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Health and Safety, Working Surfaces & Fall Protection: OSHA rules for General Industry

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jul, 13, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

If you're like most people, you probably think about the construction industry when the topic of fall-related injuries and deaths is brought up.  That makes sense, given that construction work often involves working at heights - and that falls account for 37% of all construction worker deaths.  

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Topics: Construction

OSHA Update:  Delays, Modifications, and other Actions

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Jun, 30, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

As you'll see below, OSHA has been re-visiting and re-thinking some of its recently promulgated rules and standards.  The January 24, 2017 Presidential Directive titled ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review’’ (82 FR 8346) triggered some of the actions described below.  In other cases, the changes probably reflect OSHA's attempt to align with the Trump administration and its goal of reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.  Recent safety and healthupdates are listed below.

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Topics: OSHA

Drinking Water:  Get the Lead Out

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jun, 29, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

The 2014 drinking water crisis in Flint, MI - and the corresponding high levels of lead in that water source - was a grave wake-up call for public water utilities, communities, and homeowners throughout the US.  It prompted many people to question the quality of the drinking water in their homes, their places of work,  and their children's schools.
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Topics: Drinking Water

Health and Safety: Beryllium

Posted by William Henderson on Tue, Feb, 28, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

Do you work in the electronics, energy, telecommunications, medical, aerospace, or defense industry? Because the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has finalized a new rule to reduce worker’s exposure to beryllium and help prevent beryllium diseases and lung cancer.

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Topics: health & safety

Health & Safety: Are Your Written Programs In Compliance?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jan, 19, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

Written program documents are an important part of any company's health and safety program.  In fact, they should be considered one of the cornerstones of an effective program.  If you're inclined to think otherwise- and not put any effort into your written programs - then now is a good time to remind everyone that OSHA mandates that certain written programs be in place. 

While it's true that some written programs may not apply to your company (laboratory operations or confined spaces, for example), others apply broadly to many different business types (emergency action plan and hazard communication, for example).  In other words, there's an excellent chance that your company is required to have some written programs in place.  

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Topics: safety and health programs

Safety and Health: Sometimes it's What You Don't Know That Can Hurt You!

Posted by Michael Flynn on Fri, Jul, 29, 2016 @ 16:07 PM

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, the oldest written version of the saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” comes from 1576, in Petit Palace by G. Pettie. “So long as I know it not, it hurteth mee not.” And although this may be true in some circumstances, it is certainly not the case in matters of health and safety.

Not knowing that something toxic is present at the site can be lethal. 

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Topics: health & safety

Safety and Health: Fluoridated Drinking Water:  Helpful or Harmful?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Jun, 28, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

The practice of adding fluorides to drinking water is widespread and long-standing.  Most baby boomers probably never questioned this practice or the assertion that fluoridated drinking water helps to prevent the formation of dental cavities.  Today, however, a growing number of people are protesting the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the US Public Health Service, and other groups to fluoridate water.  This disagreement is grounded in a belief that fluorides are harmful to human safety and health.  Read on to learn more about this controversial issue.

Fluorides are naturally-occurring and can be found in many drinking water sources and in foods.  They are used in certain industrial processes and are also found in certain supplements, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides.  Finally, fluorides are a common ingredient in many toothpastes and dental rinses.

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Topics: Drinking Water

Health and Safety - GHS Update:  Is Your Company in Compliance?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jun, 08, 2016 @ 17:06 PM

A few years ago we wrote a blog article that summarized the "new" OSHA Hazard Communication/GHS requirements.  This summary included OSHA's decision to phase in the various required elements and a listing of the associated deadlines.  We thought that we should revisit this topic now that the final deadline (June 1, 2016) has passed.

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Topics: GHS

Health and Safety - OSHA Logs:  New Electronic Submittal Requirement

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Jun, 07, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Did you know that OSHA recently revised its "Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses" rule?  While a few paragraphs in 29 CFR Part 1904 were amended, the requirement for companies to electronically submit information from their OSHA logs is stealing the headlines. This article will help you understand this new requirement and the other changes that were made to this rule.

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Topics: OSHA

Safety and Health: Is the Zika Virus Coming to the US?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Feb, 02, 2016 @ 18:02 PM

The World Health Organization’s declaration that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” throughout the Americas caught our attention – and may have caught yours as well. Rather than give another summary of the disease (check out the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites), we thought we’d take a minute to share a few reasons why US residents should not panic.

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Topics: viruses, insects

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