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OSHA publishes new and revised materials on worker safety

OSHA recently released several new and revised publications explaining workers' and employers' rights, as well as how to protect workers from hazards in construction and other industries. These include:

OSHA's Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard: Provides small businesses with a comprehensive step-by-step guide complete with checklists and commonly asked questions that will aid both employees and workers in small businesses with a better understanding of OSHA's respiratory protection standard.

Employer Rights and Responsibilities: Explains what happens after an inspection, and defines the types of violations for which an employer may be cited as a result of an inspection.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces in General Industry:  QuickCard explains what workers should do before entering a confined space, such as an underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, silos or manholes.

Working Safely in Trenches: QuickCard provides illustrations of protective systems that should be used to prevent worker injuries and death from trench cave-ins.

For a complete list of new and revised materials, click here.

To order free copies of these materials online, visit OSHA's Publications page or call OSHA's toll free number at 800-321-6742.