Category Archives: Standards

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OSHA's current permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous chemicals are out of date, and they’re not adequate for ensuring protection of worker health.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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Infographic: Hand Safety and Glove Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

Hand injuries are #1 on the list of recordable incidents each year for the oil and gas industry. Hand protection efforts in this industry are getting a serious boost. Improved glove guidelines (known as the "global glove guidelines") and the use of impact gloves are increasingly preventing hand injuries as more oil and gas companies begin adopting them. Using the proper hand protection will improve the safety and productivity of workers in any industry. Read more [...]

Improved Glove Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

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As the number of oil and gas industry workers has grown in recent years to more than 400,000, hand injuries are on the rise, too. Hand and finger injuries lead the oil and gas industry’s recordable incidence rates every year. Data from IADC’s 2009 Incident Statistics Program (ISP) indicate that 34% of recordable incidents and 20% of lost-time incidents fall in this category. According to the latest data from the National Safety Council, the average cost of a single hand injury is $21,918 (indemnity 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 [...]

Infographic: Industrial Safety Guide

Safety is a top priority in industrial environments. Fortunately, safety equipment for all types of hazards and work-related injuries has been developed to reduce the risk workers regularly face on the job. Safety gear tends to vary by industry and work responsibilities. With this infographic, find out more about the types of equipment construction workers, lab technicians, and electricians wear to protect themselves in dangerous environments. Contact Gallaway Safety and Supply for more information Read more [...]