U.S. Department of Labor Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking to Protect Indoor and Outdoor Workers from Heat Hazards
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the period for submitting comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings. Comments on the ANPRM must now be submitted by January 26, 2022. The 30-day extension provides stakeholders more time to review the ANPRM and collect information and data necessary for comment.
Currently, OSHA does not have a heat-specific standard to protect millions of workers in indoor and outdoor work settings from exposure to hazardous heat conditions. In recent months, OSHA has initiated several efforts to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and deaths while working in hazardously hot indoor and outdoor environments. In addition to pursuing a heat-specific workplace rule, OSHA instituted a heat-related enforcement initiative and plans to issue a National Emphasis Program for heat-related safety efforts in 2022. The agency began the process of considering a heat-specific workplace rule to address heat-related illnesses when it published the Federal Register Notice on Oct. 27, 2021.
Submit comments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009, electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal is the only way to submit comments on this ANPRM.
OSHA has launched a new online portal for submitting applications for the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.
The new portal modernizes the application process for companies that qualify for VPP and makes it easier for candidates to start, continue and get assistance with submitting their applications. For more information, see OSHA’s news release, or visit www.osha.gov/vpp.
Hendrickson is looking for an experienced EHS professional to join their team! The individual in this position would be responsible for project work and assisting the implementation of Environmental, Health and Safety policies and programs that support business practices within the Clarksville, TN facility (TN OSHA Volunteer Star site).
Apply today! To learn about this position, click here. Interested candidates should contact Veronica Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Mgr HSE - Lab & Offices - Building Material SME & MOC (Creve Coeur, MO)
The position is an Lab & Offices HSE Manager Safety who assists in the development/implementation/management of comprehensive safety programs that address personnel safety and property protection in compliance with OSHA and corporate requirements for STL and other facility and lab operations in NA. Daily facility support is primarily for the STL site operations and approximately 3-4 other sites. This position could support other NA sites as needed. This position supports the emergency response program, serves as a primary contact for HSE reviews of both small and large scale projects managing hazardous building materials (e.g., asbestos, lead, chromium, etc.), serves as a reviewer for Research Process Hazard Analyses, supports high hazard program development (such as elevated work/fall protection, electrical safety, hexavalent chromium, paint abatement, etc.), and performs other HSE duties as needed.
Associate Mgr HSE - Lab & Offices - Business Partner (Chesterfield, MO)
The position is an HSE Manager-Safety who assists in the development/implementation/management of comprehensive safety programs that address personnel safety and property protection in compliance with OSHA and corporate requirements for STL and other facility and lab operations in NA. Daily facility support is primarily for the STL site operations but will support other NA sites as needed. This position supports the emergency response program, servers as the primary contact for one or more business partner organizations facility engineering groups (TDC, AE, & IE, Research and Development), Warehouses, Farm, and Leased sites, supports high hazard program development (such as hot work, breaking into pipelines, confined spaces, and LOTO), and performs other HSE duties as needed.
Press Release Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
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Falls Church, VA – The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) has joined the Board of Certified Safety Professionals® (BCSP®) as an Affiliate in support of the Global Learning Summit (GLS), a virtual safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professional development event hosted by BCSP to take place May 10-12, 2022.
As the Safety Director at JLG Industries, you will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and administration of onsite Health and Safety programs for our McConnellsburg manufacturing facility. You will play a critical part of our People First culture and an active role in ensuring all OSHA regulations are communicated and followed to sustain our OSHA VPP status. Come join our awesome team!
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The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that it is initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of heat-related hazards.
On days with a heat index of 80°F or higher, OSHA staff will prioritize heat-related interventions and inspections of work activities. The initiative applies to indoor and outdoor worksites in general industry, construction, agriculture, and maritime occupations.
During the Opening General Session at VPPPA’s 2021 Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, James (Jimmy) Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department (MTD), AFL-CIO, called attention to the impact and influence employees have on making safety in the workplace matter.
“Your success spells out worker success,” Hart told VPPPA attendees. “You have the power, wisdom, message, and means to not only teach but to make people listen.”
As Hart’s address came to a close, he stressed the importance for those in attendance to absorb the knowledge in each of their workshops. “Take that education, and the time you spend here, back home. Speak out loud, speak out strong – safety matters.”
During the Opening General Session at VPPPA’s 2021 Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, OSHA’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor, James Frederick, asserted the importance of increasing collaboration between OSHA and VPP participants.
“VPP is an important program for OSHA,” Frederick told VPPPA attendees. He continued that the program, “provides OSHA with an opportunity to work directly with employers who want to do the right thing – who take their responsibilities seriously, and have implemented safety and health management systems at their worksite.” As Frederick closed, he reiterates that an increase in collaboration between OSHA and VPP participants, both labor and management, would ensure VPP is as effective as possible in leading the way in both worker involvement, as well as health and safety management systems.”