Since the cold season has just arrived, I wanted to send information regarding employees working in the cold. Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress. Some workers may be required to work outdoors for extended periods of time while others may work indoors in cold and wet conditions. A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its temperature. Also, body heat leaves the body more rapidly when temperatures drop below normal and wind speeds increase. Keep in mind that air temperature, in combination with wind speed, provides a… Continue reading
This article addresses the difference between OSHA recording and reporting and what your obligations are. As the employer, you are required by OSHA to record and report certain workplace incidents.
Recording is the act of documenting work-related incidents as specified by OSHA. To remind you, the three OSHA recordkeeping forms are the OSHA Form 300, OSHA Form 301, and OSHA Form 300A. The OSHA Form 300A must be posted for all employees to view from February 1 to April 30. These forms are to be maintained on-site and must be made available upon request from OSHA. Please… Continue reading
Welding, cutting, and brazing are common workplace activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health hazards to more than 500,000 workers in a variety of industries. These operation create exposure to toxic fumes and gasses, heat extremes, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and noise. Hazards from welding, cutting, and brazing include , but are not limited to:
– Burns … Continue reading
The use/storage of compressed gasses may pose various safety and health hazards in the workplace. Compressed gases can be toxic, flammable, oxidizing, corrosive or inert. All compressed gases are hazardous because of the high pressures inside the cylinders. Cylinders can become damaged from falling, heat, electric circuits, motion, vibration or anything that can cause a weakness or crack in the cylinder wall or shell. Even at a relatively low pressure, gas can flow rapidly from an open or leaking cylinder. Many compressed gases could cause various health problems depending on the specific gas, its concentration, the length of exposure and… Continue reading