OSHA’s Final Rule Protects Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 […]

Excavation and Trenching are High Hazard Operations

Trenching and excavation are widely recognized as among the most hazardous construction operations, resulting in an average of two deaths per month and hundreds of injuries each year due to trench collapses.   OSHA has addressed construction-related trenching and excavation hazards by developing specific safety standards for the construction industry, making the requirements easier to understand […]

OSHA Requires Safety Training for Federal Collateral Duty Personnel

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires federal agencies to provide training for collateral duty safety and health personnel and all members of certified occupational safety and health committees commensurate with the scope of their assigned responsibilities.  Since collateral assignments and committee appointments entail safety and health duties and responsibilities over and above their […]

Fall Protection Continues to Lead OSHA’s Top 10 List of Citations

Fall Protection once again leads OSHA’s Top 10 list of the most frequently cited violations for the sixth straight year. The Top 10 list not only highlights the lack of fall protection on jobsites, but also includes a high rate of citations for fall-related safety issues on scaffolding (number 3) and in the use of […]

Many Workers Unaware of Potential Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA’s electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. Engineers, electricians and other professionals work with electricity directly, while others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly but may also be […]