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Final OSHA rule protects workers' SSN, wild cats



Reducing Annual Pulmonary X-ray Needs, Eliminating Employee Collection Social Security Numbers and Removing Wildcats from the "Rodent" list in shipbuilding sanitation standards are among the 14 revisions in a final rule issued Monday by US Labor Security and Health Administration.

OSHA proposed revisions to its record management, general industry, maritime and building standards in October 2016 to eliminate confusing, outdated, and unnecessary rules. The agency predicts that the final rule will save employers an estimated $ 6.1 million annually, according to an OSHA press release.

In the final provision, OSHA will no longer require employers to attach employee social security numbers to exposure monitoring, medical surveillance or other items in an effort to protect employee integrity. The changes also updated the definition of when hearing loss is related to the workplace, removed the requirement for periodic breast cancer for people working in different industries, except for asbestos screening requirements and will allow but not require the retention of digital x-rays for medical monitoring.

OSHA also updated airborne concentration standards will require employers to ensure that the communication system they use to contact the ambulance service is effective in the lack of reliable cellular service on the remote workstations and revised standards regulating the handling, storage, use and disposal of building materials on a workplace.

The final rule will also reduce the minimum fracture strength of seat belts, longevity and keyband from 5,400 pounds to 5,000 and require temporary traffic barriers and lane channeling devices to be crash-resistant.

In the sanitation standard for yards requiring employers to maintain workplaces to prevent pests such as "insects, birds and other animals such as rodents and wild cats", "OSHA" is removed from the list after receiving more than 500 comments, many note that shipyard workers value the cats "both for companionship and as a means of controlling rodent populations."

OSHA declined to move forward with proposed revisions of locking / tagout and personal protective equipment or proposed changes to excavation ̵

1; or Underground Building Standards.

The rule comes into force 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

                    


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