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OSHA Hearing Conservation Requirements for Forest Products Employers Webinar



Mar 5, 2024


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Pennsylvania Forest Products Association

The Region 3 Administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently expanded the industry classifications covered by the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for High Level Noise (see Press Release here). Within the forest products industry, companies falling under the following NAICS codes are included in the Regional Emphasis Program as of October 1, 2023 (*asterisk indicates newly added codes):

32111 – Sawmills and Wood Preservation*

32199 – Other Wood Manufacturing*

32192 – Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing

According to OSHA’s enforcement directive, the REP provides a comprehensive framework of guidance and direction to ensure effective targeting, enforcement and outreach regarding hazards associated with workers that are exposed to high noise levels in certain industries and are at risk for developing occupational noise-induced hearing loss at workplaces in Region III (which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia).

To assist companies in navigating the requirements of this program PFPA is hosting a Microsoft Teams webinar on March 5, 2024 from 11:00 am until noon. Mark Harmon, Erie OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist, will present information related to the REP and how companies can effectively manage their hearing conservation programs for their employees.

This webinar is recommended for supervisors and managers, or anyone responsible for managing workplace safety. Register here!

In addition, companies should be aware of OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule, which requires companies who have 11 or more employees at any point during a calendar year to maintain illness and injury records. These employers are required to post a summary of their 2023 data at their workplace from February through April. (See OSHA Recordkeeping Forms Package here)

A new rule (see Press Release) also requires electronic submission of injury and illness data to OSHA by March 2, 2024 by employers with 100 or more employees in certain industries designated as “high-hazard.” This rule retains the current requirements for electronic submission of information from Form 300A from establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-hazard industries and from establishments with 250 or more employees in industries that must routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records.

If there is interest among PFPA members, a follow-up webinar on OSHA recordkeeping and submission requirements may be scheduled. Let us know if your company is interested!

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