I normally do not follow or write about Construction related safety matters as it is not an area I have a lot of experience, but this decision caught my attention because next month (May 2017) OSHA's new General Industry Fall Protection standards take hold and some of the issues in this case will be dealt with in those new General Industry standards...

  1. HOT WORK Statistics (NFPA Research)

  2. "Safety" for Process Safety Managers

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 1/4" openings are NOT universally permissible on machinery (OSHRC Machine Guarding decision)

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

  10. 2017 OH BWC Presentation - Safe Work Permit(s) Management System

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

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

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

  14. OSHA’s NEW 1910.23 Ladders (ppt)

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

  16. OSHA's Million Dollar Club (2016)

  17. 2016 OSHA HAZWOPER (1910.120) activity by Industry Sectors

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

  19. 2016 OSHA LOTO activity by Industry Sectors

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

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

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

  23. OSHA Log Summary Posting Reminder

  24. Conflicts between OSHA and Fire Code(s)

  25. Fatal occupational injuries SLIGHTLY INCREASE in 2015

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

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

  28. NIOSH Respirator User Notices and OSHA Compliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. OSHA clarifies Injury Rate Formula (OSHA LOI)

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

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

  39. OSHA's 2016 Top 10 Cited Standards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  59. Hazards of Pressure Testing Fire Extinguishers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  68. Combustible Dusts Hazards and OSHA signage

  69. 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)

