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12/1/2015Retail isn't the only business that's overwhelmed with work around the holidays. As customers flock to retail stores for holiday shopping sprees, industry facilities in agriculture, mining, construction, heavy manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and more are busy completing their end-of-year paperwork. Among the end-of-year administrative requirements for many businesses is the OSHA 300 Log...
10/13/2015Every three years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to set National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). These NEIs drive EPA's environmental compliance inspection and enforcement actions. NEIs are sometimes court-mandated, but more often result from input from State and tribal governments, EPA regional offices, environmental associations, environmental advocacy and justice groups, and the general public...
10/7/2015At 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...
4/7/2015During workplace inspections last year, Fall Protection noncompliance was the single most common OSHA violation, according to the annual Top Ten List of Violations. Falls from elevated work areas are a major contributor to workplace injuries and fatalities, and the leading cause of death in the construction industry...
11/4/2014As winter approaches, employers should be ready to protect workers from "cold stress," the primary environmental hazard workers face in colder months. "Cold stress" can result in frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot, all of which are all caused by uncontrolled reductions in body temperature...
10/14/2014To ensure its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) guidelines are enforced consistently nationwide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its SPCC guidance document for regional inspectors in August 2013. While the guidance document, titled...
8/5/2014For many US employees, work involves tough manual labor, and one of the most common requirements is to lift heavy objects. Lifting objects is an everyday requirement of jobs in industries from manufacturing and construction to retail. Because heavy lifting is such an ordinary activity, workers may not take safety precautions seriously. Workers should be aware that...
6/30/2014OSHA Administrator David Michaels recently renewed his Agency’s commitment to protecting employees from high-heat hazards—which can cause serious physical harm and even death. “This is a common-sense thing,” said Michaels, who urged employers to ensure they provide workers with sufficient water, rest, and shade. Last year, OSHA issued...
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