OSHA Releases New Marine Terminal Safety Guidance

OSHA has released a new guidance document titled "Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals" to help the maritime industry avoid traffic accidents and prevent or reduce work-related fatalities and injuries.

"This new guidance will help employers design and implement a traffic safety program for vehicles and pedestrians," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "A traffic safety program should address marine terminal traffic hazards and meet OSHA's standards. Traffic safety is an important issue at marine terminals with their fast-paced operations and large, heavy equipment."

The guidance document was recommended by the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health in March, 2004. It is not a standard or regulation and it carries no new legal obligations. Rather, it focuses on the factors that contribute to traffic related injuries and identifies measures to prevent them, such as safety checks, vehicle selection and maintenance, traffic controls, safe operation of vehicles, and safe driving techniques.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 15 fatalities in the marine cargo industry in 2005, eight of which were the result of transportation incidents. To view the guidance, visit www.osha.gov/Publications/3337-07-2007-English-07192007.html.

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