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.
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.
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.
As safety professionals, you are always on the lookout for ways to be more proactive with safety efforts, eager to find ways to avoid unnecessary risk, and keen to learn how you can better protect your employees. With 2020 just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your fleet for the challenges ahead.
Many organizations have incentive programs to increase employee engagement. When it comes to safety, we see rewards for “Days Safe” and signs that say, “It has been X days since our last recordable injury.”
In October of 2018, OSHA issued a memorandum clarifying its position on incentive programs, stating specifically that rate-based incentive programs are now permissible—a shift in position from the agency’s earlier stance—as long as they are not implemented in a manner that discourages reporting. But how does OSHA define a program that doesn’t discourage reporting?
The discipline for environment, health, and safety requires the professional to collect data to measure success and identify next steps. The data can be overwhelming, but it can be incredibly useful. Often times safety pros are drowning in data they think they need to collect, but ultimately do not fully leverage because their system – or lack thereof – to analyze it is disorganized.