Category: Fire Safety

Oregon Adds Permanent Heat, Smoke Standards

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) recently announced new permanent workplace safety and health standards for heat and wildfire smoke exposures. Oregon rules for heat illness prevention and agricultural labor housing take effect June 15. The wildfire smoke protection standard takes effect July 1. “As we enter what we expect will be […]

Oregon OSHA Proposes Heat, Wildfire Smoke Rules

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) is proposing state safety rules for worker exposures to extreme heat and wildfire smoke. The rules “would provide the strongest such protections in the nation,“ according to the agency. Federal OSHA has no standard for wildfire smoke exposures but issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking […]

EPA Finds Unreasonable Risks for HBCD Flame Retardants

The EPA released a draft revised risk evaluation for the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD) in December 2021. HBCD is primarily used as a flame retardant in building materials like insulation, solder paste, recycled plastics, and automobile replacement parts. “The final risk evaluation for HBCD found unreasonable risks to the environment for 6 out of […]

Back to Basics: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems. If there’s a fire in your facility, sprinkler systems can make a big difference in terms of reducing the chance of dying, as […]

NFPA Provides Fire Stats for 2020, a ‘Far from Typical’ Year

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released findings from its latest “Fire Loss in the U.S.” report, which shows that the total number of U.S. fires overall rose 8% from 2019 to 2020. While some year-to-year fluctuation is normal, NFPA said this increase reflects a “far from typical” year due to the pandemic.  “In […]

Ask the Expert: Requirements for Fire Extinguisher Training

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking if there are requirements for providing fire extinguisher training to employees. See what the experts had to say. Q: With the COVID-19 pandemic, I have […]

Back to Basics: Be Prepared for Fire Hazards in the Workplace

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. To mark Fire Prevention Week, we examine how to train workers about fire hazards in the workplace. When it comes to workplace safety, it doesn’t get more basic than fire safety. That said, it’s never […]

Oregon Issues Temporary Rules on Wildfire Smoke Protection

Following up on new excessive heat regulations, Oregon has issued temporary rules to protect employees from wildfire smoke. The rules have training and notification requirements and, notably, respirator specifications.  Who’s Covered, Not Covered  The new temporary rules apply whenever employees will be exposed to wildfire smoke producing an ambient air concentration for fine particulate matter with […]

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Ask the Expert: Running Equipment Without Employees On Site

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about running equipment without employees on site. See what the experts had to say. Q: What are the requirements for running equipment without employees in […]

OSHA Urges Businesses to Have Wildfire Evacuation Plan Ready

Once again, wildfires are a huge problem in the U.S. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, seven new large fires were reported on Sunday, which brings the national total to 91 large fires that have burned 1.8 million acres. Businesses shouldn’t wait for a wildfire to occur before putting in place an evacuation plan, […]