Canadian Safety Glazing
Standard on the Way
fter three years of work, Cana-
Attention to the dangers of wired
da’s new federal safety glazing glass in Canada ramped up in recent
standard was published in late years after several multi-million-dol-
February. The standard, last updated lar lawsuits regarding product dangers.
in 1990,no longer includes wired glass.
According to an Ontario School sustained more than $5.8 million in
CGSB established a “Committee on Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) costs for 114 wired glass injury claims
Glass” in 2014 to address revisions to advisory obtained by The Canadian from 2001 and 2015.
CAN/CGSB 12.1 Tempered or Lam- Press, there were 107 wired glass-re-
In the U.S., International Building
inated Safety Glass, and it reached lated claims against the Exchange’s 87 Code changes in the mid-2000s elim-
consensus on a draft in January 2016. schools between 1987 and 2000, cost- inated the use of wired glass in areas
The draft was then released for public ing more than $3 million in payouts. that require safety glazing due to risk
review and eventually approved.
OSBIE told Global News last year it had of human impact.
OSHA Rule Extends Citation Period
from Six Months to Five Years
he Labor Department’s Occupa- paperwork; they have a valuable and ployers could be subject to numerous,
tional Safety and Health Admin- potentially life-saving purpose.”
istration (OSHA) has issued a Attorneys Darren A. Crook and Mi- have to defend with stale evidence,”
clariﬁcation” to its reporting rules for chael T. Taylor of the Baker Hostelter the lawyers write.
workplace injuries and illnesses that law ﬁrm say the rule might not last long. In other OSHA news, the organiza-
years-old citations that they would
some experts say is an attempt to cir-
cumvent a legal precedent.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s tion recognizes that falls are a major
Executive Director of Labor Law Pol- danger in the glass, glazing and con-
On December 19, 2016, OSHA pub- icy, Mark Freedman, stated that ‘[t] struction industries, and has issued
lished a ﬁnal rule, which took effect he court … was unequivocal that the new efforts to reduce them.
January 18, that says an employer can statute of limitations for issuing cita-
In November 2016 OSHA published
be issued citations for workplace inju- tions on recordkeeping violations is six a ﬁnal rule updating its general in-
ries or illnesses within ﬁve years of the months despite OSHA’s attempts to dustry “Walking-Working Surfaces”
date of the incident. However, the rule say six months means ﬁve years,’” the standards speciﬁc to slip, trip and
appears to contradict a 2012 decision attorneys write in a blog on their ﬁrm’s fall hazards. The rule also includes a
in the U.S. Circuit Court for the District website. “As a result, the rule currently new section under the general indus-
of Columbia that said OSHA had no stands on tenuous grounds.”
authority to issue citations against an Crook and Taylor say the rule could standards that establishes employer
employer after six months from the be overturned by Congress through requirements for using personal fall
date of a workplace injury or illness. the Congressional Review Act. It could protection systems.
This rule simply returns us to the also be challenged in federal court or OSHA estimates the ﬁnal standard
try “Personal Protective Equipment”
standard practice of the last 40 years,” before the Occupational Safety and will prevent 29 fatalities and more
says David Michaels, Assistant Secre- Health Review Commission. Finally, than 5,842 injuries annually. The rule
tary of Labor for Occupational Safety the new Trump administration could was effective January 17, 2017, and
and Health. “It is important to keep in simply delay enforcement of the rule. affects approximately 112 million
mind that accurate records are not just
“If the rule goes unchallenged, em- workers at seven million worksites. n
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