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Final OSHA GHS Deadline Approaching The final regulatory deadline for the new Hazard Communication Standard is radidly approaching. If you use even one hazardous chemical in your workplace, this affects you!

2015 OSHA Deadlines Some new regulatory deadlines are upon us, so heads up. OSHA’s revised injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting rules are in effect now! The agency says it will be enforcing these rules immediately—no grace period. The second OSHA deadline for the revised Hazard Communication Standard is also approaching.

OSHA shines spotlight on metal fabricating By knowing the agency’s focus areas, fab shops can stay out of trouble—and keep workers safe.

Managing Scrap Metal Safely  Scrap doesn’t just represent a cost to a metal stamper that didn’t fully maximize raw material when processing a job. It also represents the potential for costs resulting from injuries if the scrap is handled or stored improperly...

What you need to know - and tell your employees - about the new Hazard Communication Standard for chemicals  It's time to update your chemical safety  (Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know) program. Classification and labeling of chemicals have changed to conform to the Global Harmonization System (GHS), and you need to train your employees on those changes this year.

Obama Administration brings more OSHA enforcement, expansion plans  The tone at the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and health Administration has changed in the Obama era. More emphasis and resources are being allocated to enforcement. Inspections, penalties and fines are being increased...

Stepping it Up OSHA is stepping up its efforts to enforce regulation compliance by increasing inspections, penalties and fines. In addition, OSHA is once again focusing on Cr(VI) and other issues that likely affect your business...

OSHA Clarifies General Duty Clause With a new administration focused on increased OSHA inspections and the enforcement of safer workplaces, it is a good time to review your safety program and ensure it is ironclad. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has recently published a new Field Operations Manual (FOM) which tells OSHA officials how to conduct inspections and set fines. This manual also clarifies the General Duty Clause, which is the catch-all for safety issues in the workplace not covered by specific standards. ...(September 2009) 

OSHA Steps it Up  The tone has changed in the OSHA Administration and efforts to ramp up and crack down are already in motion. More resources are being allocated to enforcement, and penalties and fines are being increased. Now is a good time to review your safety program and ensure that it is iron-clad. Here is a brief overview of some of OSHA’s recent and planned actions.

Revisions to respiratory protection OSHA recently made changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard.  By answering 6 FAQs regarding respirators, you will be better equipped to implement or update an existing respiratory program...

The ABCs of OSHA Compliance A successful safety program is your legal obligation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  But what exactly does OSHA say you need to do and where do you start?

Safety Update: OSHA Announces Fit-test Procedures. Fabricators may be required to use respirators to protect themselves from inhaling fumes, particles or dust when cutting, grinding, welding, coating or painting...

Statistics for OSHA and the Automotive Industry
Last year, OSHA issued over 2000 citations in the Automotive Repair and Services industry, totaling over half a million dollars in penalties. Avoiding costly OSHA citations requires that you provide a safe workplace and understand what OSHA might focus on in your business.   Looking at last year’s most frequent and costly OSHA citations can give you insight into where to focus your compliance activities...  

Keep on truckin' - Operating and maintaining a forklift truck safely  Lack of safe operating procedures and safety rule enforcement, as well as insufficient or inadequate training, lead to tens of thousands of injuries each year. Safe forklift practices through proper use, adequate maintenance, sufficient clearing for travel, and correct load stability are the best way to prevent these injuries...

Locking In Safety Assessing the work environment, creating programs, and training staff to abide by those programs are the keys to maintaining a safe work environment and avoiding steep fines, worker injury, or death...

Hexavalent Chromium  Hexavalent chromium compounds are most commonly used as a structural and anti-corrosive element in stainless steel, iron, and steel production, and in welding and painting.  Occupational exposures to Cr(VI) can occur from inhalation of mists (e.g., chrome plating, painting), dusts (e.g., inorganic pigments or Cr(VI)-painted surfaces), or fumes (e.g., stainless steel welding), and from dermal contact.  Exposure to Cr(VI) has been conclusively linked to lung cancer, asthma, nasal ulcerations and perforations, skin ulcerations (or chrome holes), and allergic and irritant contact dermatitis. 

OSHA Issues Bulletin on Dump Truck Bed Hazards Accidents related to the unintentional movement of dump truck beds have resulted in deaths...

Hispanic Worker Safety  There are approximately 17.5 million Hispanic workers in the U.S., and these workers have vital roles in virtually every American Industry.  The responsibility for providing a safe and healthful workplace for all employees rests squarely on the shoulders of every employer.  Employers face some specific challenges when it comes to the safety of Hispanic workers, particularly in the bilingual training area...

Teen Worker Safety  It is an unfortunate fact that children do get injured, and even killed, in the workplace.  Approximately 80% of teens are employed at some point before they leave high school.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that over 210,000 American children suffer occupational injuries every year, and over 70,000 of these injuries are serious enough to warrant emergency room treatment.  Teens are consistently injured at higher rates than adults, even though they are restricted from the most hazardous jobs...

Working in Hot Weather Working in hot weather is a fact of life for many employees. Strenuous physical activities in high temperatures and humidity have a high potential for inducing heat stress and subsequent illness among exposed workers.  It is the responsibility of the employer to understand all risks associated with the work environment and to ensure that employees understand these risks and comply with safe work practices...

Common Sense Tips for Ladder Safety Ladders can be a source of occupational injuries. Many minor accidents involve only cuts, bumps and bruises, but some result in broken bones, paralysis, or even death. Common problems include poorly maintained ladders, unsafe usage, and incorrect positioning. Fortunately, most ladder hazards can be avoided by taking common sense precautions that are also required by Federal OSHA regulations...

 

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