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…

OSHA Updates Their Comprehensive Guide To Training Requirements

  This month, OSHA announced the release of their fully-updated Training Requirements in OSHA Standards. This guide contains the complete listing of all training requirements in OSHA standards for employers, safety professionals, training directors, and others whose responsibilities include compliance with and training in OSHA standards. The guide is comprehensive and is broken into five parts: General…

OSHA’s $afety Pays Program Helps Employers Assess The Cost Of Workplace Injuries

Accidents on a job site are often much more expensive than many employers expect. Workers’ compensation costs associated with a workplace injury and the indirect costs shouldered by the business itself can be financially devastating. The OSHA $afety Pays online tool allows employers the ability to calculate the financial impact of a long list of common workplace…

Printable OSHA Computer Workstation Checklist Helps Pinpoint Ergonomic Trouble Spots

  We did a blog post in February on the importance of providing employees with an ergonomic workspace in order to prevent injury in office-related jobs. Many employers overlook safety procedures for office workers due to the perceived low-risk environment they typically work in. So it may come as a surprise to learn that the most recently…

Construction: The Most Dangerous Industry by the Numbers

By the numbers, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous places for workers. According to data provided by OSHA, one in every five workplace fatalities reported nationwide is in the construction industry. OSHA has extensive standards for controlling contractors and subcontractors who provide labor for the construction industry, and it’s because they’re trying…