New Maritime Industry DOL Publications

Spring in the NW means ships returning from shipping up in Alaska that need to be repaired, mended and reoutfitted. It also means private fishing boats that have stayed locked away for the winter being brought out again, refitted for the salmon runs.


If you are involved in the maritime industry in any way, shape or form, you’re going to want to spend a little time looking over the DOL’s Maritime Industry Publications Page with all its available downloads designed to make maritime work safe.

Here’s a list of what you’ll find there (Many of the publications are in Spanish as well as English. Items that are Bold are new publications):

  • Aerial Lift Fall Protection Over Water in Shipyards
  • Deck Barge Safety
  • Eye Protection against Radiant Energy during Welding and Cutting in Shipyard Employment
  • Fire Watch Safety during Hot Work in Shipyards QuickCard
  • Longshoring Industry
  • Longshoring: Freeing Inoperable Semi-Automatic Twist Locks (SATLs) in Longshoring
  • Longshoring: Servicing Multi-Piece and Single-Piece Rim Wheels QuickCard
  • Marine Cargo Handling First Aid QuickCard™
  • Marine Cargo Handling: Gangway Safety QuickCard™
  • Marine Cargo Handling: Lifesaving Facilities QuickCard™
  • Marine Terminal Fall Protection for Personnel Platforms Fact Sheet
  • Marine Terminals: Radio Communication in Marine Terminals Fact Sheet
  • Marine Terminals: Traffic Safety
  • Mechanics Working in “the Yard” on Powered Equipment during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Mechanics Working in “the Yard” during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Oil Spill Response: Training Marine Oil Spill Response Workers under OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard
  • Respiratory Protection: Assigned Protection Factors for the Revised Respiratory Protection Standard
  • Shipbreaking Fact Sheet
  • Shipbreaking: Safe Work Practices
  • Shipyard Industry Standards
  • Shipyards: Guidelines for Safely Entering and Cleaning Vessel Sewage Tanks Fact Sheet
  • Shipyards: Hot Work Safety on Hollow or Enclosed Structures QuickCard
  • Shipyards: Safely Performing Hot Work on Hollow or Enclosed Structures in Shipyards Fact Sheet
  • Shipyards: Safety While Working Alone in Shipyards Fact Sheet
  • Top/Side Handler Safety in Marine Terminals QuickCard
  • Traffic Lanes and Personnel Safety Zones Fact Sheet
  • Ventilation: Ventilation in Shipyard Employment
  • Working Safely on the Apron or Highline during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Working Safely While Repairing Intermodal Containers in Marine Terminals Fact Sheet

New OSHA Publication Regarding Mercury Exposure and CFL bulbs

New OSHA Publications Regarding Mercury Exposure and CFL Bulbs

With symptoms that include tremors, kidney problems, and damage to unborn children, exposure to mercury can be very dangerous. With this is mind, OSHA has just released two new resources to help prevent and control mercury related injury and illness. We always recommend 10 hour and 30 hour training for all workers on a public job site. Please take the time to read OSHA”s official release below:

WASHINGTON The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two new educational resources to help protect workers from mercury exposure while crushing and recycling fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, but the shift to energy-saving fluorescents, which contain mercury, calls for more attention to workers who handle, dispose of, and recycle used fluorescent bulbs.

The OSHA fact sheet* explains how workers may be exposed, what kinds of engineering controls and personal protective equipment they need, and how to use these controls and equipment properly. In addition, a new OSHA Quick Card* alerts employers and workers to the hazards of mercury and provides information on how to properly clean up accidentally broken fluorescent bulbs to minimize workers’ exposures to mercury.

Fluorescent bulbs can release mercury and may expose workers when they are broken accidentally or crushed as part of the routine disposal or recycling process. Depending on the duration and level of exposure, mercury can cause nervous system disorders such as tremors, kidney problems, and damage to unborn children.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Information from OSHA

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald Safety and Security Manager for Plateau (

New and Updated OSHA Materials

OSHA publishes new and updated materials on worker safety and health.

Topics include: Workers’ Rights*, Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities following an OSHA Inspection, Construction Industry Digest*, Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard*, Laboratory Safety Guidance*.
A series of new QuickCards and new publications to help protect construction, general industry and shipyard workers are also available on OSHA’s Publications page.

OSHA offers a wide selection of training materials and resources to help broaden worker and employer knowledge on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.

This page references training materials developed by Susan Harwood grantees, trainer materials, videos available through the Resource Center Loan Program, OSHA developed materials, and links to training resources by other organizations. All materials are available free of charge.

See the Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines to access the complete OSHA training requirements.

Cal/OSHA releases 5 new publications in the past 2 months

Whether or not you work and live in CA, you can still take advantage of the Cal/OSHA website’s publications. There are twelve of them available as follows:

  • October 2011 Workplace Injury & Illness Prevention Model Program for High Hazard Employers (Updated) Spanish pdf 536 KB    
  • October 2011 Servicing Single, Split Rim & Multi-piece Rims (Updated) pdf 59 KB    
  • October 2011 Setting Up A Tailgate/Toolbox Safety Meeting (Updated) pdf 80 KB    
  • September 2011 High Voltage Overhead Lines (Updated) pdf 62 KB
  • September 2011 Field Sanitation (Updated) pdf 89 MB
  • August 2011 Consultation Service Overview (New) pdf 1 MB
  • July 2011 Confined Space: Is it Safe to Enter? (Updated) pdf 3.25 MB
  • May 2011 Trenching Safety (Updated) pdf 234KB    Spanish pdf 131KB
  • May 2011 Heat Illness Prevention Training Materials 2011 (Updated) (English – PPT, PDF) (Spanish – PPT, PDF)
  • 9/8/2010 Guide For Working Safely With Supported Scaffolds
    (New) pdf This downloadable version is suited for use as a tri-fold brochure.
  • 9/2/2010 Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry – 8.5 x 11 – 2010, (Updated) pdf (1,872KB, 67 pages) This reformatted downloadable version is suited for use in three ring binders at a reduced number of printed pages.
  • 5/20/2010
    Employer Sample Procedures For Heat Illness Prevention (Updated) pdf, Spanish Version

In addition to these new and updated publications, you can scroll through a very large selection of other publications to view and/or download.