OSHA's regional emphasis focuses on reducing illness, injury at high-hazard manufacturing facilities in three Midwestern states
OSHA recently launched a new Regional Emphasis Program in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska that focuses on high-hazard manufacturing industries where injury and illness rates exceed the average for the private sector. More than 340 workers died in fatal manufacturing incidents nationwide in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The emphasis program includes manufacturers of food, furniture, fabricated metal, machinery, nonmetallic mineral, and computer products, and is effective through Sept. 30, 2016, unless extended.
Regional and local emphasis programs are enforcement strategies designed to address high-risk industries. The programs include education and prevention outreach activities to share safety and health information with employers, associations and workers. Read the news release for additional information.
National Safety Stand-Down highlights importance of preventing falls in the construction industry
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training have announced May 2-6, 2016, as the official week for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls that remain the leading cause of death in the industry. Employers are encouraged to pause during their workday for topic discussions, demonstrations, and training on how to recognize hazards and prevent falls.
More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Down in 2014 and 2015. OSHA expects thousands of employers across the nation to join the 2016 event. To guide their efforts, OSHA hosts the official National Safety Stand-Down website with information on conducting a successful stand-down, including the 2016 Stand-Down video.
The National Safety Stand-Down in 2016 is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to take steps to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees on its proper use. For more information, see the news release.
UNDERSTANDING THE ANSI STANDARD
The ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 is now the approved standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories offering garment categories of performance classes. These classes are based on worker hazards and tasks, the complexity of the job site's background and vehicular traffic and speed.
Meant for off-road applications, Type 0 provides added visibility to workers who are not exposed to traffic. Type O HVSA provides daytime and nighttime environments which pose struck-by hazards from moving vehicles, equipment and machinery.
Enhanced visibility for workers who are exposed to highway traffic and working against complex backgrounds during daytime and nighttime environments. This includes exposure to vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel, roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zones or from work vehicles and construction equipment within a roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zone.
Enhanced visibility for emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel in both roadway and off-road environments. The standard requires less fluorescent background material in order to incorporate colored panels to easily identify and distinguish personnel. It also permits for shorter garments in order to make tactical access to equipment belts easier and safer.
Performance Class 1
Type O Only
Provides the minimum amount of high-visibility materials required to differentiate the wearer visually from noncomplex work environments, in scenarios in which the struck-by hazards will not be approaching at roadway speeds, and therefore operative detection and identification distances.
Performance Class 2
Type R & Type P
Provides for the use of additional amounts of high-visibility materials, which may allow design opportunities to define the human form more effectively. Performance Class 2 HVSA have the potential to provide longer detection and identification distances, and increased conspicuity performance compared to Performance Class 1 HVSA.
Performance Class 3
Type R & Type P
Performance Class 3 can offer greater visibility to the wearer in both complex backgrounds and through a full range of body movements by mandatory placement of background, retroreflective and combined-performance materials on sleeves and pant legs (if present).Regardless of the area of materials used, a sleeveless garment or vest alone shall not be considered Performance Class 3.
Supplemental Class E
Class E apparel includes pants, bib overalls, shorts, and gaiters. These garments are not compliant when they are worn alone, though, when combined with Class 2 or Class 3 apparel, the combination satisfies Class 3 requirements.