OSHA Launches Basic Steel Products Topics Page

OSHA recently launched a new topics page on its Web site aimed at assisting employers and employees with information on OSHA workplace standards for steel product manufacturing.

Basic Steel Products, a new Safety and Health topic, is a product of alliances the agency formed with the Steel Group and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance (consisting of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Hoist Manufacturers Institute and the Monorail Manufacturers Association). Information on the new page focuses on identifying possible workplace dangers in the steel products industry and offers resources to establish an effective safety and health program.

"OSHA continually looks for ways to make our information more accessible to the public," said OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. "This new Safety and Health Topics page details all the key components required for safe manufacturing of steel products and makes that information readily available for all employers, employees and supervisors."

The Basic Steel Products page contains a direct link to all OSHA standards applicable to the steel industry. The page also features a selection of safety tips to counteract industrial hazards, including advice on controlling hazardous energy, operating cranes and forklifts, guarding floor and wall openings and holes, and a general discussion on requirements for walking/working surfaces.

The guide has a number of additional resources, including information on safety and health case studies and OSHA's alliances related to steel-related industries.

OSHA's Web site includes approximately 200 Safety and Health Topics pages on various workplace issues from accident investigation to workplace violence. Subjects such as specific workplace hazards, as well as individual industries can be viewed on the pages, which also provides assistance for complying with OSHA standards.

The Basic Steel Products page can be viewed at www.osha.gov/dcsp/products/topics/basicsteel/index.html.

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