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Training Tips for the New Silica Standard

Yesterday we discussed the new silica standard as it applies to general industry and maritime workplaces and focused on the requirements for a written exposure control plan. Today we will provide some tips for employee training under the new standard.

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Construction Safety: Tips for an Effective Program

An effective construction safety program goes beyond compliance to address overall loss control, which includes employee protection, property damage, and liability claims. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has created a model safety program for builders. It’s built on a solid foundation of safety principles that will resonate with safety professionals in the building […]

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Nanochemicals: Reporting Guidance Issued

As announced in its reporting and recordkeeping rule for nanomaterials (January 12, 2017, FR), the EPA has issued final guidance on specific compliance issues associated with the rule. The guidance consists of the Agency’s answers to 53 questions presumably asked by the public in connection with the final rule and a draft of the guidance […]

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Tips for Developing Your Silica Written Exposure Control Plan

An Ohio manufacturer of cast steel freight components is facing more than $610,000 in penalties after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators found workers at the facility exposed to machine hazards and silica. OSHA found, in part, that the company failed to implement engineering controls to lower exposure to silica. In addition to the […]

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Changes in Refrigerant Regulation: Are You Prepared?

The regulation of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment is changing.  The universe of regulated refrigerants is expanding, commonly used refrigerants are being phased out, and revised refrigerant regulations are being phased in.  Is your facility prepared to cope with the changes in order to avoid penalties and enforcement actions?

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Make Sure Employees View the Eclipse Safely

The moon will cross in front of the sun on Monday, August 21, just after 1:00 p.m. Eastern—prime time for a workplace eclipse viewing party. In case your employees want to step outside and enjoy this moment of planetary drama, make sure to share a few tips for safely enjoying the 2017 total solar eclipse.

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More Recent Safety Enforcement Cases

Yesterday we shined a spotlight on recent safety enforcement with 11 cases that resulted in penalties of over $40,000. Today we continue our roundup with another 10 examples of enforcement actions that ended up being very expensive for employers.

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Exemptions and Timeline for EPA’s Nano Reporting Rule

Yesterday we looked at the reporting requirements and applicability of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rule establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for nanomaterials. Today we will review the exemptions and the compliance timeline for the nanomaterials reporting rule.

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