In the process safety arena, OSHA’s PSM Standard (and EPA’s RMP rule) made it official… doing “hot work” in/on/adjacent to the “covered process(s)” required a WRITTEN PERMIT. Before PSM/RMP, OSHA only “preferred” the permission to perform Hot Work be in written form. OSHA PSM (and RMP)intent was to require employers to control, in a consistent manner, nonroutine work conducted in covered process areas. Specifically, they are concerned with the permitting of hot work operations associated with welding and cutting in covered process areas. Minimum requirements include: 

  1. that the employer issue a hot work permit for hot work operations conducted on or near a covered process and
  2. that hot work permits shall document compliance with the fire prevention and protection requirements of 29 CFR 1910.252(a)

And here is CPL 02-00-035 items as to how OSHA would word their citations for matters not meeting the minimum requirements found in 1910.252(a)…

For years, OSHA had taken a position on when/where "swing gates" were actually required and that position was that it did NOT apply to fixed ladders on the edge of a platform.  Then in 2009 they officially stated their enforcement position in a Regional Memo that DID include ladderway opening on the edge of a platform.  This 2009 memo is actually helpful in understanding their position and reasoning for their enforcement position.  In it, OSHA states...

  1. Which IDLH values do you use in your respirator use decisions?

  2. OSHA may allow "alternating tread stairs", but your building code may NOT

  3. Safety 2017 - ASSE Annual Conference Presentation

  4. OSHRC rules on Arc Flash Injury Case (Arc Flash and PPE matters)

  5. Working example of a Noise Attenuation Evaluation (1910.95(j)

  6. Timing of HBV shots is UPHELD by OSHRC as critical to BBP Control Plan effectiveness

  7. A review of OSHA's "Shaming Campaign"


  8. OSHA announces a DELAY in the July 1, 2017 Electronic Submission of OSHA Log Data

  9. Why Does OSHA Require Retention of Placards? (1910.1201)

  10. Does OSHA’s new GHS for Hazardous Communications require my fixed storage tanks to have Pictograms?

  11. OSHRC upholds citation for employee(s) reaching under interlocked doors/guards

  12. Interim Enforcement Procedures for New Recordkeeping Requirements Under 29 CFR 1904.35 (OSHA)

  13. OSHA Clarifies the Employer’s Continuing Obligation To Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness

  14. An accident involving fall protection on low slope roofs and 6' distance assumptions (OSHRC)

  15. HOT WORK Statistics (NFPA Research)

  16. "Safety" for Process Safety Managers

  17. OSHA once AGAIN states their position on respirators and facial hair!

  18. OSHA renews it REP for Safety Hazards in Auto Parts Industry – NAICS 3363XX (Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing)

  19. Severe Injury Reports from 1/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (OSHA)

  20. Am I required to have a Fire Prevention Plan (FPP)? (1910.39)

  21. Enforcement of minimum approach distance requirements in 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart V

  22. 1/4" openings are NOT universally permissible on machinery (OSHRC Machine Guarding decision)

