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OSHA Issues Plan to Target High-Injury Workplaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014* program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The SST program is one of OSHA’s main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST […]


NASA Should Review OSHA PPE Regulations

When NASA releases its report today that Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s suit leaked water into his helmet on two NASA space walks last July, creating a dangerous situation, perhaps it could look to OSHA’s Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) regulations to have ensured the suit was removed from service and fixed before being used again. The […]


Key’s to Preventing Repetitive Motion Injury

Estimates suggest that repetitive motion injuries cost United States businesses over $20 billion just in workers’ compensation alone. Factor in the costs of employee replacement, productivity loss, and other related expenses, and we’re talking upwards of another $100 billion. Business costs aside, Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs) are a heavy burden to the individual as well. […]


Understanding “Quarterly Updates”

Most third-party prequalification websites (such as ISNetworld®, PEC®, PICS®, ComplyWorks®, and CanQual®) revise their standard questionnaires fairly regularly. These are known as “updates”.  The frequency at which they happen are variable depending on the third-party auditor.  ISNetworld® is the largest third-party auditor, and we will be taking a look at what a quarterly update is […]


2013 Interpretations of OSHA Regulations

Even while creating new regulations and amending current ones to fit the workplace’s changing safety standards, OSHA is hard at work providing guidance material to help employers follow their rules, and answering questions and providing guidance on existing rules. These are known as interpretations, and 2013 saw several interesting interpretations, mostly on the new elements […]


National Heart Month 2014

February is American Heart Month.  This year is the 50th anniversary of Heart Disease Awareness month. President Lyndon Johnson established the observance in 1964 to address the fact that heart disease was the leading killer in the U.S., claiming more lives every year than all types of cancer combined. What may be more surprising is […]


Q&A On Interpretations of Fall Protection for Steel Erection

When it comes to OSHA’s fall protection requirements in steel erection, the final word can be found in the code at 1926.760. But good luck deciphering all the jargon with references to appendixes and other regulations. In fact our Safety Manuals are partly an interpretation of this dense legalese into a personalized policy, combined with best […]


How to Effectively Maintain Your Third-Party Auditor Account

  In the oil and gas industry, to work with Owner Operators (also known as Owner Clients), such as Chevron®, BP®, Shell Oil Company®, Pfizer® and many others, you must be qualified by a third-party auditor. Third-party auditors, e.g. ISN® * (via their ISNetworld® * database), PICS® , PEC Premier® , ComplyWorks® , and CQN® , review, verify, and grade potential contractors […]


How to Fill Out OSHA Injury Reporting Forms 300, 300A, and 301

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that nearly all employers maintain properly-recorded accounts of work-related injuries and illnesses. Applicable instances would be any that involve an employee while on a worksite that meets OSHA’s general recording requirements (1904.7). Additional recording criteria would include, according to OSHA, “needlestick and sharps injury cases, tuberculosis cases, […]


Top 5 Reasons to Maintain a 100% Score with Third Party Auditors

Bringing any third party auditor account to a 100% score can be a daunting and time consuming task.  Effectively maintaining them requires time, money, and close attention.  However, the benefits of properly utilizing a third party auditor more than outweigh the cons!  Below are five important reasons to keep your ISN®, PEC®, PICS®, ComplyWorks®, CQN®, […]


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