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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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06/05/2017

OSHA Safety Rules for Grain Handling Facilities

Grain elevators are one type of “grain handling facility” for which OSHA maintains specific work safety requirements in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR). Others include feed mills, flour mills, rice mills, pelletizing plants, and dry corn mills.

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06/02/2017

PHMSA and OSHA Prepare for UN GHS and Hazmat Meetings

To prepare for upcoming meetings at the UN, PHMSA and OSHA invite interested parties to attend public meetings on June 20 at the US Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C. A dial-in teleconference will also be available, details for which can be found toward the end of this Federal Register notice.  

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05/19/2017

OSHA to Delay Injury and Illness e-Reporting for Employers

From OSHA's website: “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically.”

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05/09/2017

OSHA Rescinds Inspection Interpretation for Non-Union Sites

As of April 27, 2017, OSHA has rescinded an interpretation letter issued in 2013 that allowed a non-employee who is “affiliated with a union” or with a “community organization” to accompany OSHA during walk-arounds at non-union worksites.  

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04/28/2017

Oklahoma Manufacturer to Pay $500,000 for OSHA Violations

A trailer and truck bed manufacturing facility in Oklahoma will pay more than half a million dollars ($535,411) for two dozen workplace safety violations, according to an OSHA citation issued earlier this year.  

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04/28/2017

Breaking Down OSHA's Revised Walking-Working Surface Standard

On November 18, 2016, OSHA published a Final Rule to update its Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D. The Final Rule took effect on January 17 of this year and will impact an estimated 100 million employees at 7 million general industry workplaces in the US.  

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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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03/13/2017

3 Lockout/Tagout Exclusions You Can Use

Capitalizing on these OSHA lockout/tagout exceptions the correct way can prevent employees from ignoring or “working around” what some may see as overly burdensome or time-consuming safety requirements. By taking alternative, OSHA-approved precautions during machine maintenance or service, employees can keep normal operations moving smoothly without unnecessarily risking their safety or health. 

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03/07/2017

OSHA Releases New GHS Enforcement Memo

In a memo aimed at field staff who perform workplace safety inspections, issued in September but posted to OSHA’s website recently, OSHA provides useful guidance for chemical industry professionals tasked with maintaining compliance with the updated GHS Hazard Communication Standard, or 2012 HCS.

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