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February 15, 2008

Potential for Sensitization and Possible Allergic Reaction To Natural Rubber Latex Gloves and other Natural Rubber Products
http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib012808.html

April 13, 2007

Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel

November 28, 2006

MTD Southwest Inc. recalls Troy-Bilt and Craftsman brand gasoline chain saws.
For more information please see  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07040.html

September 28, 2006

OSHA ALERT:  Hazards of Unintended Movement of Dump Truck Body Beds 

This Safety and Health Information Bulletin reviews the necessity of providing and utilizing lockout procedures to sufficiently block dump truck bodies before performing maintenance or repairs. 

Go to:  http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib091806.html 

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current. 

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained.

August 16, 2006

OSHA ALERTHazards Associated with All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) in the Workplace 

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are used in increasing numbers in American workplaces. The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin discusses operating guidelines and training that employers can follow to help protect employees.

To access this information, go to: http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib080306.html

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current.

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained.

August 1, 2006

OSHA Alert:  Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work 

The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin reviews precautions that need to be taken by employers and employees who work in the automotive industry.  Many new and recent model automobiles do not use brakes or clutches that contain asbestos.  However, the potential for exposure still exists since older vehicles that have parts that do contain asbestos are being repaired. 

To access this information, go to:  http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib072606.html

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Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its CONN-OSHA Web Site to enhance public access to safety and health related information. This is a service that is continually under development. We will make every effort to keep this site current. 

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained. 

June 21, 2006

OSHA ALERT: CBRN and Riot-Control Canisters Shelf Life 

QUESTION:  CBRN canisters provided for Homeland security are approaching (or have exceeded) their expiration date. Can they be used? 

ANSWER:  No. Part of the testing criteria for the respirator submitted for NIOSH approval included an accelerated aging process. The testing simulated a storage interval after which gas and vapor service times were confirmed. This criteria is used to determine the filter/cartridge’s expiration date. Using the filter/cartridge beyond the expiration date would be a violation of its NIOSH approval and CONN-OSHA’s respiratory standard. 

Respirators submitted to NIOSH are approved based on critical or major characteristic of the respirator affecting form, fit, or function (including quality assurance provisions).  Service life is a major characteristic affecting NIOSH approval. 

The filter/cartridge may be used for training purposes and fit testing (using the appropriate fit test protocol) where the wearer is not subjected to the hazardous atmosphere. 

Attached is a letter from MSA discussing expiration dates for their CBRN and Riot-Control canisters. (PDF, 43KB)

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current. 

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained.

May 16, 2006

OSHA ALERT:  Overhead Launching Gantry Crane 

The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin discusses the dangers of deviating from the manufacturer's guidelines on the use of overhead launching gantry cranes. 

To access this information, go to: http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib050Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office6.html 

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current. 

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained. 

December 21, 2005

OSHA ALERT:  Miller Fall Protection has issued a STOP USE and REPLACE NOTICE

Miller Fall Protection has issued a Stop Use and Replace Notice for the Miller MiniLite Fall Limiter (FL11) and titan Fall Limiter (TFL due to an issue reported by one of their customers.  Miller is replacing all units manufactured between August 2003 and August 2005 Instructions on how to get the MiniLite Fall Limiter replaced is attached. Please forward the recall notices to appropriate employees within your organizations.


REMINDER: PLEASE INVENTORY YOUR FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT TO DETERMINE IF THEY HAVE THE SPECIFIED DEVICES
AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION. 

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current.

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained.

December 12 2005

OSHA ALERT:  Preventing the Uncontrolled Release of Anhydrous Ammonia

 The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin discusses preventing the uncontrolled release of Anhydrous Ammonia at loading stations

To access this information, go to:  http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib120505.html

 Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current.

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained. 

November 29, 2005

OSHA ALERT:  Hazards Associated with Manually Lifting Balloon Framed Walls 

The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin discusses the hazards that are associated with manually lifting balloon-framed walls.   

To access this information, go to:  http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib111705.html 

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its web site to enhance public access to safety and health related information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  We will make every effort to keep this site current. 

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained.

November 8, 2005

OSHA ALERT:  Kidde Brand Industrial Fire Extinguishers Recall

The attached health and safety notification is released in a voluntary recall alert Kidde and concerns Kidde brand industrial fire extinguishers.   Customers are instructed to stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

This is the web address for information on this recall: http://www.kiddeus.com/FX%20Recall%20Introduction.shtml 

Connecticut Department of Labor, CONN-OSHA division maintains its CONN-OSHA Web Site to enhance public access to safety and health related information. This is a service that is continually under development. We will make every effort to keep this site current.

