OSHA

  • See Clearly: How to Keep Your Eyewash Stations Healthy

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    While eyewash stations are meant to prevent further injury when a worker's eye is exposed to a hazardous substance, these stations can actually cause harm to workers if they are not properly maintained. According to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration), water found in poorly maintained eyewash stations can contain organisms that cause infections. Those organisms are Acanthamoeba, Pseudomonas and Legionella, and they can produce a wide Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    The alliance between OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Lamar Advertising Company will continue, ensuring further collaboration that will promote OSHA programs and workplace safety. Lamar has and will continue to highlight OSHA and its safety campaigns on outdoor billboards throughout the U.S. In just the last two years, OSHA messages have been shown on almost 100 billboards. To learn more about the alliance, click here. Wrongfully Terminated Read More

  • Stay Warm: How to Protect Workers from Cold Weather Hazards

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    In many parts of the country, it’s starting to get cold. Winter officially begins next week. If your workers are exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time, they are at risk for such health conditions as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. Extreme exposure can also lead to death, in some cases. OSHA notes these warning signs that a worker may be suffering from an illness related to Read More

  • Detective Work: Conducting an Incident Investigation on Your Job Site

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    One way to identify hazards in your workplace is to investigate all incidents that occur. Those incidents, as defined by OSHA, can include a fatality, injury, illness or close call (a “near miss”). By focusing on the cause of an incident, employers can identify and correct the cause. They can also boost workplace morale and improve productivity by showing workers that their employers are dedicated to creating a Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the American Red Cross are continuing their alliance to reduce accidents in the workplace and protect workers from being exposed to hazards. The focus of the renewed five-year alliance will be on information and training on emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid. Learn more here. Recycling Company Faces Fines for Forklift Accident A recycling company faces fines of $84,000 after Read More

  • OSHA Fines to Increase in 2016

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    If you and your organization haven’t been complying with OSHA regulations, now is definitely the time to start. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) fines will increase for the first time since 1990. An expected increase of as much as 80% was the result of a provision of a budget bill President Barack Obama signed into law. The penalty increase will be effective as of August 1, 2016. According Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A furniture retailer faces $431,000 in OSHA fines for failing to protect workers from machine hazards. The retailer faces more than $1.8 million in fines issued earlier in the year at other locations. This recent citation was given after OSHA found that the company didn’t implement procedures to prevent machines from unintentional start-ups when operators changed tables, cleaned machines and cleared jams. The company also failed to ensure machine operators Read More

  • Avoid Contaminants in the Air: Develop a Respirator Program for Your Workers

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    Respirators help protect workers from inhaling dangerous chemicals and particles in the air. They help workers by filtering particles from the air, chemically cleaning (purifying) the air, or by supplying clean air from an outside source. Because there are many different types of respirators and different reasons to wear them, it is helpful to have a respiratory protection program in place so your workers know exactly how Read More

  • Protect Yourself and Your Workers: The Top 10 OSHA Violations to Avoid

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    Are you not sure where you and your organization should focus your safety efforts? Here’s a place to start: The 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015 were announced at the recent National Safety Council Congress & Expo. NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman notes how the list “is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety Read More

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    A contractor and a staffing company were fined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for safety violations after an excavation collapse. The contractor was cited for lack of adequate cave-in protection, for not removing employees from the excavation when cave-in hazards existed and for lack of adequate training. The contractor was fined $130,200. The staffing agency was fined $21,000 for lack of adequate training, no safe means Read More

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