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

  71. FATAL Air Receiver Explosion (Paper Mill)
  72. Use of Aftermarket Replacement Component Parts for NIOSH-Approved Respirators (NIOSH)
  73. Revised Interim Enforcement Procedures for Reporting Requirements under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39
  74. Year One of OSHA’s Severe Injury Reporting Program: An Impact Evaluation (OSHA)
  75. OSHA citations for NOT managing Relief Valves on Air Receivers (1910.169)
  76. OSHA uses 1910.132(c) to cite GI workplace for improper use of PFAS
  77. Updating your Asbestos Signs before June 1, 2016 to comply with the new GHS HAZCOM (OSHA LOI)
  78. Understanding 1910.145, Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags
  79. A look into OSHA's battles with Congress
  80. NATE Climber Connection: PPE Inspection (Video)
  81. PFAS saves another life - RESCUE PLAN is critical (Video)
  82. E-Stop buttons MUST be "red in color"
  83. Forklifts and Hazardous Locations (Classified Areas)
  84. REMINDER... OSHA 300-A Posting by February 1st
  85. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  86. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  87. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  88. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  89. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  90. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  91. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  92. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  93. OSHRC decision on "minor servicing" and "safety blocks" in lieu of LOTO
  94. OSHA's Fall Regulatory Agenda (2015)
  95. OSHA grants VARIANCE to Lockout (1910.147(d)(4)(i)
  96. NIOSH Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers regarding facial hair INSIDE the respirator
  97. CHALLENGE: Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers (OSHA/MSHA OIG Report 2015)
  98. OSHA screening methods for Process Safety Management during a NON-PSM inspection
  99. COST OF NOT COVERING YOUR VALVE STEMS (WY-OSHA)
  100. OSHA says fainting at the sight of blood is RECORDABLE
  101. OSHA restates Injury/Illness Recordkeeping requirements for temp/contract workers
  102. Are your Safety Data Sheets compliant?
  103. MIOSHA citations @ Warehouse (Electrical Fatality; $357,000)
  104. OSHA looses Fatal Lathe Guarding case
  105. OSHA citations for Flame-Retardant Clothing (FRC) in a non-PSM facility
  106. Breaking down OSHA's General Hotwork Requirements (1910.252(a)
  107. OSHA's REVISED Field Operations Manual (FOM ) incorporates "employer safety incentive" programs directly into the inspection process
  108. OSHA's Top 10 Citations for FY 2015
  109. 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
  110. Making sense of the hierarchy of controls (OR-OSHA Podcast)
  111. OSHA issues LOI on caring for Flame-Retardant Clothing
  112. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (7/17/15 to 8/16/15)
  113. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (OSHA 2254-07R 2015)OSHA Heat App and Heat Illness Awareness
  114. When is a compressed gas cylinder in "storage"?
  115. OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  116. OSHA cites paper manufacturer for willful, repeated, serious safety violations ($211K)
  117. Another HUGE addition to OSHA's SVEP club!
  118. Take NOTICE... 11% of Fatal Falls in 2013 were 6' or Less!
  119. The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Facepieces Class 3 (FFP3) and Half Masks (UK's HSE RR1052)
  120. 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)
  121. OSHA's General Industry Fall Protection Standard under OMB Review
  122. 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?
  123. Are you maintaining your heat sampling data per 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii)
  124. Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date (OSHA)
  125. Using OSHA inspection data to analyze respirator protection program compliance (DOL Report)
  126. Does the “voluntary use” of a "filtering facepieces" (dust masks) require the use Appendix D?
  127. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (3/19/15 to 4/18/15)
  128. "Hazardous Locations" and complying with the "new" 1910.307
  129. "Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
  130. $53 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants
  131. 1910 vs. 1926 - which applies to my "work"
  132. 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards
  133. 1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
  134. 1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
  135. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
  136. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
  137. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
  138. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
  139. 2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
  140. 2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
  141. 9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
  142. A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
  143. A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
  144. A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
  145. A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
  146. A VERY interesting look at Safety Regulations from ABC's John Stossel's Blog and was on 20/20 a while back
  147. ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
  148. Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
  149. AK-OSHA Review Commission's Decision on whether a “Fish Bin Chiller Alley” at a seafood processing plant is a Confined Space/PRCS
  150. Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
  151. Alternating Tread Type Stair
  152. Annual Review and Scheduled Modification to OSHA's Administrative Penalty Policy
  153. ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
  154. ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
  155. Are some of OSHA's proposed standards hindering job creation?
  156. ASTM Developing Standard to Test Resistance to Fogging of Eye Protection Devices
  157. ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
  158. AZ-OSHA SCAM ALERT
  159. Backward Hard Hats?
  160. Basis for EW/SS locations?
  161. Cal/OSHA Cites employer(s) (Plant, Staffing Agency, and Training Company) over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
  162. Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
  163. Can your HAZCOM program stand-up to a OSHA inspection?
  164. CAUTION: Your Safety Warnings May Not Be Working
  165. Changes in OSHA's HAZCOM may impact EPA Compliance!?!?! (Huh?)
  166. Changes to Maryland Chemical Information List (CIL) Requirements
  167. Clarification of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (1910.120) as it applies to clearing and re-railing train cars after derailments
  168. Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA Memo)
  169. Clearance in front of electrical panels - why does OSHA require it?
  170. Compactor or Baler safety protocols
  171. Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
  172. 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
  173. Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels
  174. Compliance Mapping… an eye opener for many managers and supervisors
  175. Compliance Resource Tip... ecfr.gov
  176. Compliance Tip: Next time your using a handrail...
  177. Compliance Tip: Air Receivers
  178. Compliance Tip: Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  179. Compliance Tip: Do I need a first aid team?
  180. Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
  181. Compliance Tip: HAZCOM Labeling (Photo)
  182. Compliance Tip: Industrial Stairs Angle (Smart Phone App)
  183. Compliance Tip: LPG Cylinders Storage
  184. Compliance Tip: Projecting shaft ends
  185. Complying with OSHA's PPE Standards
  186. Compressed Air Hazards and Acceptable Methods for Complying with 1910.242(b)
  187. Compressed Gas Cylinder Separation
  188. Computer based tools for workplace heat stress
  189. Consumer Products & HAZCOM requirements
