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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

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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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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Safety and Health - OSHA's Top 10 List

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, May, 01, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

Each year OSHA publishes its list of the 10 most frequently cited standards.  The most current list follows.  Do these standards apply to your company?  If they do, are you meeting OSHA requirements?  Are you effectively managing these programs in order to foster a safe and healthful workplace?

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Topics: health & safety, workplace safety, OSHA, GHS, Hazard Communication, Certified Industrial Hygienist, safety and health programs

Safety and Health - PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Apr, 18, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

Each day countless workers put on gear in order to protect themselves from workplace hazards.  This gear is called personal protective equipment, or PPE.  Unfortunately, some of these workers aren't being protected enough - or in some cases - at all.  It turns out that certain fundamentals must be met in order for you to have a successful PPE program that both complies with OSHA requirements and protects your workers.

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Topics: health & safety, OSHA, Certified Industrial Hygienist, safety and health programs, Personal protective equipment, PPE

Diesel Exhaust: What's in It and Why It's Bad for You

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Feb, 19, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, occupational health, OSHA, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Air Quality, Certified Industrial Hygienist, diesel emissions

OSHA Proposed Rule: Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Feb, 04, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

Most US businesses are very familiar with OSHA's requirements to keep a log of all workplace illnesses and injuries (OSHA Form 300) and to post a workplace illness and injury summary report each year (OSHA Form 300A).  While these forms must be kept for a period of 5 years following the year that they were completed, they are not sent to OSHA unless a company is specifically asked to do so.   

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Topics: OSHA

Industrial Hygiene - Silica Exposure, OSHA Regulations and Health

Posted by Robert Cashins on Fri, Jan, 24, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

A report recently published in CA Cancer Journal Titled “Silica: A Lung Carcinogen” highlights the latest toxicity information relative to silica and lung cancer. In thinking about silica, its toxicity, and OSHA’s disgraceful regulatory history also brings to mind the many other contaminants that workers are being exposed to that either do not have exposure limits or have inadequate limits.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene, OSHA, Certified Industrial Hygienist

Safety and Health - Getting to Know OSHA Region 1

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jan, 08, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

OSHA Region 1 is comprised of the 6 New England states:  CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT.  It is headquartered in the JFK Federal Building in Boston, MA.  Region 1 is further organized into 9 area offices and 6 consultation offices.  It's important to note that the area and consultation offices have very different purposes.  While the area offices focus on enforcement, the consultation offices offer free services to any company who needs assistance in improving its employee safety and health programs and/or performance metrics.  The consultation services are confidential - information about your company is kept private and not shared with OSHA enforcement personnel. 

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Topics: health & safety, workplace safety, OSHA, Region 1

OSHA Facts and Figures

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Mon, Dec, 02, 2013 @ 13:12 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration - better known as OSHA - was established 42 years ago.  Its core mandate is to ensure the safety and health of US workers.  Since its inception, OSHA has made significant, positive impacts on worker health and safety.  For example, workplace fatalities have dropped from an average of 40 per day in the 1960's to an average of about 12 per day.  Occupational injury and illness rates have been reduced by about 40% over the same time frame.

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Topics: health & safety, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA

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