The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools and the use of hand tools seems simple and straight-forward; therefore, few employers provide any training in hand tool safety. Likewise, few employers conduct formal tool inspections. However, employees are frequently injured by using unsafe tools or by...
OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

Again, OSHA has increased fines to make adjustments for inflation. In case you missed it, the new penalty structure is as follows: Violation Type Penalty Repeated$132,598Willful$132,598 Serious$13,260 Other-Than-Serious$13,260 Posting Requirements$13,260 Employers...
Silica Medical Surveillance Exams…What They Are and  When Do You Need Them?

Silica Medical Surveillance Exams…What They Are and When Do You Need Them?

Approximately 2.3 million people in the United States are exposed to silica on the job.  Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at an increased risk of developing serious diseases, which include: Silicosis, which is an incurable lung...
OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2018 with One Surprise

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2018 with One Surprise

As expected, OSHA announced 2018’s Top 10 Violations this past week and the only surprise took the #10 spot. This past year, 1,536 violations citing CFR 29 126.102 were recorded—that’s the standard for Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment that focuses on eye...
OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2018 Will Be Scarier than Halloween Ghosts or Goblins

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2018 Will Be Scarier than Halloween Ghosts or Goblins

It’s October and while most people’s thoughts have turned to cooler temperatures, autumn leaves and pumpkin spice, those of us preoccupied with occupational safety secretly recognize this month as the time of more anticipated topics, such as of the release of OSHA’s...
Ensuring Standards of Practice and Execution Match

Ensuring Standards of Practice and Execution Match

All of our occupational health programs are perfect, right?  We have OSHA Standards to follow, policies written and Standards of Practice (SOPs) in place, and everyone is doing what they are supposed to, right? Or, are they? Be sure to always double and triple check...