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03/06/2012

Forklift Safety: How Much Weight Can My Forklift Carry?

Q. How can I tell how much weight my forklift can carry?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace. This includes safe operations of powered industrial trucks (PITs), commonly called forklifts. The complete set of rules for these can be found under...

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02/14/2012

Federal Register Prints Flexibility Agendas

Yesterday, the Federal Register finally published the Fall 2011 Regulatory Flexibility Agendas, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 USC 602). Compared to the Unified Agenda published last month (and discussed ), the Flexibility Agendas only include rules that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEIOSNOSE) or are otherwise identified as significant rulemakings. Ever since the OMB took the lead on managing the agendas...

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02/07/2012

Question of the Week: Hearing Conservation

Q. We have a lot of machinery that give off noise. How do we know if we need some type of hearing loss program?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace from many hazards. One of the hazards that is often overlooked by employers is noise exposure, because you cannot...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Occupational Safety and Health

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/16/2012

OSHA Releases White Paper on I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a white paper last Friday discussing injury and illness prevention programs. 

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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12/06/2011

Are You Ready for OSHA's GHS Adoption

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?
 
A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to...

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10/26/2011

OSHA One Step Closer to GHS

We're all waiting for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt the Globally Harmonized System into the Hazard Communication Standard. Just yesterday, OSHA submitted the final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as required by the Administrative Procedure Act for economically significant regulations. OMB typically takes 30 to 90 days to...

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10/12/2011

Feature Article: Find Out More About Workplace Safety Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is less than 30 pages long, and the regulations enforcing the law are just over 1,500 more. These laws and rules describe an employer’s obligation to provide a safe work environment for his or her employees, to eliminate hazards where possible, and to mitigate hazards that...

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