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As OSHA’s annual list of the Top 10 most-cited violations shows, the ways in which workers are injured change little from year to year. So as people continue to get hurt on the job, personal protective equipment manufacturers work to develop technologies to both safeguard employees against hazards and promote compliance with PPE regulations. What recent trends have PPE manufacturers observed? Safety+Health, with the help of the International Safety Equipment Association, invited manufacturers to weigh in on this question. Click Read more ⇒
OSHA instituted new labeling requirements for asbestos products effective June 1st 2015. The new wording required on all asbestos products, asbestos product containers and asbestos waste containers is as follows: DANGER CONTAINS ASBESTOS FIBERS MAY CAUSE CANCER CAUSES DAMAGE TO LUNGS DO NOT BREATHE DUST AVOID CREATING DUST While asbestos waste disposal bags should now be marked with this new wording, this requirement does not pertain to Avail glovebags. A glovebag is neither an asbestos product container nor an asbestos Read more ⇒
A recent estimate places the worldwide energy use of fans at about 23% of the world’s total energy consumption. ASHRAE started the process of defining the direction and goals of a program to reduce the energy consumed by fans in 2007. In examining the issues involved, it became apparent that while the obvious direction is to increase the energy efficiency of fans, improving the process of fan selection brings faster results. Both approaches need to be combined to achieve the Read more ⇒
San Diego – OSHA, together with Safety+Health magazine, on Sept. 16 unveiled the agency’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2014 during the NSC Congress and Expo. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Kyle W. Morrison, S+H’s senior associate editor, announced OSHA’s Top 10 list in front of a crowd gathered on the Expo Floor. For the fourth year in a row, OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is the agency’s most frequently cited violation. Read more ⇒
Workers may be exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust when cutting, drilling, grinding, or otherwise disturbing materials that contain silica. These materials and tasks are common on construction jobs. Breathing that dust can lead to serious, often fatal illnesses. This section contains information that workers – and contractors – need to know to recognize the hazard, understand the risk factors, and work safely with silica. Click here for more info.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $24,200 in fines to a Titan Technologies Inc. after finding the Boise contractor violated safety rules for the third time in four years. The most recent violations followed an OSHA inspection in January when Titan Technologies workers were replacing a sewer on 45th Street in Boise, according to the violation notice. Employees were working in trenches as deep as eight feet in trenches where soil fissuring on one wall and standing water Read more ⇒
Many in the residential construction industry believe that fall protection for workers adds unacceptable costs to the job. Some suggest providing fall protection could cost $5,000 or more per structure, but this is an arbitrary number that the authors’ research and real-world experience could not reconcile. Another prevailing idea is that fall protection always requires modifying and reinforcing structures prior to use, which requires the services of an engineer who must also validate and certify the fall protection system. Others Read more ⇒