The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.
The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years:
Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries* must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
That Dangerous H2S – It’s More than a Rotten Egg Smell
When it comes to H2S, are you taking the correct precautions? Here’s what you should know about this deadly gas.
What is that rotten egg smell? If you’re a wastewater operator, you get that question a lot from visitors or even friends. You then explain the bacteria in wastewater breaks down decaying matter, which produces hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and creates the rotten egg smell. However, the truth is that H2S exposure can be deadly for workers in wastewater, mining, agriculture, textile manufacturing, food processing, and oil and gas extraction.
What is H2S and where is it found?
Hydrogen sulfide is a naturally forming gas byproduct of decaying human and animal waste. It is present in crude petroleum and natural gas; it is colorless, flammable and heavier than air, making it incredibly dangerous for wastewater, collections and maintenance workers.
Sulfides are produced throughout the collections and wastewater system, especially when a tank or piping is down for repair. You will find most sulfides in the following locations: