OSHA

  • Young Workers on Your Summer Payroll?: What You Need to Know

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    Do you employ young workers for the summer? If so, you need to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep these typically inexperienced workers safe. OSHA cites many reasons that young workers become injured or sick on the job: unsafe equipment, inadequate safety training, inadequate supervision, dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18, pressure to work faster and stressful conditions. Employers have many Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

  • The Bottom Line: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers

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    OSHA recently released a report about how work injuries and illnesses are putting high costs on workers, their families and the overall economy. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job features a graphic that asks the question: Who bears the cost of worker injuries?  Fifty percent is covered, by workers and their families, with the rest covered by workers’ compensation (21%), Read More

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    Two companies face a combined $64,200 in fines for safety violations after OSHA investigated a complaint about potential hazards at the site the companies share. One company received 15 serious citations for such violations as not providing and maintaining a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards, not training workers on chemical hazards, not providing appropriate lockout/tagout training, and not Read More

  • Eye Protection: Reduce the Risk of Injury

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    Many workplaces contain hazards that can be damaging to workers’ eyes. The best way to protect workers from eye hazards is to provide them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). When selecting the best eye protection, it’s important to consider the work environment and pick the solution that will offer the most complete protection for that work situation. There are several different types of eye protection that can Read More

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    A roofing contractor was cited by OSHA for a variety of safety violations and faces proposed penalties of $43,560. The contractor failed to provide fall protection to workers repairing a roof and offered inadequate anchorage points for fall arrest lines. It also did not train employees on how to recognize and address fall hazards. The contractor also put workers at risk for providing a damaged portable ladder (split Read More

  • Avoid an Asbestos Hazard: How to Protect Your Workers

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    As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. It is also known as a major health hazard. It is a human carcinogen, causing chronic lung disease, along with lung cancer and other types of cancers. OSHA explains that workers can be exposed to asbestos in many ways: during the manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs; renovating Read More

  • Fall Protection According to OSHA: Know the Basics

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    Do you know OSHA rules about the basics of fall protection? Even if workers in your workplace are only exposed to heights occasionally, it’s important to know OSHA regulations regarding fall protection and how to keep your workers safe at all heights. Here are some standard facts you must know: OSHA requires that workers in general industry be protected while working at a height of four feet or Read More

  • Stay Safe in the Cold: Snow Removal Safety Facts You Need Now

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    You already know how important it is to protect your workers with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when they’re working outside in extremely cold weather conditions. Illnesses such as frostbite, hypothermia and cold stress are significant threats to workers’ well-being. At the same time, the actual jobs workers perform outside during the winter months can also jeopardize their health—specifically snow shoveling and using power equipment, such as snow Read More

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    An iron foundry was recently investigated, cited and fined by OSHA for the eighth time since 2011 for failing to protect employees from safety and health hazards. Three recent inspections yielded 27 violations and $152,912 in fines. The company was fined for various fall, machine guarding and sling hazards. The foundry has been in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program since August 2013, after not protecting workers from electrical Read More

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