The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released plans for two regional focus programs targeting the transportation tank cleaning industry in the Midwest and those facing limited space hazards in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The Midwest program follows OSHA investigations into 23 deaths of workers in the Chicago area and 97 incidents in the transportation and tank cleaning industry since 2016. In its investigations, OSHA found that the most common violations included failure to prevent inhalation of harmful substances and negligence. to follow procedures for cramped spaces. .
The initial phase of the Midwest program will include information dissemination to employers, professional organizations, local safety councils, apprenticeship programs and local hospitals and occupational health clinics, as well as presentations to industry associations and stakeholders. After a three-month outreach, the program authorizes OSHA to inspect targeted industries in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin and those under federal jurisdiction in Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.
OSHA also introduces a similar but separate regional emphasis program targeting space hazards in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. This follows 1