Category Archives: OSHA

Arc Flash Risk Management – a very real threat to your employees

An arc flash occurs amongst the live conductors or between a conductor and the ground. The current from any of the live conductor leaves its normal directional flow, travels through air and enters another conductor or to the ground. The … Continue reading

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ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) – Could it Lead to more Stringent Provisions Around Legal Compliance?

It was announced this summer (in June 2016) that the publication of the much-anticipated ISO 45001 Management System Standard for Occupational Safety & Health is to be delayed by at least a year. Initially, the plan had been for the … Continue reading

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OSHA final rule requires electronic injury and illness reporting, creates public database

OSHA has released its final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. The agency said that via the final regulation, it is applying the insights of behavioral economics to … Continue reading

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Top Five OSHA Changes to Watch for in 2016

The last year of President Obama’s administration is fast approaching and 2016 looks to be a busy time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents. Here are the top … Continue reading

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Always Wear Your Seat Belt While Operating a Fork Lift – why?

This photo shows the scene of a fatality that occurred when a forklift tipped over and the operator thought he could “jump clear.” He didn’t quite make it. He was crushed between the forklift rollover bar and the concrete floor. … Continue reading

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Effective EHS Training: ANSI’s Z490.1 Provides Nice Approach

Many companies spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to maintain high standards for the environment, health, and safety (EHS). And this often involves-and should involve-an EHS training component. For example, OSHA and similar regulatory agencies require EHS … Continue reading

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OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized (29 CFR 1904)

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released the text of its Final Rule making changes to requirements for Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting under Part 1904, 29 C.F.R. §1904.0 et.seq.  The new requirements take effect in federal OSHA states on … Continue reading

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OSHA Top Ten Violations for 2014

OSHA just released its list of the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. The 2014 list includes all the same all the same standards as last year’s list, and the four standards at the top … Continue reading

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OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the … Continue reading

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ISO 45001: The New Health & Safety Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Top 10 Willful Violations for FY 2013

Safety & Health’s annual article on the top 10 for fiscal year 2013 had to use preliminary data. Rounding out the OSHA Top 10 update is a list of the top 10 willful violations of 2013: Ranking – Standard – … Continue reading

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OSHA Mandates New Hazard Communication Training by 12/1/13

Don’t procrastinate!! OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2012 Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2012. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top … Continue reading

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HAZWOPER – Incidental Spill vs Emergency Spill

What is the difference between an incidental and an emergency spill? An incidental release is a release of a hazardous substance which does not pose a significant safety or health hazard to employees in the immediate vicinity or to the … Continue reading

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U.S. GHS Implementation

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has primary responsibility for implementing the GHS requirements for hazard classification, labeling, & SDS since these issues are currently regulated under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA released a proposed revision to the U.S. … Continue reading

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OSHA Submits Final Rule Adopting Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to OMB

OSHAs HazCom Standard is advancing towards Rule; OSHA’s long-awaited revised Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) – which adopts the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is one step closer to being published. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) … Continue reading

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OSHA – New walking-working surfaces proposed rule features drastic changes

OSHA published a long-awaited proposed rulemaking, which will revise the walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment standards to improve worker protection from tripping, slipping, and falling hazards. The proposed revisions include a reorganization and redesignation of the standards to make … Continue reading

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