Oct 1, 2018
OSHA issued a press release announcing that it has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. The NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts. The program began on October 1, 2018 with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach. During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations, and fatalities. OSHA-approved State Plans are expected to have enforcement procedures that are at least as effective as those in this NEP.
OSHA has a number of compliance assistance materials to help, including:
Audio public service announcements recorded by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in English and Spanish that highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches and excavations.
A 45-second video, “5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe,” which also highlights well-known and proven safety measures that can eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries.
An updated trenching operations QuickCard provides information on protecting workers around trenches, including daily inspections, and trench wall safety.
OSHA’s revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.
An updated trenching and excavation webpage provides additional information on trenching hazards and solutions.
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Link to OSHA Upcoming Regulation Updates in the Entertainment Industry
Mandatory 10/30 Hour Safety and Health Course for the Entertainment Industry (AB190)
The Governor of Nevada recently signed Assembly Bill 190 requiring OSHA 10- and 30-hour training for the Entertainment Industry.
On January 1, 2018, the State of Nevada began requiring specific workers in the entertainment industry to complete an OSHA 10 hour (non-supervisory employee) or an OSHA 30 hour (supervisory employee) safety and health general industry course and receive a completion card within 15 days of hire.
The specific workers are ones whose primary occupation on site falls into one of these categories:
Theatrical scenery, rigging or props
Wardrobe, hair or makeup
Audio, camera, projection, video or lighting equipment
Any other items or parts which are related to or components of the items described in 1, 2 or 3 and which are used for on in conjunction with the presentation or production of:
Film making or photography, including without limitation, motion pictures
Television programs, including, without limitation, live broadcasts, closed-circuit broadcasts or videotape recordings and playback
This requirement will not apply to volunteers or any other persons who are not paid to perform work on a site.
“Site” is defined as a theater where live entertainment is performed, a sound stage, a showroom, a lounge, an arena or a remote site which has been designated as a location for the production of a motion picture or television program.
“OSHA 10 or 30-hour course” is a course of general industry safety and health hazard recognition and prevention developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor.“Trainer” of the OSHA 10- or-30 hour course means a person who is currently authorized by OSHA as a trainer, including, without limitation, a person who has completed the OSHA 501, the trainer course in OSHA Standards for General Industry and has been issued an OSHA trainer card.