  190. Conveyors, Duct Work, and your Hot Work Permitting Process
  191. Cost of Falls and Workers Comp
  192. CSB Releases New Safety Video on One Year Anniversary of Kleen Energy to Show Hazards of Gas Releases
  193. Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
  194. December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  195. DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL, 2015
  196. Did you know... NFPA 704 and OSHA's GHS Haz Comm
  197. Did you know… Emergency Egress and Alarm Systems
  198. Disconnect for Electrical-Discharge Lighting Existing Fluorescent Luminaire
  199. Does it matter what type and size fire extinguisher my Fire Watch is equipped with?
  200. DOI SWEEP OF 16 CONSTRUCTION SITES IN FOUR BOROUGHS NETS 30 ARRESTS FOR BOGUS SCAFFOLD CERTIFICATION AND OSHA SAFETY CARDS
  201. Drinking Chrome – New Studies Expose Threats to Tap Water
  202. DWS (WY-OSHA) Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Businesses
  203. EEI, ULCC, and the TCIA have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard
  204. Electrical Panel Clearance and NEW NEC requirements
  205. Electrical Safety Videos from ESFi
  206. Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices
  207. Engineering Controls and Economic Feasibility
  208. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records"
  209. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records" (e.g. 1910.1020)
  210. Ever wondered how many OSHA standards require an actual written program, Qualified person, Competent person, etc.?
  211. Facial Hair, Respirators, and Fit Testing
  212. Facial Survey Results Region VI
  213. FATAL Hotwork Incident (MI-OSHA)
  214. Federal Jury Convicts Former Shaw Group Safety Manager Of Major Fraud Against The United States
  215. Fire Extinguishers & HAZCOM Labeling
  216. FREE On-Line OSHA Compliance Tools from OSHA & MSHA
  217. FREE Respirator Software from NIOSH
  218. FY 2011 End of Year Federal OSHA Inspection Data
  219. FYI... OSHA Outreach Monitoring Report
  220. General Industry Fall Protection requirements begin ...?
  221. General Industry Standards with Training Requirements
  222. General Industry Standards Written Program Requirements
  223. GHS HAZCOM and Workplace Labels
  224. GHS Training Materials
  225. GREAT Forklift Training PPT from OSHA Region V
  226. H.R. 632: Voluntary Protection Program Act
  227. Hazardous Locations (Examples from OSHA)
  228. HAZCOM Training Modules from MI-OSHA
  229. HAZWOPER Training MUST consist of MORE THAN video training
  230. Hearing Protection Attenuation Evaluation, has it been done?
  231. Hearing Protectors Attenuation Analysis
  232. Hearing Protectors, Safety Glasses, and Respiratory Protective Equipment in Combination: Effect on Sound Attenuation
  233. High Visibility Vest - Hotwork & Electrical Work
  234. Hot Work Safety
  235. Hotwork tank explosions - OSHA is not the problem!
  236. Hotwork, the 35' Rule, UPDATED loss data, and changes in NFPA 51B and at CAL-OSHA
  237. How long do you keep your hotwork permits?
  238. How to Read the OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910 – General Industry
  239. If you have a trash compactor in your workplace, you will want to read this OSHRC decision
  240. Individual Pleads Guilty to Id Fraud and Impersonating an OSHA Official in Wake of Gulf Oil Spill
  241. Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones
  242. Is air monitoring required to establish respiratory protection levels?
  243. Is your Respirator Cleaning methods compliant?
  244. Jordan Barab of OSHA speaks at the COSH conference ("cutting corners on on safety and health will not be tolerated"
  245. Knowing your propane cylinders (Part II)
  246. KY-OSHA Recordkeeping requirements did NOT change on 1/1/15
  247. Ladder Safety - Too many falls!
  248. Last Chance Agreements – Company properly fired maintenance employee for not wearing side shields on safety glasses – violated the LCA
  249. Load Center Capacity Calculator
  250. Lockout? We don't need no stinking lockout... says management!
  251. Looking for help with decisions on Eyewashes and Safety Showers?
  252. LOTO Accident - REAL Accident that cost a life!
  253. Machine Guarding Applications and Attributes
  254. Machine Guarding ppt from OSHA Region V
  255. Maine DOL's GHS Video, PPT, & Sample Plan (EXCELLENT Resources!)
  256. Man accused of posing as OSHA inspector arrested
  257. Mapping a regulation from concept to publication
  258. March 2012 Update on OSHA’s Refinery & Chemical National Emphasis Programs
  259. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) issues SCAM ALERT
  260. MI-OSHA Annual Fatality Information
  261. MSHA Machine Guarding ppt
  262. National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors release Violation Findings Fourth Quarter Report
  263. Need some Procedures for your Emergency Response Program?
  264. New deadline for the Electric Generation, transmission, and Distribution standard is February 17, 2015
  265. NEW Flammable Liquids Fact Sheet (OR-OSHA)
  266. New Recordkeeping interpretation. Question 10-4
  267. NFPA 70E® 2012 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions
  268. NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator Instruction and Training Guide
  269. NIOSH noise database for power tools
  270. NIOSH recommends exposure limits FAR below OSHA's current PEL for Cr(VI)
  271. OIG: OSHA'S Site Specific Taregting Program has Limitations on Targeting and Inspecting HIGH RISK Worksite
  272. On-Line FIRST AID training is NOT enough (OSHA 2012 LOI)
  273. OR-OSHA HAZCOM (GHS) Video
  274. Oregon OSHA delays rule adoption for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution rules in Construction and General Industry
  275. OSHA & Eyewashes
  276. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course Now MANDATORY in Seven States
  277. OSHA 300-A Posting Reminder
  278. OSHA Activity Update
  279. OSHA amends 1910.1030 (BBP)
  280. OSHA answers HAZCOM labeling question in LOI
  281. OSHA answers questions regarding Eyewash and Safety Showers
  282. OSHA Boot Camp
  283. OSHA cites Asphalt Manufacturer following worker being trapped in hot liquid asphalt
  284. OSHA cites chemical manufacturer following nitrogen fatality (5(a)(1), PSM, WWS)
  285. OSHA cites employer for 8 willful, egregious violations after worker injured on machine without safeguards
  286. OSHA claims "cost savings" with the new GHS Hazcom Std
  287. OSHA Clarifies the Requirements for annual refresher training under OSHA's HAZWOPER standard
  288. OSHA Compliance and perceived "paperwork deficiencies"
  289. OSHA Compliance Assistance Facts: FY 2012
  290. OSHA Compliance is sometimes a “Nike moment”… Just Do It!
  291. OSHA defines "amputation" and "loss of an eye" in their latest LOI
  292. OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
  293. OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through March 15, 2013
  294. OSHA FACOSH Recommends Updating PELs by Executive Order for Feds
  295. OSHA follow-up inspection of oil refinery reveals continuing worker safety violations
  296. OSHA General Industry Requirements for Labels, Signs, Postings, etc.
  297. OSHA Hospitalization, Amputations Reporting Inspection triggers
  298. OSHA insists recordkeeping obligations are ongoing (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled differently)
  299. OSHA Internal Memo: Interim Guidance on Enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  300. OSHA is planning for the I2P2 rule
  301. OSHA issues "Per-instance" Willfuls for Guarding and LOTO
  302. OSHA issues LOI on the NEW HAZCOM Std and Combustible Dust
  303. OSHA issues REPEAT for cleaning air greater than 30psi ($22K)
  304. OSHA issues WILLFUL and EGREGIOUS citations for machine guarding
  305. OSHA issues WILLFUL for facial hair under tight-fitting respirator (Lead Abatement & $49,500)
  306. OSHA issues Willfuls & Repeats for PRCS, PPE, Respirators w/ some HAZCOM, Fire Extinguisher, and Electrical citations for good measure
  307. OSHA LOTO Citations @ food box manufacturer ($122,500)
