On January 1st, MSHA began full enforcement of its revised “workplace examination” rule (30 CFR 56/57.18002) for employers and contractors working at metal and nonmetal mines. This rule applies at cement plants, quarries and sand pits, as well as more traditional mine sites such as metal and coal mines. The rule applies not only to the operators of these facilities, but also to contractors and subcontractors and even some vendors providing construction, electrical and mechanical services on-site.
Join us on March 3rd, as we interview Renée Lefrançois, one of the in-house Audiologists at SHOEBOX Ltd. In her role, Renée acts – in part – as an advisor to the SHOEBOX Reviewer Network; an international team of licensed Audiologists available to help businesses meet their OSHA and MSHA compliance requirements. The Reviewer Network offers businesses a clear path of referral to a regionally licensed Audiologist for rapid review of their occupational hearing testing results.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be the last resort for mitigating workplace hazards per the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Hierarchy of Controls, but for many workers, it is top of mind because it’s essentially their “uniform” for the day’s work. Because of this reliance on PPE, the market is flooded with models in all shapes, sizes, colors, and features, so it’s important to have tools to evaluate what’s available. First and foremost, PPE should protect the worker, but there are extra features and even best practices to be aware of when making purchasing decisions.
If your workers are potentially exposed to airborne hazards, or you are a First Responder Training Officer, you need to ensure your organization complies with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard.
OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements are extensive, and they can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned safety professionals. From procedures for respirator use to fit testing to employee training, the complex rules for developing a sound respiratory protection program can be daunting. On top of these concerns, every industry—such as healthcare, general industry, construction, and emergency response—has their own unique concerns and needs. Confusion is not a defense for noncompliance, however, and following the regulations and industry best practices is vital for companies that want to protect their workers and their bottom lines.
As we enter the new year, what safety, health, and environmental initiatives will come to fruition or be launched by OSHA and EPA? How will Congress act to address pending legislation covering EHS issues from workplace violence to heat stress, OSHA reform to funding initiatives? What changes are on the horizon for OSHA rules covering hazard communication, forklifts, walking working surfaces, and others? How will President Trump’s executive orders affect EHS operations? Will there be a final deregulatory push before the elections?
Hand protection is a part of a holistic safety program that utilizes risk management controls to minimize worker injury. While management practices and controls have improved, there are still tasks that will require the workers’ hands to be protected by PPE.
There are several performance standards related to hand protection that a buyer should be aware of to make the best purchasing decision. Fit and style have been innovated over the years and should be considered to ensure workers comply with your organization’s hand protection program.
We know that you have a lot of questions regarding Flame Resistant/Arc Rated clothing and how to properly care for and maintain them.
In this webinar, our experts will provide tips on how to care for and maintain your FR/AR clothing including when to use industrial laundering or at-home laundering.
We have probably all heard the phrase “what gets measured, gets done”. Traditionally, safety outcomes have been measured primarily using injury and illness rates, which are considered lagging indicators. However, lately the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken steps to encourage employers to incorporate leading indicators into their safety metrics. Leading indicators are best defined as the conditions and behaviors that are tied to better safety outcomes.
Gaining management buy-in for investment in workplace safety and health training programs can sometimes be complicated.
Identifying a credible process to evaluate critical measurable aspects of your program requires careful thought and consideration. The benefits of conducting an analysis include showing the contribution your training program makes to the organization versus the cost and demonstrates the value safety and health training provides to the overall success of the organization.
An effective safety program requires support and commitment from both above and below—from senior leadership, front-line employees, and many layers in between. The EHS function must often operate between these spheres, trying to gain buy-in and leverage support from multiple levels of an organization. How is your team driving safety leadership and engagement success?