Posts Tagged ‘ OSHA ’

New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA

On September 11, 2014, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and fatalities. It also updated the list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015.   Summary OSHA’s final rule* requires employers to notify
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GHS Compliance for U.S. Facilities

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By
GHS Compliance for U.S. Facilities

The revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) implements changes to promote worker safety through the adoption of three primary tenets of the United Nations-sanctioned Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, otherwise referred to as GHS. This article outlines key compliance requirements pertaining to
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Company President Sentenced to Prison for Safety Violations

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By
Company President Sentenced to Prison for Safety Violations

A company president in the United States has been sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison for his role in safety deficiencies that caused the death of two men. The prison sentence is in addition to a US$ 1.2 million penalty levied against the company in 2010 and a personal penalty of US$
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PSM Changes Considered by OSHA

Dec 10th, 2013 | By
PSM Changes Considered by OSHA

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comments to address possible changes and updates in the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; Explosives and Blasting Agents standard; Flammable Liquids standard; and Spray Finishing standard. OSHA is also considering changes to its PSM enforcement policies.   Possible PSM Changes According to the
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Principles of Adult Education

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
Principles of Adult Education

The vast majority of students who attend safety and health training sessions are adults who already possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in their current occupations. The objective of safety and health training is to provide additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assist workers in recognizing and taking action to correct hazards in their current work environments. Health and safety trainers who are seeking to improve the effectiveness of their training program should review the following summary of adult learning principles published by U.S. OSHA.



How Effective is OSHA?

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By

Here’s an interesting information graphic comparing the achievements and disappointments of the U.S. Occupational, Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Is OSHA a wasteful regulatory nightmare or a common sense program that saves lives?



Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

Apr 28th, 2012 | By
Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

  On March 26, 2012 the United States Federal Register published the final rule on the Hazard Communication Standard/Globally Harmonized System. This final rule will become effective 60 days after the date of publication. The changes will bring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, which was first adopted in 1983,
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Workplace Injuries Decline in the United States

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
Workplace Injuries Decline in the United States

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in the United States in 2010 to a rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. Nearly 3.1 million injuries and illnesses were reported among private sector industry employers in 2010, down from 3.3 million reported in 2009. The health care and social assistance industry sector (case rate of 5.2) had more reported illnesses and injuries than any other sector, and public sector employees are injured at a rate that is approximately 60 percent higher than the private sector rate. [continue reading]



Safety Training: Don’t Overlook These Employees

Sep 5th, 2011 | By
Safety Training: Don’t Overlook These Employees

Numerous standards promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contain requirements for employee training. Typically, these standards state “the employer must provide training to affected employees,” or similar language. Obviously, full-time employees need to be trained, but some other categories of employees should not be overlooked. Newly hired employees must be trained in all
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Heat-Related Illness: Water, Rest, and Shade

Aug 7th, 2011 | By
Heat-Related Illness: Water, Rest, and Shade

The U.S. Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated its national Heat Illness Campaign to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat. OSHA is leveraging relationships with other state and local partners, employers, trade organizations, unions, community groups, educational institutions and healthcare professionals, to disseminate training materials across
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