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OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Dust Standard: What It Is and How It Affects You

Posted by August Mack Environmental, Inc. on May 19, 2016 1:12:35 PM

Why is OSHA publishing a new standard?

For managers with safety responsibilities, many things come to mind when the phrase “health hazard” is brought up. Many of us conjure up images of welding fumes, tobacco smoke, or maybe even exotic hazards such as radioactivity. However, health hazards extend far beyond our traditional ideas. One such innocuous health hazard, no less deadly than those previously mentioned, is Respirable Crystalline Silica. Entering the airways of workers by processes using sand, earth, and minerals, this form of microscopic dust is the cause of silicosis, which takes some 600 lives every year. In response, OSHA has issued a new standard for general industry to protect workers from the hazards of Respirable Crystalline Silica.

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Topics: Safety, Occupational Safety Rules, OSHA, August Mack Environmental, Inc.

Do I Need to Report That?

Posted by August Mack on Feb 10, 2016 11:12:41 AM

In case you missed the announcement, OSHA updated their recordkeeping rule. Last year you and your company may or may not have had to report, but things have changed and may affect you. While overall the recordkeeping rule is remaining the same, those that do and do not have to file has changed slightly. But before we get into the changes, let's take a step back and better understand the purpose of this OSHA rule. 

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Topics: Safety, OSHA, August Mack Environmental, Inc.

Why is an Environmental Audit Important to You?

Posted by Ed Callahan on Jul 7, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Why do companies conduct environmental audits? Simply stated because it’s the best way to specifically identify which environmental regulations apply to your facility, make sure you are in compliance with all of the requirements and avoid costly and unnecessary fines.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA, August Mack Environmental, Inc., Environmental Audit

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