The CONN-OSHA Alert link of this web site contains information on various safety and health documents.  It contains hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  We also do not guarantee that the Alerts posted on this website address all relevant topics, nor do we intend to suggest that there are no other websites which may offer similar information.  Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is for information purposes only and is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the site on which the reference is maintained. 

September 23, 2005

OSHA ALERT:  Hazards Associated with Handling and Transporting Granite and Marble Slabs

The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin discusses the hazards that are associated with the handling and transporting of granite and marble slabs.  It was issued on September 8, 2005.  There have been a number of worker injuries and fatalities associated with the handling and transporting of these slabs. 

To access this information, go to:  http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib090805.html 

August 15, 2005

OSHA ALERT: Hazards of inadequately securing hydraulic excavator buckets when using quick coupling devices 

The attached Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) updates the “Revision of the Unintended Release from Quick Couplers on Hydraulic Excavators” that was issued on August 26, 2004.  This follows several fatal accidents that involved the unexpected release of excavator buckets from quick couplers on hydraulic excavators.  

To access this information, go to: http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib072205a.html

Posted May Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office, 2005

OSHA Alert:  Important Safety Notice regarding Scott AV-3000 Full Facepiece Respirators

Scott has received reports of cracks being found in the plastic lens frames that encircle the AV-3000 facepiece that were manufactured between August, 2003 and September, 2004.  The following link will provide further information:

Important Safety Notice regarding Scott AV-3000 Full Facepiece Respirators  (PDF, 492KB)

May 3, 2005

OSHA Alert:  CONN-OSHA Releases New Telephone Numbers for Reporting Fatalities and Catastrophes.

Connecticut municipalities and state agencies must report any fatal accident or catastrophe (any event that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees) to CONN-OSHA within 8 hours of the event. 

The following telephone numbers are for reporting fatal accidents or catastrophes only:

Local (Wethersfield/Hartford Area)  (860) 263-6946
Statewide (toll free) 1-866-241-4060

These numbers are manned 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

All other business will be handled using the general office number during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 17, 2005

OSHA Alert:  Respirator Fit Testing/Tuberculosis 

This year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Appropriations Act also included a rider prohibiting any funds to be used to administer or enforce the provisions of 29 CFR 19Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office.134(f)(2), General Industry Respiratory Protection, to the extent that such provisions require the annual fit testing (after the initial fit testing) of respirators for occupational exposure to Tuberculosis.  This provision was effective immediately upon signing by President Bush on December 8,2004. 

If you have any questions regarding 29 CFR 19Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office.134(f)(2), please contact CONN-OSHA, (860) 263-6900.

September 13, 2004

OSHA Alert:  Investigation of Scott AirPak Fifty SCBA

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was notified by IAFF Local 3918 President Mike Osieki of an issue with the department’s Scott AirPak Fifty SCBA. The problem involved leaking cylinder valves causing inadvertent activation of the packs PASS device. Read the IAFF notification in its entirety as well as the full NIOSH and Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) report at the following link:

 http://www.iaff.org/safe/content/SafetyAlerts/Scott_AirPak_Fifty.htm

December 16, 2003

OSHA Issues Safety and Heath Information Bulletin on Mold in the Workplace

A new Safety and Health Information Bulletin issued by OSHA gives recommendations on how to prevent mold growth and how to protect workers involved in the prevention and cleanup of mold.

News Release
www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office489

Safety and Health Information Bulletin - “A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace”
www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shibPublished by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management OfficePublished by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office03.html

April 24, 2003

In response to recent cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
OSHA has developed the following informational page to assist employers and employees.  OSHA may update this information as additional information concerning SARS becomes available.  To access this information, click on the link below:

Information Regarding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Posted April Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office, 2003

NIOSH Provides Information and Recommendations for Workers at Risk of West Nile Virus Exposure

The most likely route of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection to humans is through the bite of an infected mosquito; therefore, those workers at highest risk for exposure to WNV are those working outdoors when mosquitoes are actively biting. Occupations at risk include farmers, foresters, landscapers, groundskeepers, painters, roofers, pavers, construction workers, and other outdoor workers.  Fortunately, there are precautions employers and employees can take to reduce the risk of exposure to WNV. 

For more information about these precautions, the signs and symptoms of WNV, what workers should do if they think they’ve been infected with WNV, and other related topics, visit the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) West Nile Virus web site at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/westnile/.

January 27, 2003

A reminder about the February posting requirements of OSHA 300 Log totals:

Both federal and state OSHA regulations require that….

