“Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”

  Most employers in the construction industry already know that OSHA issued a new confined space standard for construction that became effective on August 3, 2015. Companies with employees who enter confined spaces at construction sites must be sure to understand the new regulation and adjust their processes in order to remain in compliance. Although the … Continue reading “Reminder: Are You In Compliance With OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Standard?”

“New Research Supports OSHA Fit Testing Requirements, Says NIOSH”

The percentage of improperly fitted respirators increases with the length of time between worker fit tests, giving support to the annual fit-testing requirements in OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, according to new research from NIOSH. The standard requires fit testing every year and whenever an employee’s physical condition changes, such as facial scarring or an obvious … Continue reading “New Research Supports OSHA Fit Testing Requirements, Says NIOSH”

“Health Hazards In Nail Salons”

Nail salons are mostly small businesses that employ or contract with trained professionals to provide clients with nail services including, but not limited to, nail filing and polishing, artificial nail application, and other hand- and foot-care treatments. The more than 375,000 nail technicians working in salons across the United States face possible health hazards every … Continue reading “Health Hazards In Nail Salons”

“OSHA’s Proposed New Beryllium Rule Remains in Limbo”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b15PB5tdD4 In a new article from the International Business Times says the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has spent 8 months reviewing a proposal to strengthen rules on beryllium exposure, overshooting its deadline by more than 5 months. It is the latest delay in regulations that have been more than 13 years in the … Continue reading “OSHA’s Proposed New Beryllium Rule Remains in Limbo”

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

“N95 Day” – 9/5/2014 – National Awareness Day Highlights Importance of Respirators

On September 5 th the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will celebrate “N95 Day,” a national health awareness day focused on increasing workers’ knowledge of on-the-job respiratory safety and protection. NIOSH estimates that every day over 20 million workers, in dozens of industries, are exposed to airborne health risks. The theme for … Continue reading “N95 Day” – 9/5/2014 – National Awareness Day Highlights Importance of Respirators

“The OSHA SDS/GHS Hazcom Compliance Myth”

After the passage of the revised Hazcom standard in 2012, there was a great deal of confusion and misinformation generated regarding the revision from the old standard and format to the new one. This was and still is especially true for employers attempting to comply with “Employee Right to Know (Understand)” rules. By now, everybody … Continue reading “The OSHA SDS/GHS Hazcom Compliance Myth”

Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits (PEL’s)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLw4fGx63Qc By Robert Iafolla April 16 --In an apparent effort to kickstart agency action on updating permissible exposure limits for hundreds of chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked the White House April 15 to approve a request to gather information on ways to address chemical exposure. OSHA cited widespread agreement that the majority … Continue reading Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits (PEL’s)

OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

  Updated: The federal agency responsible for workplace safety on Friday contemplated tighter regulation of the toxic metal beryllium, which exists in small amounts in coal slag, a product used as a blast abrasive to prepare the hulls and tanks of ships for coats of paint. The product is also used in blasting operations on … Continue reading OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

Many Oil & Gas Workers Not Aware Of New Hydrogen Sulfide “STEL”

More than half of the oil and gas industry safety professionals who took a recent survey conducted by Dräger and the American Society of Safety Engineers indicated they were not aware of new hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure limits recommended by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. The gas detection manufacturer released the results of … Continue reading Many Oil & Gas Workers Not Aware Of New Hydrogen Sulfide “STEL”

State of Main DOL – OSHA GHS Training Video

Here is another good video that can be used to familiarize  your employees on the new GHS Hazcom (HCS) regulations which you must meet the 1st phase of compliance as of December 1, 2013. Training Video for Employers and Employees OSHA's Global Harmonization System The Maine Community College System is pleased to partner with the … Continue reading State of Main DOL – OSHA GHS Training Video

OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Inhalation of very small (respirable) crystalline silica particles puts workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. OSHA recently released a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica. What is Crystalline Silica? Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than … Continue reading OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal