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These are my OSHA Compliance related articles as of 6/1/2015

  1. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (3/19/15 to 4/18/15)
  2. "Hazardous Locations" and complying with the "new" 1910.307
  3. "Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
  4. $53 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants
  5. 1910 vs. 1926 - which applies to my "work"
  6. 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards
  7. 1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
  8. 1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
  9. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
  10. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
  11. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
  12. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
  13. 2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
  14. 2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
  15. 9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
  16. A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
  17. A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
  18. A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
  19. A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
  20. A VERY interesting look at Safety Regulations from ABC's John Stossel's Blog and was on 20/20 a while back
  21. ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
  22. Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
  23. AK-OSHA Review Commission's Decision on whether a “Fish Bin Chiller Alley” at a seafood processing plant is a Confined Space/PRCS
  24. Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
  25. Alternating Tread Type Stair
  26. Annual Review and Scheduled Modification to OSHA's Administrative Penalty Policy
  27. ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
  28. ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
  29. Are some of OSHA's proposed standards hindering job creation?
  30. ASTM Developing Standard to Test Resistance to Fogging of Eye Protection Devices
  31. ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
  33. Backward Hard Hats?
  34. Basis for EW/SS locations?
  35. Cal/OSHA Cites employer(s) (Plant, Staffing Agency, and Training Company) over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker  
  36. Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
  37. Can your HAZCOM program stand-up to a OSHA inspection?
  38. CAUTION: Your Safety Warnings May Not Be Working
  39. Changes in OSHA's HAZCOM may impact EPA Compliance!?!?! (Huh?)
  40. Changes to Maryland Chemical Information List (CIL) Requirements
  41. Clarification of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (1910.120) as it applies to clearing and re-railing train cars after derailments  
  42. Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA Memo)
  43. Clearance in front of electrical panels - why does OSHA require it?
  44. Compactor or Baler safety protocols
  45. Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
  46. Company to pay $1.33 million to resolve OSHA citations, criminal penalties in 2011 death of worker; Agreement includes safety improvements and $450,000 for worker's spouse
  47. Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels
  48. Compliance Mapping… an eye opener for many managers and supervisors
  49. Compliance Resource Tip...
  50. Compliance Tip: Next time your using a handrail...
  51. Compliance Tip: Air Receivers
  52. Compliance Tip: Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  53. Compliance Tip: Do I need a first aid team?
  54. Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
  55. Compliance Tip: HAZCOM Labeling (Photo)
  56. Compliance Tip: Industrial Stairs Angle (Smart Phone App)
  57. Compliance Tip: LPG Cylinders Storage
  58. Compliance Tip: Projecting shaft ends
  59. Complying with OSHA's PPE Standards
  60. Compressed Air Hazards and Acceptable Methods for Complying with 1910.242(b)
  61. Compressed Gas Cylinder Separation
  62. Computer based tools for workplace heat stress
  63. Consumer Products & HAZCOM requirements
  64. Conveyors, Duct Work, and your Hot Work Permitting Process
  65. Cost of Falls and Workers Comp
  66. CSB Releases New Safety Video on One Year Anniversary of Kleen Energy to Show Hazards of Gas Releases
  67. Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
  68. December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  70. Did you know... NFPA 704 and OSHA's GHS Haz Comm
  71. Did you know… Emergency Egress and Alarm Systems
  72. Disconnect for Electrical-Discharge Lighting Existing Fluorescent Luminaire
  73. Does it matter what type and size fire extinguisher my Fire Watch is equipped with?
  75. Drinking Chrome – New Studies Expose Threats to Tap Water
  76. DWS (WY-OSHA) Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Businesses
  77. EEI, ULCC, and the TCIA have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard
  78. Electrical Panel Clearance and NEW NEC requirements
  79. Electrical Safety Videos from ESFi
