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Not the 15 Minutes of FAME Desired

  
  
  

Occupational Safety and HealthRevised OSHA Rule Requires Employers to Report All Serious Injuries within 24 Hours and Fatalities within 8 Hours

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new rule on September 11, 2014 which updates the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements, as well as list of employers partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements. The newly updated rules will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

Employers must notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye within 24 hours. Under the prior rules, an employer was required to notify OSHA, if a worker is killed on the job, or if three or more workers were hospitalized. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not previously required.

State plan states will set the implementation dates for their employers, but OSHA Administrator David Michaels encouraged those states to implement the new provisions on Jan. 1 2015. Please click here to review the OSHA fact sheet.

Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (FAME) OSHA Reports

In accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act), OSHA conducts an evaluation of the 27 approved State Plans each fiscal year. Section 18 of the Act encourages States to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs and OSHA approves and monitors them.

There are currently 22 States and jurisdictions operating complete State plans while 5 states cover public employees only. Federal OSHA has recently released its FY 2013 Comprehensive Federal Annual Monitoring Evaluation (FAME) Reports.

Employers in these 27 State OSHA programs are forewarned as Federal OSHA continues to pressure the State plans to increase their enforcement activities, issue more citations, and increase penalties.  State OSHA programs must be “at least as effective” as Federal OSHA, or Federal OSHA may take over. According to federal OSHA’s Reports, the current penalties proposed by state workplace safety and health regulators continue to lag behind penalties proposed by the federal OSHA. Independent analysis shows that only a handful of states cited violations at par with OSHA.

Some of the other findings include:

  • California is understaffed and experiences a long period between an inspection and issuance of a citation. California has nine findings and recommendations remaining from the last year’s (FY 2012) FAME report, including a recommendation to improve targeted programmed inspections in light of a “significantly lower” percentage of inspections with serious, willful or repeat violations being issued.
  • Hawaii, which is sharing jurisdiction with federal OSHA while working to improve its program, has made progress but still experiences program management and enforcement issues.
  • In a turnabout after receiving sharp criticism several years ago for a number of construction fatalities, Nevada’s program is considered “effective,” albeit with a need to improve staff retention and supervisory oversight.  The employee turnover rate in Nevada – 53 percent – is the highest among the programs and is seen as an “ongoing challenge.”
  • Washington is the first state in the nation to adopt a rule designed to protect health care workers from exposure to chemotherapy drugs and other hazardous drugs.

Do you know how your states performed? Click here to download your States FAME report.

TÜV Rheinland of North America can help identify and work with your team to eliminate and minimize risks. We provide EHS consulting and compliance assistance, Industrial hygiene (IH) services, OSHA consulting, field labeling, training and more. Click here to learn about our EHS Services!

Contact TÜV Rheinland

(888) 743-4652 |  info@tuv.com

The EN 61326 Requirements to Change Effective August 14, 2015

  
  
  

Manufacturers and importers of scientific, test and measurement equipment sold in the European Union will need to upgrade to the new requirements of EN 61326‐1:2013, the standard guiding EMC emissions and immunity requirements. The latest version is a technical update to the 2006 edition and must be complied with by August 14, 2015.

Along with the updated basic standards references, the 2013 version has the following new requirements:

  • Technical changes were made for the equipment under the “basic environment” requirements in table 1.
  • The air discharge ESD test level has been increased from 4KV to 8KV.
  • A requirement for immunity to magnetic fields according to IEC 61000‐4‐8 has been added but only for susceptible devices.
  • Additional details were added to the performance criteria for the immunity testing.
  • New section 9 adds requirements for the user manual.

Even though the compliance deadline is about a year from now, manufacturers can make a smooth and stress-free transition by getting ready in advance. TÜV Rheinland can review your declaration of conformity and EMC reports and provide the testing services and guidance required to comply with this update. For further information, contact Bruce Fagley, EMC Technical Manager, TÜV Rheinland, at bfagley@us.tuv.com or at (203) 558‐2703.

Mandatory EN 1090 Certification for Construction Manufacturers, Distributors, & Importers

  
  
  

Effrective July I, 2014, Construction Products regulation mandates the CE marking of fabricated steel and aluminum structures in accordance with the EN 1090 standard, titled Execution of Steel Structures and Aluminum Structures Parts 1 and 2.