  23. Welding Carts and Separating your Flammable gases and Oxidizers (IFC 2015)

  24. 2017 OH BWC Presentation - Safe Work Permit(s) Management System

  25. Clarifications to CPL 02-02-079, Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

  26. OSHA's NEW Walking & Working Surfaces Standards (ppt's)

  27. OSHA's NEW Walking & Working Surfaces Standards (Tiered & Highlighted)

  28. OSHA’s NEW 1910.23 Ladders (ppt)

  29. OSHA's Top Ten with Citations, Inspections, and $'s (2016)

  30. OSHA's Million Dollar Club (2016)

  31. 2016 OSHA HAZWOPER (1910.120) activity by Industry Sectors

  32. The major changes in the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule

  33. 2016 OSHA LOTO activity by Industry Sectors

  34. Use of Zip Ties As An Additional Means of Control for Tagout (OSHA LOI 1910.269)

  35. Welding on "containers" and OSHA's use of the word ABSOLUTELY

  36. OSHA by the numbers (1/5/17 to 2/4/17)

  37. OSHA Log Summary Posting Reminder

  38. Conflicts between OSHA and Fire Code(s)

  39. Fatal occupational injuries SLIGHTLY INCREASE in 2015

  40. OSHA issues final rule clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses

  41. Establishing noise exposures at and above the Action Level are assumed to be WITHOUT hearing protectors (OSHRC 2016)

  42. NIOSH Respirator User Notices and OSHA Compliance

  43. OSHA sends another "nasty gram" to an employer regarding the use of LPNs AND EMTs to avoid recording injuries

  44. Instead of a Citation, you may receive a “letter” from OSHA

  45. Interpretation of 1904.35(b)(1)(i) and (iv)

  46. OSHA's new Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) and "hoist areas"

  47. OSHA's new Walking and Working Surface standard and "fixed industrial stairs"

  48. OSHA's NEW fall protection requirements for low-sloped roofs in General Industry

  49. OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) standard has arrived

  50. OSHA clarifies Injury Rate Formula (OSHA LOI)

  51. Is there any justification to not record an STS shift on employee exposure after de-rating falls below 85 dBA? (OSHA LOI 2016)

  52. Facial hair and respirator fit [1910.134(g)(1)(i)(A); 1910.134(g)(1)] (OSHA LOI 2016)

  53. OSHA's 2016 Top 10 Cited Standards

  54. OSHA posts two (2) new Letters of Interpretation for the new GHS (HazCom)

  55. OSHA UPDATE on Post-Accident Drug Testing and Walking-Working Surfaces for GI

  56. OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols

  57. OSHA's Standards Improvement Project, Proposed Revisions (October 2016)

  58. OSHA issues citations for not protecting Propane Tank and Cylinder area

  59. Safety and Health Program Assessment Worksheet (HI-OSHA)

  60. NC-OSHA provides some EXCELLENT ppt's for FREE

  61. More OSHA compliance data - OSHA 2015 Citations by NAICS Industry Sectors

  62. OSHA issues citations for NH3 Refrigeration Fatality ($173K; seafood processing business)

  63. OSHA Citation Analysis for PSM, LOTO, PRCS (2015)

  64. NIOSH Study Supports the OSHA Annual Fit Testing Requirements for Filtering Facepiece Respirators

  65. OSHA's investigation of lathe operator's fatal injuries finds machine guards were bypassed at machining facility

  66. Fire Extinguisher used as an "air receiver" catastrophically fails and claims three (3) legs!!!

  67. Machine guarding CNC Mills and Lathes (OSHRC Decision)

  68. Post-Accident Drug Testing and OSHA's New Reporting Rule

  69. OSHRC can not agree on what a "machine" is as it applies to LOTO (OSHRC)

  70. OSHA Penalty Adjustments to Take Effect August 1, 2016

  71. Delay of Enforcement of the employee rights provisions under 29 CFR 1904.35

  72. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (June-July 2016)

  73. Hazards of Pressure Testing Fire Extinguishers

  74. "Previous employer citations" may not be REPEAT citations (OSHRC)

  75. US Department of Labor announces new rules to adjust civil penalty amounts

  76. Recent OSHA Initiatives Signal Increased Enforcement (Sponsor Article)

  77. OSHA Multi-employer citation policy used @ Power Plant with Contractor LOTO issues

  78. OSHA, PPE Hazard Assessment, Injuries, Feasibility, greater hazard, and Industry Practices (OSHRC Decision)

  79. Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically

  80. What's OSHA been up to for the past month? (May 2016)

  81. What's OSHA have in store for us? (Spring 2016 Agenda)

  82. Combustible Dusts Hazards and OSHA signage

  83. Does 1910.134 require a separate fit test for each harness where respirator wearers are required to use different harnesses, depending on their job task? (OSHA LOI)