  308. OSHA Memorandum: Adequate Means of Egress at Workplaces
  309. OSHA publishes removal criteria for employers from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
  310. OSHA Region V Fatality Stats as of 10/1/11
  311. OSHA Rejects Arizona State Plan Changes..... February 6, 2015
  312. OSHA restates that if employees do not understand English, their training MUST be in a language and vocabulary they understand
  313. OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
  314. OSHA revises the Out Reach Program requirements again (2/2013)
  315. OSHA revisions strengthen Outreach Training Program
  316. OSHA seeks public comment on agency standards to improve chemical safety
  317. OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, reaches out to small businesses
  318. OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards and standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in 2012
  319. OSHA Training - Flat Roofing Safety 2011
  320. OSHA Training Institute Centers to begin charging a card processing fee for 10 and 30 hour cards
  321. OSHA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS (presentation from OSHA)
  322. OSHA Update - Most Frequently cited SERIOUS Citations
  323. OSHA updates 1910.35 Head Protection
  324. OSHA updates CPL 02-00-158, Inspection Procedures for the Respiratory Protection Standard
  325. OSHA updating Head Protection Standard in both GI and Const
  326. OSHA will continue requiring independent safety testing for electrical devices
  327. OSHA withdraws proposed interpretation on noise
  328. 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
  329. OSHA's 2013 Most Frequently Cited Standards
  330. OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination (GAO-13-88, Dec 11, 2012)
  331. OSHA's Citation Policy for Paperwork and Written Program Requirement Violations (CPL 02-00-111)
  332. OSHA's Clarification on effective date of SDSs replacing MSDSs
  333. OSHA's GHS Labeling made easy!!!!
  334. OSHA's Issues Compliance Directive on Personal Protective Equipment
  335. OSHA's Most Frequently Cited 1910 (2014)
  336. OSHA's new APF guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  337. OSHA's new guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  338. OSHA's position on the respiratory protection "program administrator"
  339. OSHA's proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses requires quarterly reporting
  340. OSHA's Semiannual Agenda of Regulations (1/2014)
  341. OSHA's Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (June 2014)
  342. OSHA's SVEP Decision Matrix
  343. OSHA's Top 10 Citations (2014 Preliminary as of 8/1/14)
  344. OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard is NOT the only standard that requires “verification of knowledge” after training
  345. OSHRC affirms HAZCOM and LOTO citations at chicken processing plant
  346. OSHRC case discusses the legality of OSHA’s Com Dust NEP
  347. OSHRC decision on Combustible Dusts (OSHA Dust Sampling, Chain of Custody, Knowledge of hazards, and Signage for ComDust areas)
  348. OSHRC decisions on Machine Specific LOTO Procedures, LOTO Periodic Inspections, and LOTO Training for Affected/Other employees
  349. OSHRC determines that a zip tie does NOT constitutes a “permanent” fixture
  350. OSHRC on "Universal PPE Hazard Assessments" at distribution centers
  351. OSHRC on guarding of horizontal shafting below 7' with an "arbor" and protrusions on shaft ends
  352. OSHRC rules on LOTO case
  353. OSHRC says fire extinguishers are EXEMPT from HAZCOM Program coverage
  354. OSHRC upholds WILFULL GDC with Postal Carrier Fatality due to Heat Stroke
  355. Pedestal Grinder Safety
  356. Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative
  357. PPE payment for static dissipative safety-toe footwear
  358. Proposed Actions in OSHA's Inorganic Arsenic Standard Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  359. Protecting Respiratory Health: What Should be the Constituents of an Effective RPE Program?
  360. QNFT or QLFT, which is acceptable for an emergency responder entering IDLH atm’s?
  361. Qualifications for Forklift Operators (Opinions?)
  362. 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
  363. Reading fire extinguisher labels
  364. Real world use and performance of hearing protection
  365. Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
  366. Recordkeeping and Fatality Reporting Quiz
  367. Recordkeeping...who is the "highest ranking company official working at the establishment"?
  368. Reduction Procedure and OSHA 300 Log
  369. Regional VPP Recommendations from OSHA Assessments
  370. REMINDER... NEW OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements began on 1/1/15
  371. REMINDER: Post your OSHA Log Annual Summary by February 1st
  372. Respirator Facial Hair Diagrams
  373. Respirator Q&A about "program administrator"
  374. Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
  375. What is the fit factor? (Respirators)
  376. Revised Electrical Std "Grandfathering" and applicable dates
  377. Roof work and proper Fall Protection
  378. Rubber insulating gloves periodic electrical tests - REQUIRED frequency
  379. 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!
  380. Safety Tip: Fire Watch and Monitoring (FM Global)
  381. SCALPING ACCIDENT (WARNING! Graphic Photo)
  382. SCBA Remaining Service-Life Indicator Performance Requirements
  383. Severe Violator Enforcement Program (2013 White Paper)
  384. Should OSHA get out of the pre-accident inspection business? (Editorial)
  385. So does my facility have to hire an expert to perform an Arc Flash Analysis to be compliant with OSHA
  386. St. Louis employers ordered incarcerated for failing to comply with OSHA citations and court sanctions
  387. States that require a 10/30 hour OSHA card
  388. Summary and Explanation of Revisions to the Acetylene Standard as it applies to cylinders
  389. Temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b), 1910.269, 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V
  390. The "numbers game" and auditing
  391. The new GHS HazCom Std review by the OMB has been "extended"
  392. The Use of Contact Lenses in an Industrial Environment (ACOEM Guidelines)
  393. The “Father of OSHA” passes away
  394. Top 10 MSHA Citations for 2010
  395. Top Ten things to do OR NOT to do during OSHA Inspections
  396. TRENCHING AND EXCAVATION “BY THE NUMBERS”
  397. Understanding UL "Listing" and "Approved" - there is a BIG Difference
  398. UPDATE - Did you know there is a Right & Wrong way to mount a forklift cylinder?
  399. UPDATE on 2011 OSHA Activities and what to expect in 2012
  400. UPDATE on OSHA's VPP from Michaels...
  401. UPDATED - Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines
  402. UPDATED: OSHA's 2011 Top 10 OSHA Violations
  403. Virginia State OSHA has passed a "Reverse Signal Operation" standard for BOTH General Industry and Construction Industries
  404. VPP Policy Memorandum #5: VPP and Safety Incentive Programs
  405. VPP Policy Memorandum #7: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
  406. VPP STAR is not a "get out of jail free card"
  407. WA-OSHA enacts NEW Safety Standards for Electrical Workers
  408. West Virginia Enacts CSB Plan for Licensed Propane Techs
  409. What ANSI Z87.1-2003 changes in Safety Glasses Requirements
  410. What is Fee for Intervention (FFI) and who is doing it?
  411. What is the difference between "street glasses" and ANSI High Impact Safety Glasses
  412. What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?
  413. What type of respirator do I need?
  414. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month?
  415. When is a Fire Watch actually required?
  416. When it comes to handrails... sweat the small stuff, well at least 1.5"
  417. Who is the OSHRC and what does the commission do?
  418. Why are so many fearing OSHA's I2P2
  419. Work-Related Burns in Michigan: First Annual Report (January 2009 – December 2009)
  420. Your auditing and you come across this... What you would cite?

