Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Rule Review Updates – June 21 meeting canceled

The process safety management rule review meeting previously scheduled for June 21, 2017 has been canceled.

May contractor PSM panel meeting notes

May PSM meeting comments

New Review of Epidemiological Studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Farmers

Farmer_and_the_Livestock_(6139558944)[1]The authors concluded that farmers are at greater risk of developing COPD, with livestock farmers having the highest risk.  Potential responsible exposures include organic dusts, endotoxins, mites, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide.

Source: PubMed abstract

Washington State L&I Hazard Bulletin: Exploding Tanks During Metal Recycling

Propane_tanks_large[2The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has released a new bulletin profiling the hazards associated when handling metal tanks and cylinders at scrap metal yards and recycling  centers.  Pressurized tanks can explode and/or cause fires if punctured, while both pressurized and non-pressurized tanks can release toxic substances.  For prevention tips, see the L&I Bulletin.

Crane Safety Stakeholders Group Meeting – July 19, 2017

Washington State L&I has newly established a Crane Safety Stakeholders Group.  The initial kick-off meeting will be July 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.

Silica Stakeholder Meeting – June 8, 2017

The next silica stakeholder meeting will be held June 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (draft)

UPDATE: Respirable Crystalline Silica June 8 meeting slides

Medical Surveillance & Tuberculosis slides

Laborer Seriously Injured After Falling From Roof

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries recently reported an incident in which a laborer fell 20 feet from a roof, sustaining serious injuries including a fractured spine.  L&I encourages employers and employees to take appropriate action to prevent workplace falls.  See the L&I website for more detailed information on the incident and preventative actions that should be taken.