President’s Message – April 2020

Posted: May 11, 2020

Hello ASSP Georgia Chapter!

First, allow me to extend my wishes that this finds all of you and your loved ones healthy and safe.  These past 6+ weeks have been a surreal experience for us all – unprecedented events that I’m not sure any of us thought we would experience in our lifetimes.  For some, we have been separated from loved ones, for others we have been isolated from our workplaces and colleagues.  And unfortunately for others, they have found themselves without employment while companies have shut down or drastically cut back on operations.  Wherever you are on that spectrum, and in whatever situation you find yourself these days, know that you are not alone… that there are others out there who you can reach out to and connect with…and when this pandemic is over, although things will never be the same as they once were, we will come together once again as colleagues and friends.

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Regional Silica NEP Outreach Letter

Posted: Mar 03, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP will use a combination of outreach and targeted enforcement to ensure that employers provide a safe workplace for their employees. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica, and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards for general industry, maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) and construction (29 CFR § 1926.1153). These standards became effective in June 2016.

Construction employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of September 23, 2017, and general industry and maritime employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of June 23, 2018.

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OSHA – US Department of Labor – National Emphasis Program targeting Amputations

Posted: Jan 31, 2020

Amputations hazards continue to cause serious injuries and deaths every year. In an attempt to eliminate these catastrophic, yet preventable events, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) targeting Amputations in Manufacturing Industries and will be increasing compliance assistance efforts and enforcement inspections.

OSHA’s enforcement history shows that employees are often injured when machinery or equipment is not properly guarded or when hazardous energy is not controlled during maintenance or servicing.

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