  80. Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices
  81. Engineering Controls and Economic Feasibility
  82. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records"
  83. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records" (e.g. 1910.1020)
  84. Ever wondered how many OSHA standards require an actual written program, Qualified person, Competent person, etc.?
  85. Facial Hair, Respirators, and Fit Testing
  86. Facial Survey Results Region VI
  87. FATAL Hotwork Incident (MI-OSHA)
  88. Federal Jury Convicts Former Shaw Group Safety Manager Of Major Fraud Against The United States
  89. Fire Extinguishers & HAZCOM Labeling
  90. FREE On-Line OSHA Compliance Tools from OSHA & MSHA
  91. FREE Respirator Software from NIOSH
  92. FY 2011 End of Year Federal OSHA Inspection Data
  93. FYI... OSHA Outreach Monitoring Report
  94. General Industry Fall Protection requirements begin ...?
  95. General Industry Standards with Training Requirements
  96. General Industry Standards Written Program Requirements
  97. GHS HAZCOM and Workplace Labels
  98. GHS Training Materials
  99. GREAT Forklift Training PPT from OSHA Region V
  100. H.R. 632: Voluntary Protection Program Act
  101. Hazardous Locations (Examples from OSHA)
  102. HAZCOM Training Modules from MI-OSHA
  103. HAZWOPER Training MUST consist of MORE THAN video training
  104. Hearing Protection Attenuation Evaluation, has it been done?
  105. Hearing Protectors Attenuation Analysis
  106. Hearing Protectors, Safety Glasses, and Respiratory Protective Equipment in Combination: Effect on Sound Attenuation
  107. High Visibility Vest - Hotwork & Electrical Work
  108. Hot Work Safety
  109. Hotwork tank explosions - OSHA is not the problem!
  110. Hotwork, the 35' Rule, UPDATED loss data, and changes in NFPA 51B and at CAL-OSHA
  111. How long do you keep your hotwork permits?
  112. How to Read the OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910 – General Industry
  113. If you have a trash compactor in your workplace, you will want to read this OSHRC decision
  114. Individual Pleads Guilty to Id Fraud and Impersonating an OSHA Official in Wake of Gulf Oil Spill
  115. Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones
  116. Is air monitoring required to establish respiratory protection levels?
  117. Is your Respirator Cleaning methods compliant?
  118. Jordan Barab of OSHA speaks at the COSH conference ("cutting corners on on safety and health will not be tolerated"
  119. Knowing your propane cylinders (Part II)
  120. KY-OSHA Recordkeeping requirements did NOT change on 1/1/15
  121. Ladder Safety - Too many falls!
  122. Last Chance Agreements – Company properly fired maintenance employee for not wearing side shields on safety glasses – violated the LCA
  123. Load Center Capacity Calculator
  124. Lockout? We don't need no stinking lockout... says management!
  125. Looking for help with decisions on Eyewashes and Safety Showers?
  126. LOTO Accident - REAL Accident that cost a life!
  127. Machine Guarding Applications and Attributes
  128. Machine Guarding ppt from OSHA Region V
  129. Maine DOL's GHS Video, PPT, & Sample Plan (EXCELLENT Resources!)
  130. Man accused of posing as OSHA inspector arrested
  131. Mapping a regulation from concept to publication
  132. March 2012 Update on OSHA’s Refinery & Chemical National Emphasis Programs
  133. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) issues SCAM ALERT
  134. MI-OSHA Annual Fatality Information
  135. MSHA Machine Guarding ppt
  136. National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors release Violation Findings Fourth Quarter Report
  137. Need some Procedures for your Emergency Response Program?
  138. New deadline for the Electric Generation, transmission, and Distribution standard is February 17, 2015
  139. NEW Flammable Liquids Fact Sheet (OR-OSHA)
  140. New Recordkeeping interpretation. Question 10-4
  141. NFPA 70E® 2012 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions
  142. NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator Instruction and Training Guide
  143. NIOSH noise database for power tools
  144. NIOSH recommends exposure limits FAR below OSHA's current PEL for Cr(VI)
  145. OIG: OSHA'S Site Specific Taregting Program has Limitations on Targeting and Inspecting HIGH RISK Worksite
  146. On-Line FIRST AID training is NOT enough (OSHA 2012 LOI)
  147. OR-OSHA HAZCOM (GHS) Video
  148. Oregon OSHA delays rule adoption for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution rules in Construction and General Industry
  149. OSHA & Eyewashes
  150. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course Now MANDATORY in Seven States
  151. OSHA 300-A Posting Reminder
  152. OSHA Activity Update
  153. OSHA amends 1910.1030 (BBP)
  154. OSHA answers HAZCOM labeling question in LOI
  155. OSHA answers questions regarding Eyewash and Safety Showers
  156. OSHA Boot Camp
  157. OSHA cites Asphalt Manufacturer following worker being trapped in hot liquid asphalt
