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OSHA issues 2014 Inspection Plan to reduce injuries at high-hazard workplaces.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014* program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The SST program is one of OSHA’s main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries.
  • “By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels.
  • To read more on the SST-14 Inspection Plan, read OSHA’s News Release.

Proposed rule issued to extend compliance date for crane operator certification requirements.
  • On August 9, 2010, OSHA issued a final standard establishing requirements for cranes and derricks used in construction work. The standard requires employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by November 10, 2014. Until that date, employers also have added duties under the standard to ensure that crane operators are trained and competent to operate the crane safely. The Agency is proposing to extend the deadline for operator certification by three years to November 10, 2017, and to extend the existing employer duties for the same period.
  • For a more in depth look at the proposed rule, see the proposal published by OSHA.

Transitioning to the OSHA Globally Harmonized System: Is your company prepared?
  • In 2012 OSHA issued one of the most significant regulatory changes to affect workplace health and safety practices in years. The Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule (HCS 2012) is expected to impact over 5 million workplaces and 40 million workers in the US alone.
  • The need for reform in HazCom regulations became clear as violations of the HCS made their way to the top ten lists of OSHA violations every year. To fulfill this need for change, OSHA built on the existing HCS by adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
  • As we pass the first milestone of implementing the new system, is your company taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance?
  • For more information on the Globally Harmonized System, including deadlines, visit ISNetworld’s ISN Insider to view the full article.

Cleargistix Partners with Focus Safety Services
Cleargistix LLC announced that it has agreed to a strategic partnership with Focus Safety Services, LLC of Lafayette, La. The agreement helps to broaden each company’s offering for safety and solutions in the oil and gas services field.
“We at have a stringent process of vetting opportunities for strategic partnerships, but this decision was easy for us,” said Cleargistix VP of Sales & Marketing Casey Richie. “We hear by the dozens that oil and gas service companies are looking to improve the efficiency and safety of their operation, but usually can only do one or the other.

NASA brought in to advise on reducing offshore drilling risk

The commonalities between roughnecks and astronauts sounds like the beginning of a bad joke.But the government’s offshore drilling inspector, the Bureau of of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, announced Thursday that NASA has agreed to advise them on reducing the risk of accidents.“Both BSEE and NASA work in harsh and uncompromising environments, relying on cutting edge technology to go deeper and further than previously thought possible,” BSEE Director Brian Salerno explained in a statement.Last week the offshore drilling bureau was taken to task for not doing enough to improve safety on drilling rigs following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.The Government Accountability Office said it still followed many of the same protocols on investigating incidents as it did in 2010.In NASA, the bureau has found itself a partner with a long history studying risk and reward.The aerospace agency, which trains astronauts and runs missions from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, employs a quantitative risk modelling technique that it uses on the likes of the Orion deep space program.“Whether the task takes one to deep space, or into the deep ocean, the analysis of the environment, training of personnel and risk mitigation factors are similar,” Jack James, technology transfer strategist at the Johnson Space Center, said in a statement.

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