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10/20/2017

2 Employers Cited for OSHA Fall Hazards

OSHA has fined 2 companies—a structural framing company in Alabama and a South Jersey construction company—for alleged violations of fall prevention, scaffolding, and other work safety regulations.   

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10/02/2017

DOT Announces 49 CFR Regulatory Review, Wants Your Input

In the Federal Register on Monday, October 2, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the start of a regulatory review to evaluate the necessity and effectiveness of existing 49 CFR regulations, including hazardous materials shipping requirements found in 49 CFR 100—181 et al.  

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10/02/2017

PHMSA, FAA Gear Up for UN Hazmat Meetings

To prepare for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dangerous goods panel meeting to be held in Montreal in mid-October, the US DOT PHMSA and FAA announced a public meeting to discuss hazmat shipping issues.   

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09/29/2017

Now in Effect: New OSHA Crystalline Silica Construction Standard

OSHA’s revised Standard for respirable crystalline silica in the construction sector took effect on September 23, 2017. OSHA updated its permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica, found at 29 CFR 1926.1153, in a Final Rule promulgated in March 2016.   

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09/19/2017

What's So Special About Hazmat Salvage Packaging?

When a package of hazardous materials becomes damaged during transportation, starts leaking, exhibits a defect, or otherwise ceases to conform to relevant standards, the entire package is placed inside a salvage packaging. That way, the packaging can be safely transported to an appropriate facility for recovery or disposal.   

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09/05/2017

Are Employers Required to Cover Costs of Voluntary Respirator Use?

If the level of air contaminants in the workplace is irritating, but not dangerously high, employees may choose to wear respirators even when not required. Even when respirator use is completely voluntary, employers and employees still must follow OSHA rules to ensure that respirators are used properly.  

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08/14/2017

The Hazmat Packaging Party Guide

Hazmat packagings come in all shapes and sizes: from single bottles and fiberboard boxes to cylinders, bulk tanks, IBCs, and more. When exposed to the rigors of ground, air, or vessel transport, your shipment is only as safe as the packaging you select.

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08/01/2017

The "Shocking" Truth About OSHA's Electrical Safety Standards

Electricity impacts our summer in many ways: afternoon thunderstorms with lightning, fireflies at night, that huge electric bill from running the air conditioner all season long. But you probably don’t think much about OSHA’s electrical standards, do you?

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06/27/2017

OSHA May Revoke Some Parts of Its Beryllium Final Rule

OSHA this week proposed revoking the “ancillary provisions” for the construction and shipyard sectors adopted in a January 2017 Final Rule to revise the beryllium workplace exposure standard. OSHA will not revoke the new, lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) for beryllium and beryllium compounds. 

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06/05/2017

OSHA Safety Rules for Grain Handling Facilities

Grain elevators are one type of “grain handling facility” for which OSHA maintains specific work safety requirements in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR). Others include feed mills, flour mills, rice mills, pelletizing plants, and dry corn mills.

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