Rely on Occupational Safety & Health ReporterSM for full news coverage and documentation of federal and state workplace safety and health programs, standards, legislation,...
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking input from the private sector in developing proposed ambulance component safety test standards, according to a March 14 Federal Register notice (76 Fed. Reg. 13,620)
An initial meeting is scheduled for March 23 and 24.
NIOSH will be conducting approximately 15 months of tests for the proposed standard, Seat Mount and Occupant Restraints Dynamic Test, the agency said in a announcing the meetings.
The invitation comes as the institute increases its focus upon transportation-related hazards, including the recent opening of a virtual motor vehicle safety research center. Deaths involving highway transportation have long ranked as the most common type of work-related fatality, accounting for 882 deaths in 2009, more than one-fifth of all occupational fatalities that year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (41 OSHR 144, 2/17/11).
Participants will be asked to provide seats, seat retention devices, and restraints, the notice said. The testing data will be used to support the industry in its transition to the proposed standards: the Society of Automobile Engineers J2917 Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity-Frontal Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment; and the SAE J2956 Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity-Side Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment, it added.
SAE standard J2917 was published in May 2010; SAE standard J2956 is currently in draft form.
Interested companies can contact Jim Green, the NIOSH project officer, at JGreen@cdc.gov.
Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published guidance this month encouraging companies to develop policies that prevent distracted driving at the workplace.
The guidance, published as part of a wider agency initiative, comes as OSHA has pledged to use the general duty clause against employers who require text messaging while driving (40 OSHR 786, 9/23/10).
Employers should declare their vehicles “text-free zones” and eliminate incentives for workers to do so, the guidance said.
OSHA's distracted driving website also features a model policy, while the agency's consultation program is available to assist small and medium-sized businesses in developing their own.
By Greg Hellman
NIOSH's notice of the informational meetings is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-03-14/pdf/2011-5732.pdf.
OSHA's distracted driving guidance is available at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3416distracted-driving-flyer.pdf.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)