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Safety Alerts

Extreme Heat

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. In 2001, 300 deaths were caused by excessive heat exposure.

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Marijuana Use Doubles Risk of Car Crash, Study Says

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance globally and recent statistics have shown a significant increase in use across the world. Rates of driving under influence have also increased, the paper said.

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Pitfalls to Avoid using Generic MSDSs

Getting an MSDS for every hazardous chemical at your workplace can be a big chore. Using an electronic service that provides access to generic MSDSs for particular chemicals eliminates the need to get the MSDS directly from the manufacturer or supplier. But while it can save you time, relying on a generic MSDS can also make you liable for Hazcom violations.

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Asbestos Rule changes took effect March 2, 2012 and will affect contractors, landfills, and large projects.

Ohio EPA is announcing changes to Ohio’s Asbestos Emission Control regulations took effect as of March 2, 2012. These rules affect contractors, landfills and large projects. The rule changes were implemented to provide clarification and to make the rules consistent with the federal asbestos NESHAP regulations at 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M. Some of the changes include:

A change to the definition of “small fragments” in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-20-01. OAC Rule 3745-20-01now defines “small fragments” as four (4) square inches or less to be friable or regulated asbestos containing material (RACM).  Also, large projects involving the renovation/demolition of multiple residential structures are to be considered a “Facility”.

OAC Rule 3745-20-05has been changed to require that all category two material (Cat ll) to bedisposed at a regulated asbestos landfill.

Information and copies of the new rule language can be found on Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control’s regulations website at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/regs/regs.aspx. The new rule language can be obtained online at:http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/27/regs/3745-20/3745-20-01_Final.pdf and http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/27/regs/3745-20/3745-20-05_Final.pdf

You may contact the Division of Air Pollution Control with your asbestos concerns at 614.644.2270


Outrigger Deployment
A recent safety awareness alert concerns outrigger deployment and cites five steps of responsibility in avoiding accidents. [see more]


Aug. 31, 2011
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a hazard alert, warning workers and employers of the dangers of using certain Eaton/Cutler-Hammer molded-case circuit breakers that were incorrectly rebuilt. The third-party rebuilder may have altered the circuit breakers – identified by model numbers EČK and EČKM – by using incorrect parts that can cause the breakers to malfunction.

The breakers were originally manufactured by Eaton/Cutler-Hammer as part of its EČ mining series breakers. At this time, the number of incorrectly rebuilt EČK and EČKM breakers or their locations are not known. The circuit breakers may appear to be new or properly rebuilt, but the third party rebuilder changed them from the manufacturer's original design.

OSHA developed this alert based on a similar notice recently issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration*. The alert warns that the rebuilt circuit breakers have incorrect voltage ratings on the covers. Because the covers do not meet manufacturer's specifications, they may lack proper safety features such as grounding and fault protection to prevent electrical shock, burns and fires. Since the potential for worker injury from breaker failure exists, employers must remove this equipment from service.

Instructions for what employers should do if their worksites are using EČK and EČKM breakers are listed in the alert. Employers should have a qualified person shut off power to the breakers, follow proper lockout/tagout procedures, and remove any defective breaker from service and replace it with one that a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) has properly certified.

Although the EČK and EČKM circuit breakers are intended for use in mining operations, OSHA recognizes that employers performing tunneling operations may purchase the same breakers. OSHA requires workplaces to use circuit breakers certified by an OSHA-approved NRTL. Employers that find one of the defective breakers should notify OSHA at 202-693-2300. Workers and employers also may contact the local OSHA office with questions about circuit breakers used in their worksites. Employers of small and medium businesses can receive free, confidential help to determine if there are hazards in their workplaces by contacting OSHA's On-site Consultation Program on the Web site or calling 800-321-6742.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

For questions and comments, please contact Kevin Cannon, Director, Safety & Health Services at cannonk@agc.org.

Raj Vohra
Administrative Assistant
Associated General Contractors of America
Safety & Health Services Department
2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 837-5409
Fax: (703) 837-5407
vohrar@agc.org


Isolating procedure for a typical medium-voltage gas switch with Dead-Break elbow. [see details]


Construction Safety Alerts

Ladder, scissor-lift recalls and more [see details]


Industrial Safety

Includes reports on Safety and OSHA [see details]