At the end of each calendar year, section 1904.32 of the OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations requires each covered employer to review his or her OSHA 300 Log for completeness and accuracy and to prepare an Annual Summary of the OSHA 300 Log using the form OSHA 300–A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, or an equivalent form. The summary must be certified for accuracy and completeness and be posted in the workplace by February 1 of the year following the year covered by the summary. The summary must remain posted until April 30 of the year in which it was posted.

Helpful Hints

  • Remember to post only the OSHA 300-A Summary Form.  Don’t post the OSHA 300 Log itself

  • Be sure to complete the additional data elements under “Employment Information” which include the average number of employees and the total hours worked for the reference year.

  • Make sure the Summary Form is certified by a company executive, who may be an owner, a corporate officer, the highest ranking official working at the establishment, or that person’s immediate supervisor.

  • Use the Log as a tool in identifying the problem areas and issues in your workplace that demand priority prevention efforts.

  • Encourage employees to review the Log so they can provide input in recognizing and abating hazards that occur in the workplace.

  • Call our Statistics unit at (860) 566-4380 to obtain more forms or to answer questions on OSHA recordkeeping issues.

September 30, 2002

NIOSH Provides Information and Recommendations for Workers at Risk of West Nile Virus Exposure

 The most likely route of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection to humans is through the bite of an infected mosquito; therefore, those workers at highest risk for exposure to WNV are those working outdoors when mosquitoes are actively biting. Occupations at risk include farmers, foresters, landscapers, groundskeepers, painters, roofers, pavers, construction workers, and other outdoor workers.  Fortunately, there are precautions employers and employees can take to reduce the risk of exposure to WNV. 

 For more information about these precautions, the signs and symptoms of WNV, what workers should do if they think they’ve been infected with WNV, and other related topics, visit the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) West Nile Virus web site at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/westnile/.

September 4, 2002

NOTICE OF CHANGES IN FEDERAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURY AND ILLNESS RECORDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IMPACTING CONN-OSHA PUBLIC SECTOR RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS

The federal Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements standard, 29 CFR 1904, has changed. On July 1, 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, issued a final rule revising the criteria for work-related hearing loss, effective January, 2003. In December, 2001, the Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA), for purposes of its Public Sector Only State Plan, modified its regulations to reference the standard. Accordingly, CONN-OSHA is hereby providing notice that the recent federal changes to the recordkeeping standard are incorporated into Connecticut’s state plan and will therefore affect public sector OSHA recordkeeping requirements next year in the following manner:

Beginning January 1, 2003, public-sector employers will be required to record work-related hearing loss cases when an employee's hearing test shows a marked decrease in overall hearing. Employers can make adjustments for hearing loss caused by aging, seek the advice of a physician or licensed health care professional to determine if the loss is work-related, and perform additional hearing tests to verify the persistence of the hearing loss. Under the new rule, the criteria will record Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office-decibel shifts in hearing acuity from the employee's initial hearing test when they also result in an overall hearing level of 25 decibels above audiometric zero, averaged over the frequencies at 2000, 3000 and 4000 Hz. The former criteria recorded 25-decibel shifts.

Under a separate proposed rule, also issued on July 1, 2002, OSHA has proposed delaying the effective dates of three provisions of the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements rule that are presently scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2003 until January 1, 2004. The first defines "musculoskeletal disorder (MSD)" and requires employers to check the MSD column on the OSHA Log if an employee experiences a recordable musculoskeletal disorder. The second provision states that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are not considered "privacy concern cases." The third provision requires employers to enter a check mark in the hearing loss column on the 300 Log for cases involving occupational hearing loss. OSHA is requesting comment on these proposed delays.

The result of final rule and proposed delays scheduled for the upcoming calendar year is the development of new criteria for recording hearing loss cases without adding the hearing loss column to the OSHA 300 Log. The designation of MSD cases on the Log will also be delayed until 2004.

CONN-OSHA consultants can also provide additional assistance, at your place of business, at no cost. Please call the CONN-OSHA office if you would like to have a consultant provide you with specific training and/or information.

Further details about these issues can be obtained by contacting Joe Weber in the CONN-OSHA Statistics office at (860) 566-4380 or by visiting OSHA’s website: www.osha.gov.

August 28, 2002

CPSC, Cavagna North America, Inc., Announce Recall of Safety Relief Valves for Large Propane Tanks

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cavagna North America Inc., of Branchburg, N.J., is recalling about 6,Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 safety relief valves manufactured by Omeca, of Bresia, Italy. These valves, imported by Cavagna, are designed to relieve excess pressure in large propane tanks, typically the 500- to Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office00-gallon size. The recalled valves can have sharp internal edges that can cut into gasket seals in the valves, causing a propane gas leak. This poses a risk of fire or burn injuries.

For detailed information about the recalled valve, please visit the CPSC web site at: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02230.html.

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