Respirators en Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> The first in a three-part series of articles analyzing OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline silica standard, this article from Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP, discusses the new PEL and how it might impact employers in general industry and the maritime industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On March 25, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule</a>, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.</p> <p>This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:48:00 +0000 52811 at Grainger Experts List Top 10 Safety Questions for 2016 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>For links to additional information included in the &ldquo;Top 10 Asked Safety Questions for 2016,&rdquo; visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>Grainger&rsquo;s team of safety specialists helps customers solve safety challenges, offers cost-saving solutions and recommends program standardization strategies. They hold degrees and professional certifications from accredited institutions in safety, industrial technology, chemistry and related fields.</p> </div> Fall Protection Hand Protection PPE Respirators Safety Galleries Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:27:00 +0000 51811 at <p>Grainger fielded 120,000 customer questions about safety in 2016. Here is the Top 10 list.</p> New Protocols Proposed for Respiratory Protection Standard <div class="field-deck"> Proposed changes would provide more flexibility for companies in terms of fit-testing methods, according to OSHA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">OSHA has proposed adding two protocols to its Respiratory Protection Standard aimed toward the general, shipyard and construction industries.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Respirators News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:21:00 +0000 50581 at Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images Smoked Out: Are Firefighters in More Danger than Ever Before? <div class="field-byline"> By Carla Williams </div> <div class="field-deck"> New construction materials are making firefighting more hazardous to the health and well being of first responders, as well as building tenants and homeowners. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At first glance, our towns and neighborhoods may look safer from fire hazards than they were 50 years ago. Today&#39;s homes and businesses are equipped with more advanced fire and smoke sensors, and firefighters have more durable safety equipment and a deeper knowledge of fire fighting. American cities also enforce strict fire safety codes and other building regulations to prevent fires and minimize risks when they do occur.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Respirators Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:00 +0000 49891 at Construction, Aggregates and Industry Groups Voice Serious Concerns about OSHA’s New Silica Standard <div class="field-deck"> Construction industry groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others claim federal officials could have done more to improve workplace safety by enforcing the current silica standard. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Calling the new federal silica standard &ldquo;unobtainable,&rdquo; as well as costly and disruptive, contractors, a construction industry coalition and the aggregates industry are claiming the new OSHA silica standard is a missed opportunity to improve workplace safety with adding an additional regulatory burden on employers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:51:00 +0000 46441 at Frozen Food Manufacturer Has an Unusual Response To OSHA Visit <div class="field-deck"> When OSHA inspectors returned to Schwan’s Global Supply Inc.’s Atlanta food manufacturing facility and found previously cited hazards had reoccurred, company management did something unexpected; it took full responsibility for the violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Schwan Global Supply took an unusual step when OSHA inspectors returned to its Atlanta facility and found evidence of continued safety violations. The frozen food producer &ndash; responsible for popular brands like Red Baron, Tony&rsquo;s and Freschetta pizza and Mrs. Smith&rsquo;s desserts &ndash; accepted $100,000 in penalties and enhanced safety compliance.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:36:00 +0000 45071 at Schwan Food Co. Vancouver Tile and Granite Company Fined more than $250,000 for Workplace Violations <div class="field-deck"> Wall to Wall Tile & Stone of Vancouver, Wash. has been fined $261,000 for failing to protect workers from exposure to silica dust and other health hazards associated with stone slab grinding. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) cited Wall to Wall Tile and Stone of Vancouver, Wash., for multiple instances of &ldquo;failure to abate&rdquo; serious violations after a follow-up inspection found that the employer had not corrected violations that it was cited for in November 2014.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Respirators News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000 44581 at Thinkstock Worker Safety Intelligence at the Edge <div class="field-deck"> Cleo Cabuz, Ph.D., vice president of engineering for Honeywell Industrial Safety, explains how the intersection of the Internet of Things and the worker will push the edge of safety and productivity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While &ldquo;wearables&rdquo; &ndash; sensors and personal monitoring systems that indicate when a worker is being exposed to unhealthy doses of hazardous substances &ndash; are not new, they do continue to evolve and improve. A prototype recently showcased by Honeywell Industrial Safety and Intel gives a whole new meaning to technology when it comes to worker safety and productivity.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Protective Clothing Respirators Safety IoT News Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:11:00 +0000 44421 at OSHA: Railcar Was Unsafe for Entry before Deadly Blast <div class="field-deck"> OSHA has cited Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services for more than 30 violations following a blast that killed two workers and injured a third at Omaha cleaning facility. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Moments before a blast ripped through a railcar on April 14, a check of the air quality inside indicated a serious risk of an explosion. Despite the warning, Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services sent two employees, aged 41 and 45, into the railcar to work without monitoring the air continuously for explosive hazards as required. The employees also were not given emergency retrieval equipment or properly fitted respirators.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:27:00 +0000 43311 at Thinkstock