Silica Regulation Deadlines Are Rapidly Approaching
OSHA recently issued new rules to improve protections
for more than 2 million workers exposed to respirable silica dust. These
rules are expected to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting
exposure to respirable crystalline silica
that can become trapped in lung tissue and pose
lifelong heath consequences. The first deadline for meeting the
requirements of the new silica regulations will be in effect on Sept.
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!
OSHA shines spotlight on metal
fabricating By knowing the agency’s focus areas, fab
shops can stay out of trouble—and keep workers safe.
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
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.
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...
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...
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)
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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.
Issues Bulletin on Dump Truck Bed Hazards Accidents
related to the unintentional movement of dump truck beds have resulted
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
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...
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...
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...
The Costs of Safety Errors in the Metal Fabricating Industry
Last year, OSHA issued nearly 8000 citations in the metal fabricating
industry, totaling almost $5 million in penalties. Avoiding costly OSHA