Archive for March 2019

Walking-Working Surfaces Final Rule

OSHA has recently released an update to its standard on walking-working surfaces in general industry. The final rule addresses slips, trips and falls (subpart D) in the workplace and establishes employer requirements for the use of personal fall protection systems (subpart I).   The rule incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus…

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Protecting Temporary Workers

Hiring temporary workers on job sites is a very common and financially beneficial practice. However, at times, proper training requirements are an unintentional oversight between the staffing agency and host employer. According to OSHA, temporary workers are 2-3 times more likely to suffer an injury while on the job.   Staffing agencies and host employers…

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Process Safety Management

Highly hazardous chemicals such as toxics, reactives, flammable liquids and gases are used in many industries such as food processing, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, plastics, paints, etc….  If not properly designed, maintained, and managed safely during manufacture, transport, storage, and use, these chemicals can cause disastrous incidents with significant property damage and potentially fatal-consequences.   OSHA…

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Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Due December 15, 2017

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a rule entitled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” with an effective date of January 1, 2017 for the final rule’s electronic reporting requirements. The final rule set an initial deadline of July 1, 2017, but was delayed until December 15, 2017. Employers…

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Evaluating Workplace Health Exposures

Under the OSH Act, employers are required to identify and evaluate health hazard(s) in their workplaces, which includes exposures to air contaminants, chemicals, biological and physical hazards.   More than 6 million workplaces in the U.S. are covered by OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PEL) established for over 500 chemicals listed in tables Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3 .  Most of OSHA’s exposure limits are…

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Conducting Effective Hazard Assessments

Often during inspections, audits, or accident investigations, we encounter nonexistent, inadequate or inaccurate hazard assessments. One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated. A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a…

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ROI of Third Party Inspections & Audits

Routine workplace inspections and audits are essential in preventing incidents, injuries and illnesses and play an integral role for continuously improving Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) performance. Inspections are tools used to supplement and enforce HSE policies, procedures, and training by gathering information on workplace hazards, workers, equipment, and processes. Inspections should be conducted at…

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