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OSHA Standards: Top 10 Violations for 2017 Part II

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 15, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, a list of the top 10 most violated OSHA standards is released. Last week, we offered an analysis of the top five standards on this list. Keep reading to see recommendations for some of the most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2017. Read More

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Most Violated OSHA Standards: Analysis and Recommendations for 2017 Part I

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 08, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the ten most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year (OSHA top 10), determined by inspections of workplaces reviewing OSHA standards. In September 2017, the preliminary list was released.

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OSHA Top Ten Violations of 2017

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the ten most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, determined by OSHA inspections of workplaces. Last month, the preliminary (as of Sept. 5, 2017) top ten violations for fiscal year 2017 were announced. Here are the results:

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OSHA's Laboratory Standard: Customizing Your Chemical Hygiene Plan

Posted by Nicole Bernard-Rance on Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for facilities to abide by to assure safe and healthy conditions in the working environment. While their mission is straightforward, sometimes organizations can overlook particular standards and not realize certain regulations exist or who they might affect.

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Tags: OSHA, chemical, chemical labeling, lab safety, lab safety. laboratory safety, life sciences, higher education, higher-ed, healthcare

OSHA Fit Testing Procedures: General Requirements for Test Exercises

Posted by Eric Borecky on Mon, Oct 09, 2017

As part of a company's respiratory protection program, for an individual to be able to use a respirator, they must be initially fit tested and annually thereafter to assure the respirator provides a tight fitting seal. To make sure your organization is performing fit tests appropriately, we've compiled several OSHA requirements from Appendix A to 1910.134: Fit Testing Procedures (Mandatory). Keep reading to see the general requirements for test exercises as described by OSHA

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Lab Training for Faculty and Students at Colleges and Universities

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) programs within a higher education niche pose unique challenges due to the complexity and ever-evolving nature of colleges and universities. There are several marks of a successful EH&S program, including a comprehensive training program for faculty and students. Today, we are going to share our tips and best practices for creating an effective lab training program that will help your college or university put together a program to minimize the risk of injury or illness to faculty, students, and researchers. Keep reading to learn the steps to creating a successful lab training program.

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Tags: lab training, lab safety, OSHA, higher education, higher-ed, RCRA

OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule: Quick Facts

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Sep 18, 2017

According to OSHA, falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and death. To better protect workers from slips, trips, and falls, OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR part 1910, subparts D and I) that updates and clarifies standards and adds training and inspection requirements. By making these changes, OSHA estimates that 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries will be prevented every year. Keep reading to learn some quick facts about the final rule from OSHA.

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Tags: OSHA, industrial, higher education, regulations, regulatory, fall safety

Respirator Fit Tests: Quantitative vs. Qualitative

Posted by Pete Schooling on Mon, Sep 11, 2017

In my last post, I discussed OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, and what employees need to do before using a respirator. In that post, I promised a follow up detailing the two different types of fit tests, quantitative and qualitative, which is what I am here to review today.

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Tags: fit test, fit testing, respiratory protection, respiratory protection plan, respirators, healthcare, higher education, industrial, life sciences, OSHA

OSHA's Multi-employer Worksite Policy: Overseeing Contractors and Employees

Posted by Michael DeRosa on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Do you work at a site with multiple employers? Are you responsible for overseeing contractors on a worksite?

If so, you've come to the right place! As you know, OSHA governs the employer to employee relationship. But wait, does that just apply to your own employees? Let discuss that for a minute. Relationships as they relate to multi-employer worksites fall into four categories:

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OSHA Respiratory Protection: What Employees Need to Do BEFORE Using a Respirator

Posted by Pete Schooling on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Several OSHA regulations require the use of respirators, including OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. Respirators are used to protect employees from harmful dusts, smokes, mists, and other materials or hazardous atmospheres. While these protective devices are necessary in certain circumstances, OSHA prohibits their use until certain requirements have been met to prove that employees know how to use them properly. Continue reading to learn some of OSHA's requirements for using respirators.

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Tags: respirators, respiratory protection, respiratory protection plan, healthcare, higher education, industrial, life sciences, OSHA

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