Planning for Workplace Emergencies

An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies.  Almost every business is required to have an emergency action plan.  Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training so that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan will result in fewer and less […]

Industrial Hygiene Provides Line of Defense Against Workplace Injury and Illness

Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness. Environmental monitoring and analytical methods are used to detect the extent of worker exposure; then engineering, work practice controls and other methods are employed to control potential health hazards. Since workers in almost all industries […]

Ten Steps to Get a Safety and Health Program Started

Establishing a safety and health program in your workplace is one of the most effective ways of protecting your most valuable asset: your workers. Losing workers to injury or illness, even for a short time, can cause significant disruption and cost to you as well as the workers and their families. It can also damage […]

OSHA Launches Safe + Sound Week to Raise Awareness of the Value of Workplace Safety and Health

The OSHA Training Center is partnering with Federal OSHA, the National Safety Council (NSC), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to announce its inaugural Safe + Sound Week.  Scheduled for June 12-18, 2017, this event is a nationwide effort to […]

OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Spaces Overview

Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be “confined” because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter into, work in or exit from them. Many workers face increased risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and hazardous atmospheric conditions in confined spaces. Confinement in certain […]