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OSHA’s New 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. 23, 2017...

What revised walking-working regulations mean for cemeteries OSHA has issued a final rule updating its general industry regulations specific to slip, trip and fall hazards that went into effect on January 17, 2017. It addresses both falls on a flat surface as well as falls from heights. The rule also includes a new section under the personal protective equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. OSHA estimates 7 million general industry establishments employing 112.3 million workers will be affected..

What OSHA’s new regulations for silica mean for cemeteries Are your employees trained and equipped in compliance with the new OSHA regulations covering silica dust? If not, stop that landscaping and monument work, read this and make sure your employees and your organization are protected.

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.

What you need to know - and tell your employees - about the new Hazard Communication Standard for chemicals You should already have a chemical safety program (Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know) at your funeral home, cemetery or crematory. It's time to update it because 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.  OSHA has issued a call for information on infectious agents and specifically included mortuaries on the list of health care setting in which it was interested...

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.

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...

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...

Common Sense Tips for Lawnmower Safety  Lawnmowers are a key component of the cemetery industry. Unfortunately, lawn mowers can be a source of accidents and injuries. While many of these are minor accidents that involve being burned or bruised, the more severe ones can result in the loss of a limb or even a life. Fortunately, these accidents can be avoided by taking common sense precautions...

Ergonomics: Tips to Keep in Mind Sprains and strains are common in the landscape industry. Ensure that your employees understand these ergonomic safety tips...  

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...

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

Working in Hot Weather Working in hot weather is a fact of life for many cemetery 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...

What's OSHA Doing in the Green Industry?  Last year, OSHA issued 161 citations in the Lawn Care Industry, a total of $67,423 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 OSHA citations can give you an insight into where to focus your compliance activities...

 

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