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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

The Classifications of Forklifts

Forklift Classifications

2 min read Deciding your warehouse or manufacturing facility needs to purchase a new forklift is only the first step. OSHA has identified and classified seven different types of powered industrial vehicles giving you a number of options to choose from depending on your organizations needs and applications. The recognized seven classifications are as follows: So, what does … Read more

Floor Marking Guidelines

Floor Markings, Storage, Stacking

2 min read Utilized in every kind of professional facility, from small schools and gymnasiums to large, full-scale manufacturing and chemical processing plants, strategically employed floor marking makes open space easier for workers and visitors to understand. Because it relays important information at the location and time it’s needed, floor marking creates a safer, more efficient facility. In … Read more

Is your facility prepared for a fire?

2 min read Fires in the workplace are never an expected event, but a facility needs to be prepared in case of one. An uncontrolled fire can result in fatalities, injuries, and serious damage. For worker’s safety, it is wise to take preventative measures while you can, rather than being unprepared and have a fire result in a … Read more

Respiratory Disease Resurges Among Coal Miners

Black Lung Disease

4 min read 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 more

Indoor Air Quality the Focus of New Global Alliance

Indoor Air Quality

3 min read Outdoor air can be filled with pollutants from vehicles, industrial processes and plenty of other sources, so outdoor air quality should be our biggest air quality concern, right? Wrong. If you work indoors, the air you breathe all day long in your office building, warehouse or manufacturing facility could actually be the bigger threat to … Read more

Install Guards to Prevent Falls Through Skylights

Skylight Screen, Fall Protection

3 min read 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 more

Fire Extinguishers – Do You Know How (and When) to Use Them?

Fire Safety

4 min read We’ve discussed the dust explosion pentagon, which explains the five components needed for a combustible dust explosion, before. Today we’re going to discuss a diagram that is simpler, but no less important for people to understand: the fire triangle. The fire triangle is made up of the three components necessary for a fire to start: … Read more

New OSHA Injury Reporting & Recordkeeping Rules

workplace injuries, OSHA reporting

3 min read Most employers, especially in manufacturing, construction and other high-risk environments, are probably quite familiar with OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Until now, employers have been required to report any work-related fatalities to OSHA, as well as any incident that led to three or more hospitalizations. Many workplaces also had to keep records of work-related injuries … Read more

OSHA’s SHARP Program – Safety Success Stories

PPE, safety gear, safety success

5 min read We often hear stories of workplace accidents in the news: combustible dust explosions, fires, chemical accidents, workers electrocuted by power lines. It’s important that these stories are reported since to continue improving workplace safety, we need to know what kind of problems still exist. Not all the news on the safety front is bad, though. … Read more