Hope You Won’t Have to Use It: Fire Extinguisher Inspections

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky OSHA does not require fire extinguishers. Not in most work places. The fire extinguishers that are in most work places are there because of insurance requirements. To use a fire extinguisher requires going [...]

By | 2017-09-21T13:40:34+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

OSHA “What’s New” – Public Opportunity to Comment on Collection of Information

On July 31st, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted seven OSHA sponsored information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval titled: "Rigging Equipment for Material Handling," "Hydrostatic Testing Provision of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard," "Requirements for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute Education Centers [...]

By | 2017-08-11T15:44:21+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

Still Higher OSHA Fines

Just when you were getting used to the new levels of fines from OSHA, they’ve increased again.  The Federal Register just published new fines for the Department of Labor, including new fines for OSHA.  The fines for willful violations will increase 1.64%, from $124,709 to $126,749, while the maximum penalty for most citations will go [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:41:04+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

Six Ways to Die

“Two Nebraska workers have lost their lives in 2016 in the grain handling industry and far too many preventable fatalities and injuries continue to occur.” Jeff Funke, OSHA area director-Greater Omaha Area The Bureau Labor of Statistics attributes workplace injuries and illnesses to one of seven events or exposures. One of the seven, overexertion, is [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:20:17+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Making the Workplace Safer: OSHA’s Top 10 Citations

“If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.”  Tom Galassi, director of enforcement programs for OSHA About this time every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes its top 10 list of regulatory violations and the Bureau of Labor Statistics [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:27:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Process Safety, Process Safety Management|0 Comments