  84. What's the condition of your storage racks?

  85. FATAL Air Receiver Explosion (Paper Mill)
  86. Use of Aftermarket Replacement Component Parts for NIOSH-Approved Respirators (NIOSH)
  87. Revised Interim Enforcement Procedures for Reporting Requirements under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39
  88. Year One of OSHA’s Severe Injury Reporting Program: An Impact Evaluation (OSHA)
  89. OSHA citations for NOT managing Relief Valves on Air Receivers (1910.169)
  90. OSHA uses 1910.132(c) to cite GI workplace for improper use of PFAS
  91. Updating your Asbestos Signs before June 1, 2016 to comply with the new GHS HAZCOM (OSHA LOI)
  92. Understanding 1910.145, Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags
  93. A look into OSHA's battles with Congress
  94. NATE Climber Connection: PPE Inspection (Video)
  95. PFAS saves another life - RESCUE PLAN is critical (Video)
  96. E-Stop buttons MUST be "red in color"
  97. Forklifts and Hazardous Locations (Classified Areas)
  98. REMINDER... OSHA 300-A Posting by February 1st
  99. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  100. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  101. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  102. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  103. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  104. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  105. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  106. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  107. OSHRC decision on "minor servicing" and "safety blocks" in lieu of LOTO
  108. OSHA's Fall Regulatory Agenda (2015)
  109. OSHA grants VARIANCE to Lockout (1910.147(d)(4)(i)
  110. NIOSH Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers regarding facial hair INSIDE the respirator
  111. CHALLENGE: Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers (OSHA/MSHA OIG Report 2015)
  112. OSHA screening methods for Process Safety Management during a NON-PSM inspection
  114. OSHA says fainting at the sight of blood is RECORDABLE
  115. OSHA restates Injury/Illness Recordkeeping requirements for temp/contract workers
  116. Are your Safety Data Sheets compliant?
  117. MIOSHA citations @ Warehouse (Electrical Fatality; $357,000)
  118. OSHA looses Fatal Lathe Guarding case
  119. OSHA citations for Flame-Retardant Clothing (FRC) in a non-PSM facility
  120. Breaking down OSHA's General Hotwork Requirements (1910.252(a)
  121. OSHA's REVISED Field Operations Manual (FOM ) incorporates "employer safety incentive" programs directly into the inspection process
  122. OSHA's Top 10 Citations for FY 2015
  123. OSHA is REVISING electrical safety-related work practices standard for general industry and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standards for general industry and construction
  124. Making sense of the hierarchy of controls (OR-OSHA Podcast)
  125. OSHA issues LOI on caring for Flame-Retardant Clothing
  126. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (7/17/15 to 8/16/15)
  127. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (OSHA 2254-07R 2015)OSHA Heat App and Heat Illness Awareness
  128. When is a compressed gas cylinder in "storage"?
  129. OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  130. OSHA cites paper manufacturer for willful, repeated, serious safety violations ($211K)
  131. Another HUGE addition to OSHA's SVEP club!
  132. Take NOTICE... 11% of Fatal Falls in 2013 were 6' or Less!
  133. The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Facepieces Class 3 (FFP3) and Half Masks (UK's HSE RR1052)
  134. OSHA issues "Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)"Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (6/10/15 to 7/10/15)
  135. OSHA's General Industry Fall Protection Standard under OMB Review
  136. So here’s a trick question for you IH professionals… When I get my new SDSs, do I have to retain my old MSDS for 30 years?
  137. Are you maintaining your heat sampling data per 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii)
  138. Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date (OSHA)
  139. Using OSHA inspection data to analyze respirator protection program compliance (DOL Report)
  140. Does the “voluntary use” of a "filtering facepieces" (dust masks) require the use Appendix D?
  141. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (3/19/15 to 4/18/15)
  142. "Hazardous Locations" and complying with the "new" 1910.307
  143. "Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
  144. $53 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants
  145. 1910 vs. 1926 - which applies to my "work"
  146. 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards
  147. 1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
  148. 1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
  149. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
  150. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
  151. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
  152. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
  153. 2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
