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12/5/2017 - OSHA's Top Stories

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2013 News Archive

  • 11/4/2013 - Safe Patient Handling and Mobility SPHM Standards Update
    There have been several advances in safe patient handling and mobility standards and regulationson different fronts in recent months. If you are a health care provider or affiliated with theseproviders, you might want to be prepared for how these advances may impact you.The American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility InterprofessionalNational Standards – These standards, which were developed by a working group ofapproximately 30 members and supported by numerous ...
  • 8/23/2013 - Why safety needs to be a matter of personal responsibility The Topf Process
    By Michael Topf, Guest WriterThe Leadership of every company we have worked with since 1983 has repeatedlyasked the same question. “How do we get the men and women who work here to takepersonal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others?” When we askedthe men and women with whom we met “who is responsible for their safety”, the answerwas often, “management or the owner of my company”!What we realized is that people needed to understand or ...
  • 8/23/2013 - Health and Safety Committees Providing Savings to Your Company
    A well-designed and administered safety committee can help to reduce the burden of running a safety program and increase the return on investment. What type of benefits might be noted?Increased employee involvement;Increased productivity;Increased morale;Decreased injuries and illnesses;Decreased waste of materials; and Decreased cost of insurance coverage.In reviewing the benefits, let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. Pennsylvania provides a 5% reduction in your ...
  • 8/22/2013 - What You Should Know About Mold During Construction
    The cost impacts when mold growth occurs during construction can be huge. A recent settlement in California for roof leaks was made for $33,000, and an $11.5 million claim was made against an architect, construction manager and subcontractors in Florida. The primary reason for mold growth during a construction project is uncontrolled moisture incursion in the form of liquid flow, condensation, high humidity and/or capillary action that dampens building materials. Inspections for moisture ...
  • 6/14/2013 - Supplemental Safety and Health Staffing
    We frequently receive requests from clients to provide them with safety and health professionals on a short term, long-term or part-time basis depending on the goals of the client verses their available internal resources and budget. In some cases, we find that what started as a full-time managed outsource position can be reduced to a part-time position because of the proactive approach of our program.Addressing the health and safety issues for a client, whether it is a construction ...
  • 6/5/2013 - Hazardous Energy Lockout / Tagout
    Fried and DiedThe consequences of failing to effectively lock out/tagout equipment can be catastrophic. An extreme example of this occurred at a Wyman-Gordon Forgings, Inc., facility in Houston, Texas, on December 22, 1996, when eight workers were killed. A crew of ten maintenance workers was performing work on a 40-foot-high pressurized nitrogen tank for a 35-ton forging press. They believed that the pressure had been bled from the tank prior to beginning work. When two-inch bolts were ...
  • 6/3/2013 - Managing Your Business Construction Safety Programs
    Written safety programs are the foundation of a comprehensive safety program for employers in the construction industry. Specialized trade contractors, general trade contractors and construction managers should all have effective safety programs in place to control the many hazards employees face during a construction project. All companies want to keep their workers safe and prevent accidents and incidents. Many contractors are required to submit a copy of their construction safety ...
  • 3/25/2013 - The RICE NESHAP Rule
    Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines provide shaft power for a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional, agriculture and municipal applications. Your engine is affected by USEPA air pollution regulations promulgated in several stages between 2004 & 2010.Compliance requirements are a determined by:your engine’s design (spark ignition or compression ignition) fuelpower ratingmanufacturing (or construction date)location (Is it located at an area or major source of ...
  • 3/25/2013 - OHSMS: A Pathway to Occupational Health and Safety Performance Improvement
    OHSMS: A Pathway to Occupational Health and Safety Performance Improvement How can you be certain that you are doing a good job in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses, meeting the regulatory requirements associated with workplace safety and health, keeping costs and associated liabilities down? The answer is: by treating workplace injury and illness prevention as a process. Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) offer you a process. We can save you money by increasing ...
  • 3/8/2013 - Health Issues
    What You Should Know About Birds and BatsBuildings are the preferred roosting and nesting spots for many types of birds such as pigeons, sparrows and starlings, as well as for bats.Interestingly, while these birds are typically solitary nesters and do not form and develop colonies, bats on the other hand do form colonies that can be very large and cause significant impacts on a building’s structure and on the health of its occupants from the following organisms: Histoplasma ...
  • 3/6/2013 - OSHA & CMS Interagency Agreement Improving Health and Safety in Hospitals
    OSHA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) signed an interagency agreement in August of 2012. They agreed to work together on the following three projects:Developing a Healthcare Injury and Illness Fact Book;Implementing safety and health management systems in hospitals; andImplementing safe patient handling/lifting programs in hospitals.What do/will OSHA and CMS expect of hospitals? As can be seen by their emphasis in the three project areas, OSHA/CMS expect hospitals to ...
  • 2/28/2013 - Legionella Bacteria Prevention Planning
    Legionella bacteria can be found in a variety of naturally occurring sources (e.g., soils, ponds and streams) in addition to man-made sources such as cooling towers, potable water systems, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Legionella bacteria are present in public and well water supplies at extremely low concentrations. Legionella bacteria grow well in cooling towers and other indoor water systems, primarily because of the presence of warm water and available ...

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