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2% Increase in OSHA Penalties

Effective January 2, civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards are 2 percent higher, with a new maximum fine of nearly $130,000. OSHA increased its penalties to adjust for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, which initially raised civil penalties by 78 percent after over...
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REMEMBERING SAFETY IN THE HOLIDAY RUSH CAN BE STRESSFUL! …

REMEMBERING SAFETY IN THE HOLIDAY RUSH CAN BE STRESSFUL! … BUT ENJOY A SAFE, MERRY CHRISTMAS & A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!! Higher stress around the holidays and having (what seems to be) more to do than we can ever hope to accomplish repeatedly lead to an increase in accidents this time of year.  Safety precautions...
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Board Use for Growth of the Smaller Manufacturer

Common qualities of many (not all) family manufacturing businesses: Start up in understaken by a strong process expert: could be machining, fabrication, industrial service or sales Growth includes pulling family members or friends from a similar background into the business. Challenge: Too often, 10 or so years later the company has hit a growth plateau or,...
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Sorting out OSHA and ANSI

During a recent presentation to a Maintenance Roundtable group composed of local manufacturers, CTI’s principal was presented with a problem that came down to figuring out how to sort out OSHA requirements and ANSI guidelines for eyewash stations. In this particular case, company personnel were struggling inter-departmentally over how to comply with an OSHA safety...
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NIOSH center to focus on ‘safe integration of robots’ in the workplace

Shared as first published in Safety & Health Magazine 11/9/17 Citing a “knowledge gap related to robotics and worker safety and health,” NIOSH has launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research in an effort to evaluate the possible advantages and hazards of robot workers, as well as foster safe robot-human interactions. According to NIOSH, 61 robot-related worker...
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2017 Top 10 OSHA Violations

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress: On Sept. 26th, at the National Safety Council’s Annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh...
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