  158. OSHA cites chemical manufacturer following nitrogen fatality (5(a)(1), PSM, WWS)
  159. OSHA cites employer for 8 willful, egregious violations after worker injured on machine without safeguards
  160. OSHA claims "cost savings" with the new GHS Hazcom Std
  161. OSHA Clarifies the Requirements for annual refresher training under OSHA's HAZWOPER standard
  162. OSHA Compliance and perceived "paperwork deficiencies"
  163. OSHA Compliance Assistance Facts: FY 2012
  164. OSHA Compliance is sometimes a “Nike moment”… Just Do It!
  165. OSHA defines "amputation" and "loss of an eye" in their latest LOI
  166. OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
  167. OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through March 15, 2013
  168. OSHA FACOSH Recommends Updating PELs by Executive Order for Feds
  169. OSHA follow-up inspection of oil refinery reveals continuing worker safety violations
  170. OSHA General Industry Requirements for Labels, Signs, Postings, etc.
  171. OSHA Hospitalization, Amputations Reporting Inspection triggers
  172. OSHA insists recordkeeping obligations are ongoing (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled differently)  
  173. OSHA Internal Memo: Interim Guidance on Enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  174. OSHA is planning for the I2P2 rule
  175. OSHA issues "Per-instance" Willfuls for Guarding and LOTO
  176. OSHA issues LOI on the NEW HAZCOM Std and Combustible Dust
  177. OSHA issues REPEAT for cleaning air greater than 30psi ($22K)
  178. OSHA issues WILLFUL and EGREGIOUS citations for machine guarding
  179. OSHA issues WILLFUL for facial hair under tight-fitting respirator (Lead Abatement & $49,500)
  180. OSHA issues Willfuls & Repeats for PRCS, PPE, Respirators w/ some HAZCOM, Fire Extinguisher, and Electrical citations for good measure
  181. OSHA LOTO Citations @ food box manufacturer ($122,500)
  182. OSHA Memorandum: Adequate Means of Egress at Workplaces
  183. OSHA publishes removal criteria for employers from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
  184. OSHA Region V Fatality Stats as of 10/1/11
  185. OSHA Rejects Arizona State Plan Changes..... February 6, 2015
  186. OSHA restates that if employees do not understand English, their training MUST be in a language and vocabulary they understand
  187. OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
  188. OSHA revises the Out Reach Program requirements again (2/2013)
  189. OSHA revisions strengthen Outreach Training Program
  190. OSHA seeks public comment on agency standards to improve chemical safety
  191. OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, reaches out to small businesses  
  192. OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards and standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in 2012
  193. OSHA Training - Flat Roofing Safety 2011
  194. OSHA Training Institute Centers to begin charging a card processing fee for 10 and 30 hour cards
  195. OSHA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS (presentation from OSHA)
  196. OSHA Update - Most Frequently cited SERIOUS Citations
  197. OSHA updates 1910.35 Head Protection
  198. OSHA updates CPL 02-00-158, Inspection Procedures for the Respiratory Protection Standard
  199. OSHA updating Head Protection Standard in both GI and Const
  200. OSHA will continue requiring independent safety testing for electrical devices
  201. OSHA withdraws proposed interpretation on noise
  202. OSHA's 1st LOI of 2013 is a perfect example of how a how a group of workers may fall under both GI and Construction standards
  203. OSHA's 2013 Most Frequently Cited Standards
  204. OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination (GAO-13-88, Dec 11, 2012)
  205. OSHA's Citation Policy for Paperwork and Written Program Requirement Violations (CPL 02-00-111)
  206. OSHA's Clarification on effective date of SDSs replacing MSDSs
  207. OSHA's GHS Labeling made easy!!!!
  208. OSHA's Issues Compliance Directive on Personal Protective Equipment
  209. OSHA's Most Frequently Cited 1910 (2014)
  210. OSHA's new APF guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  211. OSHA's new guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  212. OSHA's position on the respiratory protection "program administrator"
  213. OSHA's proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses requires quarterly reporting
  214. OSHA's Semiannual Agenda of Regulations (1/2014)
  215. OSHA's Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (June 2014)
  216. OSHA's SVEP Decision Matrix
  217. OSHA's Top 10 Citations (2014 Preliminary as of 8/1/14)
  218. OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard is NOT the only standard that requires “verification of knowledge” after training  
  219. OSHRC affirms HAZCOM and LOTO citations at chicken processing plant
  220. OSHRC case discusses the legality of OSHA’s Com Dust NEP
  221. OSHRC decision on Combustible Dusts (OSHA Dust Sampling, Chain of Custody, Knowledge of hazards, and Signage for ComDust areas)
