Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

Caution: Somewhat Graphic Photo - Note: This Photo is the property of Jack Benton, and may not be used without written consent. Note: I dont know all of the details of this incident and only know that this accident was caused by failure to follow LOTO procedures. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Introduction "Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)" … Continue reading Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

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“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”

New! – “OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool”

OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool is an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace. This tool is intended to: (1) Teach small business owners and … Continue reading New! – “OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool”

Is Your 1st Phase of GHS Training Done? – What’s Next?

Is your December 1, 2013 first phase of GHS Training complete? Here's Whats Next! Hazard Communication and GHS: What Comes Next? by Safety.BLR.com

First Phase of GHS Training Due Today (12/1/2013) – Are Your Employees Trained?

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format … Continue reading First Phase of GHS Training Due Today (12/1/2013) – Are Your Employees Trained?

OSHA Fiscal Year 2013 “Top 10 Cited Violations”

OSHA unveiled its List of the 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for fiscal year (“FY”) 2013 (i.e., October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013).  The announcement came at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress and Expo. Here is the full list for Fiscal Year  2013: 1926.501 – Fall Protection (cited 8,241 times during FY 2013) … Continue reading OSHA Fiscal Year 2013 “Top 10 Cited Violations”

OSHA QuickTakes – November 5, 2013

In this issue New educational resources released to better protect workers from exposures to hazardous chemicals Comment period on proposed silica rule extended to provide additional time for public input West, Texas, fertilizer company cited following deadly ammonium nitrate explosion Wyoming OSHA cites Sinclair Refinery for $707,000 in proposed fines for 22 violations OSHA orders … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – November 5, 2013

5 Compliance Issues OSHA Will Focus On in Waning Days of 2013

By Eric J. Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker Green An industry contact recently asked me what five issues I expected OSHA would be focusing its enforcement efforts on for the balance of this year. Here was my response: 1. Emergency Exits & Exit Routes – A couple of months ago, … Continue reading 5 Compliance Issues OSHA Will Focus On in Waning Days of 2013

Updated – December 1st, 2013 Training Video for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (GHS)

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format … Continue reading Updated – December 1st, 2013 Training Video for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (GHS)

Free GHS Webinar Hosted by OSHA and SCHC July 25, 2013 – 1:00 PM EDT

OSHA Hosts a Free GHS (Globally Harmonized System) Webinar OSHA will present a free webinar on the Globally Harmonized System titled “Hazard Communication 2012:  One Year of Implementation”  starting at 1:00 PM EDT on Thursday July 25, 2013. The webinar is designed to answer many of the questions that OSHA has received during the first … Continue reading Free GHS Webinar Hosted by OSHA and SCHC July 25, 2013 – 1:00 PM EDT

OSHA QuickTakes – June 3, 2013 Edition

In this issue OSHA provides on-site compliance assistance to protect recovery workers, public during tornado recovery efforts in Texas, Oklahoma Louisiana woman sentenced to 57 months in prison for providing fraudulent hazard waste training and impersonating OSHA official in wake of Gulf Oil Spill OSHA safety stand-down at Southeast construction work sites kicks off OSHA's … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – June 3, 2013 Edition

OSHA Fiscal Year 2011 “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards”

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011) The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find … Continue reading OSHA Fiscal Year 2011 “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards”