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Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

2 min read The United States has had an active mining industry since colonial times, becoming a major industry in the 19th century. As long as miners have been employed to extract minerals and geological materials from the earth, safety has been a concern. Miners face more dangerous hazards than those working in a typical industrial facility including … Read more

GHS Transition Tips…in Case You’ve Been Procrastinating

4 min read The transition from OSHA’s old Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to the new standard that incorporates the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is well underway, as employers were required to train their employees on the changes to chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) by December 1 of last year. OSHA wanted the end users of … Read more

OSHA – Understanding the Basics and Preparing for an Inspection

6 min read When safety managers hear OSHA, they may feel apprehensive and worry about possible inspections. But how much do you actually know about the organization, its aims and its practices? We’ll take a look at the origins of OSHA, the successes it has helped workplaces achieve and how you should interact with the agency should they … Read more

Traffic Management in the Warehouse

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3 min read As a safety manager, you are responsible for the safety of everyone in your warehouse: workers and visitors, vehicle drivers and pedestrians. You can train some of these people, but others you can’t. Consequently, it’s imperative you properly direct traffic in your warehouse so everyone can move safely through the space to accomplish their tasks. … Read more

HazCom: Simplified Program Ideas for Safety Managers

Hazardous Chemicals, HazCom

4 min read Many hazardous substances and materials enter the workplace, but some industries certainly use more hazardous materials than others. Even if your facility only uses one hazardous chemical, though, your company is still required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS). This standard states employees have a right to know the names of … Read more

GHS Update: Blacking Out Pictograms

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4 min read GHS Labeling Gets Cleared Up The December deadline for the first wave of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) implementation has come and gone, but the confusion still resonates among many in the industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has tried to make the transition as smooth as possible by providing the necessary information … Read more

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2013

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3 min read Yet again, fall protection was the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) number one cited workplace safety violation in 2013. The recent release was no surprise as the top 10 have generally stayed the same over the years with a little jockeying back and forth in certain spots, but what was a surprise was the … Read more

OSHA Proposes New Rule

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2 min read OSHA Believes More Timely Data Will Help All On November 7, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially announced that they have proposed a rule that would improve how workplace injuries and illnesses are tracked. The announcement came shortly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report. … Read more

OSHA Steps Up Chemical Safety

HAZMAT Team Members Discusses Chemical Disaster

2 min read Unfortunately, thousands of U.S. workers continue to get sick or die from occupational exposures to the many chemicals used in the work place each and every year. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched two new web resources that are directly aimed at reducing these figures by assisting companies with … Read more