Tag Archives: OSHA

Straighten It Out

Fact-checkers clarify false claim against OSHA saying masks “don’t work” Seas of misinformation are rough to navigate; an inconvenience multiplied tenfold in a climate of crisis that also happens to fall in an election year. It behooves all of us, therefore, to try and get things right. We’d like to spotlight a a recent defense […]

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Poster’s Child

OSHA’s continued effort to fight COVID-19? A multilingual poster OSHA’s “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster (pictured below), mentioned in a previous edition of Direct & Current, is now available in 13 languages. In addition to English, the poster is being disseminated in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, […]

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OSHA Revisions for Reopening

Adoption of revised enforcement policies designed to ensure protective environment The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection […]

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OSHA’s Role Comes Into Focus

Under pressure, branch issues new poster; distributes specific coronavirus prevention materials OSHA, in an effort to demonstrate it is taking the fight against the coronavirus seriously, is shoring up its most vulnerable flank: the plant floor. The administration issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to […]

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COVID-OPS

Celebrating 50 years, OSHA releases 35-page PDF for workplace safety during coronavirus outbreak The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would, ideally, like to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inception this year. Alas, these are not “ideal” times, so the often-maligned OSHA is working hard to assist and prepare […]

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Silica Valley

OSHA’s stricter ruling on dangerous dust to take effect soon Silica is no laughing matter when it comes to its potential long-term effects. The sand byproduct can cause severe lung cancer, silicosis, COPD, and kidney disease. A recent OSHA rule—set on June 23 of last year but due to take effect September 23, 2017 in […]

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OSHA’s Annual “Not Top 10”

Much of the same in 2016’s most frequently cited safety and health violations As odd as it may sound, OSHA would probably like to see this list change. At least, if that change were due to certain injuries decreasing in frequency (and thus falling off the list), not new kinds of injuries overtaking them.  Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary […]

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Safety & Health Concerns Abound

Grave reminders from accidents in New Jersey; UK There will never be a painless way for us to be reminded of the many safety concerns that come with the territory of hard work and the difficult responsibilities of manual labor. Sadly, two news items from the past week have provided harsh reminders of the worst […]

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Proceed With Caution

OSHA’s controversial new web portal Employers are always on alert for changes in OSHA policy. Keeping a business up to scratch with current OSHA requirements, violations, and reporting policies can kill two birds with one stone: ensuring optimal safety in the workplace and keeping management at ease knowing they don’t have to worry about violations. The […]

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Safety a Must During Midwest Flood Cleanup

OSHA, Red Cross stress work safety amid daunting rebuild efforts Two weeks later, those of us not living in affected areas have likely forgotten about the destructive wave of tornadoes and floods that hit the Midwest on New Year’s weekend. For many, the return to work and the need to focus on everyday life can push […]

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