NEW: EPA and HUD announce New Environmental Lead Hazard Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declared a new, firmer guideline for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from possible hazardous effects of lead exposure. EPA is reducing the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills.
Children exposed to lead-contaminated dust caused from deteriorating or disturbed lead-based paint experience irreversible and prolonged health issues, according to the EPA. Remodeling professionals who are renovating a home built prior to 1978 will need to closely adhere to the safety practices put in place by the Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation.
AIHA Mold Resource Center
Consumers and professionals can learn fast facts on mold, the potential adverse health effects of mold exposure, why remediation and prevention are important, what to do if you are victim of an indoor flood, and where to find help to prevent mold infestation. AIHA Mold Resource Center (click here.)
Cannabis Industry Occupational Health & Safety
PHASE Associates is pleased to announce that they are supporting the Cannabis Industry with comprehensive environmental health and safety services. For more information about our services go to our webpage (click here).
Top 10 Cited OSHA Standards
The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.
- Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
- Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
- Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
The proposed legislation would denote a long-term commitment to OSHA’s program, which recognizes worksites that achieve exemplary occupational safety and health performance. To be accepted into the program, worksites must implement safety and health management systems that yield below-average injury and illness rates. Successful worksites involved in VPP then gain exemption from certain OSHA inspections. PHASE Associates has experience with providing support for firms seeking initial and renewal OSHA VPP approval certification.