OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard Requires Training to Reduce Threat of Hazardous Substances

The dumping of hazardous substances poses a significant environmental threat that can lead to serious safety and health problems.  Toxic, flammable or corrosive substances can cause fires, explosions and pollution of air, water and land. Hazardous substances must be properly treated, stored or disposed of to eliminate or greatly reduce potential harm to human and […]

Industrial Hygiene Analysis is First Step to Reduce 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 […]

Entry Level Workers Need Safety Training

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. OSHA standards, which have helped prevent countless workplace tragedies, include specific safety and health training requirements to ensure that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work. Research has shown that workers […]

SLOPE IT. SHORE IT. SHIELD IT. OSHA Promotes Trenching and Excavation Safety

OSHA has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards a top priority. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly double the average of the previous five years. The primary hazard of trenching and excavation is employee injury from collapses, or cave-ins. To prevent cave-ins: SLOPE or bench trench […]

Anti-Retaliation Programs are Good for Business

Retaliation against employees who raise or report concerns or otherwise exercise their rights under federal whistleblower provisions is not only illegal, it is also bad for workers and bad for business.   When an employee accuses a manager, supervisor or organization of misconduct or a potential violation of law, an impartial response to the employee complaint […]