DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Should You Use Arc Flash Danger or Warning Labels?

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

Arc flash label colors - a gray area

Should caution, warning or danger labels be used for arc flash warning labels?  It's a question open to interpretation because NFPA 70E does not specify which colors should be used. An article in electrical contractor takes a new look at this question, finding that most use a combination of warning and danger labels.

Read the article in Electrical Contractor here.

Read a post I made on this subject in 2009 in our arc flash blog.

OSHA issues two educational resources on protecting workers from mercury exposure in fluorescent bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, but the shift to energy-saving fluorescents, which contain mercury, calls for more attention to workers who handle, dispose of, and recycle used fluorescent bulbs.

The new OSHA fact sheet explains how workers may be exposed, what kinds of engineering controls and personal protective equipment they need, and how to use these controls and equipment properly. In addition, a new OSHA Quick Card alerts employers and workers to the hazards of mercury and provides information on how to properly clean up accidentally broken fluorescent bulbs to minimize workers' exposures to mercury.

OSHA and NIOSH inform workers about safe practices using cleaning chemicals

The current issue of Products Finishing magazine includes an announcement about an info sheet and poster that have been released to help inform workers about the safe use of cleaning chemicals.

Graphic Products releases three new safety educational resources.

Safety Awakenings reports that three new safety guides are available from Graphic Products. They cover:
  • Available Fault Current Labeling
  • OSHA HazCom 2012 Best Practices Guide for Labeling
  • SDS Quick Reference Labeling Guide for HazCom 2012
Read about the new guides in Safety Awakenings.

Related Past Posts:

Safety News Briefs - Are MSHA Inspectors Liable For Miner's Deaths
Safety News Briefs - Letter To Congress From ASSE
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending July 14th

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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

Compact florescent bulbs - less light, shorter life than advertised and a huge hazard to workers. Has anyone considered that we should be installing guards around these bulbs so that they won't be accidentally broken and cause a mercury hazard?

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Electrician Houston said...

All electrical work are risky work that need proper safety and for safety they need to be completely aware of things they are doing and how their practice can harm them. So i think your this blog really doing great contribution in making us aware of how to keep safety at time of doing job.

10:10 PM  

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