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If respirators are still required (over the PEL) after looking at work practices/engineering controls, you obviously need to follow all requirements of a respiratory program.

Respirable Crystalline Silica in General Industry

Understanding the OSHA enforcement guidance will help you. It gets to the heart of what OSHA feels are key aspects of how it expects employers to comply.

You can make lots of mistakes that just cause wasted time, squandered money, or damaged customer relations, but it

Production vs. Safety: The Truth Behind the Myth

Next time you find yourself rushing, ask yourself if it was really because of circumstances beyond your control or another's unexpected action.

Acting Leadership

The best leader's role becomes teaching others to strengthen and repurpose themselves when they go through periods of being listless, complacent, or disconnected.



Plumbed eyewash stations are permanently connected to a source of potable water, whereas portable stations are self-contained gravity-fed units with their own flushing fluid that must be replaced after each use. (Radians photo)

Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment

Employees must be trained to hold their eyes open during the flushing process. All employees also should be trained on how to use the emergency equipment fixtures before they handle hazardous chemicals.

OSHA is not alone in its belief on how to implement better safety results through management systems. (BROWZ, LLC photo)

The State of Contractor Safety

Host employers have experienced significant success within their employee safety programs by engaging their workforce and adopting a management systems approach to safety/health improvement.

Undertaking a walk-through survey using a hand-held, real-time sampler would give instantaneous indication of concentration. It also could be used to check the effectiveness of control measures. (Casella U.S. photo)

Why Qualifications Matter When Performing a Dust Hazards Analysis

It is important to know the qualifications, reputation, and experience of the outside vendor or individual who performs the DHA.

We have only about 10 percent (perhaps less) of the total number of AEDs required if rapid defibrillation is going to be available to most people experiencing SCA.

A New Model for Increasing Cardiac Arrest Survival Requires We Fix the National AED Shortage, Too

The obvious reason for the AED shortage is the fact these life-saving devices are, with a few exceptions, not legally required at most locations. But voluntary deployments are clearly not getting the job done on their own.

A distinguishing feature of this new standard is the inclusion of knuckles and fingers in the testing, where the EN 388 standard covers just the knuckles. The inclusion of the fingers is critical for industrial glove users, where the fingers are frequently at risk. (D3O photo)

ANSI/ISEA 138: The New Standard for Back-of-Hand Protection

Here's how better back-of-hand protection could be boosting your bottom line.

The availability of IoT devices and the actionable insights that they enable are impacting company culture and practices, empowering organizations to make better, more informed decisions. (Triax Technologies, Inc. photo)

Technology Innovations, Workplace Culture Enable a New Level of Construction Safety

Project teams can collect and view data across project sites—in real time, from any smart device—and drill down to the worker, equipment, or incident level.

Ice and snow buildup in parking lots and on walkways can be hazardous to employees, delivery people, and guests.

How to Choose Proper Footwear and Accessories This Winter

A company can have different employee types: administrative 9-5 workers, active sales teams, and warehouse workers. It's important these employees aren’t bunched up into one category of winter preparedness.

Ensure that the appropriate end users are kept in mind as the ultimate customer when implementing a chemical management plan. (SiteHawk photo)

The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management

Although it can seem overwhelming at times, an effective chemical management program is paramount to an effective EHS program. Gaining a deep understanding of chemicals on site and what they are used for is the first step toward success.

Select a glove based on specific environmental hazards, as well as potential exposure time to those hazards. (Ansell photo)

A Need for Chemical Resistance Breeds the Growth of Robust Disposable Gloves

For workers dealing with lower-level chemicals, a happy medium between traditional disposable gloves and heavy-duty chemical gloves is often needed.

Is a Construction Boom Coming?

We're focusing on construction safety and the construction industry's hazards quite a bit this year.

WHO's 2018 Road Safety Report Shows Increasing Fatalities

Where progress has been made, it is largely attributed to better legislation, safer infrastructure, improved vehicle standards, and enhanced post-crash care.

Pennsylvania Using New Tool to Report Suspicious Rx Drug Activity

Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced the creation of a tool for reporting suspicious activity surrounding the prescribing or dispensing of prescription drugs, including opioids.

Worst Data Breaches of 2018

It seemed like data breaches were everywhere in 2018, affecting everyone from Walmart to Chili's to the U.S. Postal Service. Here are a few of the biggest data breaches of the year.

Relaxed attitudes toward marijuana use come at a time when the drug is more potent than ever. (J.J. Keller & Associates photo)

Retail, Health Care Had Highest 2017 Drug Positive Rates

"Our analysis suggests that employers can't assume that workforce drug use isn't an issue in their industry. In fact, drug test positivity in the majority of industry sectors analyzed is growing," said Barry Sample, Ph.D., senior director, science and technology, for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. "The highest rates were in consumer-facing industries, including jobs in retail and health care and social assistance."

NTSB Meeting March 12 on Silver Spring Gas Explosion's Cause

The agency has taken much longer to finish investigating the 2016 incident and determine the probable cause than residents, and their members of Congress, wanted.

Staying Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services points out.

IAEA Releases Nuclear Power Country Profiles Report

Currently, IAEA reports there are 454 operational nuclear power reactors in 30 countries, with 54 other units under construction around the world. Nuclear power provides about 11 percent of the world's electricity and about a third of overall low-carbon electricity.

Tennessee Labor Department's Top Officials Leaving in January

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips recently announced both he and Deputy Commissioner Dustin Swayne will leave state government in mid-January 2019. They have formed a consulting practice called SATRDÉ.

Some OSHA regions helped to organize safety stand-downs with oil and gas industry partners and STEPS organizations during 2013.

HSE, Offshore Industry Working Together to Prevent Spills

HSE recently met with representatives of Oil and Gas UK and the health and safety managers of several of the UK's offshore producers to discuss how the industry plans to improve process safety leadership, audits, and assurance.

California's Ignition Interlock Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

From Jan. 1, 2019, to Jan. 1, 2026, the law mandates that repeat offenders for driving under the influence and first DUI offenders whose violations resulted in injury install an ignition interlock device for a period ranging from 12 to 48 months.

Health Canada Takes Action to Limit Purified Alcohol Beverages

Available data, research studies, and reports related to the products point to a growing public health risk, the agency warned.

California Agency Extends Comment Deadline on PCBTF Listing

The American Coatings Association asked for an extension of the comment period, which the agency granted. Comments are now due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Coast Guard's 2018 Icebreaking Season Under Way

More than 85 percent of the heating oil used in the country is consumed in the Northeast, and 90 percent of that is delivered by ship on a Coast Guard-maintained waterway.

Average U.S. Outpatient Visit's Cost Nears $500

The findings by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington were part of a larger study on funding and services needed for universal health coverage (UHC) in every country.

Certification Program for Drill Rig Operators Announced

"We fully anticipate safety-minded employers, general contractors, and project owners, not to mention insurance companies, will recognize the value of CCO Drill Rig certification in risk mitigation and leverage its power as a third-party independent evaluation tool," said NCCCO Director of Operations Joel Oliva.

51 Student Teams Shortlisted in Airbus Contest

The competition is an offer from Airbus to students worldwide to bring their ideas to life together with a leading global company on real industry challenges. Airbus says it is looking for ideas that change the future of aerospace and create a safer, cleaner, and better-connected world.

NTSB to Determine Cause of Rejected Takeoff Incident

One passenger suffered a minor injury; there was no fire, but the aircraft was substantially damaged in the March 2017 incident. The airplane was chartered to carry the University of Michigan men's basketball team to Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va.