For years, so-called “conservative” politicians and their boosters have advocated the wanton abolition of federal regulatory agencies, as if it were a cure-all that will return the nation to prosperity and well-being for all. I’m reminded that the hero of most politicians who self-identify as conservative is Ronald Reagan, who… Continue Reading Federal government helps keep workers safe

Attorney Michael Taylor offers a tutorial to help you understand the litigation process required when your employer contests an OSHA citation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Despite the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, many employers still do… Continue Reading Litigating Workplace Safety and Health Disputes

According to Public Citizen, workers using coal slag abrasive are exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, which has been linked to cases of cancer. Coal slag abrasive coal slag abrasive to blast ship hulls, bridges and other metal structures in preparation for painting. In a letter to OSHA Enforcement Director… Continue Reading Public Citizen to OSHA: Enforce Labeling Law for Toxic Coal Byproduct

When OSHA Compliance issues a new or revised health or safety standard, inevitably questions will arise. Perhaps OSHA did not define a key term used in the standard, or maybe they used some subjective language that could be open to interpretation. Issues such as these can make it difficult for employers to… Continue Reading Want to Really Understand an OSHA Standard? Read the Preamble!

A decade’s worth of inspection data in Washington suggests that a visit from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) can be good not just for workplace safety, but also for a company’s bottom line. Researchers with the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, L&I’s research unit, examined… Continue Reading Washington Study Finds Workplace Inspections Improve Safety, Save Money

OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels and NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard sat down with Diana Stegall of the American Society of Safety Engineers to discuss the focus of the agencies and the role those agencies play in the lives of safety professionals. Believe it or not, the subject of chickens… Continue Reading Safety 2011: Do Americans Care More about Chickens than Workers?

OSHA has issued Aluminum Finishing LLC in Adel, Ga., 18 safety citations for a variety of hazards, including a lack of fall protection and dangers from the corroded components of the facility’s structural integrity. Proposed penalties total $125,818. OSHA opened an inspection in October 2010 as a follow-up to an… Continue Reading Repeat, Fall Hazards Add Up to $125,818 Fine for Aluminum Finishing Firm

Answered by Glen Carter, chief technical officer, Justrite Manufacturing Co., Des Plaines, IL. Safety managers can use the following “Quick Checklist” to identify the most common safety violations concerning flammable, combustible and hazardous liquids. Following it can quickly and effectively make your operations compliant with OSHA and industry best practices.… Continue Reading How can I identify common safety violations found in facilities that use flammable fuels, solvents or chemicals?

Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) works under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and oversees the safety of workers in their workplace. The prime objective of OSHA compliance is to enforce the rules framed by the Department of Labor for the work sites to provide a safe working… Continue Reading OSHA Compliance- Ensuring Highest Safety Standards at Workplace