  154. 2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
  155. 9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
  156. A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
  157. A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
  158. A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
  159. A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
  160. A VERY interesting look at Safety Regulations from ABC's John Stossel's Blog and was on 20/20 a while back
  161. ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
  162. Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
  163. AK-OSHA Review Commission's Decision on whether a “Fish Bin Chiller Alley” at a seafood processing plant is a Confined Space/PRCS
  164. Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
  165. Alternating Tread Type Stair
  166. Annual Review and Scheduled Modification to OSHA's Administrative Penalty Policy
  167. ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
  168. ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
  169. Are some of OSHA's proposed standards hindering job creation?
  170. ASTM Developing Standard to Test Resistance to Fogging of Eye Protection Devices
  171. ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
  173. Backward Hard Hats?
  174. Basis for EW/SS locations?
  175. Cal/OSHA Cites employer(s) (Plant, Staffing Agency, and Training Company) over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
  176. Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
  177. Can your HAZCOM program stand-up to a OSHA inspection?
  178. CAUTION: Your Safety Warnings May Not Be Working
  179. Changes in OSHA's HAZCOM may impact EPA Compliance!?!?! (Huh?)
  180. Changes to Maryland Chemical Information List (CIL) Requirements
  181. Clarification of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (1910.120) as it applies to clearing and re-railing train cars after derailments
  182. Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA Memo)
  183. Clearance in front of electrical panels - why does OSHA require it?
  184. Compactor or Baler safety protocols
  185. Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
  186. 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
  187. Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels
  188. Compliance Mapping… an eye opener for many managers and supervisors
  189. Compliance Resource Tip...
  190. Compliance Tip: Next time your using a handrail...
  191. Compliance Tip: Air Receivers
  192. Compliance Tip: Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  193. Compliance Tip: Do I need a first aid team?
  194. Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
  195. Compliance Tip: HAZCOM Labeling (Photo)
  196. Compliance Tip: Industrial Stairs Angle (Smart Phone App)
  197. Compliance Tip: LPG Cylinders Storage
  198. Compliance Tip: Projecting shaft ends
  199. Complying with OSHA's PPE Standards
  200. Compressed Air Hazards and Acceptable Methods for Complying with 1910.242(b)
  201. Compressed Gas Cylinder Separation
  202. Computer based tools for workplace heat stress
  203. Consumer Products & HAZCOM requirements
  204. Conveyors, Duct Work, and your Hot Work Permitting Process
  205. Cost of Falls and Workers Comp
  206. CSB Releases New Safety Video on One Year Anniversary of Kleen Energy to Show Hazards of Gas Releases
  207. Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
  208. December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  210. Did you know... NFPA 704 and OSHA's GHS Haz Comm
  211. Did you know… Emergency Egress and Alarm Systems
  212. Disconnect for Electrical-Discharge Lighting Existing Fluorescent Luminaire
  213. Does it matter what type and size fire extinguisher my Fire Watch is equipped with?
  215. Drinking Chrome – New Studies Expose Threats to Tap Water
  216. DWS (WY-OSHA) Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Businesses
  217. EEI, ULCC, and the TCIA have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard
  218. Electrical Panel Clearance and NEW NEC requirements
  219. Electrical Safety Videos from ESFi
  220. Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices
  221. Engineering Controls and Economic Feasibility
  222. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records"
  223. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records" (e.g. 1910.1020)
  224. Ever wondered how many OSHA standards require an actual written program, Qualified person, Competent person, etc.?
  225. Facial Hair, Respirators, and Fit Testing
  226. Facial Survey Results Region VI
  227. FATAL Hotwork Incident (MI-OSHA)
  228. Federal Jury Convicts Former Shaw Group Safety Manager Of Major Fraud Against The United States
  229. Fire Extinguishers & HAZCOM Labeling
  230. FREE On-Line OSHA Compliance Tools from OSHA & MSHA
  231. FREE Respirator Software from NIOSH
  232. FY 2011 End of Year Federal OSHA Inspection Data
  233. FYI... OSHA Outreach Monitoring Report
  234. General Industry Fall Protection requirements begin ...?
  235. General Industry Standards with Training Requirements
  236. General Industry Standards Written Program Requirements
  237. GHS HAZCOM and Workplace Labels
