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OSHA VIDEO: RESPIRATOR FIT & USE GUIDANCE

OSHA has produced two new videos that feature guidance on respirator safety. The "Respirator Safety" video shows healthcare workers how to correctly put on and take off respirators, such as N95s. The "Difference Between Respirators and Surgical Masks" video explains the particular uses for each one and how they prevent worker exposure to infectious diseases. Visit the Department of Labor's YouTube site to see the latest videos.

OSHA OFFERS BOOKLET ON Cr(VI) EXPOSURE

Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is a toxic form of the element chromium. Cr(VI) may be used in pigments, metal plating, wood preservatives, fungicides, and in chemical synthesis as an ingredient and a catalyst. Cr(VI) may be present in fumes generated during the production or welding of chrome alloys, and is often used in stainless steel. Cr(VI) can cause cancer and damage to the nose, throat and lungs of exposed workers. OSHA has recently announced a new Hexavalent Chromium booklet that explains OSHA's hexavalent chromium standards and helps employers and employees know the best ways to prevent illness and death caused by exposure in the workplace. Visit OSHA's publications Web page for more resources on hexavalent chromium and other information on staying safe and healthy on the job.

TIME TO POST THE OSHA ANNUAL SUMMARY

It’s that time again! Beginning Feb. 1, employers must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. As a reminder, employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) - not the OSHA 300 Log. The posting must be available from Feb.1 to Apr. 30, and is to be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

ASSE Greater Boston Chapter www.asseboston.com

NEW NIOSH PUBLICATION THE COST OF FATAL INJURIES

NIOSH recently announced the publication of "The Cost of Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1992-2001." The document includes measurements of the economic loss to society from the premature deaths of workers. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-154/

NEW NIOSH OFFICE OF CONSTRUCTION S&H

NIOSH announced its new Office of Construction Safety and Health in December. NIOSH intends to “ensure rigorous coordination of construction safety and health research” to help address the special problems in the industry. For more on current NIOSH construction research, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/top ics/construction/.

CPSC APPROVES FINAL RULE MANDATORY RECALL NOTICES

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Jan. 11, 2010, that it unanimously approved a new rule setting guidelines and requirements for information in mandatory recall notices. A mandatory recall can be ordered by the Commission or a U.S. District Court.

Each section of the rule is either required by Section 214 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), or CPSC has determined it will likely increase recall effectiveness by helping consumers:

  • (a)

    Identify the product subject to a recall

  • (b)

    Understand the hazard identified with the

product (c) Understand what remedy is offered regarding the product. The final rule goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The CPSC noted that in 2009, 100 % of the recalls announced to consumers were done voluntarily and cooperatively with impacted firms. As more products get recalled each year, the high rate of cooperative recall announcements negotiated by CPSC staff is a benefit to the safety of consumers.

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