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 […]

Effective Incident Investigations Focus on Root Causes

OSHA strongly encourages employers to investigate all incidents in which a worker was hurt as well as close calls in which a worker might have been hurt if the circumstances had been slightly different. Investigating a worksite incident— a fatality, injury, illness, or close call— provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in […]

Aerospace Safety Article Highlights Industry Safety Challenges

As the aerospace industry expands, safety professionals must address new environmental and workplace safety challenges, according to an article in the March issue of the Professional Safety Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers.  In “Aerospace Safety: The Future Is Now” Gil BevenFlorez highlights the fact that “safety professionals and industrial hygienists must be […]