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The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard: Vaccination, Testing and Face Coverings - Part 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published their second Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address COVID-19 workplace transmission.

General, OSHA  •  November 11, 2021
HVAC units on commercial building

The Flat Roof Dilemma - When is Fall Protection Required in General Industry?

The OSHA fall protection standards have elements that touch all industries and complying with them can be challenging. Let’s take a closer look at one of the most commonly asked questions regarding fall protection.

General, OSHA  •  October 27, 2021
Globally Harmonized System

Are We Out of Tune? Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we explored the history behind the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and the reasons why the potential changes are important to the United States.

General, OSHA  •  October 20, 2021
Globally Harmonized System

Are We Out of Tune? Part 1

When OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on March 26, 2012, it had been 25 years since the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) had been updated to include all industries where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous ...

General, OSHA  •  October 13, 2021
Three workers in factory wearing face masks and hard hats.

OSHA Updates COVID 19 Recommendations

On August 13, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a trade release that provides updated guidance for preventing the spread of COVID 19 in the workplace.

General, OSHA  •  September 08, 2021
Fire Sprinkler

Sprinkler Heads - In Sight, But Out of Mind

Most of us don’t pay much attention to sprinkler heads, even when we are walking right under them. We may not even notice them; they seem to just be an integral part of the building. But clearly, they do have an important role to play should a fire o...

General, OSHA, Inspection  •  August 11, 2021
Medical professionals consulting

What’s an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard?

On June 17, 2021, OSHA officially filed an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare in the Office of the Federal Register, and it became effective upon publishing on June 21, 2021. What is an ETS and what does all this mean for employers?

Healthcare, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  July 07, 2021
Hands stacking wooden blocks

Increasing Engineering and Administrative Controls to Decrease Risk Exposure

One of the few pandemic silver-linings is that we have all had to think outside-the-box to accommodate COVID-19 protocols. We have done a great job adjusting but now it’s time to refocus on the risks that our employees face every day.

General, OSHA, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management, Outdoor Safety  •  June 23, 2021
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To Be Certified, or Not to be Certified - That is the Question

A safety certification is not required to be a successful Occupational Health and Safety Specialist; however, there are significant benefits to obtaining one.

Education, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  June 16, 2021
Gloved hands cleaning tile

When There's Skin in the Game

We look at our face in a mirror pretty much every day as part of our personal grooming routine. We wince when putting a top on after too much sun exposure and we worry about unsightly blemishes on our body that seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere....

General, Manufacturing, OSHA  •  May 26, 2021