OSHA ISSUES PROPOSED
CONFINED SPACES IN CONSTRUCTION
Citing the fact that confined spaces in construction
remains a major workplace issue, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule on November 28,
2007 to address hazards. The rule classifies four space types
based on physical and atmospheric hazards: isolated-hazard confined
spaces, controlled-hazard confined spaces, permit-required confined
spaces, and continuous system permit-required confined spaces.
Proposed requirements for addressing each type of confined space
are tailored to control the different types of hazards. OSHA
said a separate standard was necessary because of the construction
industries “unique characteristics,” including higher
turnover rates and the number of employees performing short-term
tasks at multiple work sites. PSTS, Inc. will include this new
information during the conduct of 10-Hour and 30-Hour Construction
Safety & Health Courses.
ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE ON EMPLOYER PAYMENT FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE
Under the new rule, all required PPE, with few
exceptions, must be provided at no cost to the employee. The
new rule went into effect on February 13, 2008 and employers
must implement its provisions by May 15, 2008. PSTS, Inc. will
include this information during HAZWOPER and HAZMAT Training.
We are available to conduct inspections at facilities to ensure
OSHA PROPOSES RULE TO CONTROL ENERGY
AND OTHER SHIPYARD HAZARDS
A recent proposed rule aims to help reduce hazards
and provide greater protection for shipyard employees, with special
attention to the control of hazardous energy. OSHA said a detailed
examination of statistics indicated hazardous energy is responsible
for a significant percentage of shipyard fatalities and injuries.
The standard addressed diverse working conditions in shipyard
employment, including housekeeping, lighting, and utilities,
confined, or isolated spaces, lifeboats, sanitation, and medical
services / first aid. OSHA is accepting public comment on the
proposed rule until March 19, 2008. Interested parties may submit
comments electronically at www.regulations.gov.
PSTS, Inc. will present this information during Shipyard Safety
Calvin C. Williams, Owner and President of Professional
Safety Training Services, Inc., has more than 20 years of shipbuilding
experience. At 21 years of age in 1957, he was the first and
youngest African American to serve as a Ship Fitter Supervisor
at the New York Shipyard in Camden, New Jersey. He also worked
as a Supervisor at many shipyards including the Brooklyn Navy
Yard and served as a Nuclear Quality Control Inspector on the
construction of nuclear powered Attack & Ballistic Missile
type submarines at Electric Boat/General Dynamics Corporation
in Groton, Connecticut. He was later promoted to Contract Negotiator
where he negotiated contract changes to submarines under construction
with U.S. Navy Negotiators at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding
in New London, CT and at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He has
been featured in many magazines for his shipbuilding expertise.
PSTS, Inc. visits shipyards throughout the USA and territorial
islands to teach shipyard workers how to work safely.