  238. GHS Training Materials
  239. GREAT Forklift Training PPT from OSHA Region V
  240. H.R. 632: Voluntary Protection Program Act
  241. Hazardous Locations (Examples from OSHA)
  242. HAZCOM Training Modules from MI-OSHA
  243. HAZWOPER Training MUST consist of MORE THAN video training
  244. Hearing Protection Attenuation Evaluation, has it been done?
  245. Hearing Protectors Attenuation Analysis
  246. Hearing Protectors, Safety Glasses, and Respiratory Protective Equipment in Combination: Effect on Sound Attenuation
  247. High Visibility Vest - Hotwork & Electrical Work
  248. Hot Work Safety
  249. Hotwork tank explosions - OSHA is not the problem!
  250. Hotwork, the 35' Rule, UPDATED loss data, and changes in NFPA 51B and at CAL-OSHA
  251. How long do you keep your hotwork permits?
  252. How to Read the OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910 – General Industry
  253. If you have a trash compactor in your workplace, you will want to read this OSHRC decision
  254. Individual Pleads Guilty to Id Fraud and Impersonating an OSHA Official in Wake of Gulf Oil Spill
  255. Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones
  256. Is air monitoring required to establish respiratory protection levels?
  257. Is your Respirator Cleaning methods compliant?
  258. Jordan Barab of OSHA speaks at the COSH conference ("cutting corners on on safety and health will not be tolerated"
  259. Knowing your propane cylinders (Part II)
  260. KY-OSHA Recordkeeping requirements did NOT change on 1/1/15
  261. Ladder Safety - Too many falls!
  262. Last Chance Agreements – Company properly fired maintenance employee for not wearing side shields on safety glasses – violated the LCA
  263. Load Center Capacity Calculator
  264. Lockout? We don't need no stinking lockout... says management!
  265. Looking for help with decisions on Eyewashes and Safety Showers?
  266. LOTO Accident - REAL Accident that cost a life!
  267. Machine Guarding Applications and Attributes
  268. Machine Guarding ppt from OSHA Region V
  269. Maine DOL's GHS Video, PPT, & Sample Plan (EXCELLENT Resources!)
  270. Man accused of posing as OSHA inspector arrested
  271. Mapping a regulation from concept to publication
  272. March 2012 Update on OSHA’s Refinery & Chemical National Emphasis Programs
  273. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) issues SCAM ALERT
  274. MI-OSHA Annual Fatality Information
  275. MSHA Machine Guarding ppt
  276. National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors release Violation Findings Fourth Quarter Report
  277. Need some Procedures for your Emergency Response Program?
  278. New deadline for the Electric Generation, transmission, and Distribution standard is February 17, 2015
  279. NEW Flammable Liquids Fact Sheet (OR-OSHA)
  280. New Recordkeeping interpretation. Question 10-4
  281. NFPA 70E® 2012 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions
  282. NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator Instruction and Training Guide
  283. NIOSH noise database for power tools
  284. NIOSH recommends exposure limits FAR below OSHA's current PEL for Cr(VI)
  285. OIG: OSHA'S Site Specific Taregting Program has Limitations on Targeting and Inspecting HIGH RISK Worksite
  286. On-Line FIRST AID training is NOT enough (OSHA 2012 LOI)
  287. OR-OSHA HAZCOM (GHS) Video
  288. Oregon OSHA delays rule adoption for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution rules in Construction and General Industry
  289. OSHA & Eyewashes
  290. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course Now MANDATORY in Seven States
  291. OSHA 300-A Posting Reminder
  292. OSHA Activity Update
  293. OSHA amends 1910.1030 (BBP)
  294. OSHA answers HAZCOM labeling question in LOI
  295. OSHA answers questions regarding Eyewash and Safety Showers
  296. OSHA Boot Camp
  297. OSHA cites Asphalt Manufacturer following worker being trapped in hot liquid asphalt
  298. OSHA cites chemical manufacturer following nitrogen fatality (5(a)(1), PSM, WWS)
  299. OSHA cites employer for 8 willful, egregious violations after worker injured on machine without safeguards
  300. OSHA claims "cost savings" with the new GHS Hazcom Std
  301. OSHA Clarifies the Requirements for annual refresher training under OSHA's HAZWOPER standard
  302. OSHA Compliance and perceived "paperwork deficiencies"
  303. OSHA Compliance Assistance Facts: FY 2012
  304. OSHA Compliance is sometimes a “Nike moment”… Just Do It!
  305. OSHA defines "amputation" and "loss of an eye" in their latest LOI
  306. OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
  307. OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through March 15, 2013
  308. OSHA FACOSH Recommends Updating PELs by Executive Order for Feds
  309. OSHA follow-up inspection of oil refinery reveals continuing worker safety violations
  310. OSHA General Industry Requirements for Labels, Signs, Postings, etc.
  311. OSHA Hospitalization, Amputations Reporting Inspection triggers
  312. OSHA insists recordkeeping obligations are ongoing (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled differently)
