Category: Personnel Safety

Silica dust at construction site

OSHA Wants Your Input on Silica Standards

OSHA is requesting information about possible revisions to three of its standards for respirable crystalline silica exposure. The agency’s request for information (RFI) appeared in the August 15 Federal Register (FR) (84 FR 41667).

Valley fever risk

Are Heat Stress and Valley Fever on the Rise?

Concerns are growing about two occupational health issues: the increased incidence of heat stress and valley fever, a fungal lung infection caused by exposure to dust storms and excavated soil. Cases of valley fever may be spreading beyond the southwestern United States. Some federal agencies and nongovernmental groups claim the rise in heat-related illness and […]

Casino floor

OSHA’s Noise Standard Comes to Casino Night

When we think about hearing conservation programs, often the first places that come to mind are construction sites, loud manufacturing plants, or working around heavy machinery. But casinos are also loud, even more so if there’s a live band! Experts at Safety.BLR.com® recently gave some guidance to employers in recreation or entertainment industries where things […]

Safety consultant, contractor office

Who Needs to Train Your Onsite Consultant on Safety Issues?

If you have a third-party consultant with an office space onsite, you may have a lot of questions about how this employee needs to receive appropriate safety training. How do you classify him or her when it comes to required trainings such as Hazard Communication? Since he or she isn’t a temporary employee, do they […]

Fireworks over Honolulu

RCRA Emergency Permits and Safe Disposal of Waste Fireworks

In 2013, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) reported on an explosion and fire that occurred in 2011 at a fireworks disposal magazine in Hawaii in which five personnel were killed. According to the CSB, the use of equipment that could cause a spark likely ignited black powder that had accumulated inside […]