8 Winter Essentials for Outdoor Workers

Posted on January 30, 2019

Original post by Stefanie Valentic: https://www.ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/winter-safety-head-toe   While OSHA standards require employers to protect workers from risks stemming from fall protection, there is no OSHA requirement for employers to provide workers with ordinary clothing, skin creams, or other items, used solely for protection from weather. Still, employers should take steps to protect employees against injuries and … Read More

NIOSH Cold Stress Resources

Posted on January 30, 2019

Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress. Extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without … Read More

OSHA Cold Stress Guide

Posted on January 30, 2019

OSHA NOTE: The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards. In addition, pursuant to Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Emergency Preparedness Guides do not … Read More

Data is King! But are you treating it as one?

Posted on December 16, 2018

Original article by Madhu Maganti, Director-IT Assurance & Security Services, Doeren Mayhew Evolution of Data Everyone and their big brother (no pun intended) is talking about data and more specifically, Big Data. Big Data is a technology buzzword that describes the current ecosystem in which there is significantly more data, and the processing of this … Read More

Selecting FR Clothing for Cooler Weather

Posted on December 11, 2018

Published by National Safety Apparel: https://www.thinknsa.com/blog/selecting-fr-clothing-for-cooler-weather As the winter months approach and the temperature drops, it’s important to keep workers warm by selecting the proper FR clothing. The cooler temperatures create a new hazard for workers: cold stress. Similar to heat stress, this occurs when someone loses the ability to regulate their body temperature due to being exposed … Read More

Key Takeaways from OSHA’s New Crane Standard

Posted on December 11, 2018

Originally published by Accuform: https://www.accuform.com/news/Key-Takeaways-from-OSHAs-New-Crane-Standard For crane and derrick workers, the long-anticipated updates to OSHA’s final rule for operator qualification couldn’t come quick enough.  The final rule will reduce compliance burdens while still maintaining safety and health protections for workers. Under OSHA’s new crane final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned … Read More

OSHA Proposes Revisions to Beryllium General Industry Standard

Posted on December 11, 2018

OSHA announced in a press release a proposed rule to revise the beryllium standard for general industry.  A public inspection version of the proposed rule is available – it will be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 11, 2018.  Comments are due by Feb. 9, 2019. The proposed changes are designed to clarify the standard, … Read More

Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)

Posted on December 11, 2018

OSHA published a memorandum, clarifying the Department of Labor’s position on workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv).   Since this rule’s publication, numerous questions have come in regarding what kinds of programs are permissible, and what kinds of drug testing policies are allowed under Department of Labor rules.  This memorandum … Read More

The Not-So-Quiet Dangers of Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Posted on November 6, 2018

By Reed A. Erickson, MD, MBA, CPS/A, MedExpress Some of the most prevalent workplace hazards aren’t seen – they’re heard. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to damaging noise levels at work, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplace-related … Read More