New Web page on protecting workers from exposure to Ebola virus
To assist workers and employers, OSHA has launched a new Ebola Web page
that provides information about the disease and how to protect workers.
It includes sections on the disease itself, hazard recognition, medical
information, standards for protecting workers, control and prevention,
and additional resources. The page provides protection information for
health care workers; airline and other travel industry personnel;
mortuary and death care workers; laboratory workers; border, customs
and quarantine workers; emergency responders; and workers in other
critical sectors. It also links to the CDC and NIOSH Web pages on Ebola.
The Web page also includes a new OSHA fact sheet on
protecting workers (not in healthcare or laboratories) involved in
cleaning and decontamination of surfaces that may be contaminated with
OSHA extends compliance date for crane operator certification requirements
OSHA has issued a final rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule
published Aug. 9, 2010 by three years, to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also
extends by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that
crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. The final rule
becomes effective Nov. 9, 2014.
the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification
requirements for the cranes standards including the role of operator
certification. The final cranes and derricks rule required crane
operators on construction sites to meet one of four
qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After publishing
the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the
standard's requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of
crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was
sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their
equipment safely on a construction site. For more information, see the news release.
expanding requirements to report severe injuries to OSHA, updated
recordkeeping requirements published in the Federal Register
The final rule that will require employers to notify OSHA of all
work-related hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye in
addition to workplace fatalities has been published in the Federal Register.
The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt
from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect Jan. 1,
2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction. For more
information, visit www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014.