Eyewash Station

Don’t Use a Common Water Hose as a Portable Eyewash Station

Experts at Safety.BLR.com® were recently asked, “I need information on portable eyewash stations. Can we use a tank and water hose?” Unless the water is appropriately treated and at the right temperature, the answer is no. Read on for more details on portable eyewash stations.

Oilfield technician checking H2S gas with his pocket type H2S Gas detector at well head in oilfield

5 Common Myths About Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Safety

Are your workers and business protected against the potential dangers of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure? It may surprise you that subjection to the toxic “sour” gas remains one of the leading causes of workplace gas inhalation deaths, and OSHA recently cited a Texas employer after H2S exposure in a confined space resulted in a fatality. There […]

Mechanical power press

OSHA May Move to Revise Antiquated Power Press Standard

In pre-rule notice in its Fall 2018 Unified Agenda , OSHA indicates that it would like to update the public record on a 2007 advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise its existing (1971) standard governing mechanical power presses (29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.217). OSHA notes in the Agenda that the current […]

Safety 2018: Using ANSI Standards 1264.1 and 1264.2 to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

At the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Safety 2018 Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, ASSP’s outgoing President Jim Smith presented a session titled “The A1264.1 Standard: Wall and Roof Openings; Stairs and Guardrails/Handrails,” which examined some advantages, disadvantages, and other considerations for using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards 1264.1 and […]

The Rules Have Changed: OSHA’s Updated Eye and Face Protection Rule Is Meant to Make Compliance Easier

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) are not regulatory agencies; they are consensus standards-setting agencies. But OSHA has just updated its eye and face protection rules to reference the latest ANSI/ISEA standards. In addition, OSHA has revised significant portions of the construction industry eye and face protection standards […]

Shocking Things to Know About Hard Hats

Adrian Mitchell, an apprentice diesel fitter in Tasmania, Australia, was retracting a 3-inch hose in May 2013 when the hose control became stuck in the “on” position. The hose, which was equipped with a heavy metal fitting at its loose end, began to whip around. It hit Mitchell in the side of the head—but his […]

Update Your Hard Hat Hazard Assessment

It could have been the last day of work ever for 51-year-old Anthony Ryecroft. The maintenance fitter, who worked at a steel mill in Cumbria, England, was repairing a roll-up door in his employer’s warehouse when it fell. Ryecroft was struck on the head, and he and a coworker both suffered badly broken legs in […]