U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 4,440 structure fires involving hot work per year.  These fires caused an average of 12 civilian deaths, 208 civilian injuries and $287 million in direct property damage per year.  From 2001-2015, five firefighters were fatally injured in four unintentional fires started by torches.  Forty-two percent of the fires involving hot work in 2010-2014 occurred in or on homes, including one or two-family homes and apartments or other multi-family homes, while 58% occurred in or on-non-home properties.  

I am giving some serious thought to teaching a course I did a number of years ago for a client called "Safety for Process Safety Managers".  This client had segregated the PSM/RMP roles from the EHS Group and placed it under the Engineering Group.  This caused quite a few problems as the PSM/RMP personnel and the engineering group were vastly unprepared to manage "safety" within their groups.  Programs like 1) respiratory protection, 2) control of hazardous energy (LOTO), 3) Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCS), 4) Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), and 5) PPE were not written correctly, implemented correctly, and managed properly leading to some significant OSHA/EPA issues as well as INCREASED RISKS.  After participating in some on-line discussions with me and other PSM/RMP leaders, the Corporate EHS manager of this company has given me permission to teach this course as an OPEN-ENROLLMENT course to other companies.  It was well received by this company; one common statement was "this was an OSHA 10/30 hour on steroids".  But I am not sure how many other organizations struggle with PSM/RMP leaders lack of knowledge of these standards and their baseline compliance requirements.  If you think this type of training would be of interest to you or your team, please see below...

