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Enforcement on part of electrical safety rule delayed

Enforcement of part of the revised rule on electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations has been delayed until at least early 2017. Following legal challenges to the rule's revised minimum approach distances for voltages of 5.1 kilovolts or greater, the deadline for citations was extended until this past Jan. 31. However, in a new memorandum to agency regional administrators, the enforcement date was pushed back to Jan. 31, 2017.

Manufacturing regional emphasis program launched in Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas

Launched in late January, this program focuses on manufacturers (with more than 10 employees) that have not been inspected in the past five years, and that produce food, furniture, fabricated metal and machinery, among other goods.

Burden of proof eased for whistleblowers on retaliation claims

With a change to the manual outlining procedures for investigators about the handling of retaliation complaints, whistleblowers now do not have to prove conclusively that a violation occurred. Instead, cases will be evaluated by a reasonable cause standard, making it easier for cases to go forward.This shift makes it critical for employers to fully document why they take adverse action against an employee.

NIOSH Ladder Safety app now includes stepladders

NIOSH's Ladder Safety app, first released in 2013 to provide user-friendly guides and interactive tools for extension ladder selection and safe use, now includes stepladder safety resources and other enhancements based on user input. Visit the NIOSH Ladder Safety Mobile Application webpage to learn more.

New bulletins/hazard alerts

Hydrogen gas purging - new Safety and Health Information Bulletin

Tank gauging - A new hazard alert from OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identifies health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge or sample fluids on production and flowback tanks.

"Weight of evidence" to assist in classifying hazardous chemicals - A new draft document outlines how employers can use an approach known as "weight of evidence" to assist in classifying hazardous chemicals.

Scissor lifts - Newly updated hazard alert warns of the dangers of scissor lifts.

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