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OSHA Extends Crane Certification Date By 1 Year

Thursday, November 16, 2017
OSHA issued a final rule on Nov. 9, 2017, extending the requirements for construction employers to comply with its crane operator certification rule until Nov. 10, 2018. The agency also announced plans to complete a rulemaking on the issues surrounding the crane operator certification program in the coming year.
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OSHA Clarifies Who Can Conduct Fall Protection Training

Thursday, November 02, 2017
In a response to a letter from International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) seeking clarification of who can conduct fall protection training, OSHA has indicated that anyone who is compliant with ANSI/ASSE Z359 (fall protection/arrest) and ANSI/ASSE Z490 (OSH training) will meet the definition of qualified in the agency's Walking and Working Surfaces rule.

Statement from ASSE on nomination of Scott Mugno as head of OSHA

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Jim Smith, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, made a statement regarding the nomination of Scott Mugno as head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA Releases Interim Guidance on Silica Enforcement

OSHA releases interim guidance on silica enforcement
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NIOSH Center to Research Occupational Robotics

Friday, October 20, 2017
Technology advancements are introducing more robots to mainstream workplaces. However, few studies have assessed the benefits and risks of having/using robots in the workplace. To address that need, NIOSH has launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research, where researchers will analyze potential benefits and risks of robotic workers and develop safety guidelines for safe interactions with [...]
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Good-Faith Enforcement & NORA Celebrates 20 Years

The September Government Affairs update includes items from OSHA, MSHA, big picture research and hurricane recovery efforts.​
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OSHA Top 10 Remains Familiar

Friday, September 29, 2017
On Sept. 26, 2017, OSHA announced its preliminary list (as of Sept. 5, 2017) of the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the 2017 fiscal year. Topping the list again this year are fall protection (1), hazard communication (2) and scaffolding (3).
 
 

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