EN 1090 The regulation makes CE marking of structures mandatory in accordance with Harmonized Standards for the following: 
  • Components for construction market (steel, aluminum, beams, bolts and similar)
  • Fabricated elements and systems made from CE marked products.
A failure to meet the new Construction Products Regulation requirements will disqualify a product from carrying a CE mark, and penalties may include suspension and prohibition notices and fines.
   
US exporters of construction products including steel sections, structural bolts, welding consumables, and fabricated steel components used in buildings, bridges, highways, and other civil engineering structures, will have to comply with the Construction Products Regulation if their product is to be accepted on the European market.


TÜV Rheinland can now help construction professionals with CE marking of products and also achieve the mandatory EN 1090 certification, a pre-requisite for the CE mark.

Click here to read our detailed press release and learn about the three-mandatory steps to demonstrate compliance.
 
Contact Mark Forbes or Steve Norris if you want more information.


Are you up to date with the latest in solar component & storage system requirements?

  
  
  


Attend our complimentary seminar on PV components, connectors, & energy storage solutions!

   

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TUV Rheinland tests relate to individual components of the system as a whole, but are aimed at the safe and reliable interaction of all components in the overall system.

What you will learn from attending the seminar:

  • Which standards are needed for testing and certification of PV components?
  • Which technical standards are under current development and what is their current status?
  • What is the technical content of the standards (brief explanation only)?
  • Practical tips how to avoid failure and how to recognize those in the PV Field (interoperability of PV connector)
  • Which standards have to be applied in order to design safe Energy Storage Systems?

 

Details: (prior to SPI in Las Vegas)

When: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Where: Las Vegas Marriott, 325 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada

Includes refreshments and beverages

Register Today!

 

Inverter Testing & Certification -- Utility Grid Webinar

  
  
  

Inverter manufacturers must test products effectively to meet safety, grid connection, and certification requirements. It's important that inverter manufacturers have an understanding of the safety and grid connection requirements from the beginning. If an inverter is designed without compliance in mind, then changes to the design may be required late in the development process.

The utility grid is a complex interconnection of generating sources and loads. In this webinar a brief overview of the utility grid will be presented, along with some of the requirements of how distributed generating systems must connect to it.

Overview:

  • The Utility Grid
  • Power Flow
  • Voltage Regulation
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Point of Common Coupling
  • Requirements of the inverter connecting to the grid

 

 

Register Today!

Wednesday, September 10th

2:00pm ET or 11:00am PT

 

Presenter: Paul Morton

Mr. Morton is an Engineer in the Solar and Fuel Cell Division of TUV Rheinland and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, with over 25 years of experience in product safety and evaluation. He is an active member on CSA Committees on standards related to inverters. He has extensive experience in the testing and evaluation of switch mode power supplies and inverters. describe the image 
   

 



Qualification Testing Just Isn't Good Enough Anymore!

  
  
  

Manufacturers must take extra steps with their products to ensure low risk to buyers. TÜV Rheinland PTL tests and certifies products to the Qualification Plus requirements in conjunction with IEC 61215.

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REGISTER TODAY!

Qualification Plus Webinar

   When: September 9th
   Time: 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET
An Overview:
  • Address failures that are being seen in the field

  • Align with existing or contemplated test standards (national & international)

  • Avoid extended tests unless they have technical bases as being relevant to field performance

About the Presenter: Bill Shisler

In 2008, Bill Shisler joined TÜV Rheinland starting as a Sales & Marketing Manager, then Operations Manager, Quality Manager, and promoted again to the Regional Business Field Manager for the Solar & Fuel Cells Division. Bill has over 14 years of experience in the PV testing, certification, quality management, & standards development. 

Register today!

Navigating the complex requirements in Appliance Safety Testing

  
  
  

Appliance TestingMany appliances are tested for safety but few manufacturers know exactly what the regulations are or what happens to appliances during testing. In today's challenging world of complex regulatory requirements and safety standards, it is hard to keep track of what is required to be compliant nationally and when a manufacturer decides to go global, it gets further complex as the requirements vary by country and by product. Each appliance has its own standard. They are non-harmonized not just between the various types of appliance but also the individual country requirements.

For example, Europe and certain other countries use, with minor modifications, IEC 60335-1 “Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety” as a base standard with various sections that specifies the requirements based on a specific type of product. In the U.S. standards are developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which are then used by official third party agencies to certify products. In Canada, the standards are developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and are accredited by the SCC (Standards Council of Canada).

