Category Archives: Uncategorized

Complete Head Protection Solutions

Fall-related injuries and fatalities number in the hundreds of thousands every year, and for many years they’ve been a serious issue for safety managers and their workers. It seems obvious that companies need to get more proactive in their insistence that their workers wear protective helmets, but in fact, it’s not a simplistic answer. There are numerous choices of helmets and headwear for various industries—construction, oil & gas, utilities, and general industry—and one size most definitely does NOT fit all. This eBook will help you determine how to choose the right headgear for the right application. We’ll take a look at the various standards for hard hats, how to properly care for and use these hats, and help you determine when a hat has reached its “expiration date.” You’ll also learn the key considerations in choosing the proper helmets, how to conduct a thorough assessment of potential hazards, and how to determine the applicable standards and requirements of the headwear. Download now! Sponsored By:  .uuid-a50d4f72-7123-46f8-8ec5-ccfbd1d67509 {height:1350px; width:100%; } Let's block ads! (Why?)

Webinar: OSHA Inspections: Understanding Your Rights and Navigating the Process to Minimize Your Citation Risk

Date: This webinar is available on-demand.Originally Broadcast: October 10, 2019Duration: 68 MinutesEvent Type: On-Demand WebinarCost: Free Register Today!  Description Every employer dreads a knock on the door from an OSHA inspector. But an inspection doesn't need to be your worst nightmare. If you take proactive steps to find and fix hazards, develop a detailed plan for handling an inspection, understand and exercise your rights, and operate in good faith throughout the process, you can significantly reduce your chances of damaging citations and fines. While OSHA and its state counterparts cannot inspect every facility, that doesn't mean you can afford to be complacent about the risk of an inspection. The facilities that receive visits from OSHA are far from random, and the combination of your industry, your history of violations, and your injury and illness rates can significantly raise your inspection risk. With a single willful or repeat violation now carrying a maximum penalty of $132,598, being unprepared for an OSHA inspection can be more costly than ever. Join us for an informative webinar that will provide guidance on planning for an OSHA inspection, navigating the inspection process, and proactively managing safety compliance to reduce your chances of citations and fines. You'll learn: The factors that can increase your risk of an inspection—and what you can do to influence them for the better The enforcement impact of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program Your rights—and your employees' rights—during an OSHA inspection Who should be present during an OSHA inspection and what their roles are How to strike the right balance between providing requested information and protecting your interests Tips for navigating the process from opening to closing conference and beyond And much more! Register .uuid-3d24ccb0-171a-4cd5-b67d-062d374a1a8c {height:1400px; width:100%; } Speaker Emily Scace, Senior Content Specialist, Safety, BLR Emily Scace is a Senior Content Specialist for BLR’s safety publications. She writes and edits detailed regulatory analysis, newsletters, training content, special reports, white papers, news articles, and other materials to help businesses understand and follow OSHA and DOT compliance obligations. Emily also researches and writes about occupational safety and health regulations, enforcement trends, safety-related best practices, and safety culture; delivers webinars and presentations on a variety of workplace safety topics; and more. Sponsored by Technical Details This webinar will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format.  After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the webinar. System test (opens in a new window) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Not One but Four Dollar Tree Stores Locations are Cited for OSHA Penalties

Not One but Four Dollar Tree Stores Locations are Cited for OSHA Penalties OSHA cited Dollar Tree Stores at four separate Idaho locations for exposing employees to unsafe merchandise storage and blocked walkways and exit routes. The company faces $898,682 in penalties. Oct 10, 2019 Dollar Tree Stores is facing major penalties from OSHA for exposing its workers to storage and walkway violations, among others. OSHA cited the company at four Idaho locations and is charging a total of $898,682 in penalties.    OSHA initially responded to a complaint that a Dollar Tree in Boise was exposing employees to unstable stacks and piles of boxes in the store’s stockroom. Soon after, inspectors received another compliant alleging similarly unsafe conditions at Dollar Tree locations in Caldwell, Nampa, and Meridian.    At all four stores, inspectors found unsafe conditions as reported: boxes were improperly stacked—often with heavier boxes on top of lighter ones—and blocked aisles and exit routes. At one store, inspectors heard from an employee who suffered injury and needed help after boxes fell on the individual. While an inspector shot a video of conditions during a separate inspection, a stack of boxes fell and almost injured an employee. Apparently, falling boxes had injured other employees, inspectors learned.    Improper box stacking and blockage of aisles and exit routes is not the only reasons the company is facing penalties. Inspectors cited the company for violations related to blocked electrical panels, improper use of a ladder, and exposing workers to falls from heights. The citations can be viewed here. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Brushing Up on Trench Safety Requirements [Infographic]

An recent uptick in trenching and excavation deaths has caused OSHA to address the issue as one of its priority goals. In October 2018, the agency updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing collapses. “The single most important measure for preventing cave-ins when working in trenches is designating a competent person and making sure that person is adequately trained,” said Joe Wise, regional customer training manager at United Rentals. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)'s set of recommendations details engineering controls, protective equipment and safe work practices employers and safety professionals can implement to minimize trenching hazards for workers. This infographic from United Rentals explains the basic requirements of trench safety. Let's block ads! (Why?)

