Tag: guidance

Safer Chemicals: OSHA Outlines the Benefits

Yesterday, we outlined the steps in the process of transitioning to safer chemicals. Today, we review reasons why using safer chemicals whenever possible is a good idea. American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the […]

Check Out OSHA’s Safer Chemicals Toolkit

The most effective way to control hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace is to eliminate them, but it can be difficult to identify safer alternatives. OSHA has created a toolkit to identify safer chemicals you can use in place of more hazardous ones. The toolkit walks employers and workers through information, methods, tools, and guidance […]

Pitfalls of Noncompliance: Part 2

Yesterday, we reviewed some recent OSHA enforcement cases that resulted in multiple citations and six-figure penalties. Today, we wind up with some additional reports on the cost of failing to comply with OSHA standards. Workers Exposed to Anhydrous Ammonia OSHA inspected a Region 7 food storage facility under its national emphasis program for process safety […]

Supervisors’ Safety Responsibilities

Supervisors play a key role in workplace safety. According to Oregon OSHA, supervisors have five main safety responsibilities. It identifies these in its Safety and the Supervisor training instruction guide. Provide safety training. Training must create awareness of safe behavior, teach required skills for working safely, increase knowledge by providing accurate, up-to-dater information about workplace […]

Clarifying OSHA’s Annual Training Requirements

The end of the year is a good time to clarify OSHA’s interpretation of training requirements and what is expected when training must be conducted “at least annually.” In today’s Advisor, we get expert guidance from BLR’s safety editors. "Wherever OSHA standards require that employee training be conducted ‘at least annually,’ OSHA interprets that to […]

Tips for Busting Employees’ Holiday Stress

The holidays are a great time of year, but they can also be stressful for many people. Help your employees enjoy the season with these stressbusting suggestions. Fill in the blank: "It’s the most ____________ time of the year." Did you say "wonderful"? Or did you, like many people during the holidays, answer "stressful"? It’s […]

How to Comply with PEL Requirements

Yesterday, we explained how to calculate PELs. Today, we talk  about how to comply with them. To achieve compliance with PELs, OSHA says a facility must determine and then implement administrative or engineering controls whenever feasible. Engineering controls involve the use of: Exhaust and general ventilation Enclosure of the source of emissions Process and equipment […]

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Your Forklift Questions Answered

Forklift operations raise many safety issues for employers. There’s a lot to know about OSHA requirements, and not all of it is well-known. Many of your colleagues have turned to our safety experts for answers to their safety forklift questions. Here’s a sample of interesting forklift questions sent in to our sister website, Safety.BLR.com®, where […]

Lockout/Tagout Directive: A Peek behind the OSHA Curtain

OSHA’s new lockout/tagout (LOTO) directive tells you how the agency is interpreting the LOTO standards – and how its inspectors will be enforcing it. Wouldn’t you love to have the inside scoop on what OSHA inspectors will be looking for when they examine your lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures? Well, you can – courtesy of the agency […]