An appliance product safety testing consists of several steps including documentation review, physical construction of a product, review of product components, electrical assembly etc… Products are tested against the various requirements outlined in a standard. Appliances are tested to ensure that they do not pose a risk of electric shock, fire, mechanical or other hazards. Testing may include, but is not limited to: power consumption, ground continuity, dielectric withstand, insulation resistance, touch current, capacitor discharge, temperature, stability and impact, abnormal and fault conditions.

TÜV Rheinland provides household appliance testing in its Newtown, CT lab. The laboratory was opened in response to a growing demand from the US manufacturers for the CB Scheme certifications. With presence in 65 countries, TÜV Rheinland’s core strength is in the global market access. This provides North American appliance manufacturers that are looking at selling their products in the international market place, a perfect partner that can help them get there cost effectively and efficienty. TÜV Rheinland can test in accordance with IEC 60335-1, IEC 60335-2-2, IEC 60335-2-8, IEC 60335-2-10, IEC 60335-2-14, IEC 60335-2-23, IEC 60335-2-29, IEC 60335-2-41, IEC 60335-2-60, IEC 60335-2-64, IEC 60335-2-65, and IEC 60335-2-75. To learn more of our capabilities, please click here.

We have published several articles and whitepapers to help assist appliance manufacturers. Click here to download our free resources: Energy Star for Consumer Electronics; Basics of Appliance Safety, Regulatory Compliance for a Successful Product Launch.

Interested in Appliance Testing? Call us to schedule your test today!

Appliance Testing

Automated Warehousing and Safety Concerns

  
  
  

Automation resized 600The traditional functions of a warehouse are well known. Unlike its predecessors, however, the modern warehouse/fulfillment center is an assemblage of highly evolved automation technologies, making it a core part of the supply chain. Reducing cost and product processing time is the goal of an automated warehouse.

Today's warehouse activities include automated conveyors, crossdocking, palletizing, kitting, tagging, and identifying products, as well as storing them in the most time-efficient and space-efficient manners possible. This automation has also increased the speed of units into and out of the warehouse and employee fatigue can be a contributing risk factor. As a result, warehouse automation now has a direct bearing on supply chain efficiency.

Even large companies are not immune to the safety hazards these automated warehouses may pose. Recently, large fulfillment center accidents killed two workers, but this is not a new trend. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there have been 12-20 warehouse deaths per year from 2009-2012 and many more serious injuries.

When dealing with automated systems, safety is always an issue. Some of the most commonly used warehouse technologies and the safety issues associated with it include:

Automated Conveyors - Movement of parts and boxed goods around the warehouse. Crush hazards and in-running nip point hazards that may catch loose garments, hair and jewelry.

Robots- Robots play a major role in the materials handling systems. There are many types and uses- from palletizing/depalletizing to case packing and truck loading. Robots do not sense when things are out of normal order or when people come into their work envelope. Crush hazards and pinch point hazards exist if not properly enclosed and protected.

AS/RS Systems- Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), generally consist of machines that move up and down one or multiple parallel storage aisles, storing and retrieving products and materials for dissemination to internal and external destinations alike. Crush hazards and pinch point hazards exist if not properly enclosed and protected.

Forklifts- Automated warehouse systems typically use forklifts to load/unload trucks. They can be combustion engine or electric and each have associated hazards from flammable fuels to battery charging and maintenance. Crush hazards from lost loads, driving hazards of truck trailers wheels not chocked or otherwise secured to prevent movement, people in their path which may not be seen and other visibility risks.

RFID- Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) can be implemented at the pallet level, case level, or unit level. The medium to long-term trend is to have RFID tags at the unit level, so every item a consumer purchases can be tracked. This is still fairly cost prohibitive, but most industry experts agree that unit-level RFID tagging will continue to grow.

LASER Bar Code- Bar coding can also track items as they flow through the facility. Bar code scanners pose a low risk to the eyes.

AGVs- Automatic guided vehicles (AGV) used to move units within the warehouse. Crush hazards and pinch point hazards exist if not properly enclosed and protected.

