Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Respirator Training Video and Aids

OSHA has released a respirator safety training video. Run length is 9-10 minutes. There is also a video available from OSHA discussing the differences between masks and respirators. It is geared to the medical industry, but could be a valuable tool to answer the question, "why is this a respirator and not a dust mask?" Both videos can also be viewed at the DOL U-Tube channel.

More information can be found at OSHA's safety and health topics page.

The OSHA standard can be found here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mayo Clinic Office Ergonomics

Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only or Continuous Chest Compression CPR has been endorsed as a simpler means to save more lives. Safety experts such as the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic have endorsed this new method. To review the full basics of the CPR practices endorsed by the Mayo Clinic, follow this link.

Training videos are available at these web locations:


University of Washington School of Medicine

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Proposed SHARP revisions and power Press Revisions

Sharp Revision will permit un-announced OSHA site inspections for SHARP participants within the following changes:
> Head of OSHA is given the ability to define SHARP sites for inspection.
> Permission of enforcement inspections under "certain circumstances".
> Limitation of the exemption period for SHARP sites.

Please see page 60 of the Fall 2009 Agenda for additional clarification.

The Fall 2009 Agenda includes a proposal to update and revise the Mechanical Power Press standard to increase the classes of machines covered within the standard and to update guarding to reflect available technology.

Please see page 70 of the Fall 2009 Agenda for additional clarification.

Friday, January 8, 2010

OSHA Regulations

Summary: The Senate has introduced an OSHA-sponsored bill to increase fines and penalties for regulatory violations. Note Section 310 and 311

310 Summary:

Any employer who willfully or repeatedly violates ... any standard, rule, or
order ... may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 $120,000 for each violation, but not less than $5,000 $8,000 for each willful violation.

Any employer who has received a citation for a serious violation...

shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to $7,000 $12,000 for each such violation.

311 Summary:

Raises potential sentence for any employer or responsible corporate officer to ten years in cases of violations resulting in death.

Note: These are not the complete changes proposed within this legislation. See link for a complete summary. For the existing code, check here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

NIOSH Ergonomics Guideline

Summary: Link below Opens to CDC's NIOSH Ergonomic Guidelines for Material Handling published in April 2007

Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling

Ergonomic Lifting Poster

OSHA Heat Stress Quick Card

Print Ready Poster for Heat Stress Times at Sites

OSHA Quick Card Link

Standup forklift under-ride

Summary: OSHA has identified a safety risk related to standup forklifts.

OSHA safety bulletin