Monday, November 20, 2017

New Silica Standard Requires Pulmonary Function Testing by Trained Technicians.

The new Silica Standard requires that pulmonary function tests be performed by trained technicians. 

A pulmonary function test to include forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and FEV1/FVC ratio, administered by a spirometry technician with a current certificate from a NIOSH-approved spirometry course; 

Enroll in a NIOSH-approved spirometry course here: Rutgers School of Public Health - Center for Public Health Workforce Development

Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November

Crane HoistOSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements. In response, the agency published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. The additional one-year extension provides more time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Read the news release for more information

New Fact Sheets Available on Protecting Workers in the Shipyard and Maritime Industries

ShipyardOSHA has released four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards found in the shipyard and maritime industries. The subjects covered by the four fact sheets are pedestal crane safetyhousekeeping safetyfire and rescue in shipyard employment, and safe baggage handling.

Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu

Picture of a woman sitting at a desk and covering her nose with a tissue.
OSHA's Seasonal Flu webpage offers information about how to reduce the spread of the flu in workplaces. It provides information on basic precautions that should be used by employers and workers in all workplaces, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. OSHA provides additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings, such as strictly following infection control practices; using gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment to reduce exposures; and encouraging sick workers to stay home.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Center for Public Health Workforce Development

The Office of Public Health Practice has changed its name to the Center for Public Health Workforce Development.  Since 1998, the Office of Public Health Practice has been responsible for the continuing education and workforce development activities of the Rutgers School of Public Health.

The Center for Public Health Workforce Development is a leading provider of programs, training, and technical assistance.  Since our training center was initiated in 1977, we have trained over 750,000 individuals in occupational safety, environmental health, and public health topics.  Technical assistance provided to local health departments included development of logic models for tobacco control teams for their evaluation plans, training to implement quality improvement plans, and evaluating the impact programs have on workplace practice.

The Center for Public Health Workforce Development will continue our outstanding programming to meet the needs of our partners.  All of our existing projects will continue:
  • Atlantic OSHA Education Center (OSHA)
  • NJNY Hazardous Waste Worker Training Center (NIEHS)
  • NYNJ Education and Research Center (NIOSH)
  • Region 2 Public Health Training Center (HRSA)

We have invested thousands of hours to increase the capacity of the public health workforce, and our new name reflects the work we do.  The Center for Public Health Workforce Development continues to be the leader in developing public health programs for our partners in New Jersey, New York and beyond! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New York City Council Approves new Construction Safety Training Bill

Workers will be required to complete a total of 40-55 hours of training.  Training requirements take effect March 2018 and are phased in over a period of two years. Required courses include OSHA Construction Outreach Training, fall protection, and other training. 

More information. 

Silica Webpage Updated

Silica webpage updatedInformation on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website. The updated silica page contains links to guidance on complying with OSHA’s silica standards in both construction and general industry and maritime, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions.

2018 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls to be held May 7-11

A fall protection demonstration being given at a stand-down event held this year outside Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction will be held May 7-11, 2018. Sponsored by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training, the weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the work day to talk about fall hazards and prevention. In past years, more than 1 million workers participated in events.

OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

OSHA to delay enforcement of crystalline silica standard in the construction industryEnforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply. For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage.

Monday, September 18, 2017

OSHA’s Mobile-Friendly Publication on Training Requirements is Easy to Use on the Job

OSHA Training GuideOSHA's comprehensive guide to Training Requirements in OSHA Standards is a valuable reference to help employers, safety and health professionals, and training directors comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, at more than 250 pages, the printed version can be cumbersome to carry on some jobsites. That’s why the guide available in digital (MOBI and EPUB) formats; it can be read on a smartphone or tablet and easily searched for the standards that apply to specific industries or activities. Visit OSHA’s website to download a copy