To: National and Field Offices
SUBJECT: Reduction of Air Pressure Below 30 psi for Cleaning Purposes
1. Purpose. To provide guidance and examples of what alternate systems will meet the requirements of this section, and to clarify its intent.
2. Background. A number of inquiries have been received requesting a clarification of the meaning of 1910.242(b) also known as 41 CFR 50-2048 under the Walsh-Healey Act.
There is no Federal OSHA requirement specifically addressing the use of compressed air to test for leaks in gas lines, according to an OSHA letter of interpretation sent in response to a compliance inquiry. Then- Director of the Office of Construction and Compliance Assistance Gerald P. Reidy noted that there are several applicable general industry and construction standards addressing the hazards of compressed gases.
The use of compressed air for cleaning purposes at pressures greater than 30 P.S.I. is permissible, if the outlet or source is fitted with a relief device that drops the pressure to less than 30 P.S.I. if the flow is dead ended, according to an OSHA letter of interpretation sent by then- Acting Director, Federal Compliance and State Programs Bruce Hillenbrand in response to an inquiry.
Flame-resistant clothing company highlights key hazards to encourage proactive safety measures
March 10, 2017
Flash fire, arc flash and other thermal hazards pose a significant safety threat in a variety of workplaces. Recognizing the key causes of these hazards in industrial settings — as well as wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) — can go a long way toward reducing worker injuries. In light of this, Workrite Uniform Company, a flame-resistant (FR) clothing manufacturer, encourages all industrial personnel to pay careful attention to the following common fire starters and implement proper safety measures.
Health concerns related to prolonged sitting on the job have received considerable attention. With the focus on getting sedentary employees on their feet, it’s important to remember that excessive standing is just as detrimental to long-term health as excessive sitting.
In the course of my travels and visits to a great many diverse business facilities over the last few years, I have come across very few situations where standing operators have not been provided with some sort of relief from the hard floors of their workplace.
A recent survey of healthcare workers found that certain surgical procedures often lack ventilation that removes surgical smoke at its source, according to researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
In less than 10 days in 2016, two employees at a Green Bay muffler component manufacturer suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, federal workplace safety investigators have determined.
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