

OSHA’s silica rule for construction has been in effect for over 2 years now and businesses were to comply by June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date, and General Industry and Maritime had additional time before total compliance was required on June 23, 2018.  For those of you still struggling with how to comply with the standard or need training call us at (800) 819-6092.  OSHA also has a variety of resources available on their website to help you with compliance, including videos and a frequently asked question section SILICA

Recordkeeping Rule: When and How to Submit OSHA Form 300A

The rule requires certain high-hazard businesses with 20 to 249 employees to electronically submit their OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and all businesses with 250 or more employees to also electronically submit their OSHA 300A form.  OSHA is no longer requiring or accepting the 300 or 301 Forms from businesses with 250 or more employees as previously required.  This is one change to the original rule that was released in 2016.  The 2019 forms are due by March 2. RECORDKEEPING

Extension in Compliance Date for the General Industry Beryllium Standard

On August 8, OSHA issued a final rule to extend the compliance date for supporting requirements in the general industry beryllium standard to December 12, 2018.  This extension affects provisions for methods of compliance, work areas, personal protective clothing, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communications, and recordkeeping.  The compliance date extension does not affect the compliance dates for other requirements of the general industry beryllium standard.  OSHA expects to complete revisions to its beryllium standards by the end of fiscal year 2019. BERYLLIUM

Excavation in construction

Another big area that OSHA will be focusing on is trenching and excavation hazards in construction; the agency’s goal is to abate 1,400 of these hazards in fiscal year 2019.  As always, the focus is to ensure that employers are protecting their employees before allowing them to work in a trench or excavation. EXCAVATION

Self Reporting Injuries and Fatalities

In addition, responding to employers self-reporting of injuries will continue to increase the amount of unprogrammed (unplanned) inspections OSHA conducts.  OSHA states that they are seeking 42 new full-time employees for enforcement. They are also looking to add 32 employees for areas such as compliance assistance, outreach and the Voluntary Protection Programs. REPORTING

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