Falls from ladders account for 20 percent of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry.
The new rule includes requirements to protect workers from falling off fixed and portable ladders as well as mobile ladder stands and platforms. (The ladder requirements do not apply to ladders used in emergency operations or ladders that are an integral part of or designed into a machine or piece of equipment).
This article covers the new Subpart D stairways (29 CFR 1910.25 a – c) standards and the exception. Subpart D 29 CFR 1910.25 d – f were covered in a previous Safety Spotlight article.
1910.25 (a) Application – This section covers all stairways (including standard, spiral (d), ship (e) and alternating tread-type stairs (f)). Except for stairs serving floating roof tanks, stairs on scaffolds, stairs designed into machines or equipment, and stairs on self-propelled motorized equipment.
1910.25 (b) General Requirements – The employer must ensure:
April has been designated for the fourteenth consecutive year by SCATS as Hispanic Safety month in Nevada.
Pacific Coast Safety Fest, a safety and health training event offering classes related to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, will take place March 5-9, 2018, in California, Nevada, Hawaii and A
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas which interferes with the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. CO is non-irritating and can overcome persons without warning. Many people die from CO poisoning, usually while using gasoline-powered tools and generators in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation.
Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Severe carbon monoxide poisoning causes neurological damage, illness, coma and death.
Symptoms of CO exposure
New Walking-Working Surfaces (Subpart D) Standard Updates: When can Alternating Tread-Type, Spiral or Ship Stairs be used?January 29, 2018
The new Subpart D standard defines when Alternating Tread-Type, Spiral or Ship Stairs can be used in the workplace in 29 CFR 1910.25 (b) (8): “Spiral, ship or alternating tread-type stairs are used only when the employer can demonstrate that it is not feasible to provide standard stairs”. If a spiral, ship or alternating tread-type stairs is allowed by this section, they must be installed, used and maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions (29 CFR 2910.25 (b)(9).
Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website. Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. To review which establishments need to provide their 2017 data, see OSHA's website.
The new walking-working surfaces rule became effective on Jan. 17, 2017 with only a few provisions of the rule with delayed effective dates. The full rule can be found at https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces/RegTextWWSFinalRule.pdf.