reminds employers to post OSHA 300A injury/illness summary February
OSHA is reminding covered
employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number
of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 and
were logged on OSHA's Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and
illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30,
2015, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to
employees are usually posted.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in specific
low-hazard industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and
illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. Due to changes in
OSHA's recordkeeping requirements that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015,
certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both
exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA's website.
Visit the Updates to OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule Web page for more
information on recordkeeping requirements.
While still considered a
voluntary standard from an OSHA perspective, the NFPA 70E, Standard for
Electrical Safety in the Workplace, has become the industry accepted
best practices guide for electrical safety programs, employee training,
planning and executing energized electrical work tasks. The
Standard has evolved significantly since the first edition was
published in 1979. Later this month, the NFPA will release the
2015 edition which contains a number of significant changes from
previous, now considered obsolete by NFPA, editions.
As with previous NFPA 70E revision cycles, the NECA-IBEW Joint Safety
Committee will review the 2015 edition and modify the Sample EEW Policy
to correspond to the new content. The revised document, along
with a standardized training program, will be distributed to employers
before the end of the year.
Below are 3 of the most significant changes from the 2012 edition.
||Reformatting of Hazard Risk Tables -
In lieu of performing arc flash incident energy calculations, employers
could use Hazard Risk Tables to predict likelihood and severity of arc
flash hazards and to select PPE for arc and shock hazards. The
tables no longer are based upon risk, which is left up to the Qualified
Person to determine, nor do they include direction for use of voltage
rated gloves or insulated tools.
||Deletion of HRC 0 & Clarifying
“Normal Operation” - Hazard Risk Category 0, which is basically the
standard PPE worn every day for normal construction activities, was
prescribed by earlier editions of 70E to protect workers from
explosions and similar hazards when they interacted with electrical
equipment without direct exposure to energized parts. I.E.
switching on / off breakers with equipment doors on. The HRC 0
category is deleted in the 2015 edition. This is not to say a
hazard never exists but that the Qualified Person must make that
determination. That determination is to be based upon “Normal
Operation” of equipment which meets the following criteria.
||The equipment is properly
||The equipment is properly
||All equipment doors are closed
||All equipment covers are in
place and secured; and
||There is no evidence of
||Warning Label Content - Labels must
now contain all the following information:
||Nominal system voltage
||Arc flash protection boundary
||At least one of the following:
||Incident energy at
||Minimum arc rating of
||Site specific level of PPE
||PPE selected using 70E
Perhaps even more important, 70E now
clarifies that the owner of the electrical equipment is responsible for
the documentation, installation and maintenance of the field installed