For those of us that are parents, we know the game of "keeping asking mom and dad in the hopes they'll change their minds" and sometimes I think our profession acts like teenagers and OSHA has to play the role of "mom and dad".  Case in point, this OSHA LOI which was posted @ OSHA's LOI page on the use of respirators and facial hair...

Question: If an employee with a neatly trimmed goatee is wearing a respirator and it does not interfere with the seal of the face piece or valve function, and has passed a fit test, does this meet the intent of the OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard?

The purpose of this instruction is to continue a Regional Emphasis Program to reduce workplace exposures to safety hazards associated in the Auto Parts Supplier Industry. The Notice applies to Atlanta East, Atlanta West, Birmingham, Jackson, and Mobile Area Offices.  During FY-16, Region IV conducted 46 inspections coded under the REP. One hundred and forty-three total violations were cited, with the majority of those being violations of the machine guarding and lockout/tagout standards. There was 1 fatality and 3 employer reported referrals coded under this REP in OIS. Four of the inspections resulted in significant cases.  All inspections under this program will be comprehensive safety inspections, focusing particularly on Lock Out/Tag Out, Machine Guarding and Electrical Hazards. Additionally, when health hazards are identified, the compliance officer will make a referral to an Industrial Hygienist. The referral inspection is to be opened within 5 working days.  CLICK HERE for the REP

 
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