  222. OSHRC decisions on Machine Specific LOTO Procedures, LOTO Periodic Inspections, and LOTO Training for Affected/Other employees
  223. OSHRC determines that a zip tie does NOT constitutes a “permanent” fixture
  224. OSHRC on "Universal PPE Hazard Assessments" at distribution centers
  225. OSHRC on guarding of horizontal shafting below 7' with an "arbor" and protrusions on shaft ends
  226. OSHRC rules on LOTO case
  227. OSHRC says fire extinguishers are EXEMPT from HAZCOM Program coverage
  228. OSHRC upholds WILFULL GDC with Postal Carrier Fatality due to Heat Stroke
  229. Pedestal Grinder Safety
  230. Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative
  231. PPE payment for static dissipative safety-toe footwear
  232. Proposed Actions in OSHA's Inorganic Arsenic Standard Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements  
  233. Protecting Respiratory Health: What Should be the Constituents of an Effective RPE Program?
  234. QNFT or QLFT, which is acceptable for an emergency responder entering IDLH atm’s?
  235. Qualifications for Forklift Operators (Opinions?)
  236. Queens Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Two Years In Prison For Role In Scheme To Issue Fraudulent Safety Training Certifications To Construction Workers And Companies
  237. Reading fire extinguisher labels
  238. Real world use and performance of hearing protection
  239. Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
  240. Recordkeeping and Fatality Reporting Quiz
  241. Recordkeeping...who is the "highest ranking company official working at the establishment"?
  242. Reduction Procedure and OSHA 300 Log
  243. Regional VPP Recommendations from OSHA Assessments
  244. REMINDER... NEW OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements began on 1/1/15
  245. REMINDER: Post your OSHA Log Annual Summary by February 1st
  246. Respirator Facial Hair Diagrams
  247. Respirator Q&A about "program administrator"
  248. Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
  249. Revised Electrical Std "Grandfathering" and applicable dates
  250. Roof work and proper Fall Protection
  251. Rubber insulating gloves periodic electrical tests - REQUIRED frequency
  252. SAFETY REMINDER - if you have a "compactor" or "baler" and you want a GREAT resource on how to manage and operate them safely...look no further!
  253. Safety Tip: Fire Watch and Monitoring (FM Global)
  255. SCBA Remaining Service-Life Indicator Performance Requirements
  256. Severe Violator Enforcement Program (2013 White Paper)
  257. Should OSHA get out of the pre-accident inspection business? (Editorial)
  258. So does my facility have to hire an expert to perform an Arc Flash Analysis to be compliant with OSHA
  259. St. Louis employers ordered incarcerated for failing to comply with OSHA citations and court sanctions
  260. States that require a 10/30 hour OSHA card
  261. Summary and Explanation of Revisions to the Acetylene Standard as it applies to cylinders
  262. Temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b), 1910.269, 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V
  263. The "numbers game" and auditing
  264. The new GHS HazCom Std review by the OMB has been "extended"
  265. The Use of Contact Lenses in an Industrial Environment (ACOEM Guidelines)
  266. The “Father of OSHA” passes away
  267. Top 10 MSHA Citations for 2010
  268. Top Ten things to do OR NOT to do during OSHA Inspections
  270. Understanding UL "Listing" and "Approved" - there is a BIG Difference
  271. UPDATE - Did you know there is a Right & Wrong way to mount a forklift cylinder?
  272. UPDATE on 2011 OSHA Activities and what to expect in 2012
  273. UPDATE on OSHA's VPP from Michaels...
  274. UPDATED - Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines
  275. UPDATED: OSHA's 2011 Top 10 OSHA Violations
  276. Virginia State OSHA has passed a "Reverse Signal Operation" standard for BOTH General Industry and Construction Industries  
  277. VPP Policy Memorandum #5: VPP and Safety Incentive Programs
  278. VPP Policy Memorandum #7: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
  279. VPP STAR is not a "get out of jail free card"
  280. WA-OSHA enacts NEW Safety Standards for Electrical Workers
  281. West Virginia Enacts CSB Plan for Licensed Propane Techs
  282. What ANSI Z87.1-2003 changes in Safety Glasses Requirements
  283. What is Fee for Intervention (FFI) and who is doing it?
  284. What is the difference between "street glasses" and ANSI High Impact Safety Glasses
  285. What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?
  286. What type of respirator do I need?
  287. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month?
  288. When is a Fire Watch actually required?
  289. When it comes to handrails... sweat the small stuff, well at least 1.5"
  290. Who is the OSHRC and what does the commission do?
  291. Why are so many fearing OSHA's I2P2
  292. Work-Related Burns in Michigan: First Annual Report (January 2009 – December 2009)
  293. Your auditing and you come across this... What you would cite?

