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OSHA's current permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous chemicals are out of date, and they’re not adequate for ensuring protection of worker health.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

Protecting Against the MERS Virus Outbreak

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012, is not well-understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know the exact source or mode of its transmission. Currently, there is no known cure or vaccine to protect against the virus. Since May 2015, the South Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Middle East. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute Read more [...]

Infographic: Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, workers become more at risk for developing heat stress. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rashes, and in severe cases can be deadly. Dozens of workers die every year because of working in the heat, OSHA says. Most of those deaths take place in the first few days of working in the heat, which makes it especially important for employers to allow workers to build up gradual tolerance to the conditions. NIOSH also 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 [...]

How to Choose a Disposable Respirator

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Disposable respirators, also known as filtering facepiece respirators, offer protection against air-borne particulates and mists. These are probably the most popular type of air-purifying respirator - they are readily available, lightweight, comfortable, and are appropriate for most common applications. Particulate respirators are rated by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) according to what they filter out and how well they filter. These ratings include: N95, R95, Read more [...]