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  • Eric Johnson
    Oct 15

    DOL's MSHA has duty regarding organization and requirement of the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, which ensures the security and soundness of laborers utilized in the nation's mines. The Act applies to all mining and mineral preparing activities in the United States, paying little respect to measure, number of workers, or strategy for extraction.
  • Costello Safety
    Nov 5

    Requirements State and federal laws require employers to display several posters at the workplace. Posters should be displayed in such a way that each employee can readily see them. Conspicuous Placement Generally, the requirements have language such as "conspicuously placed" and "readily accessible" to employees. That would mean employees who do not normally get to certain offices would not be served by posters displayed at those offices. The offices, or sub-offices, where those employees normally congregate would need to have the posters displayed for the benefit of the employees who are served by each such location. Temporary Work Sites Posters and other kinds of required notices do not have to be placed in individual locations that are only temporary work sites. For example, construction workers building homes in a subdivision would not need to have posters in each house, but rather only in a company job site trailer for the project. Federal Required Posters The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publishes information for employers on federally required workplace posters and other notices. See Workplace Poster Requirements for Small Businesses and Other Employers for details. Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by agencies within the Department of Labor require that posters or notices be posted in the workplace. DOL provides electronic copies of the required posters and some of the posters are available in languages other than English. TWC Required & Optional Posters Payday law All Texas employers subject to the Texas Payday Law must display a poster prominently in the workplace. Texas Payday Law Poster - English Texas Payday Law Poster - Spanish (Spanish-language version optional) Texas employers not liable under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act, but subject to the Texas Payday Law, must display the Texas Payday Law poster.  Unemployment Compensation Businesses whose employees are entitled to file for state unemployment benefits and are also covered by the Texas Payday Law should request the poster that combines both laws: Texas Unemployment Compensation Act and Texas Payday Law. You can download the poster below or through Unemployment Tax Services, or request a copy by email or fax, or by contacting your tax office: Download the poster: Unemployment & Payday Law Poster - English Unemployment & Payday Law Poster - Spanish (Spanish-language version optional) Optional Posters Information on Equal Employment Opportunity laws in Texas, as regulated by TWC’s Civil Rights Division. The Law in Texas Information on the Child Labor laws in Texas, as regulated by TWC’s Labor Law Department. Child Labor Law in Texas Poster – English Child Labor Law in Texas Poster – Spanish Other Texas Required Posters Worker's Compensation The Texas Department of Insurance provides Workers' Compensation Employer Forms and Notices : Workers' Compensation Posters (English and Spanish) All employers are required to inform their employees whether or not they carry workers' compensation insurance coverage. Employer's Notice of Ombudsman Program All employers participating in the workers' compensation system must post notice of the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) Ombudsman Program. This notice must be posted in the human resources office, if the employer has one, as well as in the workplace where each employee is likely to see the notice on a regular basis. Notice Regarding Certain Work-Related Communicable Diseases and Eligibility for Workers' Compensation Benefits Employers of emergency medical service employees, paramedics, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, or correctional officers and state agencies must post a notice informing employees about requirements regarding work-related exposures to reportable communicable diseases and eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. Required Workers' Compensation Coverage Governmental entities have posting requirements for building or construction projects. Earned Income Tax Credit Texas employers must notify their employees of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) no later than March 1st of each year.  The Internal Revenue Service provides EITC materials including posters. Additional Posters for Public Employers Public employers, including Workforce Solutions Offices, may be required to display additional posters. You Have the Right to Not Remain Silent The Texas law known as the Whistleblower Act prohibits retaliation against public employees who report official wrongdoing. A state or local governmental entity must inform its employees of their rights under this chapter by posting the notice in a prominent location in the workplace. Worker Right to Know Notice  English Spanish The Texas Hazard Communication Act requires public employers to provide employees with specific information on the hazards of chemicals to which employees may be exposed in the workplace. Job Service Complaint System The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) requires state workforce agencies, including Texas Workforce Solutions offices, to display an ETA-approved Job Service Complaint System poster. Get a 2018 Texas all-in-one labor law poster. Instead of printing out pages of mandatory Texas and Federal labor law posters, you can purchase a professional, laminated all-in-one labor law poster that guarantees compliance with all Texas and federal posting requirements. Fully updated for 2018! Buy one today!
  • Costello Safety
    Feb 7, 2018

