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11/05/2013

The GHS Training Deadline Is Almost Here

By December 1st, all companies subject to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) must ensure that their employees are trained on the HazCom rules adopted from the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(1)]...

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10/29/2013

Scary Stories of Noncompliance

As Halloween approaches, you are probably hearing a lot of scary stories. You may enjoy these tales of terror, but if you are not careful with how you manage your facilities, you may find yourself in a scary story of your own...

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10/01/2013

Protect Your Employees from Machine Injuries

A Pennsylvania manufacturer faces a $61,600 fine for failing to have proper machine guarding on equipment, which led to a worker suffering a laceration injury. “Exposing workers to lacerations and possible amputation injuries by neglecting to ensure machine guarding is in place is unacceptable,” said OSHA Area Director Kim Nelson in Toledo. “Companies must be aware of...

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09/03/2013

Training for Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to provide workplaces that are “…free from recognized hazards that are… likely to cause death or serious physical harm….”[OSH Act Sec. 5-The General Duty Clause]
 
One of the methods employers may have to implement to protect employees from serious hazards is the use of ...

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08/06/2013

Proposed New Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Since the start of the Obama Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has placed a high priority on establishing regulations for mandatory injury and illness prevention programs, also known as IIPP or I2P2. OSHA recently reaffirmed this intent in the Spring 2013 regulatory agenda. In the latest...

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07/30/2013

OSHA Versus EPA On Accidental Releases

Events such as the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April and the explosions at two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana in June have renewed interest in the regulations that have been established regarding accidental release prevention and facility security...

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07/24/2013

Spring 2013 Regulatory Agendas Now Available

On Tuesday July 23rd the Federal Register published a series of notices announcing the availability of the Spring 2013 Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory & Deregulatory Actions. The complete agendas were posted to reginfo.gov on July 5th. Tuesday’s Register contains excerpts and summaries of the full agendas to comply with the Regulatory Fexlibity Act...

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07/02/2013

Procedures for Locking Out Hazardous Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers to follow specific procedures when disabling machinery or equipment during service and maintenance. Commonly called “lockout/tagout,” the goal of these rules is to prevent the release of potentially hazardous energy. Working on a machine that is still powered on can be very dangerous. When a machine is powered down for service or maintenance...

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06/04/2013

Employee’s Role & Rights Under the OSH Act

In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. The purpose of this law is, “to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources” [OSH Act Sec. 2(b)].
 
Since the passing of the OSH Act, much of the attention has been on...

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05/07/2013

GHS Training Deadline Looming

Before December 1, 2013, more than 40 million employees at 5 million facilities nationwide must be trained on new hazard communication standards under OSHA’s new Globally Harmonized System of Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). The December 1 deadline is the first for industrial facilities working to...

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