Category Archives: Standards

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Beryllium Levels

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Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule regarding allowable beryllium exposure levels for workers. The rule will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, training, and medical exams. Workers who inhale airborne beryllium in the workplace can develop a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease or CBD. Occupational Read more [...]

Changes Made to ANSI Hand Safety Standards

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ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut-resistance, puncture resistance, and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation), and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions based on standardized test methods. Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 update is important when choosing the correct level of hand protection Read more [...]

Recordable Injury or Simple First Aid: How to Know

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Do you know when to record an injury? Correct record-keeping is more important than ever. Federal OSHA does not require employers to record injuries that only require first aid on OSHA injury and illness forms (OSHA Form 300 and 301 Incident Reports). At most workplaces, injuries or illnesses requiring only first aid are commonplace. However, it is easy to get confused about when to record an incident and what is really a recordable event. This article will explain which types of cases federal Read more [...]

When the Dust Settles: OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica

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OSHA’s highly controversial final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica has been issued. This is a major development as this rule represents the first reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971. It will have a significant impact on several industries, including 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime sectors, including hydraulic fracturing. New Standards: 29 CFR 1910.1053 (GI), 1915.1053 (Maritime) and 1926.1153 (Construction) The rule Read more [...]

A Handy Guide to OSHA’s New HazCom Standard

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In 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to be consistent with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication that provides specific criteria for classification of chemical hazards and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. Since the United States is both a major importer and exporter of chemicals, American workers often see labels and safety Read more [...]

OSHA Fines Are Going Up, Up, Up

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is authorized to increase penalties for the first time in 25 years,  according to part of the federal budget deal signed into law earlier this week. And it's not just a small increase - OSHA's penalties are expected to rise by nearly 80 percent. Since 1990, OSHA’s penalties have looked the same. Now, under the new Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, those numbers will rise quite a bit. Willful Violation = Minimum of approximately $8,912; Read more [...]

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2015 Announced

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2015. This list was presented today during the Natioanl Safety Council Congress & Expo, the world's largest gathering for safety, health, and environmental professionals. Fall Protection (1926.501) is once again OSHA’s most frequently cited standard, making this the fifth year in a row that it has topped the list. Although this is just a Read more [...]

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 [...]

5 Useful Workplace Safety Apps

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It's no surprise that mobile apps are becoming a popular - and convenient - tool for workplace health and safety. It would be hard to find someone who doesn't own a smart phone or tablet in the digital age of today. Why not take advantage of that technology and even improve productivity in the workplace? Here's a list of 5 free (or low cost) safety apps: iAuditor (Free for iPhone, iPad, Android) -  This is probably most popular safety app among safety professionals. You can create custom Read more [...]