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Protection Update - April 2008

April 1, 2008
News from the International Safety Equipment Association

In this Issue:
>> How to Create an ANSI Z359.2-Compliant Fall-Protection Plan
Any company with personnel who work at heights must have a fall protection plan to be in compliance with the new ANSI Z359.2 standard. The recently approved ANSI Z359.2 standard, “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program,” requires a written fall protection program whenever one or more person(s) are routinely exposed to fall hazards and need to be protected with a fall protection system.

>> New Protection for Workers
Look for garments and other safety products from ISEA members that meet applicable standards, including the ANSI/ISEA standards for highvisibility safety apparel, headwear and public safety vests...

>> Washington Watch: ISEA to OSHA: Let’s Work Together
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has led the charge over the past several months to halt a misguided proposal from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that could make safety-related American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) personal protective equipment (PPE) standards meaningless.

>> NEW! Ask OSHA
What are the OSHA standards that specifically require personal protective equipment (PPE)? Find out here!

>> Making Workers Safer Around the Nation
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — www.osha.gov — has announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to target worksites where employees are at risk for developing silicosis.

>> OSHA $100,000 Club of Citations
OSHA has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for the following recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by personal protective equipment (PPE).

>> Safety Equipment Works for You
With heavy fire coming through the roof of a structural fire in Greenock, Pa., a father-and son volunteer fire chief and assistant chief assessed the scene and began removing propane tanks and a gas grill from a porch to prevent further fire risk.

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