PPE

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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

  • It’s Electrical Safety Month: Protect Workers Against Arc Flash and Other Electrical Hazards

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    The Workplace Safety Awareness Council defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” A person located near an arc flash can be seriously injured or killed. An arc flash can be caused by a variety of things, such as dust, dropping tools, accidental touching, condensation, material Read More

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    OSHA Issues Final Rule for Confined Space in Construction Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. For more information about the 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

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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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    A roofing company was fined $44,660 by OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards and not providing fall protection. The workers were installing shingles on a roof without fall protection, including guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. The company was cited for one willful and one repeat violation. It also received a violation for failing to train employees on fall prevention hazards and procedures. Read Read More

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