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OSHA and American Staffing Association form an alliance

During one of the busier seasons of the year, OSHA and the American Staffing Association have formed an alliance to ensure the safety and health of temporary workers. The Department of Labor has issued a video explaining the shared responsibility of host employers and staffing firms in regards to this safety issue. Click here to watch the informative video.   Click here for guidance documents and recommended practices.  

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HAZCOM June 1st, 2015 Deadline Was Widely Missed

As of June 1, only about 35% of manufacturers had met the deadline to convert their MSDS’s into the new GHS/SDS  format.   Now, in the 4th quarter of 2015 that number has increased to an estimated 50%- 65%, with a full 100% not being complete until possibly the first quarter of 2016. Click here to see if the June 1st change applies to you.   It is the responsibility of the suppliers to send the revised SDS’s to the employer.  The […]

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OSHA Increases Penalties

Yes, this is really happening! In an effort to catch up on inflation, OSHA will be increasing their penalty amounts. The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015, requires OSHA to raise its citation penalties. OSHA was one of three federal agencies that were specifically exempted from a 1990 bill that required federal agencies to raise their fines to keep pace with inflation. As of August 1st, 2016, the new penalties should be as follows: […]

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Seeing Blood…Recordable or not Recordable?

OSHA decided to issue a “Letter of Interpretation” regarding an ongoing and interesting issue. If you faint or lose consciousness due to the sight of your blood, caused by a work-related  event, is this a recordable issue? Click here to read the full details!

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Ashley Furniture Fined by OSHA for Third Time in 2015

In October, OSHA cited Ashley Furniture for the third time this year with $481,000 in fines. This brings the total to over $2,200,000 in just 2015. Ashley Furniture made a statement saying they will “vigorously challenge” all allegations due to OSHA inspectors “based their allegations on assumptions”. Click here for the OSHA release. As we know, fines do happen more often than we would like. For comparison, here is a list of the top OSHA penalties from 2010 through August […]

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Safe Ways to Grind Tungstun

Do your employees Tig weld?  If so, they are likely grinding the tip of the tungsten rod into a point before they start the welding process.  This is necessary in order to ensure a high quality weld.  However, do you know how are they doing this?  If they are welding in a shop, they are probably using a bench grinder (which is safe).  But if they are welding in a location that doesn’t have a bench grinder nearby (i.e. construction site) […]

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Software for Reinforcing Training Content

We recently talked with a company who provides a software program that can be used to reinforce training content with students AFTER a class ends.  To put it simple… their software utilizes “gaming” technology to push content in front of students two-minutes per day for as many days as you want it to.  This software is also functional on smartphones.  To learn more about this company and their software, click here.  

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Good Picture for Vehicle Safety Training

A good friend of ours was sitting in their vehicle and waiting for their son to get out of school when they looked up and saw someone sitting at a picnic table that was traveling down the road at 20 mph!  And you thought you had seen everything.  Think again!

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Company Avoids Lawsuit Although Cited by OSHA

Most would think that if a company violates an OSHA regulation which results in a worker fatality, that it would set them up for a slam-dunk lawsuit.  However, in a recent tort case that involved a painting company who was cited by OSHA for not providing adequate fall protection for an employee who fell to their death, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the defending company.  They felt that although the company did violate OSHA requirements, there was not enough […]

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Confined Space Standard

OSHA has decided to temporarily delay the enforcement of their new Confined Space standard for the construction industry.  The rule still becomes effective on August 3, 2015 but it will not be enforced until October 2, 2015.  The did this to allow employers more time to understand the new requirements and implement changes necessary for compliance.  As a side note, state plan agencies (like Indiana OSHA) will likely delay their enforcement another 60-days.  Click here to access details about the […]

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