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Lockout/Tagout for Hazardous Energy

“Lockout/Tagout” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or start-up of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Every year, people are killed on the job by activated machinery. Many of those deaths could have been prevented by following lockout/tagout procedures to […]

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 […]

Amendments Proposed for National Contingency Plan

In a proposal, the EPA has described how it intends to align its National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (more commonly called the National Contingency Plan or NCP) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Response Framework (NRF) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Brrring Down the Risks of Winter!

Winter brings with it man special hazards. Train your employees to cope with cold temps and severe weather. For many of us, cold winter temperatures are accompanied by periods of foul weather that can create some special hazards. Even though we’re at the end of January, unless the ground hog doesn’t see his shadow on […]

The ROI of Helping Workers Quit Smoking

Yesterday we looked at the costs and complexities surrounding workplace smoking, including increased healthcare costs and absenteeism, decreased productivity, the relative rights of smokers and nonsmokers, and inconsistencies in the number and length of breaks. Today we look at tips for limiting the impact of smoking on your bottom line, including the most important of […]

Roadless Rule Upheld by D.C. District Judge

In September 2017, a U.S. district judge responded to a petition filed by the state of Alaska, and backed by about 20 stakeholders, to have the Roadless Area Conservation Rule—better known as the Roadless Rule—issued in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its agency, the U.S. Forest Service (USDA/USFS), declared in violation of […]

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.

Should I Outsource Our Training?

Do you have the resources and the qualified personnel to accomplish your training goals in-house? Our Safety Training Tips editor says that you may find that after analyzing your company’s training needs you don’t have the best training materials or most qualified personnel in house. There are a variety of reasons why you might decide […]

Time Change Means Increased Road Risks

This weekend marks the end of daylight saving time and, according to the experts, the beginning of a period in which the risk of traffic accidents increases due to the time change. "Since night falls an hour earlier, the commute home from work or school will likely be in the dark," says Adele Kristiansson, National […]

Are You Providing Adequate Safety Training to Temporary Workers?

Even if temp workers receive training from their agency, you still need to not only provide safety orientation to your own workplace but also ensure that the training they receive elsewhere is adequate for the situation at your facility. Today’s Advisor explains why. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking steps to address […]