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Choosing the Right PPE for Your Workers

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Mar, 11, 2020 @ 20:03 PM


Most employers have good intentions when it comes to choosing personal protective equipment (PPE) for their workers. Unfortunately, we often find that they don't give this process enough time or attention - and ultimately fail to comply with OSHA's PPE requirements.

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Topics: PPE

Beryllium in the Workplace:  OSHA Standards, Part 2

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Feb, 21, 2020 @ 14:02 PM

This article, which is a follow-up to our Part 1 blog, describes additional OSHA requirements for beryllium-exposed workers in the General Industry and Construction sectors.  We'll start with the OSHA requirements that are virtually identical to both sectors:

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Beryllium in the Workplace: OSHA Standards, Part 1

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Feb, 04, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

This article focuses on OSHA’s Beryllium Standards, in particular the Standards that apply to employers in the General Industry and Construction sectors. They were promulgated because OSHA recognized that its former Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 2 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3), was inadequate. In other words, workers exposed to beryllium at the 2 µg/m3 concentration were known to have an increased risk of developing adverse health effects, including allergic skin reactions, Chronic Beryllium Disease and/or lung cancer. This recognition, combined with OSHA’s assertion that employers can reduce beryllium exposures to much lower – and safer – levels using technology that is both available and feasible, prompted these new standards.

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Topics: industrial hygiene, occupational health

Beryllium in the Workplace:  Adverse Health Effects

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Nov, 07, 2019 @ 16:11 PM


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Topics: industrial hygiene, occupational health

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 & 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

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