Recently, OSHA held a public hearing to propose a new rule that would align their Hazard Communication System (HCS), with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Like most companies adapting to the new OSHA, you are probably wondering what this will mean for you.
First, you should understand that the GHS is broken down into [...]
This time of year companies are reviewing and preparing their injuries and incidents reports in order to complete their OSHA logs, which must be posted by February 1. Don’t forget these things.
With the new year came a more comprehensive standard issued by OSHA to cover “Work Hazards and Safety Practices in the Electric Power Industry” (29 CFR 1910.269) was released to help provide more specific guidance for employers and employees regarding safe work practices with workers engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power.
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may regulate certain aspects of the construction industry which relate to road and highway work, the absence of a blanket standard that addresses this sector of employment safety in detail has been a major concern to certain workplace injury watchdogs. The most recent attempt to impose some type of order on the mish-mash of overlapping roadwork safety policies has come from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
One January 4th OSHA issued citations against Chemical & Environmental Services LLC, a Houston-based waste management and transportation services company for a series of incidents dating back to December 2008 involving several fatalities at the company’s Griggs Road and Port Arthur facilities.
Much of the focus regarding welding safety concerns the actual worker doing the welding. Face shields, protective clothing and electrical precautions almost always focus on the welder in order to make sure that they perform their task without exposing themselves to potential injury.
If your industry makes regular use of aerosol cans, then you know just how much of a hassle it can be to find storage space for all of your empties until it is time to take them to the local hazardous waste disposal site. Even if you do have a dumpster or storage room dedicated to aerosol cans, you might be nervous about the idea of stockpiling an item that is well known to be a risk for accidental explosion.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently participated in a special workshop organized by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the subject of ‘Going Green.’ More specifically, the emphasis of the meeting was on the idea that new government initiatives surround the creation of environmentally-friendly or ‘green’ jobs also offered an opportunity for OSHA to get in on the ground floor of a brand new industry and ensure that employee safety is built in from the bottom up.
Last week OSHA had issued a statement making clear their intent of citing and fining Vos Electric after an employee was killed on a construction site in April of this year. However, after a meeting with company officials, OSHA has reversed course and deleted the citation and fine.
When OSHA released their agenda, issuing a final rule on Cranes and Derricks was listed as one of their top priorities. Since, the proposal was issued in October of 08, this is a good time to revisit the proposal and remind all in the industry of the changes on the horizon.