Ways of Controlling Chemical Exposure

If your company uses hazardous chemicals, you’ll need to mitigate your employees’ exposure to them. Chemicals and toxic substances can create a wide range of health problems, such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity. They can also cause severe burns—they aren’t something to take lightly. There are two general categories of companies who face regulations dealing with chemical…

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Flood Safety: Keeping Workers Healthy and Alive

Floods can be dangerous, as the recent weather in the lowcountry of South Carolina has demonstrated. Floods are especially hazardous because the danger is slow in coming—rainwater accumulates gradually, and then suddenly roads are washed out, dams collapse, and bridges have structural issues. OSHA and NOAA are working together on a public education effort aimed at improving…

New Proposed Regs on Beryllium

OSHA is proposing a new standard that would lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause devastating lung diseases. Here’s what you need to know: Beryllium is a lightweight but strong metal used principally in the aerospace and defense industries. The most common use is in beryllium-copper alloy because of its…

How to Comply, Go Beyond Compliance, and Improve Your Bottom Line

Safety regulations can sometimes be complicated, since different industries and different situations require different procedures and precautions. OSHA has been working hard to simplify regulations and help employers understand what they need to do to meet safety standards. OSHA has created a resource center for business owners that offers FAQs on safety topics, including: whether…

Looking Local: South Carolina Specific Workplace Fatality Data

  OSHA publishes annual workplace fatality data that’s state-specific. In 2013, the most recent year in which data is available, showed that South Carolina experienced seventy-five worker fatalities. A look at South Carolina’s most recent data mirrors the national trends closely. Construction-related deaths rank among the top causes of workplace fatalities. Of all the industry types…

Steel is a Tough Industry for Safety — Here’s How to Change That

According to OSHA, thirty-five deaths per year occur in the steel erection industry. Because of the number of deaths, OSHA is focusing on helping companies make their jobsites safer places, providing steel-specific education. OSHA’s e-Tool for steel erection offers important training and standards information.   OSHA’s standard for steel erection was created to help provide protection from steel…