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OSHA addresses hazards in tire servicing industry with new tire charts

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a revised version of its tire servicing documents to include current hazards in the industry and ensure workers perform large vehicle tire maintenance safely.

The revisions address the Materials Handling and Storage standard established by OSHA that is in place to protect workers who perform single- and multi-piece rim wheel work. Revised materials include updates to the "Multi-piece Rim Matching Chart," including an updated list of current and obsolete components. The "Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires" chart has also been updated to a series of two charts that cover tube-type and tubeless tires.

"These updated materials will provide readily accessible information on how to prevent worker injuries and deaths from tire-servicing incidents," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "The new format and easy access will simplify compliance with the standard by helping employers provide their workers with vital servicing information."

Hazards in the tire servicing industry often occur while employees attempt to repair or service mismatched tires and rims, and have led to severe head and arm injuries. OSHA standards require that a barrier consisting of a fence, wall, or other structure be placed between a single piece rim wheel and an employee during tire inflation, to contain the rim wheel components in the event of the sudden release of the contained air of the single piece rim wheel. OSHA also requires protective safety products, such as safety glasses, protective footwear, and ear protection be used when servicing tires to help avoid injuries.

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