OSHA Names Small Texas company as SHARP Participant

OSHA Names Small Texas company as SHARP Participant SigmaPro Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC is one of many small businesses using OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program. Oct 09, 2019 An engineering company in Fort Worth, Texas was named OSHA’s newest SHARP Participant after utilizing OSHA’s consultation program. Now, the company is not only in compliance, but expanding its size and inspiring other companies to keep workplaces safe.  SigmaPro Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC is a small electronic connector manufacturing facility northern Texas. Established in 2000, the company has since grown from a single building to two production buildings, a warehouse, and 150 employees nationwide. But this story starts years ago: like many small businesses and startups, SigmaPro did have a safety program in place, but the company was not sure if it met all the state and federal requirements. SigmaPro set up a consultation with a Texas safety consultant from the Texas Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program (OSHCON) on the OSHA website.  After SigmaPro’s initial OSHCON visit to SigmaPro’s main facility in 2015, OSHCON consultants did find safety hazards, but the company’s employees were eager to learn and improve. The OSHCON consultant continued to recommend improving the company’s accident, incident, and root cause analysis program. The consultant also offered tips for creating goals and objectives each year like including safety as a key measure in employee performance evaluations and letting hourly employees steer decision-making in regard to safety.  It didn’t take long for SigmaPro to put these recommendations into effect—or better yet, go above and beyond. In 2016, SigmaPro earned SHARP status. The On-Site Consultation Program's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small business employers who operate a exemplary safety and health programs.  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2020

Today, the Commission has adopted its first ever proposal on fishing opportunities covering both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. It reflects the Commission's efforts and ambition to ensure social and economic viability for the fishermen operating in the region by restoring and maintaining stocks at sustainable levels. “Throughout my term in office, I have been working to reverse the alarming situation for most fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, as part of the EU's wider commitment to sustainable fisheries. It is a long process but today's proposal is another important step in the right direction”, said Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In the Mediterranean Sea, the proposal implements the multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean, adopted in June this year. To that end, a reduction of fishing effort is necessary in 2020 for red mullet, hake, deep-water rose shrimp, Norway lobster, blue and red shrimp and giant red shrimp. The proposal also includes additional measures, in line with the decisions of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). In particular, it introduces a 3 months closure period for eel, catch and fishing effort limits for small pelagics in the Adriatic and a fishing effort limit for demersals in the Adriatic. In the Black Sea, the Commission proposes catch limits and quota for turbot and sprat. For turbot, the proposal will transpose the EU quota to be decided in the context of the revision of the GFCM turbot multiannual management plan. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2019, namely 11,475 tonnes. The Commission proposal will be updated after the GFCM annual session (4-8 November 2019) with the figures of those stocks subject to negotiations within that organisation. At the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council (16-17 December), Member States will set the fishing opportunities for 2020 on the basis of the Commission proposal. Background In 2016, 78% of assessed fish stocksin the Mediterranean and Black Seas were exploited outside biological sustainable limits. (FAO, 2018) To tackle this grave situation, the Commission is promoting multilateral cooperation on fisheries management in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. Enhanced governance has been established following the adoption of the Malta "MedFish4ever" and Sofia Declarations. The multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean adopted in June 2019, introduced a fishing effort regime for trawlers intended to achieve an overall reduction of up to 40% in five years. For the first year of implementation, the plan foresees a reduction of 10% from the baseline established in accordance with the provisions of the plan. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is a regional fisheries management organisation competent for the conservation and management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. In recent years, the GFCM has adopted an impressive number of conservation, management and control measures at the proposal of the European Union. In 2018, the GFCM adopted a management plan for eel in the Mediterranean Sea and emergency measures for 2019-2021 for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea. The GFCM is expected to adopt measures regarding demersal stocks in the Adriatic Sea at its annual session in November this year. In 2017, the GFCM adopted a multiannual management plan for turbot, introducing management and control measures to be implemented for the first time at regional level. The multiannual plan will be reviewed at the GFCM 2019 annual session, where a new quota allocation is expected to be agreed upon by contracting parties.   For More Information Proposal on fishing opportunities in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for 2020 Let's block ads! (Why?)