OSHA Program in Missouri Focusing on Concrete Industry

March 14, 2006

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun a statewide program in Missouri to identify, evaluate and control employee exposure to concrete-related hazards.

This Local Emphasis Program (LEP) targets general industry businesses in Missouri that manufacture, produce, mix or deliver concrete or concrete products. The program has two facets: providing information and outreach materials to identified employers and conducting programmed facility inspections.

Safety and health inspections under the LEP will address all aspects of potential exposures to hazards associated with concrete-related work, including silica and noise.

The comprehensive inspections will evaluate “lockout/tag-out” procedures to ensure that machinery does not accidentally start up during repairs or maintenance; confined space entry precautions; electrical safe work practices; machine guarding; respiratory protection, and medical surveillance.

OSHA will review employers’ documentation supporting their workplace safety and health programs, including recordkeeping and records required as a result of worker exposure to concrete-related hazards.

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