Quarterly Update on Compliance Assistance Resources: FY 2018 Q2

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OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs

New Safety and Health Resources

This update highlights new workplace safety and health resources issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), OSHA’s Alliance Program participants, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and others.

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OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources

OSHA issued the following new or updated compliance assistance resources from January 1 to March 31, 2018.  For a listing of all new compliance assistance products issued by OSHA, see OSHA’s New Compliance Assistance Products webpage.


Silica in General Industry and Maritime Fact Sheet

OSHA has issued a revised fact sheet that provides an overview of its respirable crystalline silica standard for general industry and maritime.


Safety and Health Programs

Two new fact sheets are available in support of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign.  "That Was No Accident! Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Safety and Health" reviews how employers can use their OSHA 300 injury/illness recordkeeping logs to identify and correct workplace hazards.  "Safety Walk-Around for Managers" helps managers and business owners conduct safety walk-around to identify workplace hazards.   

OSHA's Safe + Sound Week will be held August 13-19, 2018.  The week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing workplace hazards.  


Fall Prevention Stand-Down Posters

OSHA's fifth annual National Safety  Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 7-11, 2018.  OSHA has issued a poster in English and Spanish that can be used to promote the event.


Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

An OSHA webpage lists the top 10 most frequently cited standards following worksite inspections by federal OSHA in fiscal year 2017.  OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix the hazards addressed in these and other standards.


Listing of Authorized Outreach Trainers

OSHA’s website now has a searchable list of authorized Outreach trainers to assist the public in finding OSHA-authorized instructors for the 10- and 30-hour Outreach Training Program classes. The list provides trainer names and contact information, and indicates which course the trainer is authorized to teach (construction, general industry, maritime, or disaster site worker classes).


Tree Care Hazards

OSHA's new Solutions for Tree Care Hazards publication provides risk factors and prevention tips for equipment and hazards in the tree care industry. 


Electrical Hazards

Two new OSHA fact sheets address electrical safety: Working Safety Around Downed Electrical Wires and Working Safely with Electricity.


Emergency Exit Routes

A new fact sheet reviews OSHA's requirements for emergency exit routes, such as the number of required exit routes, and design and construction requirements. 


Horizontal Directional Drilling

A new OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin reviews how to avoid underground utilities during horizontal directional drilling operations. 


Preventing Hearing Loss from Chemical Exposure

OSHA and NIOSH have issued a Safety and Health Information Bulletin that reviews how to prevent hearing loss caused by chemical (ototoxicity) and noise exposure.


Confined Space Entry on Farms

OSHA has issued a fatal fact sheet on confined space entry on farms.  The fact sheet describes an incident in which a farm maintenance worker died after entering an 8,000-gallon polyethylene storage tank.  It highlights the importance of identifying confined spaces in agricultural workplaces to prevent fatalities.

Alliance Program Materials


The following products were issued by OSHA’s Alliance Program participants as part of the Alliance Program from January 1 to March 31, 2018.  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. 


Automotive Refinishing Applications: PPE Recommendations

Through its Alliance with OSHA, the American Chemistry Council developed an infographic that provides recommendations for personal protective equipment use during automotive refinishing applications.

NIOSH Resources



NIOSH has issued several publications on working safely with nanomaterials:


Fatigued Driving in Oil and Gas Industry

NIOSH has issued two fact sheets on preventing fatigued driving in the oil and gas extraction industry: one for employers and one for workers.  Motor vehicle crashes cause over 40% of work-related deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry. Driver fatigue is a factor in some of these crashes. 


NIOSH 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 January 1 to March 31, 2018.  



Motor Vehicles

Other FACE Reports

Additional Resources


The following materials developed by grantees under OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program were posted on the OSHA website from January 1 to March 31, 2018. See the OSHA website for a complete list of a materials developed by Harwood grantees. These materials do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.

Grain Handling

Oklahoma State University developed training materials in English and Spanish on grain bin emergency awareness. Kansas State University developed training materials on advanced methods of grain dust control.  Iowa State University developed training materials on prevention of grain bin explosions.


NUCA Trench Safety Stand Down

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) has updated the webpage for its 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down, scheduled for June 18-23, 2018. The page includes guidance on how to hold a stand down, promotional material, and trench safety resources.


CPWR Construction Chart Book

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, has revised its free Construction Chart Book. Produced with support from NIOSH, the book provides extensive statistical information covering economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues in construction


Washington State SHARP Stats

Washington State’s Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program has issued a new SHARP Stats publication on construction falls from elevation.   SHARP Stats are one-page publications to communicate quick facts about workplace safety and health in a visual format. Previous topics included injuries and illnesses in the cannabis industry, injury rates among janitors, temporary worker injury claims, suicide by occupation, and construction falls claims and costs.