Powered Down? Special Requirements for Electrical Lockout/Tagout

When workers will be de-energizing electrical equipment so that they can safely work on or near it, they must use lockout/tagout procedures to protect themselves from unexpected energization or startup of the equipment. But not all of OSHA’s applicable requirements are in one place.

Powered Up? Don’t Forget Your Electrical Safety Related Work Practices

Exposure to an unexpected electrical energy release that could result in electric shock or burns or in an explosion caused by an electric arc is covered by OSHA’s standard for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, 29 CFR 1910.333.

Safeguard Technology Unveils New Web Site for Anti-Slip Products


Safeguard Technology Unveils New Web Site for Anti-Slip Products
Mobile-ready site delivers fresh content, expansions, and improvements

Tips for 2016 Tier II Reporting

Tier II reporting season is here and reports are due March 1. Watch this video to help you prepare.

PHMSA Adopts 96 SPs into the Hazardous Materials Regulations

In a new final rule, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is adopting the provisions of 96 special permits (SPs) into its hazardous materials regulations (HMRs).

Identifying EHSs

Q. If we have five twenty-pound halon fire extinguishers, what are the federal regulations applicable to ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) for what we have?

D.C. Circuit Denies Petition from 27 States to Stay Clean Power Plan

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a petition from 27 states that had asked the court to stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) (West Virginia et al. v. EPA). The D.C. Circuit stated that the petitioners did not satisfy the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review; the court provided no other explanation. But, the court did agree to expedite its consideration of the merits of the petitioners’ case.

Tier II Reporting Essentials

by Tim Fagan

The Tier II reporting deadline is approaching. This infographic provides essential information to help you determine if you need to report, along with some helpful tips for preparing and submitting a Tier II report.

OSHA Respirator Fit Testing Bolstered

A rescue worker wears a respirator in a smokey, toxic atmosphere.  Image show the importance of protection readiness and safety.

Industry can expect little relief from OSHA’s respirator fit testing requirements in light of a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study that bolsters the Agency’s requirements and adds a recommendation that fit testing be performed for employees who lose a specific amount of weight.

Training Under the Amended Pesticide Worker Protection Standard

In November 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the Pesticide Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Yesterday we covered a number of key changes to the WPS—age limits, hazard communication, notification, entry restrictions, application suspension, PPE, and decontamination supplies. Today we will review the new training requirements for workers and handlers—what some people in the ag industry are saying is the hardest part of complying with the amended pesticide WPS.