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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Occupational Safety And Health Administration News

Maritime Advisory Committee for OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking applicants for membership on the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). MACOSH advises OSHA on matters relevant to the safety and health of covered workers employed in the maritime sector.

Proposed Shipyard Safety Regulations Withdrawn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it was withdrawing its proposed shipyard safety regulations relating to scaffolds, welding, access, and fall protection. The reason for the withdrawal was that there are higher priority projects that require attention and the proposal needs updating. Source: HK Law

NG Shipbuilding Gulfport Awarded OSHA Star Status

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding's facility in Gulfport, Miss. has been recognized for exemplary shipyard safety and received "star" status in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). OSHA representatives presented the official VPP star status certification and flags to management and shipbuilders working at the Gulfport facility on July 29.

Orange Shipbuilding Signs Partnership with OSHA

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Orange Shipbuilding, Inc. has signed a one-year Strategic Partnership Program Agreement for Worker Safety and Health with the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This voluntary, cooperative relationship is designed to increase occupational safety and health and to reduce injuries and illnesses. Lewis J. Derbes, Jr., Conrad’s Vice-President and CFO commented, “The Company is committed to protecting its most valuable assets: its employees. Through their hard work and commitment to the Company’s safety principles, Conrad has become one of the safest shipyards in the United States and was distinguished as such by the Shipbuilders Council of America earlier this year.

OHSA – Asbestos in Shipyards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeks public comment on its proposal to expand the reporting requirements for shipyards with respect to its asbestos standard. Comments should be submitted by January 5, 2009. (Source: Holland & Knight)

OSHA Issued Notice on Shipyard Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice confirming that its incorporation by reference of 19 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to fire protection for shipyard employment. Source: HK Law

Meeting of Fire Protection

The Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee, sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet on February 5-7, 2002 in Houston, Texas. The Committee will review a working draft of the proposed regulatory text and other material. Source: HK Law

Shipyard Employment Fire Protection - Standards Proposed

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed fire protection standards for shipyard employment, addressing fire hazards both on land and on board vessels. The standards were developed through a negotiated rulemaking process. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 11, 2003. Source: HK Law

Horizon Enters into OSHA Partnership

Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002, the company became the first ocean carrier and marine terminal operator in the U.S. to sign an OSHA Strategic Partnership. This most recent activity allows Horizon Lines to make history by signing the newest partnership agreement that will focus on the health and safety of its labor force. The ceremony took place today at ILA Local 1575 Offices in San Juan.

OSHA Releases New Guidance on Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new guidance document, Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals , to help the maritime industry avoid traffic accidents and prevent or reduce work-related fatalities and injuries. Committee for Occupational Safety and Health in March, 2004. standard or regulation and it carries no new legal obligations. and safe driving techniques. incidents.

OSHA Releases New Guidance On Traffic Safety In Marine Terminals

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new guidance document, Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals, to help the maritime industry avoid traffic accidents and prevent or reduce work-related fatalities and injuries. The guidance document was recommended by the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health in March, 2004. It is not a standard or regulation and it carries no new legal obligations. Rather, it focuses on the factors that contribute to traffic related injuries and identifies measures to prevent them, such as safety checks, vehicle selection and maintenance, traffic controls, safe operation of vehicles, and safe driving techniques.

Conrad Industries Hosts National Safety Seminar

Conrad Industries, Inc. hosted the 2004 Shipbuilders Council of America Fall Safety Seminar at their Morgan City, LA facility, September 22-23. Attendees heard presentations on current shipyard health and safety issues, including CO2 Total Fire Protection Systems, Rigging Safety, and Fall Protection Systems. The Safety Seminar takes place twice a year at SCA member facilities to share current shipyard safety and health information. The format brings together federal agency, industry and safety professionals to candidly discuss shipyard safety and health issues.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Abrasive Blasting in Shipyards

New guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerts shipyard employers and their employees about abrasive blasting hazards and the controls that can be implemented to protect employees. employees may be exposed to during abrasive blasting. of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and training on the OSHA Hazard Communication and PPE standards. electricity, confined spaces, heat exposure and fall hazards. that has been detailed in the guidance.

NNS Receives Top Notch Rating

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has received the U.S. Government's highest rating for excellence in workplace health and safety. Federal Authorities from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded NNS on June 26 with re-certification at the Star level of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). OSHA grants this specific achievement to those companies with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs that promote employee protection while demonstrating continuous improvement. The shipyard first received the Star rating in 1995. Star VPP plants are revisited by OHSA every three to five years to verify the site is still in compliance with the VPP Star Standard.

