OSHA Update: Safeguarding

Every industry has safety and occupation standards set by local, state, and federal entities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in place to set a uniform code for safety in work environments. Part of this code includes protecting workers from horrifying machinery related injuries—crushed hands, severed fingers, blindness, etc.—by implementing regulations for safeguarding […]

OSHA Overview: What Does OSHA Say about Respiratory Protection?

Is your company doing everything in its power to provide your staff with proper respiratory protection? The safety of your employees should always be your number one concern. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies to create a written respiratory protection program, complete with a list of required processes and procedures for required […]

OSHA Overview: What are the Requirements on Workplace Hose Systems?

Under the Fire Protection subpart of the Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration’s regulations (1910.158), there are specific requirements regarding workplace fire hose systems.  The section applies to all small hose, Class II and Class III standpipe systems installed to meet the OSHA requirements.  As an employer, it’s important to ensure that standpipes are located or […]

OSHA Overview: Respiratory Cleaning Procedures

Throughout the United States, an estimated five million workers are required to wear respirators on the job.  Respirators protect employees against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dust, fog, smoke, mist, gases, and vapors—all of which are harmful hazards that can cause cancer, lung disease, or even death.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Respiratory Protection Standard […]

OSHA Overview: Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Many workplaces have spaces that are considered by the OSHA to be “confined” because their size and/or configurations deter the activities of employees who must enter into or work from them.  Because employees who work in these confined spaces often face increased risk of exposure to serious injury hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and hazardous […]

OSHA Overview: Occupational Noise Exposure

Noise-induced hearing loss has become one of the most widespread occupational health hazards. Not until recently have employers began to pay attention to problems associated with prolonged or excessive noise exposure.  One of the issues with noise exposure is that it’s often a gradual effect on the employee, and people don’t usually realize they are […]

OSHA Overview: Materials Handling and Storage

Because the way in which materials are handled and stored in the workplace can be hazardous, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations on the proper way to do so.  From hoisting steel with a crane to driving a truck full of bricks to stacking barrels and lumber, the efficient handling of materials […]

OSHA Overview: Automatic Sprinkler Systems

The OSHA in compliance with the NFPA requires automatic sprinkler systems in almost all workplaces, because if inspected, maintained, and tested annually they are one of the most effective ways to protect buildings and their occupants from fires. Automatic sprinkler systems consist of a network of pipes and sprinkler heads, a control valve, and a […]

OSHA Overview: A Brief on Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that once was lauded for its versatility, recognized for its heat resistance.  It was woven into fabric and mixed with cement.  However, asbestos is highly toxic and a known cause of mesothelioma cancer.  Its use has been banned in more than 50 countries (not including the U.S.) and has […]

Investing in the Protection of Employees

As an employer, you’re faced with plenty of responsibilities, but none even come close to the obligation you have to keep your workers safe. Each year, millions of people are killed on worksites — often for highly preventable reasons — and this has to stop. It’s your responsibility to provide a safe worksite for your […]