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Noisy, Yes—But Unsafe, Too?

Noise isn’t just loud and annoying on the job. It can be a safety and health problem as well—a problem OSHA requires you to do something about. Understanding and applying OSHA standards is at the heart of any safety and health program. When the safety issue is hearing conservation, the standard you need to understand […]

Take Action to Control Chemical Spills

Even in small amounts, chemical spills and leaks can be dangerous. Train employees to respond quickly and effectively. Although there is no specific training requirement for general employee response to the accidental spill or leak of potentially hazardous chemicals, there are specific training requirements for workers who: Handle certain specified hazardous substances such as formaldehyde, […]

Big Blowup Over Combustible Dust: Is a New Law Coming?

As reported as recently as last Sunday’s broadcast of TV’s “60 Minutes,” dust from sugar, flour, or other common materials, concentrated in certain conditions, can explode like a bomb. Critics say OSHA has done little about it, despite the loss of 119 lives. Now Congress has, and the result might be a new law affecting […]

Map Workplace Exposures Through Sampling

Are your workers exposed to hazardous concentrations of airborne chemicals? How do you know? If you don’t know, how can you find out? Airborne exposures may occur in and around operations that involve: Dust generation Combustion or work done at high temperatures Solvents, especially when used in liquid or spray processes Melting metal or treating […]

One Website for All Your Workplace Safety Needs

Yesterday, we featured several general questions about workplace safety your colleagues have asked the experts at Today, we add a couple of more Q&As, plus details about all the other outstanding features you’ll find at BLR’s information-packed workplace safety website. Q. Is an employer required to keep records of the training and/or certifications of […]

Diabetes: What Your Workers Need to Know

Your employees may have diabetes and not know it. Our Safety Training Tips editor says that more than one-quarter of people with the condition are undiagnosed. For this reason alone, it’s important to educate your workers on the dangers of this common condition. Tell employees that people with diabetes are more likely to have: Heart […]

Green Up Your Marketing Department

If you want your company to go greener, make it a goal for each department. Marketing is one area where there are significant opportunities to “green up.” Even a few, gradual efforts will be noticed and appreciated by your customers.  Here are some good places to start:

Hazardous Noise Affects 30 Million U.S. Workers

Around 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace, which makes it vital that your employees know about the hazards of excessive sound levels—and if and what kind of hearing protection they may need. Let employees know that according to OSHA regulations (29 CFR 1910.95), you will be conducting audiometric testing […]

Hot and Hazardous: Heat Illness Can Be Deadly

Heat can be a real danger for workers during the summer, especially those who work outdoors. Heat illness should be viewed as a serious health problem—one that can even be fatal. For many people, summer heat is uncomfortable. But for some it can be down right dangerous. That’s why OSHA is currently promoting a national […]