Cal/OSHA Decides not to Lower Permissible Wood Dust Exposure

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board ruled against a staff proposal to lower the existing permissible exposure limit for wood dust from 5 milligrams per cubic meter to one milligram.  The American Wood Council (AWC), of which KCMA is a member, argued that Cal/OSHA did not have sufficient evidence to claim the one millimeter per cubic meter level was possible to achieve and would force many workers to wear respirators.  Cal/OSHA will now restart the rulemaking.  

OSHA - Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA is preparing to start making public the hospitalization and amputation information that employers are required to submit. It was suggested that by OSHA Administrator David Michaels that making summaries of the incidents available on OSHA's website within “the next few weeks” will encourage researchers and others to examine injury trends in specific locations and industries.

KCMA Announces Table Saw Safety Training Program

As a part of its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) announces a new Table Saw Safety Training Program. The Table Saw Safety Training program developed by Kelly Moore Consulting and KCMA through the OSHA and KCMA Alliance as a tool for cabinet manufacturers to use in training their employees on the safe operation of a table saw. 

OSHA/KCMA Alliance

Employers and employees involved in the manufacturing of kitchen cabinets will benefit from a new Alliance signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). Through the Alliance agreement, OSHA and KCMA will work together to provide association members and others with materials, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, especially in reducing and preventing exposure to amputation hazards.