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What is Hazardous Energy All About?

Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. What are the harmful effects of hazardous energy?...
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EPA Extends Comment Periods for Rules on Trichloroethylene

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the comment periods for two proposed rules on the toxic chemical trichloroethylene. One proposed rule would ban use of TCE as an aerosol degreaser and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The comment period for the rule has been pushed back to March 16 from Feb. 14, according to a notice published...
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OSHA Starts Update to HazCom Standard

How is your HazCom program progressing?  Is everyone in your facility now fully trained with their level of knowledge elevated from “Right-to-Know” to the targeted “Right-to-Understand”?  Since great efforts were expended to “harmonize” the 2012 revision of HazCom to the GHS guidelines of the rest of the world, you no longer have to create, maintain...
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Environmental Protection Agency Compliance Calendar

In the Fall CTI Newsletter, I had developed and shared a 2017 Health and Safety Compliance Calendar with our avid readers, recommending some advanced thinking and planning for the health and safety portion of a 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) compliance calendar.  Many of you also wear the hat of “environmental compliance manager” or some similar...
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OSHA, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll: A Musical Soundtrack to OSHA’s New Drug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule

Reprinted from Travis Vance article in Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog On the first of December, OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule took effect that impact employer policies regarding injury reporting and drug testing. It significantly  alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report...
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