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Automatic Post-Accident Drug Testing? OSHA Says No.

According to OSHA, “although drug testing of employees may be a reasonable workplace policy in some situations, it is often perceived as an invasion of privacy, so if an injury or illness is very unlikely to have been caused by employee drug use… req...

General, OSHA, Claims Management  •  November 22, 2016

Off the Chain!

When celebrity judge Mel B shouts “Off the chain!” on America’s Got Talent she’s praising the act for a spectacular performance. When the same might be blurted out in a manufacturing facility using alloy steel chain slings to hoist large fixtures an...

General, Manufacturing, OSHA, Inspection  •  September 08, 2016

New OSHA Fine Increases Can Have Big Impacts on Your Business

MEMIC Safety Management Consultant Jayson Hebert explains the 78% increase in OSHA violation penalties.

General, OSHA, Inspection  •  August 25, 2016

July Is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month!

We knew the “dog days of summer” were coming. Now that they are here, we should all be thinking about taking care of our skin. We spend more time outdoors during the summer months and we’re more exposed to the sun. The summer heat might feel great on...

General, Outdoor Safety, OSHA  •  July 20, 2016

Part III - Are You Ready For OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard?

Our prior posts covered the new exposure limits, exposure assessments, regulated areas, methods of compliance, and housekeeping requirements of the new standard. Now we will cover the medical surveillance and training requirements and the effective ...

General, Construction, Leadership and Management, OSHA  •  June 17, 2016

Part II: Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard?

This is the second post in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s new standard for respirable crystalline silica. In part one, we mentioned that the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica is 50 µg/m3 with an action leve...

General, Construction, OSHA, Leadership and Management  •  June 10, 2016

Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard?

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the long awaited respirable crystalline silica standard which they say will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing ...

General, Construction, OSHA, Leadership and Management  •  June 08, 2016

Tame the Beast Machine With Lockout/Tagout

The beast that is that cold, heartless machine with gnashing teeth, clamping jaws, and slashing claws has no respect for the hand that feeds. Poised and ready to pounce in an instant, its hardened steel mouth can tear savagely through soft tissue and...

Manufacturing, General, OSHA  •  May 26, 2016

OSHA Takes Severe Injury Reporting Seriously, You Should Too

The first year of OSHA’s Severe Injury Reporting Program is a success but smaller employers need more outreach and education on the new requirements, according to a new report from OSHA. The report warns now that the program is in its second year, OS...

General, OSHA  •  April 06, 2016

Examining the Minor Servicing Exemption to OSHA’s LOTO Standard

The scope of OSHA’s The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard covers “the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization or start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, ...

Manufacturing, General, OSHA  •  March 30, 2016