tical steel shafts that hold deck barges in the area that are potentially contributing
place—from accidentally dropping or to harmful PM 2.5 levels.
slipping. Deck barges and spud barges The AQI is EPA’s color-coded tool for
Rules & are flat boats or vessels that carry cargo communicating air quality to the public.
and are also used in the marine construc-
tion industry during pier construction,
An AQI value of 50, for example, repre-
sents good air quality with little potential
from page 33 dredging, bridge construction and main- to affect public health, while an AQI value
tenance, and marine oil service. over 300 represents hazardous air quality.
last month (found at www.floridawork AQI reporting is required in cities with a
placesafety.org/documents/final%20re AIR QUALITY population of at least 350,000; however,
port.pdf), and urged that “Florida pass more than 300 cities voluntarily issue air
legislation requiring all public employ- EPA Seeks to Revise AQI
quality forecasts as a public health service.
ers and employees to comply with cur- for Particle Pollution EPA plans to host a blog to provide an
rent OSHA standards CFR 1910 (general EPA is proposing to update its air quali- additional venue for discussions on this
industry) and CFR 1926 (construction) ty index (AQI) to reflect the latest stan- proposal. Blog comments will not be con-
within 3 years.” ASSE and its members dards for fine particle pollution. The sidered official comments for the record;
in Florida have played a significant role proposal also would set a “significant however, the blog will provide easy links
in these ongoing efforts to extend the harm” level, which states use in devel- for submitting official comments. The
state’s OSH protections. Bresland’s mes- oping emergency episode plans. Fine blog will launch the week of March 2.
sage can be viewed at www.youtube particle pollution is also known as fine For more information, visit www.epa
.com/safetymessages. Learn more about particulate matter, or PM 2.5. .gov/pm/actions.html.
ASSE’s efforts in Florida at www.asse Under the proposed changes, the AQI
.org/professionalaffairs/govtaffairs/ would reach “code orange”—unhe