Ladder safety may seem like commonsense, but too many people suffer annually because of ladder accidents related to misuse. Each day, about 2000 people in the U.S. are injured in ladder-related accidents, and many of those injuries are debilitating. To raise awareness about the prevalence of ladder misuse, the Ladder Association, an industry organization in … Read more“Idiots on Ladders” Contest Raises Awareness about Ladder Safety
Safety Myths That Are Not True One of the biggest problems with facility safety is that there are many myths that are repeated on a regular basis. These myths are not just untrue, but they can actually make a facility more dangerous. When these myths are constantly repeated, people start believing them, which often means … Read moreSafety Myths – It’s Time We Debunk These 5 Safety Myths
Last month, OSHA issued a Request for Information in order to begin a national dialogue about permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This request asks stakeholders in industries that manufacture and use potentially hazardous chemicals to give their input about how OSHA could update PELs for known hazardous chemicals in a useful … Read moreWill Permissible Exposure Limits Change?
What should be done when old workplace problems reemerge decades later? This is a question regulatory agencies, industry associations and workplaces have been asking recently about coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) (often referred to as black lung disease). The disease, which was very common among coal miners until the 1970s when laws were put in place … Read moreRespiratory Disease Resurges Among Coal Miners
Fall protection in the workplace receives a lot of attention, as it is the most frequently cited OSHA standard, and falls to a lower level accounted for 574 work-related fatalities in 2013. These falls occur in many circumstances, and understandably, personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are often implemented to protect against falls in many workplaces. Some … Read moreInstall Guards to Prevent Falls Through Skylights
Heat illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion affect many workplaces during the summer, especially outdoor workplaces. Long hours spent in direct sun quickly lead to dehydration and rising body temperatures, particularly in new workers or those who have recently returned to work after an absence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a … Read moreWhy Your Workplace Needs a Heat Acclimatization Program
Combustible dust accidents continue to make news worldwide, and the most recent incident occurred in Kunshan, China, about 30 miles west of Shanghai. A blast caused by aluminum and magnesium dust at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. took place on the morning of August 2, killing 75 and injuring 185. Workers at the facility polished … Read moreExplosion in China Draws Attention to Combustible Metal Dust
Learning the Difference between Vapors and Fumes When working on improving safety within a facility, it is often important to use very precise language. If you are talking to most people, for example, you could typically use terms like vapor, fumes and even gas in a fairly interchangeable way. The fact is, however, that they … Read moreWhy is it Important to know the Difference between Vapors and Fumes?
When a company gets into trouble with OSHA regulations more than once, it’s possible to end up in the organization’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program, which focuses on employers that repeatedly disregard safety measures. This happened to Formed Fiber Technologies, a business that manufactures vehicle interior trimmings for automobile makers like General Motors and Toyota. OSHA … Read moreRepeat Violations Cost Vehicle Interior Manufacturer over $800K
Improving Hazard Communication in the Workplace If you’re looking for ways to improve the overall safety of your facility, one of the best places to start is with an evaluation of your current hazard communication standards. According to OSHA, hazard communication violations are the second most commonly cited violations, as of 2012. In 2012 there … Read moreHazard Communication – 1910.1200