Under Pressure: OSHA’s Stance on Compressed Air for Cleaning Purposes

Under Pressure: OSHA’s Stance on Compressed Air for Cleaning Purposes

Compressed air used for cleaning. Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes except where reduced to less than 30 psi and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment. 1910.242(b). While it is one of the shortest of the OSHA...
Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

A common finding, and apparently another little-known violation, is the use of worm-gear type clamps for securing air nozzles and other equipment to compressed air hoses (Figure A). I probably see this serious violation at about 90 percent of the facilities I enter....
With Authority Comes Responsibility

With Authority Comes Responsibility

A storm was rolling through my neighborhood bringing wind and heavy rain. I watched what I considered to be both a miracle of nature and the epitome of parenthood unfold in my front yard. A pair of robins had built a nest in a dogwood tree in front of my bay window...
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...
Introducing the Latest in Health and Safety Technology

Introducing the Latest in Health and Safety Technology

Every year, tech’s best and brightest converge on Las Vegas, Nevada to unveil the latest gadgets and gizmos available to the public. And this year was no exception.¬† CES 2019 always has its share of fantastic TV and digital displays that always attract a crowd;...