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, September 30, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

The State Begins Taking Over OSHA Enforcement In Hawaii

As the result of personnel reductions and other concerns about the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH), in 2012 entered into an agreement in which OSHA and HIOSH shared responsibility for for workplace safety by suspending the state’s enforcement authority in specific industries. Safety.BLR.com reported last week that:

"Federal OSHA says it will return some control of Hawaii’s OSHA program to state officials. The decision comes about a year after the feds stepped in to assist the state plan in regulating Hawaii’s manufacturing employers."

Read the story here

OSHA Stalls on Combustible Dust, but NFPA Prepares New Standards

This story, about a September 20th Small Business Administration event, comes from Composites Manufacturing Online. They report that OSHA's efforts to establish as combustible dust standard have been delayed, and that:

"Under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for combustible dust, the agency is enforcing NFPA standards while it develops its own combustible dust rule. NFPA 654 is the standard for preventing fire and dust explosions from the manufacturing, processing, and handling of combustible particulate solids. Other NFPA standards apply to the hazards of agricultural, metals, wood and sulfur dusts."

Read the story here.

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Seven Ways to Prevent Football Stadium Accidents

Sports safety has been in the news a lot this year, including both the safety of the players and safety of the fans. An article last week Buildings Buzz points out:

"Are fans getting more careless at football games? Since 2003, there have more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States, according to Alana Penza, program manager for the Institute of Sports Incidents at the University of Southern Mississippi. A recent fan fatality occurred just outside the San Francisco 49er’s stadium."

 The article goes on to give seven tips for improving stadium safety.

Read Seven Ways to Improve Stadium Safety here.

Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?

This short article in Mondaq gives a quick overview of five critical actions to take should you have an OSHA inspection.The opening paragraph states:

"Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why an employer should take certain steps. Readers already know to take photos whenever the compliance officer takes shots and to take notes, but do you know why to take those photos and what to look for? What do you need to note in order to challenge citations when they are issued 6 months later?"

Read the article here.

Make Safety A Training Priority

The Gourmet Retailer reports that safety is often overlooked when it comes to staff training. This has been seen in numerous OSHA citations issued to retail store operators.  The article points out that:

"Safety is important to all of us, as business owners and managers, and we want our stores to be safe for both customers and employees. But in my experience, safety doesn't always get as much training focus as product knowledge and customer service. Unfortunately, the importance of safety training is sometimes acknowledged only after there has been an accident or injury. Here are some ideas for making safety an ongoing training priority."

Read about the five points for improving safety in retail stores.

Related past posts:
Whistleblower Complaints Become Easy To File
Seven Strategies For A Safer Workplace
Safety News Briefs - Problems With OSHA?

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