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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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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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03/02/2017

OSHA To Delay Beryllium PEL Compliance Deadline

In today’s Federal Register, OSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its lowered permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium until May 20, 2017.

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02/14/2017

How Will a 2-for-1 Regulatory Scheme Really Work?

According to the President’s Executive Order titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” agencies will now be required to nominate two regulations for repeal for every new regulation promulgated. 

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02/06/2017

HAZWOPER: Who’s Covered and What Constitutes an “Emergency”?

In our home lives, most of us wear many hats. We play the role of nurse, maintenance employee, landscaper, custodian, and all-around “jack of all trades.” And while many of us wear many hats at work too, it’s a little different. Unlike in our homes, there are certain rules at work that limit the activities we can and cannot perform as both employers and employees. 

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01/30/2017

President Issues Executive Order to Slash Regulations

An Executive Order issued by the Office of the President on January 30, 2017 calls for a reduction in the number of Federal regulations impacting US businesses. Specifically, the executive order calls for two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation created.

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