Accident Investigations Help Safeguard Employees and Protect Organizations

Thousands of workplace accidents occur in the US every day, usually caused by the failure of people or equipment and materials not functioning as expected. Accident investigations determine not only what happened, but also how and why. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar or perhaps more serious accident may be prevented. […]

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 […]

Safe Storage of Hazardous Materials is Essential to Worker Safety

The safe storage of hazardous materials is essential to any workplace safety program in order to prevent injuries, fires and other hazardous conditions. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to inform workers about the hazards of chemicals they come in contact with through Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and appropriate labels.  Information about the identities and […]

Industrial Hygiene: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

Industrial hygiene encompasses a broad spectrum of the work environment. OSHA places a high priority on using industrial hygiene concepts in its health standards and as a tool for effective enforcement of job safety and health regulations.

Applying Ergonomic Principles Can Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively have all been identified as risk factors.