Over 10K severe worker injuries reported in first year of OSHA requirement

Posted: Apr 07, 2016

WASHINGTON – In the first year of a new reporting requirement, employers notified the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration of more than 10,000 severe work-related injuries, creating the opportunity for the agency to work with employers to eliminate hazards and protect other workers.

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OSHA Releases Final Silica Rule

Posted: Apr 07, 2016

OSHA released the final silica rule – see:

Key points:

• The new standard for silica exposure is 50 ug/m3 PEL.
• Companies have two years to comply with the new rule, with the exception of fracking operations who have five years.
• Construction companies have two options: 1) Follow the prescribed practices for certain tasks without monitoring, and 2) Comply with same monitoring as general industry and maritime.

The final rule and various resources can be found on OSHA’s website at

ASSE is developing a comprehensive summary of the new rule, which ASSE will share as soon as possible.

ASSE has been involved in the development of this rulemaking with our comment on the proposed (, participation in the public hearing ( and a supplemental comment addressing the issue of competent person.

Respirator Buyer Beware

Posted: Apr 07, 2016

NIOSH has become aware of a counterfeit N95 Respirator on the market.

While the TC number and private label holder (KOSTO) are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

How can you be sure your respirator is truly NIOSH-approved?

Check the respirator approval markings or Certified Equipment List. (

Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source Page. (

As we become aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting the NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here Respirators 

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