Changes to Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

In November, OSHA issued a final rule that modifies the general industry standards on walking-working surfaces. These updates have been made to the Walking-Working Surfaces Rule in order to reduce injuries and fatalities related to slips, trips, falls and other walking-working surface incidents in the workplace. As is usually the case, protecting employees is the primary emphasis of the rule. In...

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New OSHA Silica Standard Covering Silica Dust

Is your business in compliance with the new OSHA Silica standard covering silica dust? On June 23, 2016 the revision to the new rule limiting the amount of silica dust exposure went into effect. The new rule establishes a PEL of 50 micrograms of crystalline silica per cubic meter based on an 8-hour time-weighted average. Previously, the PEL was determined using a calculation of the percentage of...

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Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA® Compliance Each year, millions of workers suffer serious injuries and illnesses on the job. Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must provide their workers with worksites free of recognized serious hazards. In order to help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has for decades required employers to...

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Protecting Your Employees’ Hearing

According to NIOSH, 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise at work. This has resulted in a permanent hearing loss for about 10 million workers. Loud noises can cause hearing loss by damaging the delicate hair cells in the inner ear. Most of the time, this damage happens gradually when prolonged exposure to loud sounds exhausts these hair cells. However, a short, intense sound—an...

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Workplace Safety Program Development Requirements

A quality workplace safety program requires a solid foundation. Many companies will talk about how safety is important, but without the appropriate building blocks in place they are often overlooking issues and operating out of compliance with regulatory agencies. Safety Program Development Requirements A safety program needs to have documented safety policies and procedures in place in order to...

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