Updated Links from the April 14 Meeting

From Glenn Narrow:

Hello Roundtable folks,
Our appreciation is expressed to both Sarah and Mike of MassDEP for their presentations of MassDEP Asbestos Regulations. Please find weblink to MassDEP asbestos website. At the bottom you’ll also find link to Mike’s power point as presented at our April 14th meeting.

Also, our appreciation is expressed to Brian of MassDLS for his presentation of MassDLS Asbestos Regulations.Please find attached Brian’s power point in pdf format as presented at our April 14th meeting.



Updated links from Mike Elliott:
As you requested, I am providing the link to the MassDEP asbestos website. There you will find a link to the revised MassDEP regulation under the heading “MassDEP Regulations, Policies and Guidance.” And as the title suggests, you will also find useful guidance documents such as a Fact Sheet summarizing the revised regulation.

Within the revised regulation, Section 10 specifically covers the “Requirements for the Removal of Asbestos-containing Asphaltic Roofing and Siding Materials.” This statutory language replaces the former 1996 guidance policy of a similar title. Contrary to the old “carve-out” there is no longer any notification exemption for roofing material that contains 1% or more asbestos, but if you follow the prescribed work practices, which I’m told are the same as they have always been, then you can dispose of the waste roofing material in any solid waste landfill permitted to accept C&D waste.

At the bottom of the MassDEP asbestos website, you’ll also find links to the DLS asbestos regulatory program and the DLS asbestos license lists.


PowerPoint from Brian:

Thank you again for inviting me to speak to your group. I hope that I was able to provide some useful information for them! Attached is a PDF of my presentation. Please feel free to forward to your members. Construction Safety Roundtable Meeting 4-14-2015

OSHA Announces National Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction – June 2-6, 2014

OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a national safety stand-down from June 2 to 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry. “Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “We’re working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America’s employers that safety pays and falls cost.” During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA has also launched an official national safety stand-down website with information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterwards, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation. The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. The campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment. “We are pleased to join again with OSHA and our NORA partners to focus on fall prevention at construction sites,” said Dr. John Howard, NIOSH director. “Preventing falls in the construction industry benefits everyone, from the worker, to the employer, to the community at large. This safety stand-down serves as an important opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn how to recognize and prevent fall hazards.” To learn how to partner with OSHA in this stand-down, visit http://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ . The page provides details on how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction visit http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/ . Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov .