OSHA’s Region 6 office, which includes Louisiana, launched a regional emphasis program (REP) on July 23 to enforce the agency’s permit-required confined spaces standard (29 CFR §1910.146), reports EHS Daily Advisor.
In addition to inspecting worksites for compliance, the REP will check for compliance with the hazard communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), and respiratory protection standards. Common industrywide hazards include chemical, electrical, fall, noise, struck-by, and thermal hazards.
Agency compliance safety and health officers (CSHO) also will review employers’ injury and illness logs, including first-aid and nursing logs, for the past five years to identify common hazards. Conditions and hazards can vary from workplace to workplace depending on work operations. Read the full story.