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07/03/2019

Summer Safety is a Gas, Gas, Gas!

Summer is in full swing and it seems like every weekend there’s another carnival, fair, or festival in town.  If you’re like me, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors, doing everything from cooking, to camping, to tubing and rafting. What do all of these activities have in common?  Compressed gases!  

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06/11/2019

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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06/11/2019

PHMSA and OSHA Prep for UN Experts Meetings

On Thursday, June 20, US DOT and OSHA will both hold public meetings in preparation for United Nations meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where the agencies represent US interests on the subjects of chemical safety and hazardous materials transportation.

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05/28/2019

Summer Safety: Respirable Silica Worker Protections

As road repair and construction projects kick into high gear for summer, so does workers’ risk of exposure to breathable silica dust. Workers can be exposed to silica during abrasive blasting work, stonecutting, rock drilling, or the manufacturing of bricks, cement, and asphalt. Silica is also used in adhesives, paints, soaps, and glass.  

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05/13/2019

OSHA Cracks Down on Lockout Procedures Across Industries

Let’s review two recent OSHA citations that involved lockout/tagout violations to see how these procedures can save lives at any facility where employees maintain or service machinery. 

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05/13/2019

RCRA vs. HAZWOPER: What's the Difference?

If I send my employee to a HAZWOPER training course, will it cover their annual RCRA hazardous waste personnel training?

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03/12/2019

OSHA Seeks Industry Input on Forklift Safety Standard

In a Request for Information (RFI) published to the Federal Register on March 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requests information and comments about the requirements for forklifts and other trucks under the general industry, maritime, and construction Standards.  

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02/25/2019

What You Need to Know About Storing Flammable Liquids

A popular misconception about flammable liquids is that it’s the liquid component of the material that catches fire and burns. It’s important to keep in mind that this is NOT the case. It is actually the vapors coming off the liquid that ignite...  

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02/11/2019

Burning Love: How DOT and OSHA Regulate Flammable Materials

Whether you’re shopping for a last-minute gift of perfume or cologne, painting your nails or applying mascara for a hot date, or un-corking a bottle of wine to drink by candlelight, flammable and combustible materials play a major role in our celebration of this lovers’ holiday.  

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02/04/2019

OSHA Now Enforcing Beryllium Worker Protections

In January 2017, OSHA finalized new worker protections for employees exposed to beryllium and beryllium compounds. New requirements included lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) and various “ancillary provisions” for employers.   

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