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Eye and face protection standard updated

A final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction becomes effective April 25, 2016. The rule reflects current national consensus standards on up-to-date eye and face protection.

New webpage on aerial lifts features hazard recognition simulator

NIOSH has developed a webpage about aerial lifts and their risks to workers. The webpage refers to related publications as well as videos that show laboratory tests of an aerial lift responding to different events - such as tilting, wind speed and curb impact - under OSHA and ANSI standards and manufacturer recommendations. In addition, an aerial lift Hazard Recognition Simulator allows users to operate a virtual aerial lift and identify hazards such as potholes.

NIOSH updates document on working in hot environments

NIOSH recently updated its 30-year-old document on hot work environments to better reflect the latest research and knowledge. Published Feb. 29, the revised "Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments" incorporates data from the latest studies on the understanding of heat on the human body; new knowledge on factors that can increase a worker's risk of heat-related illness, including one's age, weight and sex; and the updated definition of heat stress.

Regional Emphasis Program (REP) on poultry processing launched in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

With more than 1 in 14 poultry-processing workers suffering recordable injuries or illnesses on the job, a REP focusing on musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic problems among at-risk poultry-processing workers was launched in the three states. The REP that will run through Sept. 30, 2016 unless extended, will start with education, but will also redirect resources and increase the probability of inspections at establishments in the poultry processing industry.

Local Emphasis Program (LEP) on meat processing industry launched in Nebraska

The higher-than-average rate of injury in the meat processing industry in Nebraska has led to the launch of the LEP, which focuses education and enforcement on musculoskeletal and repetitive motion injuries, machine guarding, control of hazardous energy and process safety management. The program begins with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach activities when employers should bring their facilities into compliance with federal safety and health standards, if they are not already. This emphasis program ends Sept. 30, 2016, unless extended.

REP on protecting workers from struck-by vehicle hazards renewed in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Since 2012, of all fatalities investigated in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, 20 percent have involved struck-by vehicle hazards. Employers are encouraged to visit the Construction Struck-by eTool and obtain educational materials in both English and Spanish from local OSHA offices. The program ends Sept. 30, 2016, unless extended.

Public comment period on guidance for determining potential health hazards of chemicals extended

To allow stakeholders more time to review and comment, the public comment period is extended to May 2, 2016, for the draft Guidance on Data Evaluation for Weight of Evidence Determination.

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