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Zero Pretreatment Effluent Limits for O&G Fracking

There should be little difficulty understanding the pollutant effluent limits in the EPA’s final pretreatment standards for onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction facilities because the limits are zero. The pertinent addition to the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

Is Your Workplace Air Safe to Breathe?

Over the last 2 days, we have looked at the dangers of asbestos and measures you can take to safeguard your workers. Today, our Safety Training Tips editor turns to the broader topic of airborne contaminants. Airborne contaminants come in many varieties, such as fumes, vapors, dusts, and gases. But they all have one thing […]

Train to Reduce Pain

Aches and pains may not seem like serious concerns for supervisors, but if your workers are suffering, the quality and productivity of their work may suffer as well. Our Safety Training Tips editor has some tips for dealing with this common problem. Encourage open communication between yourself and workers so that they feel free to […]

Window on Safety Success: A Company with a Clear Vision

Today and tomorrow, we go inside the safety departments at two companies that share a top-down commitment to worker protection, employing a combination of big ideas and small strategies. At Marvin Windows and Doors (Warroad, Minnesota), Corporate Safety Manager Greg Peterson explains some of the key strategies his company uses in its nine manufacturing sites […]

Guard Against Workplace Amputations

Yesterday, we talked about workplace amputation risks. Today, we look at machine safeguards, the primary method for preventing amputations.< The two primary methods used to safeguard machines are guards and safeguarding devices. Guards provide physical barriers that prevent access to danger areas. Safeguarding devices either prevent or detect operator contact with the point of operation […]

Computer Work Giving Your Employees a Pain? Here’s Some Relief

Check out this workstation safety checklist to help prevent MSDs among employees who spend long hours at the computer. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like carpal tunnel are a problem for employees who work all day on a computer. Risk factors include primarlly: Repetition—the daily and lengthy use of a keyboard and mouse or trackpad Awkward postures—extending […]

Employers’ Cell-Phone Liability: Hard Lessons

More and more often, accident victims are suing the employers of people who cause accidents while talking on cell phones. Today we look at a classic case—and what it means for your organization. (The following information, courtesy of the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter, is based on a real case.) Valerie Walker used […]

EPA Names Five PBT Chemicals for Expedited Action

The new section 6(h) of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which greatly expanded the reach of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requires that within 3 years of the June 22, 2016, date of enactment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must propose rules to reduce risks (by reducing […]

Voluntary Partnership Announced by O&G Companies

Twenty-six oil and natural gas (O&G) companies have introduced a new voluntary program “focused initially on reducing methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.” Calling themselves Environmental Partnership, the companies have agreed to phase into their operations three environmental performance goals starting January 1, 2018: