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Hazardous Waste: It’s Called ‘Hazardous’ for a Reason

Hazardous wastes need special handling. Failure to do so can result in tragedy. OSHA has cited a hazardous waste treatment facility and levied heavy fines in the wake of a tragic fire and explosion. The incident killed one worker and severely burned another. The agency did not hold back in its reaction to the employer’s […]

Hearing Protection: What OSHA Requires

Excessive noise can cause accidents and hearing loss, so OSHA demands that you control it and protect from it. Here’s what they say. Construction sites are often walled off to both protect passersby and preserve neighborhood beauty, but it’s obvious they’re there. The sound of roaring generators, pounding power shovels, and all manner of banging, […]

Handy Tips for Preventing Hand-Related MSDs

The two primary categories of workplace hand injuries are traumatic events and overuse or repetitive motion injuries. Yesterday, we talked about traumatic hand injuries. Today, we turn the focus on repetitive stress hand injuries. Hand-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are painful, sometimes crippling, injuries that generally affect nerves, tendons, tendon sheaths, and muscles in the hands, […]

Put the PREPARE in Preparedness

To be confident that your employees are ready for any emergency, you have to PREPARE—Plan, Review, Evaluate, Practice, Anticipate, Retrain, and Emphasize. According to Safety Audit Checklists, emergency planning must be: Systematic. Haphazard or half-hearted efforts that get low priority and little attention won’t do the job. You  need a well-structured, well-organized, thorough plan that […]

Greener Packaging Goes a Long Way for Your Company and Consumers

Yesterday we looked at ways to make your marketing effort more environmentally friendly. Typically, direct mail is one area where smarter processes can help your company get a lot greener.  Perhaps even more challenging is product packaging. Consumers know wasteful packaging when they see it and they’re gravitating toward companies that demonstrate more thoughtful package […]

CDR Reporting Deadline Extended!

In a final rule, the EPA has extended the deadline for submitting information required by the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule (July 22, 2015, FR) from September 30, 2016, to October 31, 2016. The Agency states that this is a onetime extension, applying only to the 2016 submission requirement. The amended deadline results from a […]

Winter Weather Health Hazards and What to Do About Them

Winter brings with it man special hazards. Train your employees to cope with cold temps and severe weather. Keeping warm and dry outside in severe winter weather is essential for protecting health. Everyone should know how to keep safe in severe weather and cold temperatures because you never know when you’ll be caught outside or […]

Vaccines: A Booster to Worker Health and Productivity

National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to educate your workers about the importance of getting vaccinated against – and keeping their vaccinations up to date for – potentially serious or life-threatening infections. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the purpose of this event […]

New Data on O&G Methane Rule Under Consideration

The Trump EPA continues to build a case for staying certain requirements of the Obama EPA’s June 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) governing emissions of methane from the oil and natural gas (O&G) sector.

10 Steps to Keep Contact Wearers Safe in Chemical Environments

To keep contact lens wearers safe in chemical environments, NIOSH recommends these guidelines. NIOSH recommends that workers be permitted to wear contact lenses when handling hazardous chemicals provided that the safety guidelines below here are followed and that contact lenses are not banned by regulation or contraindicated by medical or industrial hygiene recommendations. 1. Conduct […]