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JAN 2009

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program. These professionals should be consulted on recordkeeping and classi- fication issues as well. For example, an employer with 150,000 man hours has an injured employee with a cut hand. If that employer assumed the incident was recordable, their OSHA incident rate would be 1.33. Many Customer/Owners consider any number above 1.0 to be unacceptable. But if a CSP had reviewed the case and only first aid treatment had been given, the employer could have classified the incident as "First Aid," and thus garnered an Incident Rate of 0.0. OSHA consultation service can also be of great assistance. Safety Program Review Your safety program must also be reviewed. In addition to OSHA records, ON-LINE AIR QUALITY CHECK The Air Quality Index (AQI) is designed to report daily air quality. Users can quickly and easily discover the cleanliness or pollution levels of their outdoor air quality — as well as any associated health risks. The AQI focuses on health effects that may be experienced within a few hours or days after breath- ing polluted air. For more information on AQI, please visit http://airnow.gov. ASHRAE PUBLISHES IAQ GUIDELINES The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) has published a new guideline for residential ventilation and indoor air quality — ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008: Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Written as a "companion" to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007: Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, Guideline 24 is a resource for designers and builders, which addresses the basics of building airflow, humidity control, and equipment performance in the design and construction of low-rise buildings. For more information, visit www.ashrae.org. NEED A LIFT? OSHA reports that the major causes of fatalities when working with aerial lifts are falls, electrocutions, and collapses, or tip overs. And according to OSHA, "aerial lifts" include boom- supported aerial platforms such as cherry pickers or bucket trucks. So in an effort to "Work It Safe," here are some project bid questionnaires will want to know about elements of your safety program. In the past, Customer/Owners employed safety managers to evaluate contractor programs. A growing — and potentially disturbing — trend of hiring third-party reviewers to evaluate safety programs is taking place. Some of these third-party compa- nies are staffed by CSPs who perform the evaluations personally and provide a valuable service. Some, however, are operated by computer programs that simply scan your safety program looking for keywords. This can lead to diminishing results. If the software doesn't recognize jargon or a non-traditional approach, the safety program is flagged as non-compli- ant and is reported as substandard. Further, it is reported as such to numer- ous Customer/Owners. Then, the usual way to cure the "non-compliant" label is to re-write your program until the third party is satisfied. This can be problem- atic as many errors have been found in the third parties interpretation of OSHA Regulations. An example of this is found in a national contractor operating differ- ent divisions but all using the same safety program and having the same insurance policy (the same set of OSHA statistics). This company was required by the third- party to submit their safety program from each division. Although it was the same program, each division was given a differ- ent grade from 100 percent through 72 percent in compliance. The best tool to combat this issue is to have access to OSHA-savvy evaluators. If you must use a third party service, CSPs OSHA-recommended safe work practices for working with aerial lifts: t Ensure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly t t trained in the safe use of the equipment. Maintain and operate elevating work platforms in accor- dance with the manufacturer's instructions. Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices. t Never move the equipment with workers in an elevated t platform unless this is permitted by the manufacturer. Keep workers properly positioned. Do not allow crew members to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush the worker(s). t Maintain a minimum of at least 10 feet, or 3 meters, away t from the nearest overhead lines. Always test power lines, wires, and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated. t Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to prevent the worker(s) from being ejected or pulled from the basket. t Set the brakes, and use wheel chocks when on an incline. t Use outriggers, if provided. t Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools, and materials. January 2009 J www.coatingspromag.com 19 WORK I T S AFE

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