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By • 05 Nov, 2017
Commercial truck drivers are plagued with the problem of rest.
If they don’t take required rest breaks, they risk causing truck accidents due to exhaustion that compromises their ability to control their vehicles.
But if they do comply with break regulations, they take the risk of not meeting a delivery deadline, which is why some drivers continue to drive even when they are fatigued.
However, there are some methods commercial truck drivers can implement to help them stay awake and alert, which can also help keep roads safer.
By • 29 Oct, 2017
After being delayed for 90 days, the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard
became effective on September 23, 2017. The reason the initiative was delayed was to allow the agency time to create guidance and educational materials related to the new rules, and to provide help for companies to ensure they were compliant.
OSHA released a memo three days before the new rule was going to be enforced stating that they are delaying citations for a period of 30 days, as long as companies are taking construction safety seriously and making a good faith effort to become compliant. However, instead, the company is now offering help to employers to make sure they are fully compliant.
The fact is, respirable crystalline silica dust can be quite dangerous. It is created during various work operations, such as jackhammering, grinding, drilling and sawing materials such as mortar, block, brick, concrete, rock and stone. When this material is inhaled, it can result in lung cancer, silicosis, and bronchitis. Some tips to ensure construction companies are compliant with the new rules can be found here.