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OSHA Interpretation: Employees Must Be Protected From All Impalement Hazards

This recent clarification on impalement hazards from OSHA on March 18, 2014 is a perfect example why all employers must know and take to heart the General Duty Clause (section 5(a)(1)). The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers asked OSHA if it recognized objects other than reinforcing steel as impalement hazards. […]


Spotting Safety: Power Tool Trigger Guards

I hope you’ve never seen this before: a zip lock used to lock down a trigger, either replacing a missing one or on a tool that was never meant to have a trigger lock. Sure several hours of holding that trigger down while grinding away at a big job can be tiring, but this is […]


Handling Legalized Impairment

Are workers “high” on the job? Currently twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Two states (Colorado and Washington) have approved the recreational use of it, and Alaska, Arizona, California, and Oregon may join them this year. This raises some interesting questions about drugs in the workplace. Can businesses continue to […]


OSHA Definition of a HNOC Clarified For The HCS

On March 4, 2014 OSHA released an open letter to the American Petroleum Institute clarifying how they interpret the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) regarding Hazards Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC). A HNOC Is From the official definition, a HNOC is a negative physical or health effect that doesn’t fit the HCS categories. A negative effect has […]


OSHA Focuses on Communication Tower Worksites Citing Skyrocketing Death Rate

Noting the alarming statistics in a Feb. 14, 2014 open letter to Communication Tower Employers that 2013 saw 13 workers killed at communication towers (more than the previous two years combined), and four more deaths to start 2014, OSHA is backing safety standard compliance with heightened enforcement. They’ve also created a web page dedicated to […]


How to Handle Traffic Accidents

Citing the amount of time consumed filling accident reports on non-injury accidents (estimated at 250 hours a week); there are a number of cities where police have decided not to respond to non-injury traffic accidents. If you should find yourself in such a situation it’s important to know beforehand what steps to take if you’re […]


Combustible Dust Labeling Requirements in Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)

OSHA’s second published interpretation of 2014 went back to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to provide even more clarification concerning Combustible Dust. The clarification makes clear that additional information about Combustible Dust can be added to the Hazard Statement, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and shipped containers as long as they do not contradict or cast […]


Wake Up to Sleep Awareness with a Complimentary Poster

In order to help employers battle workplace fatigue, Safety Services Company is offering a complementary, downloadable poster on workplace sleep awareness. The 11 x 17 poster highlights four steps that employees can take to help battle fatigue in the workplace. “Fatigue is a major issue facing workplaces today,” said Safety Services Company spokesman Michael Rich. […]


OSHA Interprets Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Reporting of Petroleum Streams

On March 4, 2014, OSHA released a new interpretation further refining guidance of applying the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). This time the topic was how to apply the classification and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements to petroleum streams. The problem is the contents of petroleum streams – which includes anything coming from crude oil […]


University Students Crowdfunding to Replace Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spill Cleanup

Associate Professor Faye McNeill with students at Columbia University have launched a crowdfunding campaign on experiment.com to find natural alternative to the toxic chemicals used in clean up to disperse the spilled oil in the ocean. The Columbia Engineering department characterizes this as both a unique research project and a unique approach to funding. Further […]


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