  313. OSHA Internal Memo: Interim Guidance on Enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  314. OSHA is planning for the I2P2 rule
  315. OSHA issues "Per-instance" Willfuls for Guarding and LOTO
  316. OSHA issues LOI on the NEW HAZCOM Std and Combustible Dust
  317. OSHA issues REPEAT for cleaning air greater than 30psi ($22K)
  318. OSHA issues WILLFUL and EGREGIOUS citations for machine guarding
  319. OSHA issues WILLFUL for facial hair under tight-fitting respirator (Lead Abatement & $49,500)
  320. OSHA issues Willfuls & Repeats for PRCS, PPE, Respirators w/ some HAZCOM, Fire Extinguisher, and Electrical citations for good measure
  321. OSHA LOTO Citations @ food box manufacturer ($122,500)
  322. OSHA Memorandum: Adequate Means of Egress at Workplaces
  323. OSHA publishes removal criteria for employers from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
  324. OSHA Region V Fatality Stats as of 10/1/11
  325. OSHA Rejects Arizona State Plan Changes..... February 6, 2015
  326. OSHA restates that if employees do not understand English, their training MUST be in a language and vocabulary they understand
  327. OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
  328. OSHA revises the Out Reach Program requirements again (2/2013)
  329. OSHA revisions strengthen Outreach Training Program
  330. OSHA seeks public comment on agency standards to improve chemical safety
  331. OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, reaches out to small businesses
  332. OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards and standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in 2012
  333. OSHA Training - Flat Roofing Safety 2011
  334. OSHA Training Institute Centers to begin charging a card processing fee for 10 and 30 hour cards
  335. OSHA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS (presentation from OSHA)
  336. OSHA Update - Most Frequently cited SERIOUS Citations
  337. OSHA updates 1910.35 Head Protection
  338. OSHA updates CPL 02-00-158, Inspection Procedures for the Respiratory Protection Standard
  339. OSHA updating Head Protection Standard in both GI and Const
  340. OSHA will continue requiring independent safety testing for electrical devices
  341. OSHA withdraws proposed interpretation on noise
  342. 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
  343. OSHA's 2013 Most Frequently Cited Standards
  344. OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination (GAO-13-88, Dec 11, 2012)
  345. OSHA's Citation Policy for Paperwork and Written Program Requirement Violations (CPL 02-00-111)
  346. OSHA's Clarification on effective date of SDSs replacing MSDSs
  347. OSHA's GHS Labeling made easy!!!!
  348. OSHA's Issues Compliance Directive on Personal Protective Equipment
  349. OSHA's Most Frequently Cited 1910 (2014)
  350. OSHA's new APF guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  351. OSHA's new guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  352. OSHA's position on the respiratory protection "program administrator"
  353. OSHA's proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses requires quarterly reporting
  354. OSHA's Semiannual Agenda of Regulations (1/2014)
  355. OSHA's Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (June 2014)
  356. OSHA's SVEP Decision Matrix
  357. OSHA's Top 10 Citations (2014 Preliminary as of 8/1/14)
  358. OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard is NOT the only standard that requires “verification of knowledge” after training
  359. OSHRC affirms HAZCOM and LOTO citations at chicken processing plant
  360. OSHRC case discusses the legality of OSHA’s Com Dust NEP
  361. OSHRC decision on Combustible Dusts (OSHA Dust Sampling, Chain of Custody, Knowledge of hazards, and Signage for ComDust areas)
  362. OSHRC decisions on Machine Specific LOTO Procedures, LOTO Periodic Inspections, and LOTO Training for Affected/Other employees
  363. OSHRC determines that a zip tie does NOT constitutes a “permanent” fixture
  364. OSHRC on "Universal PPE Hazard Assessments" at distribution centers
  365. OSHRC on guarding of horizontal shafting below 7' with an "arbor" and protrusions on shaft ends
  366. OSHRC rules on LOTO case
  367. OSHRC says fire extinguishers are EXEMPT from HAZCOM Program coverage
  368. OSHRC upholds WILFULL GDC with Postal Carrier Fatality due to Heat Stroke
  369. Pedestal Grinder Safety
  370. Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative
  371. PPE payment for static dissipative safety-toe footwear
  372. Proposed Actions in OSHA's Inorganic Arsenic Standard Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  373. Protecting Respiratory Health: What Should be the Constituents of an Effective RPE Program?
  374. QNFT or QLFT, which is acceptable for an emergency responder entering IDLH atm’s?
  375. Qualifications for Forklift Operators (Opinions?)
  376. 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
  377. Reading fire extinguisher labels
  378. Real world use and performance of hearing protection
  379. Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
  380. Recordkeeping and Fatality Reporting Quiz
