Quarterly Update on Compliance Assistance Resources: FY 2017 Q3

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OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs

New Safety and Health Resources

April 1 to June 30, 2017

This update highlights new workplace safety and health resources issued by OSHA, OSHA’s Susan Harwood grantees, OSHA’s Alliance Program participants, NIOSH, and others.

Table of Contents

OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources

OSHA issued the following new or updated compliance assistance resources from April 1 to June 30, 2017.  For a listing of all new compliance assistance products issued by OSHA, see OSHA’s New Compliance Assistance Products webpage.  


Heat Safety App

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool. The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface, while still providing the same information to help keep workers safe when working outdoors in hot weather. 


Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

OSHA has posted a new HAZWOPER Safety and Health Topics Page. The page serves as a resource for workers and employers engaged in hazardous waste, emergency response, and cleanup operations involving hazardous substances.


Rulemaking: Beryllium and Electronic Reporting

OSHA has posted a web page on its proposed rule to revise the provisions of its beryllium standard that apply to the construction and shipyard industries.

OSHA has also updated its web page on its rule to improve  tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to reflect its proposal to delay the electronic reporting compliance date from July 1 to Dec. 1, 2017.


Confined Spaces in Residential Construction

OSHA has issued a fact sheet on how its confined spaces in construction standard affects common spaces in residential construction, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. 

Communication Tower Best Practices


OSHA and the Federal Communications Commission have issued a new booklet that provides safety information intended to reduce injuries and fatalities among communication tower climbers and ground crew employees. The booklet compiles best practices gathered from a series of discussions involving industry stakeholders and worker safety advocates.



Oil and Gas eTool: Transportation 

OSHA has issued a new Transportation module for its Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool.  Highway vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry.  The new Transportation module provides possible solutions for hazards faced by workers traveling to and from well sites, such as fatigue, distracted driving, and weather conditions.   The module also includes guidance on transporting equipment, vehicle operation at the well site, and staying safe while using all-terrain and utility task vehicles.  OSHA developed this module with input from the participants in OSHA's Alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network and NIOSH.


Exposure to Infectious Diseases

OSHA has posted a web page on worker protections against occupational exposure to infectious diseases. The page compares the universal precautions of OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard to the standard precautions and the transmission-based precautions used by healthcare practitioners for infection control.


Exposure to Zika Virus

OSHA has updated its Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus.  The revised version updates information about exposure risk and transmission, clarifies steps for protecting workers, provides additional information about insect repellants, and integrates CDC's public health recommendations.


Spray Painting in Shipyards

OSHA has issued a fact sheet on hazards associated with spray painting in shipyard employment

Harwood Grant Materials

The following materials developed by grantees under OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program were posted on the OSHA Web site from April 1 to June 30, 2017. See the OSHA Web site for a complete list of a materials developed by Harwood grantees. These materials do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.

University of Texas at Arlington: Fall Protection and Motorized Vehicle Safety in Oil and Gas Industry

The University of Texas at Arlington revised its training materials on fall protection and on-site motorized vehicle safety in the oil and gas industry.  The material is available in English and Spanish.

American Road and Transportation Builders Association: Construction Work Zone Safety

ARTBA developed training materials in English and Spanish on preventing backovers and runovers in roadway work zones

Wayne State University: Hazard Communication

Wayne State University developed training materials in English and Spanish on OSHA's 2012 hazard communication standard. The materials are for operating engineers, other construction trades, facilities management personnel, and Hispanic workers with limited English proficiency.

Purdue University: Grain Handling

Purdue University developed training materials for emergency first responders to effectively respond to entrapments, engulfments, entanglements, and falls in the grain handling industry.  Purdue also developed materials on grain handling hazard for young workers.

University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign: Grain Handling

The university developed training materials on grain handling awareness and lifeline installation and use for small grain elevators.

Latino Worker Resource Center: Fall Prevention

The Latino Worker Resource Center developed training materials on fall prevention in construction.  The materials, in English and Spanish, include presentations, posters, and student workbooks.

Western Iowa Technical Community College: Communication Towers

This grantee developed training materials for workers and employers engaged in the construction, deconstruction, and maintenance of telecommunication towers. Topics include hand and power tools safety, incident investigation, and site inspection, 

Alliance Program Materials


The following products were issued by OSHA’s Alliance Program participants as part of the Alliance Program from April 1 to June 30, 2017.  These products do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.  For a complete listing of Alliance products, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page. 


Silica and Confined Spaces in Construction 

Through its Alliance with OSHA, the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA), developed a toolbox talk on silica in construction.  APCA also developed a fact sheet on working in confined spaces during construction.


Free Online Battery Safety Course

Through its Alliance with OSHA, the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) has launched a free, online safety and health training course for automotive workers who install, activate, or charge Absorbed Glass Mat batteries. The use of AGM batteries is increasingly common as the automotive industry has evolved toward more fuel-efficient features. Sign up online to take the free course.


Oil and Gas Wellsite Hazard Alert: Ignition of Vapors by Mobile Engines

Through OSHA's Alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network and NIOSH, the participants developed a hazard alert on how to prevent fires and explosions caused by ignition of vapors by motorized equipment during drilling, servicing, and production operations.


Window Cleaning Field Safety Guide

Through its Alliance with OSHA, the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) developed this field guide to provide employers and workers with a list of the major safety hazards that may be encountered during professional window cleaning. The guide also provides best practices to address these hazards and help workers stay safe on the job.


Hazard Communication Standard

Through its Alliance with OSHA, the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) has issued a series of Information Sheets on OSHA's hazard communication standard, as revised in 2012 to reflect the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  

SCHC also developed training materials for public schools on OSHA's hazard communication standard.  The materials include a presentationscript, and quiz.

NIOSH Resources


Youth@Work-Talking Safety: Spanish Translation

The Florida edition of Youth@Work—Talking Safety, the NIOSH young worker curriculum, has been translated into Spanish. Spanish translations of the California, Oklahoma, and Texas editions will be coming soon.  This is a fun, free, and engaging curriculum that helps teachers and school/community-based job placement staff educate young people about the basics of job safety and health.


FACE Reports and Products

The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program conducts investigations on workplace fatalities to identify the factors that contributed to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths.  The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program issued the following reports and products from April 1 to June 30, 2017.  


Motor Vehicles


Tree Care

Other New FACE Reports/Products

Additional Resources


CPWR Hazard Alert: Working in Hot Weather

CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training) has published a new Hazard Alert that reviews heat hazards and the steps to prevent heat illness while working in hot weather.  Free copies of the alert, in both English and Spanish, can be ordered from CPWR. The alert, and other resources and tools, are also available for download from CPWR’s Working in Hot Weather web page.


CSB Safety Bulletin: Preventing Incidents When Preparing Process Equipment for Maintenance

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a safety bulletin on "Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents When Preparing Process Equipment for Maintenance."  The bulletin accompanies CSB's findings from its investigation into a 2015 chemical release and flash fire at the Delaware City Refining Company in Delaware City, Delaware.