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OSHA Seeks Changes to On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA has proposed changes to its on-site consultation program. The comment period on the changes ends today. But there’s still time to express your views if you hurry. OSHA says proposed revisions to the on-site consultation service would provide the agency with greater flexibility regarding the inspection of workplaces undergoing an on-site consultation visit and […]

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What Everybody Should Know About OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Service

Using OSHA’s on-site consultation service can help identify potential hazards, improve safety and health management systems, and even qualify you for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. OSHA’s on-site consultation service is delivered by state governments free of charge, using well-trained professional staff. As the name implies, most consultations take place on-site, although limited […]

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Not Too Hot to Handle!

Welding, cutting, and brazing operations involve hazardous hot work. But as long as you train your employees to know the hazards—and how to guard against them—you can avoid incidents and injuries in your workplace. Start by revealing that the leading cause of welding accidents is carelessness. Workers need to take safety seriously and never take […]

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How to Comply with PEL Requirements

Yesterday, we explained how to calculate PELs. Today, we talk  about how to comply with them. To achieve compliance with PELs, OSHA says a facility must determine and then implement administrative or engineering controls whenever feasible. Engineering controls involve the use of: Exhaust and general ventilation Enclosure of the source of emissions Process and equipment […]

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How to Calculate PELs for Air Contaminants

To protect workers from harmful exposures to air contaminants, you have to be able to calculate exposure limits accurately. Here is a review of the formulas used to calculate PELs. OSHA has developed 470 PELs (permissible exposure limits) for various forms of approximately 300 chemical substances. The PELs provide numeric standards that determine how long […]

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Driver’s Ed 101: Training Workers to Drive Safely

Whether their driving your vehicles or their own, you want your employees to be safe on the road and avoid accidents. Here are four key safe driving issues that should be included in safety meetings and training sessions concerning driving safety. Collisions Collisions are common, especially at intersections, where it’s estimated one-third of all two-car […]

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Employers Banning Use of Electronic Devices While Driving Company Vehicles

Even if the state in which your organization operates has a law banning the use of electronic devices while driving, you can’t assume your employees will abide by the law when driving company vehicles. Employers “cannot rely on state legislation alone to keep employees safe and protect their bottom line,” says Jack Hanley, executive director […]

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The Ability to Be Safe

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a good opportunity to remind your employees of the abilities their co-workers with disabilities bring to the job. Give employees an overview of the leading law regarding people with disabilities so they understand the situation and can better integrate co-workers into the workplace—for safety’s sake. The federal Americans […]

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Watch Out for Three Common "Error Traps"

A system approach to human error and workplace accidents puts the emphasis on safety management and the “system defences” that prevent accidents. In yesterday’s Advisor, we discussed Dr. James Reason’s assertion that the best way to prevent workplace accidents is to take a system approach and look at “error traps” in the workplace that give […]

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Human Error and Workplace Accidents

When a workplace accident occurs, we often focus attention on the individual and the errors he or she made. But that’s not the only way to look at workplace accidents and human error. You can look at human errors that lead to workplace accidents in one of two ways, says professor of psychology Dr. James […]

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