OSHA Schedules Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an open meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) and its workgroups in Oakland, Calif., July 31 and Aug. The workgroups will meet on July 31 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. MACOSH will meet on Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Oakland, Calif., 94612. and health in maritime industries. Falls, Shipyards, and Outreach and Safety Culture. requirements guidance products, and industry pocket guides. Wallis, acting director, Office of Maritime, U.S. phone: (202) 693-2086. meeting should contact Vanessa L. July 20, 2007, to obtain appropriate accommodations.

OSHA Schedules Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting

Baltimore, Md., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7-8. The committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and III rooms Feb. 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. room Feb. Baltimore, Md., 21202. and health in the maritime industries. submitted to Vanessa Welch, Office of Maritime, U.S. Room N3622, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. than Jan. 31. of the presentation. Chairperson as time permits. contact Ms. Welch at 202-693-2086 no later than Jan. appropriate accommodations. Notice of the MACOSH meeting is expected to appear in the Jan. Federal Register.

OSHA to Hold Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an open meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) and its workgroups in Washington on Nov. 27 and 28, 2007. The workgroups will meet on Nov. 27, and MACOSH will meet on Nov. 28. Both meetings will be at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Office Building, 200 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C., 20210. The 15-person committee advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on issues relating to occupational safety and health in maritime industries. The committee has five workgroups: health, longshoring, cranes and falls, shipyards, and outreach and safety culture.

Pearl Harbor Shipyard Wins Navy Safety Award

Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter announced Aug. 19 that Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard won the Department of the Navy's Fiscal Year 2008 Safety Excellence Award. This is the second consecutive year the shipyard earned the DON Safety Excellence Award. In 2007, the shipyard was recognized for achieving elite "Star" status under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Programs. The 2008 award is for "Safety Ashore" in the industrial category. The annual award is the Navy's most prestigious safety award. It recognizes Navy and Marine Corps commands that demonstrate exceptional operational excellence by sustained mission success with simultaneous exemplary safety performance. This is the seventh year these awards have been presented.

OMB: Inspection of Towing Vessels

The proposed rule for Inspection of Towing Vessels has (finally) been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This rulemaking would implement a program of inspection for certification of US towing vessels, which were previously uninspected. recordkeeping. (4/1/11). Note from Dennis Bryant: Once this rulemaking comes into effect, US towing vessels that become subject to inspection would no longer fall under the joint jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This joint jurisdiction has been a rubbing point within the towing industry for years. OMB review generally takes 2-3 months.

High Court Backs Barge, Tugboat Rules

According to a recent wire report, the Supreme Court said that federal regulators can impose strict worker safety standards on barges and tugboats. The Associated Press has reported that Justices rejected arguments that the industry was being double-regulated by the Coast Guard and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was also maintained in the ruling that marine workplaces are not different than traditional businesses. OSHA has maintained that it should not be barred from regulating the industry, as about 100 people are killed on barges and other vessels annually, with another 600 injured. This case arose from an explosion in 1997 that killed four workers on a barge in a Louisiana swamp. Mallard Bay Drilling Inc. contested OSHA's authority to impose fines.

OSHA, National Shipbuilding Research Program Renew Alliance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) have renewed their Alliance, originally signed on July 15, 2003, to continue providing NSRP members and others in the shipbuilding industry with important health and safety information to reduce or prevent employee exposure to shipyard hazards. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., indicated that the success of the program over the last four years confirmed their commitment to promoting safe and healthy workplaces, and that the continued relationship would foster safer work environments for men and women in the shipbuilding industry.

Conference to Address Crane Operator Certification Question

Joint industry conference to consider Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Crane Regulation requirements. With the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard requiring U.S. operators to be certified by November 2014, Maximum Capacity Media’s 'Crane and Rigging Conference' and 'Industrial Crane and Hoist Conference' will focus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s crane operator certification requirements. The jointly held crane safety and management conferences will take place May 29-30, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis, Ind. The operator qualification requirements are part of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard that governs crane safety.

Protecting Worker Health during Oil Spill Cleanup

The U.S. Coast Guard Federal on Scene Coordinator for the BP Deepwater Horizon response and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding concerning worker safety and health issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico. The MOU solidifies the close working relationship between the Coast Guard and OSHA and establishes a specific mechanism for coordination between the Deepwater Horizon FOSC and OSHA. OSHA and the FOSC recognize the importance of close cooperation among all agencies that have responsibilities during the oil cleanup efforts. The MOU furthers joint efforts to monitor compliance with safety standards and to protect workers.

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