OSHA issues new directive on marine cargo handling

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Mike Rich

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a revised directive providing enforcement guidance for the marine cargo handling industry.

According to OSHA the new enforcement guidelines focus on updated requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) and Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs) to reduce worker injury.

In 2010 the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that seven workers died and more than 2,900 were injured performing marine cargo handling operations.

The revised directive:

  • clarifies PPE that employers must provide at no cost to their workers, when employers must pay for replacement PPE, and when employers are not required to pay for PPE;
  • provides information and guidance on VTLs, both on the regulations and the recent court ruling on a challenge by industry to those regulations;
  • includes changes to the Marine Terminals and Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring provisions based on Phase III of the Standards Improvement Project;
  • incorporates the settlement agreement between the National Grain and Feed Association Inc. and OSHA;
  • updates answers to commonly asked maritime cargo handling questions; and
  • delivers marine cargo handling safety and health information in a Web-based format with electronic links.

The marine cargo handling industry is regulated primarily by the Marine Terminals standards (29 CFR Part 1917) and the Longshoring standards (29 CFR Part 1918).

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