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04/02/2013

What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with protecting employees in the workplace from the many hazards they face. As such, OSHA has the authority to inspect employers’ facilities to ensure that they are correctly following all applicable safety standards [29 CFR 1903]. Should an OSHA inspector find a facility in non-compliance, he or she may assign...

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03/19/2013

OSHA Lifts Prohibition on HCS & DOT Labels on Same Package

A HazCom rule change has been announced that will affect labeling of all hazardous materials packages.  The new rule makes an important adjustment to new requirements OSHA adopted last year, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classifying and labeling chemicals.
 
The rule in question pertains to....

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03/05/2013

The Challenge of Fall Protection

For the past twenty years, fatalities related to falls have consistently ranked in the top four causes of workplace deaths. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to protect their employees from recognized hazards that may result in death or serious physical harm and to comply with OSHA standards. So which standards might the employer need to consider in addressing workplace fall protection....

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02/05/2013

Transitioning to OSHA’s New GHS Rules

Q: I am in charge of overseeing my company’s transition to OSHA’s new GHS Hazard Communication Standard. How much of the standard will be changing?
 
A: The overhaul to OSHA’s Hazard Communication System (HCS) has caused anxiety nationwide in many industries since the rulemaking was announced—but while many aspects of hazard communication...

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01/08/2013

OSHA’s Yearly Summary of Injury and Illness

EHS managers nationwide have just three more weeks to complete and post their organizations’ annual OSHA 300-A Summary Forms. Formally known as the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, this form must be completed no later than February 1 and posted in...

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12/04/2012

Displaying Holiday Lights

It’s time again to decorate for the holidays! Whether your holiday lights are red, green, blue, flashing, icicle-shaped, or still knotted in a ball in the storage room—there are several workplace lighting, electrical, and installation/wiring guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) you should be aware of before stringing up the decorations...

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11/06/2012

GHS vs. DOT Classification

Q. Less than one year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to harmonize with the Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS). HazCom is one of two major programs in the United States that classifies a large universe of chemical hazards. The other major system is the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) promulgated and enforced by the Department of Transportation (DOT). How do OSHA’s new GHS classifications compare with the DOT’s hazmat classification system...

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10/02/2012

GHS: Hazards Not Otherwise Classified

Q. Is there any specific definition for “Hazards Not Otherwise Classified” under the new GHS rule? Also, what rules apply to them?
 
A. With the incorporation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations, companies are faced with revisiting...

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09/04/2012

OSHA’s and Employer Safety Incentive Programs

Q. Does OSHA prohibit the use of injury-free incentive programs?
 
A. There is no regulation in 29 CFR that prohibits the use of employer safety incentive programs. However, the concern over employer safety incentive programs has grown in recent discussions. One of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) rulemaking priorities is the development of ...

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08/07/2012

GHS Labeling: More Than Just a Picture

Q. What kind of information is required on the new GHS labels?
 
A. As many EHS professionals are now aware, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to its regulations on March 26, 2012...

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