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OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down (May 4-15)

Falls are the leading killer in construction, 36.5% of the total deaths (302 out of 828) in 2013 (OSHA). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 60% of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet.

General, Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls, OSHA  •  May 05, 2015

What Constitutes An "Amputation"?

As most of you have heard OSHA has adopted new regulations in regards to reporting fatalities and severe injuries. I have received several questions regarding OSHA’s definition of an amputation in regards to when must an amputation be reported.

General, OSHA, Claims Management  •  April 28, 2015

I Want My PPE

Fans of the British rock band Dire Straits are familiar with the falsetto vocal introduction “I want my MTV” sung by Sting on their 1985 hit song “Money for Nothing”. Now imagine a different version whereby Sting chants “I want my PPE” as a call to w...

General, OSHA  •  February 23, 2015

Combustible Dust: Good Housekeeping Practices Could Save Your Business

Good housekeeping practices not only help to maintain clean work areas, but in some cases, may prevent potential catastrophes. In 2008, we were witnesses of the dangers of combustible dust with the explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Georgia...

General, Manufacturing, OSHA  •  October 14, 2014

Changing Soon: OSHA Requirements for Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries

OSHA has just updated their criteria for reporting workplace fatalities and severe injuries. The change will take place on January 1, 2015.

General, OSHA  •  September 22, 2014

Confined Space Training

In the United States approximately 20 workers die per year in confined spaces. OSHA has very specific definitions, safety controls, and training required for those who work in or around these confined spaces.

General, OSHA  •  September 05, 2014

First Aid Supplies—When, Where, What...

Many places of employment have first aid kits hung on walls of offices, break rooms, locker rooms, and production areas. But what are some of the requirements for having these first aid kits, what should be in them, and where should they be located?

General, OSHA, Claims Management  •  August 19, 2014

Learning Made Fun! OSHA Launches an Interactive Hazard Identification Game-Based Training Tool

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, announced the unveiling of a new training resource for hazard identification at the June 10th annual conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers. As said...

General, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  June 18, 2014

OSHA's Top 10 List

OSHA’s latest top 10 list of violations was announced at the National Safety Council’s 2013 Congress and Expo in Chicago. OSHA’s fiscal year is from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013. The following table details the top 10 standards violated, along wi...

General, OSHA  •  January 15, 2014

OSHA's Proposed Rulemaking on Crystalline Silica

On October 25th, OSHA posted a News Release extending the public comment period for their proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. This ubiquitous, naturally occurring mineral has long been regulated through OSHA’s Hazard ...

General, OSHA  •  November 26, 2013