Yesterday, we focused on OSHA’s safer chemicals toolkit. Today, we turn to its annotated PEL tables. OSHA recognizes that many of its permissible exposure limits (PELs) are outdated and inadequate for ensuring protection of worker health. Most of OSHA’s PELs were issued shortly after adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, and […]
The purpose of today’s Advisor article is to discuss the requirements of the flammable liquids standard in general industry and to better understand how to avoid serious hazards. By Ana Ellington, BLR Legal Editor Flammable liquids are present in nearly every workplace. Gasoline, diesel fuel, and many common products like solvents, thinners, cleaners, adhesives, paints, […]
Yesterday, we reviewed the definition of flammable liquids within the context of the OSHA standard and also talked about flammable categories and safety can requirements. Today, we focus on storage cabinet requirements. By Ana Ellington, BLR Legal Editor OSHA requires flammable cabinets to be designed and constructed to specific requirements. Metal cabinets must be constructed […]
Yesterday, we began a review if NIOSH health hazard evaluations. Today, we conclude with more questions and answers. What protections are provided for employees who participate in HHE investigations? Confidentiality. If desired and noted on the HHE request form, NIOSH will not reveal to the employer the names of the persons who made the request. […]
Usually, you’re well aware of workplace health hazards. But sometimes, conditions may not be obvious or the extent of the hazard known. That’s when a NIOSH health hazard evaluation might be just the thing. Q. What is a health hazard evaluation? A health hazard evaluation (HHE) is a study of a workplace. It is done […]
Do you dread doing yet another refresher training session on an oft-repeated topic? In today’s Advisor, we give you several ideas for freshening up your refresher training. Periodic refresher training is required by many Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. And even when it isn’t, refresher training is essential for keeping skills sharp and preventing […]
Do your employees know how to handle hazardous materials safely to prevent exposures? Here are 11 simple measures that can keep them safe.
Yesterday we looked at the growing number of forklift-free workplaces, including some of the advantages they offer and some of the obstacles to a smooth conversion. But most facilities won’t be getting rid of their forklifts any time soon, so today we’ll look at OSHA forklift training requirements and at a tool that will help […]