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Types of OSHA Citations and How Much They Cost

OSHA issues different types of citations, depending on the nature and severity of the violation. Penalties are proposed based on the type of violation. If you receive OSHA citations following an inspection, penalties may vary depending on the type of violations. Note, however, that in settling a penalty, OSHA says it has a policy of […]

7 Keys to Loading Dock Safety

Yesterday we looked at ways to enhance shipping and receiving safety, particularly for the tasks of lifting and material handling and packing and stacking. Today we turn to loading docks and look at steps you can take to bolster safety in this high-risk area. Working on loading docks presents a variety of hazards for employees […]

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Warehouse Safety: The Right Moves to Make

Your warehouse holds not only your stock but also lots of hazards! Here is a long list of hints on safely storing and moving items in a warehouse, including why warehouse safety is important, basic rules, and common sense good housekeeping. Materials handling—either by powered equipment or manually—can cause injuries to hands, fingers, feet, and […]

Arc Flash Protection: What Does OSHA Require?

By Ana Ellington, Legal Editor A number of OSHA standards are cited in relation to arc flash hazards. The NFPA 70E national consensus standard is a comprehensive standard that contains detailed information on how to protect workers from arc flashes. Employers must consider and adopt NFPA 70E when employees work on an electrical system. NFPA […]

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Your Forklift Questions Answered

Forklift operations raise many safety issues for employers. There’s a lot to know about OSHA requirements, and not all of it is well-known. Many of your colleagues have turned to our safety experts for answers to their safety forklift questions. Here’s a sample of interesting forklift questions sent in to our sister website, Safety.BLR.com®, where […]

Zero Accidents: 10 Steps in the Right Direction

  Every safety professional’s ultimate goal is zero accidents. Here are 10 steps that can help you achieve this critical objective. Arriving at zero accidents isn’t easy, but these 10 steps will take you a good part of the way there: 1.    Make sure everyone is committed to safety. Everyone in your organization, from top […]

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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 […]

But It Wasn’t Flammable Before! GHS Changed the Meaning of ‘Flammable Liquids’

A chemical that meets the definition of “flammable” requires special precautions in handling, use, transfer, and storage. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has changed the definition of “flammable” throughout its general industry and construction standards to align them with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Most employers […]