Category Archives: OSHA

New OSHA Interactive Map Shows Top Fines by State

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Want to know which employers are the top OSHA offenders? With one click, you can see the top health and safety violations for any state with OSHA's new interactive tool. Announced last week, the new webpage features a map which lists every OSHA enforcement case with a penalty above $40,000 in 2015. One click on a state brings up a list of violations, detailing the name of the employer cited, the city in which it took place, the penalty amount, and the date the penalty was issued. Visitors can Read more [...]

Exposure Limits Carry Risks for Workers

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OSHA's current permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous chemicals are out of date, and they’re not adequate for ensuring protection of worker health. OSHA agrees. Most of OSHA’s PELs were issued shortly after adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act in 1970, and 95% of them have not been updated since that time. And, although there are thousands of chemicals used every day by American workers, OSHA has exposure limits for fewer than 500. As a result, workers are being Read more [...]

Infographic: OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2014

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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released their annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following they agency's inspections of worksites. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA inspectors do. When OSHA finds a violation, it comes with a hefty fine. In September 2014,  a Connecticut-based roofing contractor Read more [...]

Protecting Against the Dangers of Arc Flash

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Although not as common as some workplace accidents, arc flash injuries can be one of the most devastating. Because of the violent nature of an arc flash exposure (the temperature can reach more than 5000°F), the injury to the worker is almost always serious – even resulting in death. Every day in the United States, between 5 and 10 arc flash explosions occur. So what exactly is an arc flash? An electrical arc flash, as defined by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is “a dangerous Read more [...]

The ROI of Safety

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It's common sense that a good safety culture can reduce accidents and time lost due to injuries. It can also improve employee productivity and morale. But how can you prove that the money spent on safety will provide greater savings down the line? Experts say the savings do exist, and looking at the actual costs of an injury would make a good case for investing in safety now. Knowing how much workplace injuries cost is crucial in determining safety's ROI, and could help convince upper management Read more [...]

An On-Site Safety Storage Evaluation – for FREE

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Justrite, a manufacturer of storage, handling and security products for hazardous materials, is offering up their expertise to interested facilities with their S.T.U.D.E. (Storage, Transfer, Use, Disposal, Evaluation) Program. The S.T.U.D.E. Program evaluates work flow, safety, and storage procedures as they relate to the handling of volatile hazardous liquids. The results can prevent catastrophic fires, protect workers from potential injuries or death, protect the environment to meet sustainability Read more [...]

Infographic: The Right Path to Lockout Tagout Procedures

Lockout is the required method of isolating machinery or equipment from energy sources. As stated in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.147, employers are required to implement lockout/tagout procedures as a means of protecting employees from the unexpected start up of machinery or equipment while it is being repaired or serviced.  Still, Lockout/Tagout remains one of the top cited regulations by OSHA every year. Although the lockout/tagout process can seem complex, it can be easy to achieve lockout success Read more [...]

Top 10 OSHA Fines of 2013

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Recently, Republic Steel was fined $2.4 million for safety violations. OSHA had found more than 100 safety and health violations during inspections at the company, which included: failing to provide workers with adequate fall protection, failing to protect employees who service or maintain machines, and failing to provide machine guarding to protect workers from hazardous machinery. This hefty $2.4 million alone tops the list of OSHA fines from all of 2013 - and we aren't even halfway through 2014. So Read more [...]

Safety for Temporary Workers

In a recent memo, OSHA announced an initiative to help protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The agency said it’s taking action after reports of temporary workers suffering fatal injuries - many during their first days on the job.   A major issue surrounding temp workers is that they can be overlooked - especially when it comes to adequate training, protective equipment, and even the proper reporting of  injuries. Although employers are required to report and log all injuries, non-reporting Read more [...]

Workers Memorial Day

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Each year on April 28, we observe Workers Memorial Day - a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made sick by their work. It is a time to renew the fight for safer workplaces and emphasize the need that worker safety be placed above corporate profits.   April 28 is also the anniversary of  the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, (OSHA).  With this act, was the promise of the right to a safe workplace. Although workplace safety has greatly Read more [...]