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.
The National Association of Manufacturers filed a lawsuit on July 8th to block new requirements issued by OSHA that will require manufacturers to report all 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.
A now-defunct OSHA enforcement program targeting employers because of their high injury and illness rates didn't have much effect in improving workplace safety, according to a report released June 23 by the Department of Labor.
Field experience shows that the nation's highest-performing companies far exceed the federal process safety management (PSM)s 'standard's self-auditing requirement, according to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a workplace injuries and illness rule, titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness”, which goes into effect January 1, 2017
The American Wood Council, which represents wood product companies and associations, including KCMA, has submitted final comments to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards regarding the revision of CCR title 8, Section 5155, Airborne Contaminants Wood Dust and Western Red Cedar.
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.
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.