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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: 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

Safety and Health: OSHA Increases its Fines  - Is It Enough?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Jan, 29, 2016 @ 14:01 PM

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.

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Topics: OSHA

Temporary Workers:  Who is responsible for their health and safety?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jan, 13, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Temporary workers are an attractive to solution to companies who experience unpredictable or seasonal surges in demands for goods or services. They help employers who need extra help but are hesitant to permanently add personnel to their workforce. Finally, they can act as fill-ins for regular workers who take extended absences.

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Topics: health & safety

Health and Safety Programs:  Some Common Shortfalls

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Nov, 06, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

OSHA regulations and standards apply to virtually every industry. In some cases only a few standards (such as Exit Routes and Recording/Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses) apply. On the other hand, many industries are heavily regulated (think construction, manufacturing, laboratories, and biotech companies).

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Topics: health & safety

New OSHA Standard:  Confined Spaces in Construction

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Oct, 29, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Confined spaces may contain hazards that can injure, sicken, or even kill the workers that enter them. The hazards may be physical in nature – examples include moving parts, electric shock, and engulfment or entrapment hazards. In addition, atmospheric hazards such as low oxygen levels or dangerous concentrations of toxic vapors and/or gases are also often found.

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Topics: health & safety

Industrial Hygiene - Chemical-resistant gloves: a crash course

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Sep, 17, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Our last blog article focused on health hazards that are caused by skin contact with harmful chemicals.  Many workers wear chemical-resistant gloves to protect themselves from these negative health effects.  There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of gloves on the market.  How do you know which one is best for your chemical workers?  Read on to learn all you need to know about chemical-resistant gloves so that you can make an informed decision the next time you purchase them. It is always a good idea to have a certified industrial hygienist review the glove selection prior to purchasing 

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Topics: Personal protective equipment

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