New Confined Space Entry Regulations – Starting October 2nd

OSHA has added a new sub-part to their existing Confined Space Entry standard. This change addresses construction-specific hazards that will be enforced beginning October 2nd, 2015. The construction industry encounters unique hazards and is subject to a higher risk of death and serious injury. This prompts the request for specific modifications to be made to the current confined space entry standard.

Confined Space Communication

The additional regulations encourage employers to heighten communication throughout every step of the confined space entry process, including the clear communication of roles and responsibilities, proper pre-entry procedures, atmospheric testing, and acquisition of the appropriate permits. OSHA believes once properly implemented by employers, this final rule will reduce the amount of fatalities and injuries in confined spaces by 96 percent (from OSHA’s Final Rule, 5/04/2015).

The nature of a confined space can be unpredictable. It is essential to train employees and all personnel involved about the changes to the confined space entry in construction standard. Learn about the roles and responsibilities to assure understanding of each person involved in the process:

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Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a newly updated Confined Space Entry online training course that includes the newest confined space in construction regulations. There are also toolbox talks that cover the same regulations.

Do You Know Where Fall Hazards Are Present in Your Workplace?

Fall protection is a safety standard that applies to nearly every industry. According to OSHA, fall prevention safety standards were included in the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014 (From OSHA.gov).

OSHA created the annual campaign called the National Safety Stand-Down with its intent to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. It is critical that all employers and employees in all industries communicate directly about safety and learn to identify the conditions and behaviors that cause falls.

The following identify some specific conditions and behaviors that cause falls:

Stairways:
– Carrying objects that block the view of the steps
– Running
– Failure to use the handrail
– Working in areas cluttered by objects
– Inattention

Ladders:
– Use of ladders that do not suit the job
– Use of ladders that are in poor condition
– Improper ladder placement
– Improper ladder use
– Reaching/leaning too far
– Using a step ladder that is too short

Scaffolds:
– Using scaffolds without guard rails or toe boards
– Using poorly constructed scaffolds
– Using scaffolds without bracing to prevent sway
– Rushing your work

Floor Openings:
– Working around uncovered floor openings
– Working near floor openings that have been insufficiently covered
– Working around floor openings that have been insufficiently marked

Wall Openings:
– Failing to ensure that wall openings are barricaded
– Working near wall openings that may break easily
– Failing to tie-off when working near exposed wall openings

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a fall prevention training course describing the basic components of a fall protection program including identifying fall hazards, how to use fall arrest systems and equipment, ways to develop controls for safe work practice and maintaining fall protection equipment.