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OSHA's current permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous chemicals are out of date, and they’re not adequate for ensuring protection of worker health.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

The ROI of Safety

ROI of Safety
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 [...]

What Should I Know About OSHA, When Drilling For Natural Gas?

When drilling for natural gas, you must first establish the location of your underground installations before you excavate. Never just begin without knowing exactly where you are going to end up. This can be a very dangerous act. This includes contacting utility companies or owners within a respectable amount of time. If you are unable to contact anyone within 24 hours, you are allowed to proceed with the process of drilling for natural gas. When you are getting close to your source, you must take Read more [...]

Can My Boss Get In Trouble For Not Following OSHA Standards?

Written on Thursday, July 23, 2009 The very simple answer to this is yes. OSHA standards are set with very strict guidelines to ensure safety and well-being in the workplace. Almost every place of employment will have an OSHA inspection at least once a year. They will also be inspected if complaints have been filed that people are not following OSHA standards and guidelines. Every workplace will have their own set of rules and guidelines when it comes to OSHA standards. When guidelines are not being Read more [...]

Did You Know This About Hearing Protection?

Written on Thursday, March 12, 2009 OSHA requires that a variety of hearing protection be available to employees at a work site. The standard 1910.95 (i)(3) reads “employees shall be given the opportunity to select their hearing protectors from a variety of suitable hearing protectors provided by the employer.” A “variety” can be defined as 3 different hearing protectors. This can be achieved in any combination – like 2 different ear plugs and 1 ear muff; 1 ear plug and 2 different hearing Read more [...]