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07/01/2019

What is Hydrogen Sulfide and Why is it a Lethal Hazard?

Depending on the industry you work in (for instance gas and oil), you may need to be cautious of a dangerous gas: hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  To protect yourself and co-workers from this gas, you must know the warning signs of exposure and the hazards posed by H2S in the workplace.   

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06/11/2019

PHMSA and OSHA Prep for UN Experts Meetings

On Thursday, June 20, US DOT and OSHA will both hold public meetings in preparation for United Nations meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where the agencies represent US interests on the subjects of chemical safety and hazardous materials transportation.

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05/28/2019

Summer Safety: Respirable Silica Worker Protections

As road repair and construction projects kick into high gear for summer, so does workers’ risk of exposure to breathable silica dust. Workers can be exposed to silica during abrasive blasting work, stonecutting, rock drilling, or the manufacturing of bricks, cement, and asphalt. Silica is also used in adhesives, paints, soaps, and glass.  

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03/22/2019

Caught on Tape: Lithium Battery Fire Destroys 23 E-Bikes in Spain

As energy storage technology improves, so will the ferocity with which lithium batteries can potentially ignite or “explode.” For safety professionals, this means that training on safe lithium battery handling procedures may be a smart addition to any workplace safety program—and may even be required under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

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03/12/2019

OSHA Seeks Industry Input on Forklift Safety Standard

In a Request for Information (RFI) published to the Federal Register on March 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requests information and comments about the requirements for forklifts and other trucks under the general industry, maritime, and construction Standards.  

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02/04/2019

OSHA Now Enforcing Beryllium Worker Protections

In January 2017, OSHA finalized new worker protections for employees exposed to beryllium and beryllium compounds. New requirements included lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) and various “ancillary provisions” for employers.   

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10/30/2018

Know Your Haz: DOT Hazmat vs. OSHA HazCom

While it would be nice if these two sets of regulations lined up perfectly, the truth is that they do not regulate the exact same “things.” Do you know the difference?

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10/23/2018

NYPD Pulls 3,000 Body Cameras After Lithium Battery Fire

Add “exploding lithium batteries” to the list of occupational hazards that law enforcement officers face every day.

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10/23/2018

2019 Preview: New OSHA Safety Rules Coming Soon

Here we take a look at new OSHA safety rules and updates to OSHA's 29 CFR worker safety Standards that employers should prepare for in late 2018 and early 2019. 

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09/17/2018

Before You Fit Test: Medical Clearance for Respirator Use

The medical evaluation is a key component of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134. This week, we guide safety managers through the steps of a typical medical evaluation, which must take place even before the employee is fit-tested on the equipment.  

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