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Comment by Henry Wilter on September 21, 2011 at 5:12pm
It's important to be up to date on all of the latest safety laws and OSHA News
Comment by Jason Church on November 3, 2010 at 8:44am
Can anyone give me proper clarification on the matter of MOL approved step bench's for drywallers? As I understand it, there are two different regulations which the MOL inspectors refer to when they see those benches on site... if the drywall bench is considered to be a work platform, it needs to be a minimum of 18" inches wide -

73(4) A runway, ramp or platform shall be at least 460 millimetres wide and shall be securely fastened in place. O. Reg. 213/91, s. 73 (4).

and if the drywall bench is considered to be a step ladder, the worker cannot stand on the top of it -

83. (1) When a step-ladder is being used as a self-supporting unit, its legs shall be fully-spread and its spreader shall be locked. O. Reg. 213/91, s. 83 (1).
(2) No worker shall stand on the top of or the pail shelf of a step-ladder. O. Reg. 213/91, s. 83 (2).
I have been trying to get a confirmation on this regulation. I have heard about this from other customers but when we call the MOL, they tell us that it doesn’t exist. There was the same issue in the paint industry were some inspectors are using their “own” regulation as the standard.

Anyone help with this GREY area?? .
Comment by STEPHEN D. AMBERS, RSO on October 19, 2010 at 12:37pm
RE: C-A-B: My understanding of this from WINK News @ 11pm last night, is that the focus on compressions recommendation is because too many people were standing by and not helping in these situations because of the concern regarding giving mouth-to-mouth without a one-way valve. Where compressions alone, does not present that problem and is known to temporarily sustain life.
Comment by Jason Church on October 19, 2010 at 12:00pm
After a review of the available research published over a 5 year period, the American Heart Association released its 2010 CPR Guidelines. As expected, the focus for CPR is on good quality chest compressions. Here are the differences between the 2005 and the 2010 CPR Guidelines:

A-B-C is for babies; now it's C-A-B!
It used to be follow your ABC's: airway, breathing and chest compressions. Now, Compressions come first, only then do you focus on Airway and Breathing. The only exception to the rule will be newborn babies, but everyone else -- whether it's infant CPR, child CPR or adult CPR -- will get chest compressions before you worry about the airway.
Comment by Dave Skaggs on July 30, 2010 at 3:25pm
Found this interesting. Especially the part where OSHA complains they have spent too much time on the case because of the legal proceedings.
Comment by SafetyRaja on October 1, 2009 at 10:00am
Is there any standrad available for roof top safe walk ladder.
Comment by Michael Foust on September 30, 2009 at 2:48pm
View OSHA standards for ladder set up. Notice that an "Extension ladder anti-fall device" such as Safe T Climb can now allow the ladder user to comply with these standards.
Comment by STEPHEN D. AMBERS, RSO on July 20, 2009 at 3:25pm
I will be happy to share safety related information direct from our Capitol in Tallahassee, FL. I get safety related information from the Gov't. Affairs Committee Representative in our local ASSE Chapter.
Comment by Vanessa Valencia on July 2, 2009 at 11:27am
There is a somewhat new safety standard that all companies need to be aware of--check out our website at and look for the health and safety management section to learn more.
Comment by Michael Tooma on May 6, 2009 at 10:28pm
One of the State Parliaments in Australia, the New South Wales State Parliament has conducted a detailed inquiry into the regulation of Nanotechnology. The Inquiry report may be of interest to Safety Community members:

The report makes the following recommendations:

Recommendation 1

That the New South Wales Government recommend that nano-versions of existing chemicals are assessed as new chemicals, during the review of the national regulatory frameworks.

Recommendation 2
That the NSW Government ensure that all relevant State regulatory agencies be involved in developing a coordinated and cohesive position on what amendments, if any, are required to the current regulatory frameworks in order to best regulate nanomaterials over their life-cycle.

Recommendation 3
That WorkCover NSW work with those companies, or premises of which it is aware, that manufacture or use engineered nanomaterials of 300 nanometres or less in size in one or more dimensions, to promote workplace safety in the use of nanotechnology. That WorkCover NSW advertise its intention to undertake this endeavour and call for companies manufacturing or using engineered nanomaterials of 300 nanometres or less in size to contact it to participate in this workplace safety endeavour.

Recommendation 4
That the New South Wales Government work in cooperation with federal agencies on the development of a national mandatory labelling scheme for engineered nanomaterials used in the workplace, and that in the absence of a national scheme, NSW should proceed with investigating the development of its own mandatory labelling scheme.

Recommendation 5
That the NSW Food Authority develop an application to seek an amendment to the national Food Standards Code to require that food labels identify the presence of nanoscale materials.

Recommendation 6
That the New South Wales Government recommend that ingredient labelling requirements for sunscreens and cosmetics include the identification of nanoscale materials, during the review of the national regulatory frameworks.

Recommendation 7
That the New South Wales Government work in cooperation with federal agencies on the development of a national mandatory reporting scheme for companies who use, manufacture, transport or dispose of nanomaterials, and that in the absence of a national scheme, NSW should proceed with investigating the development of its own interim reporting scheme.

Recommendation 8
That the New South Wales Government actively seek, through the use of leverage funding, the establishment of additional metrology infrastructure within the State to build on the current metrology strength and to provide additional benefit to industry, research and development.

Recommendation 9
That the Office of Science and Medical Research, through investigation and consultation, determine what are the nanotoxicology research needs of most importance to the industry and research sectors in New South Wales.

Recommendation 10
That the New South Wales Government provide financial support to create enhanced nanotoxicology assessment capacity relevant to research and industry sectors in the State.

Recommendation 11
That New South Wales Government agencies that provide funding grants for research and development of nanomaterials or products containing nanomaterials with a view to their commercialisation require that a component of that funding be used to assess the health, safety and environmental risks of the material or product when those risks have not yet been tested or confirmed.

Recommendation 12
That the NSW Department of State and Regional Development enter into detailed discussions with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and New South Wales Government agencies to explore the feasibility of and need for a specialised facility for assessing the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, and the case for and benefit of it being located within New South Wales.

Recommendation 13
That a user-friendly, accessible and continually updated directory of research and research infrastructure capacity within New South Wales that is publicly available via an easily accessible website be maintained by a relevant Government agency or department.

Recommendation 14
That the New South Wales Government develop, publish and endorse a comprehensive statement on nanotechnology, referring, among other matters, to current issues relating to nanotechnology, activity being undertaken at the State and national levels, and advice on where further information is available.

Recommendation 15
That the NSW Government establish a NSW Nanotechnology Unit within an existing department or agency to act as a coordination point for all other NSW agencies dealing with issues relating to nanotechnology, provide a central point for whole of government information on or enquires relating to nanotechnology, and proactively engage with industry in the promotion of nanotechnology.

Recommendation 16
That the New South Wales University-Government working group, with representation from the vocational and technical education sector, examine the education, skill and knowledge requirements to support nanotechnology.

Recommendation 17
That the Office of Science and Medical Research, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training, examine and develop a strategy to ensure greater access for regional students to the Science EXPosed programme.

Recommendation 18
That the NSW Government, or the new NSW Nanotechnology Unit as recommended by the Committee, create and maintain a website that provides information, or links to information, on nanotechnology.

This is a significant issue for the safety profession. It is likely that more governments around the world will move to legislate in relation to the use, transport, manufacture and disposal of nanomaterials. The Union movement in Australia has actively pursued this issue, with good reason given the similarities between the potential safety issue and the experience with asbestos.

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