On May 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a Final Rule addressing Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR Part 1926). This new subpart will be a comprehensive standard comprised of a permit program aimed at protecting employees from associated work hazards in confined spaces, such as atmospheric and physical. Furthermore, the Final Rule includes ΓÇ£several provisions addressing construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements.ΓÇ¥ The new comprehensive subpart standard will replace OSHAΓÇÖs one training requirement for confined spaces. Confined spaces present a number of atmospheric and physical challenges that can be life-threatening if not addressed. Such challenges include limited or difficult exit points in case of emergency, exposure to toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. OSHAΓÇÖs Confined Space in Construction Final Rule considers such hazardous conditions and is written with an emphasis on training and communication for the employees to save and protect lives and property. U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 […]
For the last few weeks, we have held a water drive for local fire departments here at EWN. ┬áWe are reaching the time of the summer when there are constant grass fires and long days for these folks and the least we can do is keep them hydrated. ┬áWe are so proud of our EWN team, with close to 40 cases donated, we are filling up all the local fire departments & volunteer fire departments as well. ┬áEWN has also matched the donations from employees with donations to local fire departments for equipment or other needs.
OPERATOR QUALIFICATION: DEFINITION OF A ΓÇ£COVERED TASKΓÇ¥ The OQ NPRM proposes to change the OQ Rule criteria for what constitutes a ΓÇ£covered taskΓÇ¥ from the current 4-part test to a much broader 2-part test. Currently, a covered task is defined as follows: (1) Is performed on a pipeline facility; (2) Is an operations or maintenance task; (3) Is performed as a requirement of this part; and (4) Affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline. Under the pending NPRM, instead of determining a covered task by the 4-part test, PHMSA proposed to define a covered task as any maintenance, construction or emergency response task (part one) the operator identifies as affecting the safety or integrity of the pipeline facility (part two). PHMSAΓÇÖs assertion is that the ΓÇÿΓÇÿ4-part testΓÇÖΓÇÖ omitted important tasks, such as all construction tasks on new pipelines and certain operation and maintenance tasks not specifically required under 49 CFR 192 or 195. Recommendation from the Joint GPAC and LPAC Session on June 1, 2016: PHMSA proposed a┬ánew definition of covered and emergency response tasks were not adopted by the PACs. Instead, the PACs voted to retain a modified version of the current 4-Part test for covered tasks. Accordingly, […]
Cold stress can be an issue for workers that are required to labor in any type of cold environment for an extended amount of time. During cold temperatures, the human body works harder to maintain a consistent internal temperature. According to OSHA, cold stress occurs when an individualΓÇÖs core (or internal) temperature is lowered by a reduction in the skinΓÇÖs temperature as a result of exposure to weather elements. Prevention is the most important key to successfully combating cold stress and the related dangers. Prevention is a shared responsibility between employers and workers. Employers can provide worker training on how to prevent, recognize, and react to cold stress illnesses and injuries in the workplace. Additionally, employers should provide engineering controls, establish safe work practices, policies, and procedures, and provide warm break areas. However, employees must dress properly and use the proper PPE to effectively prevent cold stress illnesses and accidents. Although cold temperatures play a significant role in cold stress, there are other factors that contribute to the impact and severity of cold stress. These factors include wind chill, level of moisture, level of preparedness (both with dressing appropriately and first aid training), and workerΓÇÖs personal health and physical condition […]