Safety en OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations <div class="field-deck"> Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.</p> <p>Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52371 at The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach? <div class="field-deck"> The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Training News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 52361 at Thinkstock Seven Million Ways to Prevent Injuries <div class="field-deck"> OSHA's new take on the Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection standard is causing companies in general industry to re-evaluate safety plans for slip, trip and fall prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Decades after OSHA first held a public meeting regarding revisions to its Walking-Working Surfaces standard for general industry, the final rule will become effective on Jan. 17.</p> <p>The revision to 29 CFR Part 1910 general industry addresses subpart D &ndash; for slip, trip and fall hazards and subpart I &ndash; adding requirements for personal fall protection systems. In addition, it eliminates the existing mandate to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems, according to OSHA.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fall Protection Safety Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:17:00 +0000 52301 at Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries <div class="field-deck"> New research from Liberty Mutual places a dollar amount on the cost of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries to American businesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the 2017 <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index</em></a>, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers&rsquo; compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 52231 at <p>Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury.</p> Thinkstock Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at Thinkstock Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at Thinkstock Nurses Testify for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings <div class="field-deck"> RNs are demanding OSHA take action on a national standard to address violence in the healthcare setting. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.</p> <p>Members of NNU &ndash; from states around the country &ndash; will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety OSHA Enforcement Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:03:00 +0000 52161 at <p>Workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry face extremely high rates of workplace violence. In 2014, 52 percent of all the incidents of workplace violence reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occurred against workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry.</p> Thinkstock Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at Thinkstock Leadership: No Leaks, A Complete Sockeroo <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent trip to my local home improvement store reminded me of the value attained when organizations utilize professionals skilled in their trade to assist clients and customers solve their toughest challenges.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Voices of Safety Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:07:00 +0000 52111 at Heavy-Duty Vacuum Disintegrates Safety Concerns <div class="field-byline"> David Kennedy </div> <div class="field-deck"> The Cianbro facility in Georgetown, Mass., found a way to reduce the potential for employee injuries, unscheduled downtime and wasted manpower in its abrasive blasting operation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nearly every manager or supervisor in heavy industry has heard that safety is good for business. According to the OSHA document, &ldquo;Safety and Health Add Value,&rdquo; effective safety and health programs can mean the difference between organizations operating &ldquo;in the black and running in the red.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eliminating manual material handling has some of the biggest potential to improve a company&rsquo;s productivity, product quality and overall business competitiveness.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +0000 52091 at <p>The VAC-U-MAX portable 1020 industrial vacuum is capable of recovering up to 5 tons of material per hour, and can reduce labor costs by more than 50 percent.</p> VAC-U-MAX