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Making Sense of Washington’s New Health Emergency Labor Standards Act

Washington State has adopted the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA), a sweeping worker protection bill passed by the state legislature. The Act amends the state’s workers’ compensation and industrial health and safety statutes to provide automatic protections for certain workers and to impose new notification and reporting requirements on employers in the event of a public […]

Leading Indicators: A Look into the Future

Cher probably says it best: “If I could turn back time…” In the case of workplace incidents, we’d all like to turn back time. We’d like to turn it back to the time before the incident occurred; before someone was injured, before property was damaged, before a spill occurred. What are known as lagging indicators […]

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The Case for Tethering Tools

By Nate Bohmbach, Associate Product Director, Ergodyne 247  people lost their lives due to a dropped object in 2015, but new standards are currently in the works to help guide efforts focused on preventing these tragic accidents.

Good-neighbor Rule Updated to 2008 Ozone NAAQS

In a final action, the EPA has updated its 2011 Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) with respect to the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). According to the Agency, the action constitutes the first time the EPA has updated an existing program to address interstate transport of air pollution under a new air […]

OSHA vs. Dust: 3 Tips for Controlling Asbestos Hazards

Asbestos has been valued throughout much of human history for its versatility (it’s a fibrous mineral that you can spin into cloth!) and its unusual properties (it’s fireproof! And very strong!). It has been used in building materials and insulation, car parts, and clothing. Unfortunately, because asbestos dust can cause chronic lung disease and cancer, […]

OSHA Reveals Ambitious Plans in Latest Regulatory Agenda

Although a new occupant in the White House will likely lead to changes at the Department of Labor, OSHA’s latest regulatory agenda suggests the safety agency is not in lame duck mode. Keep reading to find out what rulemakings are on the front burner and what it means for you.

Accumulating Universal Waste: The One-Year Factor

“One year” is the operative time frame for managing universal wastes under the RCRA regulations at 40 CFR 273. All handlers of universal waste have one year to keep universal waste onsite. To prove that it meets this time limitation, the handler must be able to demonstrate the number of days the universal waste has […]

[Infographic] Guide to the New ANSI and EN388 Cut Levels

[Infographic] Guide to the New ANSI and EN388 Cut Levels by Joe Geng Did you hear? ISEA recently announced the arrival the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Hand Protection Classification. Among the many other significant changes to the old cut testing standard, this exciting news means that, in order to increase the accuracy in test results among […]