OSH Small Business Guide from CDC

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has just released a “Small Business Resource Guide” designed to “help small business owners and managers deal with occupational safety and health concerns.”

Acknowledging the fact that 89% of workplaces have fewer than 20 employees with limited funds and resources, this resource guide is intended to be practical and comprehensive without requiring a major output on the part of small business owners, either in the way of finances or time.

The Resource Guide Sections are:

This is not something that was slapped together by the CDC just to say that they are addressing the issue. The is a serious resource with a whole lot of “stuff” including checklists, free software, Publications, training material, regulations, manuals, and a whole lot more.
Each one of the above links will take you to a host of pages with an absolute tons of material that’ll keep someone in your business busy for a while sorting through what pertains to your company and what doesn’t.

If you were to purchase this material is would cost you several thousand dollars so take advantage of work that’s been done for you and take advantage.


OSHA withdrawing proposed interpretation on occupational noise

In an effort to clarify the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” which shows up in the noise standard, OSHA had published a document entitled “Interpretation of OSHA’s Provisions for Feasible Administrative or engineering controls” back in October. On January 19th they withdrew this interpretation.

From the news release on the OSHA website:

“Thousands of workers every year continue to suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. Since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss. In 2008 alone, BLS reported more than 22,000 hearing loss cases, and Michaels emphasized that OSHA remains committed to finding ways to reduce this toll.

As part of this effort, the agency will:

  • Conduct a thorough review of comments that have been submitted in response to the Federal Register notice and of any other information it receives on this issue.
  • Hold a stakeholder meeting on preventing occupational hearing loss to elicit the views of employers, workers, and noise control and public health professionals.
  • Consult with experts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Initiate a robust outreach and compliance assistance effort to provide enhanced technical information and guidance on the many inexpensive, effective engineering controls for dangerous noise levels.”

You can read the complete press release on the OSHA website here.