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New OSHA Directive Addresses Marine Cargo Handling

New OSHA Directive Addresses Marine Cargo Handling

09 June 2013

OSHA on issued a revised directive regarding enforcement guidance for inspections in longshoring and marine terminals.

This instruction has been revised and updated to include the following significant changes:

  • Provides information and guidance on Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs), both on the regulations and the court decision regarding the challenge by industry to those regulations.
  • Clarifies personal protective equipment (PPE) for 29 CFR Parts 1917 and 1918 that employers must provide at no cost to their employees, when employers must pay for replacement PPE, and when employers are not required to pay for PPE (Appendix A).
  • Provides information on the changes to Marine Terminals (29 CFR Part 1917) and Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring (29 CFR Part 1918) made by the SIP-III regulations.
  • Incorporates the Settlement Agreement between the National Grain and Feed Association, Inc., and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, into this directive (Appendix E).
  • Updates answers to commonly asked maritime cargo handling questions in Appendix F, by incorporating recently issued interpretations (New and modified Q&A's are numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 16, 17, 26, 40, and 41).
  • Delivers available marine cargo handling industry safety and health information in a web-based format with electronic links to noted references.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven worker fatalities and more than 2,900 injuries were recorded in the marine cargo handling industry in 2010.