Alcoa began giving employees audiograms in 1952, 30 years before OSHA would issue its Hearing Conservation Amendment in 1983, according to Christine Dixon-Ernst, CIH, and technical manager, occupational health, for Alcoa.
Nancy Hauter, director of national OSHA’s health enforcement, spoke at the NHCA meeting on the most talked-about topic at the meeting: OSHA’s proposal to reemphasize the use of engineering controls over PPE, and the subsequent withdrawal of that policy after more than 30 industry groups protested.
Those were the words of Dr. Alice Suter, paying respect to almost 300 attendees, as she kicked off the 36th Annual National Hearing Conservation Conference in Mesa, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix, Feb. 24-26.
A Canton, Mass. contractor exposed employees working inside an aqueduct tunnel to a variety of dangers, according to OSHA, which hit Barletta Heavy Divison, Inc. with repeat and serious standards violations carrying a total of $52,500 in proposed fines.
Ergonomic is kryptonite at the national level, with OSHA officials not even mentioning the word in speeches these days. Ergo is so toxic that even the agency’s proposal to have employers separately log ergo-related injuries was withdrawn.
Thanks to Aaron Trippler, government affairs director for the American Industrial Hygiene Association, we present this updated list of state activity involving existing or proposed OSHA state plan programs.