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WHAT’S IN YOUR FOLDER?

By | 2018-06-06T19:09:00+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Compliance, Employee, Environmental, Health, Regulations, Safety, Uncategorized|

(Ed. note - Yes, that title is a shameless takeoff from the credit card commercial. AND,  our goals are the same - your financial wellbeing.)  Over the 37 years spent in this industry I have done many presentations to various manufacturing business groups on the topic of what a CEO needs to know about the

OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting May 11, 2018

By | 2018-08-13T18:38:59+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Do you process beryllium containing materials in your manufacturing or construction?  Beryllium has a long history, having been known to the ancient Egyptians in beryl gemstones like aquamarine and emeralds. Today, Beryllium is utilized as an alloying agent in producing beryllium copper, which is extensively used for springs, electrical contacts, spot-welding electrodes, and non-sparking tools. Beryllium is

“If Only I had…” Poem by Glenn Miller

By | 2018-05-25T19:12:55+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Production was humming and all seemed so glad, ‘Though shortcuts in safety were known to be bad, No one had experienced the true depths of “sad” That accompanies the phrase, “If Only I had….” It seemed oh, so tragic how he ended his life, And now we must face his children and wife, We could

Does Your Process Require an Air Permit?

By | 2018-05-25T18:59:06+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

An $800,000 proposed fine is not “chump change” for any company.  Yet, that’s what a specialty chemical producer in Woodhill, Ohio faces for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act when it made modifications to its five kilns. Under the Clean Air Act, building new sources of air pollution and modifying existing sources in certain ways require

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

By | 2018-05-25T14:23:52+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

When it comes to the federal worker safety agencies, Mark Twain was right!  The initial federal budgets that were proposed brought much consternation from unions about worker safety, hand-wringing from the media and activist groups, and speculation that entire agencies like the Chemical Safety Board (and even OSHA itself) may be gone entirely.  Although CTI,

Are you Budgeted for the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System?

By | 2018-05-25T12:45:56+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Environmental, Regulations|

It has been a long time in coming since, in May 2001, the Federal EPA initially proposed to transition from paper-based to electronic-based reporting. EPA is now establishing the e-Manifest system according to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, enacted into law on October 5, 2012, and EPA has announced it will be launching e-Manifest

Board Use for Growth of the Smaller Manufacturer

By | 2017-12-15T15:41:15+00:00 December 15th, 2017|News|

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,

Sorting out OSHA and ANSI

By | 2017-12-14T21:20:33+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Compliance, Employee, Regulations, Safety|

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

Asbestos Program Moving to Ohio EPA

By | 2017-12-04T13:45:41+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Compliance, Environmental, Health, Regulations, Safety|

Effective January 1, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH) asbestos program will be transferred to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC). The new combined asbestos program includes some important changes of which regulated industries should be aware, including: No changes to fee amounts in the law or rules have

NIOSH center to focus on ‘safe integration of robots’ in the workplace

By | 2017-11-10T15:04:03+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Health, News, Safety|

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