Crossdocking - A distribution method in which the goods flow in an unbroken sequence from receiving to shipping, thus eliminating storage; also known as flow through distribution

The automated systems once installed have extreme work cycles to meet demand. Downtime is very costly and the systems are often too large and complex for plug and play replacement. Down systems may mean shipping comes to a standstill. Being crushed by objects are an all too common hazard for warehouse workers, along with slips and falls, forklift accidents, chemical spills and burns, fires, heat and back pain from manual material handling. Most are preventable.

Preventive maintenance is key. So is vigilance as conditions in the warehouse may change rapidly.

  1. Laser-based proximity guarding devices, light curtains, or mechanical barriers may be used to keep people out of the hazard zone.
  2. Interlocks are typically installed to ensure humans are not within a dangerous enclosure and Lock-out/tag-out procedures are to be implemented during maintenance.
  3. Equipment jams must be cleared safely, and means to do so be documented so short-cuts are not improvised.

For warehouse automation to be most effective, tools and technologies must be coupled with efficient use of integrated information and a well-trained, safety conscious, capable warehouse staff.

Let TUV Rheinland of North America help identify and work with your team to eliminate and minimize these risks. We provide EHS consulting and compliance assistance, Industrial Hygiene (IH) Services, OSHA Consulting, field labeling, training and more. Click here to learn about our EHS Services!

Contact TÜV Rheinland

(888) 743-4652 |info@tuv.com

Why is late pre-registration important?

  
  
  

REACHREACH is a European Community (EC) safety regulation that deals with the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. REACH compliance poses a big challenge for most companies and requires extensive and specific technical competence and knowledge.

Pre-registration is the process for potential EU registrants (non-EU exporters to the EU or manufacturers within the EU) to inform the European Chemicals Agency of their intent to register phase-in chemical substances. Pre-registration is beneficial as you will benefit from extended timelines for registration.  These extended timelines provide additional time to collect the required data that will be needed for registration.

Late pre-registration must take place within 6 months after the first manufacture/import of the phase-in substance but not later than 12 months before the defined registration deadline.

Phase-in substances which meet the following criteria can take advantage of the pre-registration:

  • Must be listed in EINECS
  • Substances manufactured in the EU which were not placed on the market in the EU by the pre-registrant 15 years prior to June 1, 2007 (intermediates)
  • NLP or “No-Longer Polymers” placed on the market prior to June 1, 2007

Late pre-registration can be performed by only:

  • EU manufacturer
  • EU Importer
  • Only Representative

If you do not pre-register:

  • Registration submission is required immediately to ECHA
  • Manufacture or import is to stop immediately
  • Limit manufacture/import amounts below 1 ton per year

Please note that pre-registration applies to article producers and importers of articles that use a phase-in substance with intended release.  The one ton per year threshold applies to the intended release substance.

Our services can prevent you from having the member state authority stop manufacture or import of your substances or limiting your import volumes until you come into compliance.  We have a solution to keep your business going and growing.

REACH Whitepaper

Click here to download our Impact of REACH Regulation Whitepaper and our Making Sense of the Major Changes in RoHS Whitepaper

Contact us today to learn how TÜV Rheinland can help you!

Contact TÜV Rheinland

(888) 743-4652 |info@tuv.com

Want to Get Your Gas Detectors to Market Faster?

  
  
  

Honeywell XNX MPD resized 600The average wait time for Testing of Gas Detectors in the U.S. can take from anywhere from 4 to 6 months. This means a significant delay in time to market and even delayed revenue for North American manufacturers.

In an effort to help North American gas detector manufacturers dramatically reduce their time to market, TUV Rheinland of North America will now offer IEC 60079-29-1 certification services.

The IEC 60079-29-1 standard specifies the general requirements for construction, testing and performance, and describes the test methods that apply to portable, transportable and fixed apparatus for the detection and measurement of flammable gas or vapor concentrations with air.

In collaboration with our labs in Cologne, we can now start your test within a two-to-four-week period. Our expanded facility in Cologne is equipped with state of the art equipment. Our experts are knowledgeable with all the regulations and directives you need including IEC/EN 60079-29-1, to get your products to market.

Click here to read the press release on this new service.

TÜV Rheinland provides IECEx Certification, ATEX and HazLoc Testing, EMC Testing, Functional Safety and Machinery Safety.

Contact us today for lab availability, or other ways we can help you meet your testing needs!

Contact TÜV Rheinland

(888) 743-4652 |info@tuv.com

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