  381. Recordkeeping...who is the "highest ranking company official working at the establishment"?
  382. Reduction Procedure and OSHA 300 Log
  383. Regional VPP Recommendations from OSHA Assessments
  384. REMINDER... NEW OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements began on 1/1/15
  385. REMINDER: Post your OSHA Log Annual Summary by February 1st
  386. Respirator Facial Hair Diagrams
  387. Respirator Q&A about "program administrator"
  388. Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
  389. What is the fit factor? (Respirators)
  390. Revised Electrical Std "Grandfathering" and applicable dates
  391. Roof work and proper Fall Protection
  392. Rubber insulating gloves periodic electrical tests - REQUIRED frequency
  393. 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!
  394. Safety Tip: Fire Watch and Monitoring (FM Global)
  396. SCBA Remaining Service-Life Indicator Performance Requirements
  397. Severe Violator Enforcement Program (2013 White Paper)
  398. Should OSHA get out of the pre-accident inspection business? (Editorial)
  399. So does my facility have to hire an expert to perform an Arc Flash Analysis to be compliant with OSHA
  400. St. Louis employers ordered incarcerated for failing to comply with OSHA citations and court sanctions
  401. States that require a 10/30 hour OSHA card
  402. Summary and Explanation of Revisions to the Acetylene Standard as it applies to cylinders
  403. Temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b), 1910.269, 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V
  404. The "numbers game" and auditing
  405. The new GHS HazCom Std review by the OMB has been "extended"
  406. The Use of Contact Lenses in an Industrial Environment (ACOEM Guidelines)
  407. The “Father of OSHA” passes away
  408. Top 10 MSHA Citations for 2010
  409. Top Ten things to do OR NOT to do during OSHA Inspections
  411. Understanding UL "Listing" and "Approved" - there is a BIG Difference
  412. UPDATE - Did you know there is a Right & Wrong way to mount a forklift cylinder?
  413. UPDATE on 2011 OSHA Activities and what to expect in 2012
  414. UPDATE on OSHA's VPP from Michaels...
  415. UPDATED - Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines
  416. UPDATED: OSHA's 2011 Top 10 OSHA Violations
  417. Virginia State OSHA has passed a "Reverse Signal Operation" standard for BOTH General Industry and Construction Industries
  418. VPP Policy Memorandum #5: VPP and Safety Incentive Programs
  419. VPP Policy Memorandum #7: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
  420. VPP STAR is not a "get out of jail free card"
  421. WA-OSHA enacts NEW Safety Standards for Electrical Workers
  422. West Virginia Enacts CSB Plan for Licensed Propane Techs
  423. What ANSI Z87.1-2003 changes in Safety Glasses Requirements
  424. What is Fee for Intervention (FFI) and who is doing it?
  425. What is the difference between "street glasses" and ANSI High Impact Safety Glasses
  426. What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?
  427. What type of respirator do I need?
  428. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month?
  429. When is a Fire Watch actually required?
  430. When it comes to handrails... sweat the small stuff, well at least 1.5"
  431. Who is the OSHRC and what does the commission do?
  432. Why are so many fearing OSHA's I2P2
  433. Work-Related Burns in Michigan: First Annual Report (January 2009 – December 2009)
  434. Your auditing and you come across this... What you would cite?

This week I was more than surprised to learn that not everyone uses the most up-to-date NIOSH IDLH values when deciding on their respiratory protection needs. This was brought to my attention after a SAFTENG member contacted me about my 2012 article “What type of respirator do I need?”. This safety professional had downloaded a document from one of, if not the the top, respirator companies in the world and began working through the Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) formula to determine the type of respirator his/her employees would need to be wearing to be adequately protected. When he/she was done they noticed their numbers differed from those I used in my worked examples in my article. When I responded that Chlorine’s IDLH is not 30 ppm, that it is 10 ppm you can imagine their confusion.

We are all working with OSHA's new Walking and Working Surfaces standards and trying to figure out how all the new design standards will apply to our workplaces and activities.  And in doing so, many of us have seen that OSHA has now "officially" endorsed the use of alternating tread stairs in 1910.25(f).  But there may be a trick in this for us.  OSHA's standard 1910.25(f) basically provides us a design spec for these types of stairs and we have to look at 1910.25(b)(8) to find any limitations on where/how they can be used.  

1910.25(b)(8) Spiral, ship, or alternating tread-type stairs are used ONLY when the employer can demonstrate that it is not feasible to provide standard stairs. (emphasis added by me)

However, that is only OSHA's limitation on where/how they can be used...

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