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Will Permissible Exposure Limits Change?

Hazardous Chemicals

4 min read 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 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

Pipe Labels – In house vs pre-made

Pipe Labels Marked

3 min read Using Pipe Labels for Safety and Convenience Keeping the pipes in your facility properly labeled is important for both safety and convenience. In some cases, it will be a requirement from OSHA or other regulators, and in others it is just something that you want do to help ensure your facility is following industry best … 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

7 Places to Use Anti-Slip Tape

traction tape, non-skid tape

4 min read Slips, trips and falls account for the most accidents in general industry, according to OSHA, resulting in 15 percent of accidental deaths in the workplace. Only work-related motor vehicle accidents cause more worker fatalities annually. These accidents also cause many injuries that lead to time spent away from work. Slips, trips and falls (STFs) can … 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

Why Your Workplace Needs a Heat Acclimatization Program

Farm Workers, Heat Stress, Heat Acclimatization

4 min read 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 more