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Major Changes to HazCom—OSHA Finalizes GHS

OSHA has just announced that it will be finalizing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in the Federal Register of March 26, 2012. The good news here is you’ve got a lot of lead time to get in compliance with the updated hazard communication standard.    If you are a […]

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Recharge Those Forklifts Safely!

Here are the key steps you must take to recharge your forklifts safely and effectively: Before Disconnecting the Battery: Turn off the ignition. Turn off all lights and accessories. Apply the parking brake. Make sure all vent caps are in place. Open the battery compartment cover to dissipate the heat and gases generated during truck […]

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Your Safety Record: Slip-Sliding Away?

Considering the full spectrum of workplace injuries, slip-and-fall accidents may seem relatively minor—and sometimes they are. But the fact of the matter is that they are a major cause of workplace injuries and deaths. Today we invite you to a special audio conference on eliminating slip-and-fall hazards in your workplace. According to OSHA, slips, trips, […]

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Sick of Paying the Price for Workplace Back Injuries? Take Action!

Statistics tell us that 8 out of 10 people experience back problems at some time during their lives. We also know that back injuries affect millions of American workers every year and cost billions. Overexertion is a leading cause of lost-time injuries. And a significant number of workers in most industrial workplaces and construction sites […]

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Do You Schedule Training Around Vacations?

Summertime often means lots of vacations and lots of employee absences—but training still needs to get done. So how can you keep up with training when so many employees aren’t at work? It may seem like the obvious, but begin by setting up a training schedule. Without a reasonable, realistic schedule, training might not get […]

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Is It Time for Training

Many training articles are focused on the content of training. But another equally valid consideration is when to train, which is the topic of today’s Advisor. There are many different scenarios in the workplace when training is necessary or recommended. For example: 1.  New employees or transferred employees should be trained before they are initially […]

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Voluntary Partnership Announced by O&G Companies

Twenty-six oil and natural gas (O&G) companies have introduced a new voluntary program “focused initially on reducing methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.” Calling themselves Environmental Partnership, the companies have agreed to phase into their operations three environmental performance goals starting January 1, 2018:

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Untrue Blood: Scientists Look for Blood Substitute

Imagine that a worker is badly injured on the job and is bleeding heavily. When taken to the hospital, the employee is pumped full of blood. Only it isn’t real blood; it’s an artificial substitute. Currently, this scenario is more science fiction than science. But the possibility of someday being able to manufacture artificial blood […]

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Questions About Confined Space Compliance? Find Answers Here

OSHA’s confined space standard is long and detailed and includes six appendices. OSHA compliance and the safety of confined space entrants depend on knowing exactly what the regulations require. Today and tomorrow, we offer a brief selection of questions about OSHA’s confined space requirements (29 CFR 1910. 146). These are questions that safety managers from […]

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Safety Policies: Guides to Action and Decision Making

Well-written safety policies guide employees at all levels in your organization to make appropriate decisions that promote workplace safety and health and assure compliance with OSHA regulations. Policies are guides to action and decision making under a given set of circumstances. Policies ensure consistency and compliance with the law within a framework of corporate objectives […]

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