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10/07/2015

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, OSHA released its list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. See the list below. We’ve indicated each OSHA standard’s spot on last year’s Top 10 violations list after each entry. As you will see, the list did not change much...

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10/07/2015

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week With an OSHA Compliance Check

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has observed Fire Prevention Week during the week around October 9, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of October of 1871...

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08/04/2015

OSHA Workplace Safety at Multi-Employer Worksites

In the US, workplaces take on many sizes, shapes, and settings—from small, family-owned businesses to those that employ thousands of workers at sites across the nation. At "multi-employer" workplaces, some construction sites, for example, full-time, part-time, temporary, and contract employees work together, often reporting to different employers...

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07/30/2015

Failure to Report: An Ongoing OSHA Violation

On July 29, 2015, OSHA proposed a new rule to clarify employers’ injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping (I2P2) responsibilities. Namely, the new rule seeks to make it clear that recording of injuries is an ongoing responsibility—meaning employers must keep records of injuries and illnesses even in cases when the employer failed to record it when first required to do so...

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07/24/2015

OSHA’s Proposed Beryllium Standard Clears Hurdle at OMB

According to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently completed its review of a proposed OSHA standard to regulate occupational exposure to beryllium. An official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking should be expected in the Federal Register shortly...

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07/23/2015

Some “Retail Facilities” No Longer Exempt from OSHA PSM Requirements

In a new Interim Enforcement Policy, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on July 22, 2015 that certain employers will no longer be exempted from compliance requirements under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for highly hazardous chemicals at 29 CFR 1910.119...

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07/22/2015

GHS Labels for Tanker Trucks and Rail Tank Cars

Under OSHA’s “HazCom 2012” Standard (HCS), mandatory for chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors as of June 1, 2015, containers of hazardous chemicals must display new labels and pictograms...

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07/21/2015

Valuable Insights in Latest OSHA GHS HazCom Enforcement Memo

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has come and gone, and chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors have shifted to new chemical classification, marking, labeling, and documentation criteria, one big question remains: How will OSHA enforce the new GHS Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard? 

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07/07/2015

Tape It Up! New OSHA Interpretation on Kinesiology Tape

In response to a letter from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, OSHA has reevaluated its classification of applying kinesiology tape as a form of “medical treatment beyond first aid...

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07/07/2015

How Lithium Batteries Become a Workplace Hazard

Experts predict a $22 billion market for lithium batteries in 2016. The rising popularity of these batteries makes it crucial that manufacturers, shippers, and consumers who handle and use lithium-battery-powered devices know the safety hazards these products pose. By following some basic handling and storage guidelines, everyone who comes in contact with lithium batteries can avoid short circuits, fires, and injuries...

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