April, 2018 Compliance Bulletin



A "plain english" run down of the OSHA news you need to know.

April, 2018

The goal of this Compliance Bulletin is to keep you informed of health and safety and OSHA compliance issues that affect your organization, so that you can make intelligent, informed management decisions.

This newsletter is published quarterly, but special alerts may also be sent out for urgent news. 

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Paul Serafini

Owner and Principal
Sotera Consulting, LLC


"In Greek mythology, Sotera was the goddess of safety, salvation, deliverance, and preservation from harm"



New OSHA rules for walking/working surfaces, including roof access

OSHA has completely rewritten their general industry rules pertaining to walking and working surfaces, like ladders, stairs, floors, scaffolds, etc. These new rules will apply to nearly every employer in the country. One important change is a new requirement for some employers to have written safety rules for employees who access low slope roofs for any reason.

Construction employers continuing to provide "Competent Person" training as required by silica regulation

OSHA's new respirable crystalline silica regulation for construction employers requires all affected employers to conduct "frequent and regular" inspections of job sites to ensure that all requirements are being met. These inspections must be conducted by properly trained and authorized "competent persons".

Court rejects all remaining arguments against new silica regulations. Rules to take effect this summer

The Court of Appeals has rejected all remaining challenges to new OSHA regulations affecting employees who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. The rules took affect last fall for construction employers, but a nearly identical rule affecting "general industry" employers will now take effect, as scheduled, later this summer. 

Most common Minnesota OSHA violations

Minnesota OSHA has released data on the most common citations in the state. Not surprisingly, fall protection, hazard communication/right to know, AWAIR and respiratory protection, and various training requirements lead the way.
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