Indianapolis – OSHA will not begin any significant new initiatives until a permanent assistant secretary is in place, Bill Perry, director of the agency’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, said Monday during a Technical Session at the 2017 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. Loren Sweatt currently is the acting assistant secretary. “For now, we’re pretty much
A client of Compliance Technologies, Inc. (CTI) had received a notice of alleged workplace hazards at their facility from OSHA. The nature of the alleged hazards was as follows: “1. Employees are exposed to a strong chemical odor.” While the complaint provided only a generalized starting point, OSHA requested in their letter that the company
News Release from U.S. Department of Labor on June 26, 2016. Summer’s here – and the time is right for: ‘Water, Rest and Shade’ Summer has begun and it brings hot weather – and potentially dangerous work conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers to take precautions to stay
Four Minutes: Life and Death in Confined Spaces Of all the workplace hazards, confined spaces are some of the most deceptive. What looks like a "normal" space could be a deathtrap: filled with hazardous gases or, just as likely, lacking in oxygen. Jun 6, 2017 Sandy Smith Four minutes is all it takes for a confined
The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), 29 CFR 1910.147, addresses safety procedures used in the workplace to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. Test your knowledge of Hazardous Energy with LOTO Quiz.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hands free or not, cell phone use while driving is dangerous. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E) are reviewing their phone use policies in an effort to reduce distracted driving incidents. A recent National Safety Council survey found
Editor's note: There's an old saying that goes... "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." Let us be honest; the market average is $2,800 to 3,000 for a Phase I ESA. There are consultants that will provide a Phase I as cheaply as $1,800, yet that reduced rate
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?
How does your Waste Management Plan measure up? Use our checklist below to score your plan and find gaps that may be discovered by an EPA audit. Please note: This checklist assumes that you are a Large Quantity Generator and generate more than 2200 pounds of hazardous waste in any month during the year. If
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