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Ooooo! Ahhhhhh! …Ouch!

Americans love our traditions, and that includes Independence Day celebrations complete with fireworks. But we can’t forget that fireworks are explosive and incendiary devices. In other words, they’re small bombs! Nothing that kids should be fooling around with—and nothing for adults to take lightly, either. Take some time to inform your workers about the off-the-job […]

GHS: A Necessary But Significant Change

Adoption of GHS by OSHA will affect HazCom compliance in significant ways. But experts say the change is necessary and will benefit U.S. businesses and workers. Adoption of GHS by OSHA will trigger the need for considerable retraining, according to Bernard K. Russiello of RC2 Consulting in West Grove, Pennsylvania. For example, instead of being […]

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:

Guard Against Machine Accidents

Keep machine operators safe by making sure that no machine is operated unless guards and safety devices are in place and working properly. According to OSHA’s machine guarding standards (29 CFR 1910.211-219), machine guards must meet six requirements. They must: Prevent contact of hands, arms, or any other part of a worker’s body with dangerous […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free Report for Safety Professionals: Does Your PPE Program Meet OSHA’s Requirements?

The Safety Daily Advisor announced today the release of a free white paper for safety professionals, Does Your PPE Program Meet OSHA’s Requirements?, which will help safety professionals comply with OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment standards while also keeping their employees safe. “Making sure your employees use required PPE is a tough responsibility that you can’t […]

Recent Enforcement Actions Prove Costly to Employers

Yesterday, we talked about OSHA’s new regulatory and enforcement agenda. Today, we highlight some recent cases of enforcement action that have resulted in pricey penalties. Imperial Sugar Company has agreed to pay more than $6 million in a settlement with OSHA. The case stems from a 2008 combustible dust explosion at Imperial’s Port Wentworth, GA, […]

Sharper Minds for Safer, Healthier Workers

Our Safety Training Tips editor says that taking steps to keep their brains sharp makes your employees safer workers who will live healthier, longer lives. Workplace safety and health depends on alert workers. Keeping employees’ brains sharp and focused on the challenges they face at work helps them to learn, solve problems, and become more […]

How Do Your Workers Perceive Chemical Risks?

According to a new study, workplace hazard communication might not always be as effectively as we’d like to believe. New research from Belgium has made some very important (some might even say alarming) findings about chemical safety in the workplace. The study, entitled “Workers’ Perception of Chemical Risks: A Focus Group Study,” was published in […]