“OSHA Publishes “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the Crystalline Silica Standards”

OSHA has recently published “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the new Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction and General Industry. (Be sure to download the Small Entity Guides below for both Construction and General Industry) OSHA recently released small entity compliance guides for both construction and general industry.  See Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline … Continue reading “OSHA Publishes “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the Crystalline Silica Standards”

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“State of Safety” – “EHS Quarterly Review – 3rd Quarter 2017”

Overview During the third quarter of 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continued work to slow the implementation and effects of rules finalized under the previous administration. The changes include a proposed delay of the certification deadline for construction crane operators and a possible re-working of rules for tracking workplace injuries and illnesses. The … Continue reading “State of Safety” – “EHS Quarterly Review – 3rd Quarter 2017”

“Kidde Recalls 38 Million Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported”

Name of product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. Remedy: Replace Recall date: November 2, 2017 Recall number: 18-022 Consumer … Continue reading “Kidde Recalls 38 Million Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported”

“OSHA’s Top Ten Most Cited Safety Violations Of 2017” – Infographic

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently shared a preliminary list of the top 10 most commonly cited OSHA work safety standards in 2017. Every year, this Top 10 list gives us some clarity on OSHA inspection and enforcement priorities, as well as options for improving safety at your workplace. #1 Fall Protection—General Requirements … Continue reading “OSHA’s Top Ten Most Cited Safety Violations Of 2017” – Infographic

“Trump Nominates FedEx VP for Safety as OSHA Administrator”

By Brent I. Clark, Benjamin Briggs, James L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, Daniel Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen Seyfarth Synopsis: The White House picks Scott A. Mugno as the new Administrator of federal OSHA. The White House announced on October 27th that it has nominated Scott A. Mugno to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety, and Health.  If confirmed, Mr. Mugno will serve as … Continue reading “Trump Nominates FedEx VP for Safety as OSHA Administrator”

“Suicide in the Construction Industry: The Silent Killer” #ElevateTheConvo

Some companies, as noted above in the Toolbox Talk, aren't fully aware of the severity of this problem. Inform your employees. One loss to suicide is "Too Many". The construction and extraction industries have the second-highest rate of suicide – 53.3 per 100,000 workers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Factors … Continue reading “Suicide in the Construction Industry: The Silent Killer” #ElevateTheConvo

“NIOSH To Focus On ‘Safe Integration Of Robots’ In The Workplace”

Citing a “knowledge gap related to robotics and worker safety and health,” NIOSH has launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research in an effort to evaluate the possible advantages and hazards of robot workers, as well as foster safe robot-human interactions. According to NIOSH, 61 robot-related worker deaths occurred between 1992 and 2015. Technology has evolved … Continue reading “NIOSH To Focus On ‘Safe Integration Of Robots’ In The Workplace”

“The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roqkZPoY-Fc National Safety Council is on a mission to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime, but safety can be difficult to quantify. That's why NSC took on a year-long project to grade states on actions and policies they have taken – or not taken – to reduce risk for all residents. The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report provides insight into promising … Continue reading “The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report”

“Are You Inspecting Your Body Harness Regularly & Properly?”​ #FallProtection

Personal fall protection systems such as harnesses can be a lifesaver for those who continually or occasionally work at heights. However, if it isn't in good shape, you could be putting your life in a risky situation. It is important to inspect your fall protection gear prior to every use. Always follow the recommendations of … Continue reading “Are You Inspecting Your Body Harness Regularly & Properly?”​ #FallProtection

“OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

OSHA will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction until September 23, 2017, to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. See the memorandum. Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb … Continue reading “OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

“Everything Is Going Great In Safety!!”

Another thought provoking read and a history lesson on how workers had to fight to remove obstacles to a safer workplace.

Phil La Duke's Blog

kittens-cat-cat-puppy-rush-45170by Phil La Duke

Over the past weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of flack from some wonderfully helpful salt of the earth readers who, citing my less than positive tone of my introduction stopped reading.  So this week I am making every effort to avoid offending these precious snowflakes so that they can feel at home reading my blog.

Let me begin by saying that all is well in the world of safety.  As far as I can tell we’ve climbed the mountain, to quote Walt Whitman “the ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won”. Not only have we eliminated workplace fatalities, no one anywhere in the world is so much as at RISK of being injured.  Congratulations all around.  Really you’ve all done a top-shelf job.

Okay, I’ll stop.  I just had to get one last jab in at the people who, unable to construct…

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“OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse” #TrenchSafety

OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse EMERY, SD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited First Dakota Enterprises Inc., for failing to protect its workers from trench collapse hazards.  The Fort Pierre-based company faces proposed penalties of $95,064. On May 23, 2017, a 34-year-old … Continue reading “OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse” #TrenchSafety