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OSHA data search on GC’s – www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.html
CSHI – www.cshi.org
Upcoming OSHA Training:(click on the title for more info)
- Free OSHA Short Courses
Closest FREE class to Austin is in San Antonio. List of all free classes and registration link is here:
October 5, 2017
Other Safety Issues:
Immediate Attention Please
There has been a safety recall on the DBI-Sala Lad-Saf devices, those affected are to be quarantined and replaced immediately. You need to check your devices model number and see if it is covered by the recall. DO NOT USE a covered Lad-Saf until it has been replaced. Please follow the instructions in the recall notice attached. I included a picture below so you can see where the model numbers are listed on the device and the box it came in.
Call me if you have questions.
Casey Perkins, CSP, OSHA Area Director, Austin Area Office, 512 374 0271
Free resources on bathtub refinishing hazards
OSHA has had fatalities where a worker was overcome by the methylene chloride stripper in enclosed spaces. The resources below list safer alternatives to methylene chloride.
Many liquid paint strippers and solvents contain methylene chloride – a cancer-causing chemical that can easily be found in products on the shelves of your local hardware or paint stores. Workers are at risk to serious illness or death when exposed to methylene chloride in enclosed spaces, mainly through inhalation and contact with their skin.
The video, Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives, produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program within the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, explains the events that led to a near-death incident involving a painter who was overcome by methylene chloride vapors; the hazards of using methylene chloride; and safer alternatives that are available to remove paint and other coatings/finishes. Painting and other contractors are encouraged to include this video as part of a comprehensive safety and health training program.
In addition, OSHA just released FatalFacts: Lethal Exposure to Methylene Chloride during Bathtub Refinishing, which was developed to specifically convey the seriousness of the risks when stripping coatings/finishes from bathtubs. OSHA and NIOSH also co-branded a Methylene Chloride Hazards for Bathtub Refinishers Hazard Alert in 2013.
For more information on how to protect workers from exposure to methylene chloride during paint/coating/finish removal, please see these additional resources:
- Methylene Chloride Safety and Health Topics Page – OSHA
- Resources to Protect Workers from Methylene Chloride (Paint Strippers) – CPWR
- Methylene Chloride Workplace Safety and Health Topics Page – NIOSH
- Preventing Worker Deaths from Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride – California Department of Public Health