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11/13/2017

14 Tips to Fight Cold Stress for Outdoor Workers

As winter approaches, many US employees will be working outdoors in cold, harsh conditions. For employers, cold is a hazard that can’t be ignored—the OSH Act requires all employers to provide a safe workplace and take steps to eliminate recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

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09/05/2017

Are Employers Required to Cover Costs of Voluntary Respirator Use?

If the level of air contaminants in the workplace is irritating, but not dangerously high, employees may choose to wear respirators even when not required. Even when respirator use is completely voluntary, employers and employees still must follow OSHA rules to ensure that respirators are used properly.  

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06/13/2017

Why Common Sense Won’t Help with PPE

Selecting and using personal protective equipment may seem like “common sense,” but safety professionals know that when it comes to safety, common sense isn’t so common

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04/03/2017

The 7 Stages of All New OSHA Rules

In order to create new regulations or repeal regulations already in place, OSHA must follow a lengthy, transparent process. Instead of discussing one specific rule, today we will talk about how OSHA carries out its rulemaking process in general.

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03/07/2017

When Do OSHA Lockout/Tagout Rules Apply at My Site?

A steam valve is automatically turned on burning workers who are repairing a downstream connection in the piping. A jammed conveyor system suddenly releases, crushing a worker who is trying to clear the jam....

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09/06/2016

Manufacturer Faces $56K Fine for 10 Serious OSHA Violations

In a recent press release, OSHA announced a $56,300 fine for a New Jersey manufacturing facility that allegedly exposed workers to hazardous chemicals and other workplace hazards.

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09/06/2016

Choosing the Right OSHA Safety Signs

Most safety professionals are familiar with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) at 29 CFR 1910.1200 for container labels and Safety Data Sheets. But the HCS doesn’t cover everything. Across a typical facility, signs of all shapes, sizes, and colors communicate different hazards to workers. Did you know that many of these safety signs and tags also must meet specific OSHA requirements for communicating biological, mechanical, and other physical hazards?

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06/28/2016

Repeat OSHA Violations Lead to Big Fine for Foundry

An OSHA workplace safety inspection uncovered multiple repeat violations of work safety requirements that will cost a Franklin, OH foundry $143,000 in penalties. According to OSHA, the company exposed employees to amputation, hearing loss, and respiratory hazards and failed to train employees on the hazardous chemicals used in the workplace as required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

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02/02/2016

Preparing for and Dealing With OSHA Inspections

No matter how many OSHA workplace safety inspections you’ve been through, the sound of an inspector knocking may still make you anxious. In most cases, OSHA inspectors—also known as Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs)—will arrive at your workplace without providing advanced notice. As a result, safety inspections often come as a surprise to the employer, which only adds to the uncertainty and anxiety... 

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01/05/2016

How OSHA’s General Duty Clause Affects Your Workplace

OSHA's General Duty Clause (GDC) is a cornerstone of work safety regulations in the United States. Found in Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, or OSH Act, the General Duty Clause lays out the basic responsibility of the employer to protect employees from the hazards present in the workplace...

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