Cashins & Associates Blog
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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: Drinking Water
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.Read More
Topics: safety and health programs
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.Read More
Topics: Drinking Water
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
An amendment in the 2015 US Budget Act is allowing OSHA to increase its fines for the first time in 26 years. The Act, which was signed into law by President Obama late last year, allows OSHA to increase the penalties associated with workplace safety and health violations. The increases, which average approximately 80%, are intended to account for increases in inflation.Read More