    OSHA Links: OSHA Health Effects Information and Resources Construction – Standard and Resources General Industry and Maritime – Standard and Resources Sampling and Analysis FAQs Training and Reference Materials Downloadable PDFs: OSHA Fact Sheet: Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Stakeholder Participation and Changes to the Standards OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: General Industry and Maritime OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Stationary Masonry Saws OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Handheld Power Saws OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Walk-Behind Saws OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Drivable Saws OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Handheld & Stand-Mounted Drills OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Jackhammers or Handheld Powered Chipping Tools OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Handheld Grinders For Tasks Other Than Mortar Removal OSHA Fact Sheet: Control Of Silica Dust In Construction: Heavy Equipment Used During Demolition Activities OSHA Fact Sheet: Control f Silica Dust In Construction: Heavy Equipment Used For Grading & Excavating Tasks OSHA Frequently Asked Questions: Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (Background and Health Impacts) Employer Requirements: Respirable Crystalline Silica Safety The 11 Things Construction Employers Need To Know About The New OSHA Silica Rules OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Standard is Now Being Enforced for Construction (also includes General Industry information) New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry Silica Health Issues: More than 14,000 workers in the US have died from silicosis since 1968. From 2005 through 2014, OSHA listed silicosis as the underlying or a contributing cause of death on over 1,100 death certificates in the United States. Health Hazard Information Card: Crystalline Silica Exposure in General Industry “Crystalline Silica Exposure” Health Hazard Information for General Industry Employees OSHA INFOSHEET: Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire Preventing Silicosis in Construction and Hydraulic Fracturing The CDC’s Silica page has archived information on health issues OSHA Quick Card on Silicosis (Effects, Symptoms, Sources, and Preventing) OSHA’s "Stop Silicosis" Video (2016) American Lung Association: Silicosis Silicosis: Statistics on deaths, death rates, and years of potential life lost. 1996-2005 Silica Training Material: Silica in Construction Training Materials 2017 New Silica in Construction Training from the California State Building Trades (2017) (Discusses the training solution above.) Silica in Construction Training Kit from Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries Silica Dust Safety in Construction – Course 851 from OSH Academy The Health Hazards of Silica (Quartz) in Construction Engineering Controls for Silica: Effective Engineering Controls for Silica Dust (2017) Best Practice Engineering Control Guidelines to Control Worker Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica during Asphalt Pavement Milling (2015) Silica, Engineering Controls for Silica in Construction – Cut-off Saws – NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic (2014) CDC’s Engineering Controls for Silica in Construction (2013) Guides for Managing Crystalline Silica Control Programs in Construction (PDF-2004) OSHA created a set of PDFs telling how to control exposures in construction while operating specific tools. (2013): Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Hand-Operated Grinders Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Handheld Masonry Saws Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Jackhammers Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Rotary Hammers Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Stationary Masonry Saws Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Vehicle-Mounted Drilling Rigs Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Doing Tuckpointing/Mortar Removal Webinars: Understanding & Implementing the New Construction Silica Standard (2017) What is the new US OSHA silica regulation? OSHA’s New Silica Rule Webinar (2017) Personal Silica Exposure Monitoring (2017) New Silica in Construction Training from the California State Building Trades (2017) Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure Sampling Requirements for OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule (2016) Videos: OSHA Silica Dust Standard (2016) Respirable Crystalline Silica for Construction (2016) The Heartbeat of Health and Safety Episode 10: OSHA’s New Silica Rule (2016) OSHA Silica Rule Change – Overview for the Natural Stone Industry (2016) Stop Silicosis (2016) Silica Dust Extraction Vacuums 2017 Comparison – Silica Table 1 Compliant Vacs (2017) Milwaukee® Dust Extraction Solutions (2017) Milwaukee Silica Dust Extraction Lunch and Learn (2017) DeWalt’s OSHA Compliant Silica Dust Solutions (2017) Silica Safety (Good explanation of what silica does to lungs.) (2014) Silicosis: Incurable, but Preventable Small Entity Guides: Construction General Industry and Maritime Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF) eTools: Hazards of Silica in Construction eTool OSHA on General Respiratory Protection: General Guidance, Training Videos, Standards, Enforcement, Resources Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire Respiratory Protection eTool (Basics, Change Schedules, Selection Guide) Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF)

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