NFPA Seeks Comments on Codes & Standards

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					EPA’s action sets two standards: a pri-       Comments received by March 6, 2009,             tion on how to report hazardous chemi-
mary standard to protect health and a         will be considered by the respective            cals in mixtures, and changes to Tier I
secondary standard at the same level to       NFPA committees before final action is          and Tier II forms. Facilities subject to
protect the public welfare, including the     taken on the proposals. For more infor-         these regulations, as well as state emer-
environment.                                  mation, visit www.nfpa.org.                     gency response commissions, local emer-
   Because the existing ability to monitor                                                    gency planning committees and fire
lead is not sufficient to determine whether   CONSTRUCTION SAFETY                             departments should become familiar
many areas of the country would meet          New OSHA Site Launched                          with the new regulations. For more
the revised standards, the agency is re-                                                      information, visit www.epa.gov/oem/
designing the nation’s lead monitoring        to Help Prevent Fatal                           content/epcra/index.htm.
network, which is necessary to assess         Falls in Construction
compliance with the new standard. By          As part of its efforts to share information     CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
October 2011, EPA will designate areas        on compliance assistance and outreach
                                              resources, OSHA has launched a new web
                                                                                              Ontario Proposes
that must reduce lead air emissions. States
will then have 5 years to meet the new        page, “Preventing Fatal Falls in Construc-      Mandatory WC Coverage
standards. For more information, visit        tion” (www.osha.gov/doc/falls/prevent           for Construction Workers
www.epa.gov/air/lead.                         ingfalls.html). The site includes various       Ontario plans to introduce legislation
                                              links related to construction falls and         that would make workers’ compensa-
FIRE PROTECTION                               methods to prevent them. Among the              tion coverage mandatory for individuals
                                              links included are those to OSHA’s Con-         working in the construction industry
NFPA Seeks Comments                           struction eTool, QuickCards containing          who are currently not covered. The pro-
on Codes & Standards                          fall safety tips, the Alliance Program          posed legislation would make it manda-
All NFPA codes and standards are              Construction Roundtable web page and            tory to extend benefits and services
revised and updated every 3 to 5 years        other resources.                                contained in the 1997 Workplace Safety
in revision cycles that begin twice each                                                      and Insurance Act (WSIA) for independ-
year. National Institute of Standards and     EMERGENCY PLANNING                              ent operators in construction and some
Technology, on behalf of NFPA, pub-                                                           other in
				
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