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We continue to keep our safety-shielded eyes on news related to respiratory protection, especially in regard to the new OSHA silica standards, which were codified in 2017. But a recent article by Ken Henry in Occupational Health & Safety, which put more light on the silica rules, reminded us of newly acknowledged dangers for welders. Last

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Any EHS manager can tell you that The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is within its rights to visit and inspect their facility, and yours. Inspections can occur at any time, and they almost always take place without prior warning, though parties approached for inspection have the right to demand and review an inspection

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Electrical hazards in the workplace are the subject of a recent article at OHS Online. Contributor Tony Quebbemann underscores the importance of consistent Lock Out/Tag Out procedures, describes how ground fault circuit interrupters can save lives and emphasizes that clear and comprehensive training is essential. Naturally, we concur with all parts of the OHS Online piece,

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Last Tuesday, we talked about how a safety mindset works as a form of carry-around fall protection, in its own way as effective as handrails and lanyards. This time, we’ll look at the 2017 changes to OSHA regulations that are intended to reduce the number of on-the-job falls to the same level and to lower

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At last month’s National Safety Congress, OSHA announced its Top 10 Most Cited Violations for the fiscal year ending 2017. This year’s list is very consistent with the Top Tens for the last few years with Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501) ranked as the most common citation category. This has been the case since at least

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Silicosis is an incurable and potentially fatal lung disease that can develop due to excessive exposure to silica dust. This exposure can also lead to other dangerous medical conditions including lung cancer, kidney disease, and COPD. Although silica is most often found in workplaces associated with the construction industry, it can also be present in

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​As another American summer starts to draw to a close, many parts of the U.S. have experienced very mild temperatures in the last week – perhaps cooler than can rightfully be expected for August. But those areas, such as the upper Midwest, New England, and the Pacific Northwest, that have benefited from comfortable days are

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OSHA has just announced a change in the timetable for upcoming enforcement of the new Crystalline Silica Standard, primarily aimed at the construction industry. The new regulation was originally slated to become effective on June 23, 2017, but enforcement has been postponed about 90 days to September 23. The new rule, among other stipulations, mandates the

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Earlier this year, in just one part of the US, it became terribly clear that Confined Space Entry (CSE) training is essential. According to OSHA, there were twelve fatalities in just a three-state area (Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska), in a period stretching from October 1 of 2016 through the first day of February 2017, which

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The OSHA Emergency Response Regulation for Hazardous Materials Specialists includes directives for those materials handlers whose “duties require a more directed or specific knowledge of the various substances they may be called upon to contain.” This means hazmat training is expected to be thorough and diverse so that EHS teams are ready to handle and

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