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Workplace Ergonomics

One of the leading sources of work-related injuries are those due to ergonomic issues; fully a third of injury claims resulting from a variety of musculo-skeletal injuries and many of these from repetitive trauma. Not surprisingly then, injuries due to use of computer workstations make up the majority of these types of injuries. Some of these sorts of ergonomics-related injuries take time to develop...

Emergency Preparedness and Response

OSHA requires employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace. That includes being prepared for workplace emergencies. In most cases, employers must enact an Emergency Action Plan that details what employees are to do in the event of a site emergency.  The Plan typically includes one or more emergency evacuation maps posted in the facility; training; instruction on safe egress during an emergency;...

Managing Used Oil

If you use, handle or store used oil, then you may have regulatory relief provided that the oil is recycled or re-purposed. In this example, we will briefly discuss used oil heaters. Some jurisdictions allow the use of used oil heaters to heat buildings – for example a metal barn. In any...

Hot Work and Fire Safety

Remember to implement formalized methods to manage hot work at your business. Whether it is work conducted by your own employees or by contractors, use of open flame for tasks such as welding requires task planning and preparation of the work area. Besides fire safety considerations, if not properly managed, some welding and cutting operations can produce explosive hazards and other dangers as well....

Understanding Aspects of the 29 CFR 1926 Fall Protection Construction Standard

In brief, we have determined that some entities interpret the OSHA fall protection standard for construction differently than perhaps OSHA intends. As such, we will address one specific item in particular. Normally, when on an elevated work platform such as a roof, there must be compliant fall protection in place. This may include barriers or personal fall protection PPE, among other means of protection....

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