This is a very interesting AND disappointing decision by the commission.  They accepted a PPE Hazard Assessment done at a distribution center in AR for a facility in TX.  The business argued that the 100+ distribution centers around the country are identical with identical job functions.  The commission, although they state otherwise, appears to be saying that since there was an "absence" of injuries in any substantial numbers there was not enough data to make the employer aware of the presence of hazards!!!!  At least that is how I read this.  This sets us back a bit, as we routinely identify hazards at facilities that require PPE and the facility will try and argue that no one has suffered an injury from said hazard "yet".  I always thought the purpose of PPE "HAZARD" assessment was to identify "hazards" and not injuries.  Granted using injury data can point us in the right direction, but IN NO WAY should a "hazard(s) assessment" be limited to an injury log analysis.  Anyway, here is the OSHRC decision...

In the PSM/RMP world, the battle rages on with regards to “verification of knowledge” for those receiving training related to their work in, on and adjacent to a PSM/RMP covered process.  Yet for those safety professionals not working at a PSM/RMP facility, you too have a standard, that will just about cover ALL workplaces, that REQUIRES the employer to ensure workers understood the training.  That standard is 1910.132(f)(2)...

Coverage: National

Period: 30 days, 3/19/15 to 4/18/15

New Inspections: Opened in the last 30 days = 570

Closed Inspections: Closed in the last 30 days = 1,235

Ongoing Inspections: Opened prior to 30 day reporting period and still not closed = 110,342

Inspections with Violations = 129

Inspections with no Violations =  441 (Based on number of New Inspections only)

Assessed Penalties= $0.3M  (Assessed Penalties for violations issued under New Inspections only)

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Utility Line Clearance Coalition (ULCC), and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for this new standard.  CLICK HERE for the official agreement.

Recently has been experiencing some serious issues and although it appears to have gotten almost back to normal, sometimes access to standards is lost.  And if you're like me and do a lot of work in locations where there is no internet connection and you need the standards for a project, here is a FREE and simple way to have ALL of 1910, 1926, Part 68, etc. at your disposal 100% of the time.  Heck the shortcuts and links even work and it is "searchable" using your browsers search function.  Your computer will not even know your not on line.  Here's what you do...

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